Ghost Falls Trail

Ghost Falls Trail sounds like a pretty amazing hike.  It has some really great parts and some not so great parts as well.   Lets start with the good parts.  It is close to the Salt Lake Valley if you are around Salt Lake.  At the top there is a vault toilet and benches to take a break and eat.  There is a lot of wildlife, I saw a deer, squirrels, and a lizard.  It is not difficult.  Elevation gain is under 1000 feet.  Last there are beautiful views of the South part of the Salt Lake Valley, with the Draper Temple and Oquirrh Mountains.

The bad…   Narrow trails, which is not that bad, but most of the people using the trail are mountain bikers, and there is not room for the two, so someone has to find an area to step out of the way.  There are many forks in the trail, so it is confusing on your first time hiking the area.   The waterfall has poison ivy around the area so you cannot get too close to the waterfall.  Last, there is a lot of construction around the area and many trails are closed.

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Lets start with the trail head.  The actual trail head starts at the end of the hike, which is the top area at the Jacobs Ladder Trail head.  When I went this was inaccessible because of construction.  If this was accessible the round trip of the hike would have been less than one mile.    Currently the best trail head is the Carolina Hills Trail head.  This trail head starts in a subdivision at a cul-de-sac, and there are only about 3 parking spots.  If you are able to obtain a parking spot your round trip to Ghost Falls is about 3 miles.  The most realistic trail head is at the Andy Ballard Arena.

 

From the Carolina Hills Trail head head East on the Equestrian trail, until it becomes the Aqueduct Trail, keep heading East following the Gasline Trail, the Gasline Trail will then become the Ghost Falls Trail. Round trip from here is 3.5 miles to Ghost Falls.

Head East and cross Highland Dr, and you will see the trail.  It starts with the Equestrian Trail, stay on the Equestrian Trail, until it becomes the Aqueduct Trail, keep heading East following the Gasline Trail, the Gasline Trail will then become the Ghost Falls Trail. Round trip to Ghost Falls from here is 4.5 miles.

25 Reasons To Love Utah

Howdy pals!  I’m feeling sentimental today about our dear ol’ state.  There are many reasons to love Utah.

 

It probably helps that the weather warmed up beautifully for most of the week.  I feel like I’ve come alive again with the return of sunny days!  Ahhh…spring does awesome stuff for my brain. 🙂

 

Anyway, because I’m feeling so happy, I want to share with you 25 reasons I love Utah.  I wish I were a true artist and could capture the beauty better, but alas, my (possibly less-than) average talent will have to do.

 

 

25 Reasons I LOVE Utah

Capitol Reef

 

 

25 Reasons I LOVE Utah!

Looking down at Bear Lake

 

 

 

25 Reasons to LOVE Utah!

Bells Canyon Reservoir

 

 

25 reasons to LOVE Utah!

Arches National Park

25 Reasons to Love Utah!

Canyonlands National Park

 

 

25 Reasons to Love Utah!

Looking down at Silver Lake

 

 

25 Reasons to Love Utah

Goblin Valley

 

 

25 Reasons I LOVE Utah and You Should Too! :)

Temple Quarry

 

 

25 Reasons to Love Utah!

Mirror Lake

 

 

25 Reasons I Love Utah!

Thor’s Hammer, Bryce Canyon

 

 

25 Reasons I LOVE Utah, and You Should Too!

Capitol Reef

25 Amazing Reasons to Love Utah!

Sunset in front of my house

 

 

25 Reasons I LOVE Utah, and You Should Too!

Mossy Cave Trail

25 Amazing Reasons to Love Utah!

Above Mirror Lake

 

25 Reasons I LOVE Utah!

Jordan River Parkway in Murray

 

 

25 Reasons to LOVE Utah!

Sunset at the U of U

25 Beautiful Reasons to LOVE Utah!Red Canyon

25 Reasons to Love Utah!

Canyonlands

 

 

25 Reasons to LOVE Utah!

Slot Canyon, Grand Escalante

 

 

25 Reasons to LOVE Utah!

Native American Ruins accessible only from the San Juan River

 

 

25 Amazing Reasons I Love Utah - And You Should Too!Mirror Lake

25 Amazing Reasons I LOVE Utah, and Why You Should Too!

Bryce Canyon National Park

25 Reasons I Love Utah!

The Wedge, Little Grand Canyon

 

 

25 Reasons I Love Utah - And Why YOU Should Too! :)Huntington Beach

 

 

So…are you feeling the love too?  These photos simply can’t capture the wonder that we’ve seen – but you can bet I’ll keep trying to do it!  Until next time…

Top 6 Spring Hikes for Kids in Salt Lake

Got spring fever?  Want to get out into nature NOW?  Us, too.  Why wait for summer?  Here are our top 7 picks for spring hikes for kids in Salt Lake and around that area.

 

Bells Canyon Reservoir

This hike is about a mile and a half round trip.  It’s a good one because it’s right at the mouth of the canyon, so it’s not much colder than in the city.  It also will provide you with elevation gain, so you’ll be able to get a workout and warm up as you so.  There are plenty of benches and rocks available to sit on.  Just make sure there aren’t any rattlesnakes under the rocks you choose (Don’t ask me how I know)!  You can get directions and more info HERE.

Great Salt Lake Area Spring Hikes for Kids and Families!

 

 

 

Temple Quarry

This is more of a walk than a hike, but there is plenty of available exploration.  This is also just at the mouth of the Little Cottonwood Canyon, and so although you’re not going up far, you’re still getting the amazing and beautiful views.  We love to walk along the trail to the river (which has been diverted underground) and explore on the river rocks.  It makes for amazing picture taking as well.  Read more.

Enjoy these top picks for kid friendly spring hikes in the Salt Lake Area!

 

 

 

Jordan RiverParkway

This is another favorite nature walk for us.  It’s got a nice boardwalk for part of the area, and paved road in other areas.  If you want to go “off-road”, you can do that as well; there are a lot of dirt trails around. The Jordan River Parkway has so many sections that you can go to, or drive to.  There are options all over!

Top Picks for Spring Hikes and Walks in the Salt Lake Valley!

 

Little Cottonwood Trail

This trail is a little further up the canyon, maybe a mile or so.  It’s a little cooler than in the city, but not by much.  It’s got a lot of dirt trails that you can explore without much elevation gain, so it’ll be easy for the kids to participate.  As you can see in this post, the river is not underground here.

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Ensign Peak/State Capitol

We enjoyed our first warm day of the year by hiking Ensign Peak.  In fact, we just wrote about it!  We enjoyed ourselves so much that we decided we couldn’t go home, and stopped at the State Capitol.  The building is beautiful, and it’s  a lot of fun to walk around and take pictures.  If you decide to sit on the grass and simply enjoy the sunshine, watch where you sit…there may be deer droppings, ha ha!

 

Top picks for kid friendly spring hikes/walks in the Salt Lake Valley

 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Like the Jordan River Parkway, you can access this trail from a lot of different places.  The trail stretches from the Idaho Border to Nephi, Utah.  You can see different access points HERE.  We walked along part of the trail in Pleasant Grove, and it’s got great views!

 

6 top spring hikes and walks for kids

 

There are so many great options.  Where are your favorite outdoor places to explore in the spring?