Backpacking/Hiking near SLC
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Chris Morgan
(ChrisMorgan) - F

Locale: Southern Oregon
Backpacking/Hiking near SLC on 07/01/2010 12:54:22 MDT Print View

Just a quick question for those located near SLC - is there good backpacking near SLC, within 2 hrs or so? Of course there is Zion, Escalante, Yellowstone, etc., but I'm thinking more local, and hikable in the "shoulder seasons" (I'm guessing all that green stuff on the map to the east of the city is locked up until April or so?)

Thanks!

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Re: Backpacking/Hiking near SLC on 07/01/2010 18:28:10 MDT Print View

I used to live in SLC.
Lots of places in the Wasatch and Uinta(Ashley) mountain areas.
Parts of the Oker(spelling?) mountains can be nice.

You don't have to go far for great backpacking. You can even take public transportation to get to some areas now days.

Also, lots of good areas in Cache, Ogden and Logan areas.

Edited by brooklynkayak on 07/01/2010 18:31:51 MDT.

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
SLC on 07/01/2010 18:38:40 MDT Print View

It doesn't really get any better than the mountains near SLC.

I have done winter trips in the area, mostly lower elevations, but it is winter/snow camping.
When it starts getting cold, head down to the southern, lower elevation part of Utah. A bus ride can work.

Edited by brooklynkayak on 07/01/2010 18:42:21 MDT.

Jay Campbell
(gohawks) - F

Locale: SE Iowa
backpacking/hiking near SLC on 07/01/2010 22:51:05 MDT Print View

I've done an overnight trip to ensign Peak in the Stansbury Range, easy drive from SLC> I've also done Kings Peak in the Uinta's, another pretty easy trip from SLC. I day hiked to Lone Peak, which was awesome, and would make a nice short overnight trip. G

Edited by gohawks on 07/02/2010 21:17:54 MDT.

Mary D
(hikinggranny) - MLife

Locale: Gateway to Columbia River Gorge
Backpacking/Hiking near SLC on 07/02/2010 14:55:43 MDT Print View

"I'm guessing all that green stuff on the map to the east of the city is locked up until April or so?"

Note that the high mountain areas (high Uintas) generally don't melt out until early July. You can go before then but it's hard to find trails that are under 10 feet of snow! The lower areas, of course, melt out earlier.

Edited by hikinggranny on 07/02/2010 14:56:47 MDT.