|View from foothills behind Salt Lake City|
We are lucky!
Just minutes from downtown Salt Lake City lie the Wasatch mountains and a vast winter playground. With wintery weather, it’s easy to lock yourself inside and get the winter blues. I have found the best way to combat the blues is to head outside and enjoy the snow. However, I hate being cold. The first time my spouse suggested snow shoeing, I wanted to bite his head off. No way was I going outside to freeze.
Begrudgingly, I tried it anyway and have never looked back. I love my spouse for getting me to strap on a pair of snowshoes.
|Lake Blanche Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon|
On days when the avalanche danger is low to moderate, the trails that end at a lake give me a great goal to reach.
The Lake Blanche Trail, a few miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon is one of my favorites. It’s close to home with scenery to die for.
|Can you guess what animal this belongs to?|
If you guessed I saw a moose, you were right. In fact, I didn’t see just one but two. The good news is they were standing in the trees and not on the trail an merely watched as I walked by. The bad news is that they were in the trees and I couldn’t get a clear picture of them.
|View of Twin Peaks|
Sometimes the trails are packed down enough that snowshoes are an option. However, the cleats on the snowshoes help with the icy hills even on packed trails. For the brave, a winter campout is a great way to enjoy the longer hikes. I haven’t tested my bravery to that extent.
Brisk snowshoeing is definitely a great aerobic exercise that keeps me warm and build s endorphins to prevent me from getting depressed during winter. The more I snowshoe, the more I enjoy winter. I have made it a goal to venture out one to two days a week this year and it’s been the best winter in a long time. In fact, I’ll be a little sad when the snow melts.
- Dress appropriately – Lighter, breathable jackets and gloves work best.
- Pack food, water, extra warm clothing, and a shovel and beacon for backcountry.
- Bring optional hiking poles.
- Check avalanche danger.
- Know the backcountry risks and plan accordingly.
- Bring a buddy.
- Don’t forget your camera.
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