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What is SNOWSHOEING? It is an excellent way to hike through beautiful mountains during the winter months! Utah's parks and trails offer scenic and otherworldly experiences in the winter. This is our first time ever as an Outdoor Afro community, snowshoeing through a peaceful forest, connecting with the Zen of nature. All these options are available close to the city, in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. WE WILL MEET AT THE SALT LAKE CITY REI AT 10 TO GET OUR FREE SNOW SHOE RENTALS (WITH HOPES OF HEADING TO MILLCREEK CANYON AT 10:30). Want to know more? Check out this video from REI about HOW TO SNOWSHOE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ElcaPr5Zkg There is a $3 fee per car. LET'S FIGURE OUT CARPOOLING IN THE REI PARKING LOT. What to wear? Bottoms: Base Layer bottoms- Some sort of light breathable moisture wicking layer like you might wear skiing. Your classic Fruit of the loom long underwear are fine. Water Resistant Pants- Ski pants work great or any light nylon shell pant. If waterproof pants are not available, heavy jeans or canvas pants can work along with base layer for a short day like we have planned. Warm Winter Socks- Any long warm thicker sock is fine. Wearing two pair of socks is not advised as this can cause discomfort between two layers inside boots. Winter Boots- Winter boots are the best option for snowshoeing as you want to keep your feet warm and dry throughout the day. If not winter specific boots, a waterproof hiking or work boot will work. Tops: Base Layer Top- Just like base layer bottoms. Any light moisture wicking top. 2nd Layer- Can be sweatshirt, sweater, fleece pullover, or anything along those lines. Jacket- Wear a waist length light to mid weight winter coat, water resistant or waterproof if you have it. Knee Length heavy parkas can be over kill as your likely to get too hot while hiking. If the body sweats to much the moisture will create opposite effect and make you become cold as you slow down. The key is to be warm, but have clothing that breathes. Light to mid weight puffer jackets are perfect. Extra Layer- Its nice to have an extra layer you can shed or put on as needed. This can be a light pull over or light jacket you can tie around you waist or put in a backpack when not needed. Winter Hat Winter Gloves Sunglasses or Goggles- Optional. Can be helpful on sunny or snowy days although not necessary to enjoy the day. Optional Gear: Backpack- A small hiking pack is helpful to shed extra layers, keep water, and snacks. Not essential though. Extra layer can be tied around waist, snack, and water can be stored in clothing pockets. Nourishment: Water - It's important to stay hydrated Snacks- Although not necessary, its important for people with low blood sugar to have a light snack like a protein bar.
Fifth Water Hot Springs Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Spanish Fork, Utah that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. These hot springs are a very fun and scenic attraction. There are several pools of varying temperatures along with a beautiful waterfall. Be sure to wear shoes when walking between pools as there have been reports of broken glass on the trail. Visit https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/utah/fifth-water-hot-springs-trail for more details about what to expect! Review our liability waiver here: http://outdoorafro.com/waiver/