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Sorry for the delay in getting this week's hike posted. As per normal, we'll meet at 6:30 and start hiking at 6:45. The trail his week starts at Morris Reservoir at 18th Ave. We'll meander about above the Avenues for approximately 4.5 miles. Here is a link to the trail generally:
The trail has a few steep sections but is generally flat for a Wednesday night and should be free of snow [I know, I thought that next week]. Nonetheless, it is always wise to bring spikes. And we might also come across some mud. Finally, this hike is dog friendly.
With a little fresh snow in the forecast Friday morning and a relatively full moon, let's kick off the weekend right with afternoon and night skiing at Brighton. I aim to get up there around 2:00 p.m. [this is a soft time as it depends on canyon traffic, when I get off work, and parking]. Feel free, though, to filter in when you can make it up to Brighton. The plan will be to stay until 8 or 9 p.m., depending on evening snow conditions. For those not familiar with night skiing at Brighton, they have 22 trails, lit by over 200 lights, open after 4:00 p.m. Most of the night skiing trials are blues/intermediate. Although, conditions can be icier in the evening. Nonetheless, this can be a good opportunity for those who want to get out and ski but don't have an IKON pass. Currently, tickets through the resort webpage are $99 for 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and $57 for just the night skiing from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. For Ikon pass holders, you can use a day for night skiing; and, in fact, a "Day" on the Ikon pass allows you to ski anytime you want from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hope to see you Friday.
Note: Because these are evening hikes, it's strongly recommended that you bring a flashlight.
Because these hikes fill up quickly, each week's RSVP period will open one week before the hike to avoid them filling up too quickly.
Making new friends in your 20's and 30's can be tough with jobs, tight money, time and not quite knowing where to look. Salt Lake has a reputation for being particularly rough in this aspect, especially for new arrivals. And that was BEFORE COVID-19. That's why I'm RE-starting the 20's & Early 30's Thursday Night Social Hikes. ( I'm aware there's a 20's & 30's social group on meetup. This is specifically for those of us in Utah Outdoors and/or prefer hiking to bowling, concerts and awkward nights at the bar. ) And while we all love our older friends; since this hike is geared towards making it easier for our younger adult group members to make friends and connections, while still in a socially responsible setting, I'm asking that if you're outside the age range of 20-35, just wait until the day of the hike to snag any remaining slots. The aim is to keep the group at least 75% within that 20-35 age group but older group members are welcome. These hikes are going to be entirely focused on the social aspect of hiking. Each group will be limited to a maximum of 10 people (but potentially less depending on the hike), not just for safety but also to encourage a more intimate group where people can more easily hold conversations, get to know each other and make new friends to keep in-touch with outside group events. Routes will be easy to moderate and should take less than ~2.5 hours to walk. Face masks and hand sanitizer are encouraged until COVID-19 is behind us. Utah might be a dry, arid climate where viruses don't typically fair well outside, but the goal is to maintain sanity, meet new friends and welcome newcomers to Utah with as minimal risk to everyone as we can manage. Trails are going to be picked at least partially on how heavily trafficked they are. Note: Because of regular no-shows, I now have a policy that repeated no-shows will get you removed from hikes. I understand life happens, but repeatedly tying up slots on hikes and denying others a chance to get out is a problem; so folks who no-show twice will be moved to the waitlist in favor of other people for a minimum of one month. If you're on the waitlist and added to the hike on the same day you'll get a pass and it won't count against you. This policy only applies if the hike has a waitlist. Other hikes that are open group size do not have this rule.
This is intended to be more of a social event than a hike! That being said, this is also a great beginner hike and a great event for those who are looking to start hiking.
The event will generally begin 15 minutes after the posted start time.
We will be hiking about 3 miles round-trip, stopping halfway to socialize and watch the sunset (during the summer) or enjoy the view of the city lights (during the winter). We will be making frequent stops on the way back to make sure the group stays together on the way back.
Bring a headlamp!
Well behaved dogs are welcome on this hike.
## The start time of this event may be adjusted throughout the summer/fall to account for the time of sunset changing. It's is our goal to have the event start approximately 1 hour before sunset, or at 6:30 pm in the winter. ##
Some of you might feel more comfortable joining your hike if you know a bit about the event host! Feel free to check out his Facebook page, link below.
We want everyone to feet comfortable and safe. If you ever run into any issues with anyone in the group, please send us an email and let us know. We take issues seriously!