When the lack of snow gets to you in December and you need to get your legs moving, you swap a day at the resort for a day of solitude. Hiking in the winter in Utah is something that is hard to beat. The snow on the trail dampens sounds and makes for an peaceful trek upwards with amazing vistas. My friend, Raka (my cute pup) and I headed up Grandeur Peak this December from Millcreek Canyon – the Church Fork trail-head. This hike is about 6 miles, with 2,400 feet elevation gain and you should allow about 2.5 hours for the entire hike and chill time at the top.
What to bring:
- Water in a hydration pack
- Layers, layers and more layers – in the winter it is hard to tell what the temperature will actually be with wind-chill, exposure and sun all playing into effect.
- Your pup – dogs are allowed in Millcreek and can be off-leash every other day.