Welcome!

This is part of a series of hikes offered weekly throughout the entire year. We are the most consistent hiking group in Utah, with a hike every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday morning since February 2003. When you arrive you can expect a kind, caring, friendly attitude!

Regardless of your hiking level or ability, you are invited to join us in our beautiful outdoor playground known as the Wasatch Mountains and far beyond. We hike a different trail often and look forward to meeting new hikers as well as strengthening friendships with loyal, core members.

In addition to local hikes, join us on our many exciting, adventure trips, domestic and international!

11/28/2017
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

6200 South UTA Park n Ride
6570 South Wasatch Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121

Start gathering at 8:00. Leave for hike at 8:15. See TIMELINE below. No dogs allowed in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyons. Find us on the south end of the parking lot. Questions? Call/text 801-278-5313

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Specific details about this hike will probably not be posted online but no worries, details are discussed in person at our meeting place prior to leaving for the hike.
Here are more reasons not to worry!

All of my Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday hikes are all very similar. Even though we hike a different trail often, the format and guidelines are always the same, regardless of the trail or canyon.

I am the sole organizer and promoter of all of my hikes so there is always the "Sheryl flavor" in all of our outings.  That means you may expect a kind, caring, respectful, friendly attitude in every outing.
A short, pre-hike meeting is held prior to leaving for the hike.
I have several hiking assistants who help me, depending on the day. Get to know them.
We are all eager to meet you and have you get better acquainted with us as well.
Safety is always our #1 priority.
With 15 years of experience leading hikes year round in the Wasatch Mountains, we are familiar with many of the trails, especially during all the different seasons.
Hikers are expected to stay on maintained trails and not bushwhack up a mountain.
Hikers are expected to use good judgement and act accordingly as they know their own abilities the best.
You may be tempted to look for trail details online, however, there are lots of trail options that we know about that will not be posted on a trail website. So just because a trail may be listed as difficult, the route we may be doing will not necessarily be that same path.
Winter hikes, December through March, require extra gear. You’ll either need Micro Spikes or the equivalent (used for hiking on ice or snow packed trails) OR snowshoes (used for walking in deeper snow.)
I rent both MSR Snowshoes (15 pair) AND Micro Spikes. Cost is $10/pair/outing. Contact me at least the night before if you want to rent.
I may also have Micro Spikes to purchase for $50/pair (reg. $75). I don’t sell snowshoes.
Micro Spikes are used the most. Hikers need to carry a pair with them on all hikes.
If Snowshoes are required for a hike, I’ll post the words “SNOWSHOES REQUIRED” in the title within 24 hours of the hike.
We hike regardless of the weather. The hike may be shorter if weather conditions are difficult but we do hike!
We don’t have to go into a canyon to hike.
Because we know a lot of hiking trails, we have favorite rainy day hikes, and hikes that don’t require driving into a canyon when the roads are bad.
Rarely are hikes ever canceled, even during the winter. Maybe twice in the last 15 years.
We sometimes add sledding to our winter hikes. I have 12 Zipfy Sleds used specifically for hiking and sledding. Rental cost: $15/Zipfy sled.
On Tuesday and Thursday we start gathering at 8 AM and leave for the hike at 8:15 AM.
On Saturday we start gathering at 8: AM and leave for the hike at 8:30 AM.
These times change slightly during the summer months.
Every hike will end by 12 Noon or before UNLESS it’s clearly stated otherwise.
Some hikers prefer a shorter hike, due to time restraints, etc. Tell me at our meeting place if you need a shorter hike.
If you need help knowing how to prepare for a hike and what to wear, let me know via text and come early so I can help you.
The Gear Room is an Outdoor Sports Store Consignment Shop and has saved us a lot of money on quality outdoor clothing and gear. 2258 Fort Union Blvd, Cottonwood Heights. (801) 448-3037.
Carpools are always encouraged and plenty of people are willing to drive. Bring a few dollars for your driver. You may drive on your own if you prefer.
Hikers are encouraged to hike at a pace they are most comfortable with. You’ll find others who you are most compatible with.
Plan to hike with others and avoid hiking alone, especially during the winter season.
Our hiking group may have two or three groups: 1) fast hikers, moderately fast hikers and slower hikers. Slower hikers may be new to hiking or just enjoy the photography.
All of our hikes are based on a time period - NOT distance or elevation gain. The time period starts at our meeting place at 8 AM and ends by 12 Noon (time we are off the trail).
As an out and back hike, hikers are asked to turn around no later than 10:30 AM in order to be finished by 12 noon.
Faster hikers will gain more elevation and distance than others which is fine. It’s not a competition. The idea is to have fun and hike at a speed that is comfortable for you.
Hikes range from 4 - 8 miles in length, however, during the winter season with snowshoeing you may experience a much harder workout in just a few miles.
Hikes are geared for beginner and moderate hikers AND those who want to discover a lot of new trails in the Wasatch Mountains!
Our hikers are made up of men and women, ranging in ages 30 - 70 years old, with some younger and some older.
If you want to bring a teen or a child, tell me in advance, if possible. They are expected to follow the same guidelines as adults. Children under 16 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult and will be under their supervision.
Due to our watersheds in Utah, there are strict laws regarding dogs in the canyons. Become better acquainted with where dogs are allowed to go. Because Utah is the second driest state in the US, water resources are seriously protected and managed.
If you have any concerns or questions regarding any of our hikes, let me know that you need to speak with me in person privately.

Disclaimer:

All of our hikes are subject to change without notice due to conditions beyond our control regarding weather, road, trail and/or canyon conditions.
There may be a change at our 6200 South meeting place, prior to leaving for the trail. It’s a rare occurrence but it could happen more during the unpredictable winter months. IF you need to meet us somewhere other than our 6200 South meeting place, contact me the night before the hike, so I can notify you if there is a change.

Equipment or Gear

Water - 1 liter (1 quart) per hour of hiking is recommended, during any season of the year
A healthy snack (granola bar, trail mix, etc.)
Sun protection i.e. hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, lip balm
Light jacket for wind protection and cooler mountain temperatures
First Aid Kit (small kit with supplies i.e. bandaids, etc.)
Cell phone - which may be spotty in the canyons
Camera - optional
Flashlight - always be prepared even though most of our hikes are during the day
Small rain poncho
My contact information in your phone. Sheryl: 801-278-5313

Location

6200 South UTA Park n Ride

6570 South Wasatch Blvd, Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121

Start gathering at 8:00. Leave for hike at 8:15. See TIMELINE below. No dogs allowed in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyons. Find us on the south end of the parking lot. Questions? Call/text 801-278-5313

Timeline

8:00 AM
Start gathering

There is a 15 minute window when hikers will be arriving. Join us for a short pre-hike meeting as we greet everyone, introduce any new hikers, discuss final instructions for this hike, address any concerns, arrange carpools, and announce upcoming events. 

8:15 AM
Drive to trailhead

Hikers are encouraged to gather at our meeting place, not the trailhead in case we need to change the hiking location at the last minute.  If you need to meet us at the trailhead, text me before 8 AM so I can inform you of any updates.   

8:45 AM
Arrive at trailhead, start hiking

The trailhead is generally within 10 - 30 minutes of our 6200 South meeting place, unless otherwise stated.  There is often limited parking at the trailheads which is why we try to carpool if possible. Some trailheads have a bathroom, many do not. If you choose to do a shorter hike, let me know so I can ask other hikers since they may want to join you. Let me know at the meeting place.

12:00 PM
Off the trail

We are off the trail between 11:30 AM - 12 noon, depending on the hike. If it is an Out and Back trail, we generally turn around by 10:30 AM in order to be back to the cars in time. Come often and get to know other hikers with similar abilities. 

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