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Willow Heights Trail To Lake

This is a short two mile round trip hike suitable for most ages and hiking experience. I'll repost the description from the previous time this was done. Should be very beautiful and sunny!

Directions to Meetup: We will meet at the park and ride located at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon @ 7200 S and Wasatch Blvd and car to the trailhead.  To get there from anywhere in the Salt Lake Valley, take I-215 until you reach the 6200 South Exit. Drive east on 6200 S. and the road will turn into Wasatch Boulevard. Continue on Wasatch Boulevard south until you come to the intersection with Fort Union Boulevard (7200 South). There is a 7-Eleven on the South-West corner of the intersection. Turn left at the intersection towards Big Cottonwood Canyon. The park and ride will immediately be on the left.

Directions to trailhead: Follow Big Cottonwood Canyon Road approximately 11.1 miles up the canyon to Silver Fork Lodge, and then go an additional 0.2 miles and park on the right hand side of the road. This trail begins on the north side of the road, where there is a narrow paved road leading to a residential area. There isn't a designated parking area.

Willow Heights Trail: This is a two mile round trip hike with an elevation gain of around 640’ that leads to a beautiful mountain lake up Big Cottonwood Canyon. This will be one of the more moderate hikes we will be doing on Wednesday nights due to the elevation gain but the payoff is gorgeous.  This is a fairly short hike and therefor is suitable for beginners. The trail will start out in an aspen grove and will stay within the trees for most of the hike. Depending on the time of year, wild flowers can be plentiful on the entire hike.  Near the end of the trail it opens to a meadow, and just across the meadow is the lake. The hike continues around the small lake.

Dogs: Are not allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Salt Lake City Watershed Restrictions apply and are strictly enforced.

Moose: Be cautious in this area. Do not approach any moose you encounter on or near trails. Moose may seem calm and tame, but they are not! Moose are wild and unpredictable.

Please review the moose safety tips on the below link.

http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/moose.html

Be prepared: Be sure to carry plenty of water. Additionally please be prepared for the hike, the below link is a good resource for beginners to review before hiking.

http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html

After the hike: There will be the option of heading down to the Canyon Inn to socialize by the fire. The Canyon Inn is a bar but there is great pizza and everyone is welcome!  Or we could go elsewhere.

The Canyon Inn is located at 3700 Fort Union Blvd across Wasatch Blvd from the park and ride.



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  • Kathy T.

    The sky was so blue and clear--sparkling snow, warm sunshine and great company! Thanks for hiking Renee and Lori

    January 20, 2014

  • Kathy T.

    The parking lot is pretty full. I'm in a gray subaru impreza parked near the bathrooms.

    January 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will I need snow shoes or micro spikes. Thank you.

    January 19, 2014

    • Kathy T.

      Yes to microspikes and if we want to go around the lake we better have snowshoes. Rhonda and I found that out today---we were postholing and laughing so hard we could hardly get out! We didn't go around the lake.

      January 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to change my mind but I just noticed dogs are not allowed in the canyon.

    January 19, 2014

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