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When the Snow Melts

Mountain biking through meadow

Courtesy of Utah Office of Tourism- Monique Beeley

Rent a bike and tear through the beautiful scenery in and around Salt lake.

If you are planning to arrive in Salt Lake anytime between early April and the end of October, don’t count on participating in any activities that involve ice or snow. But before you kick yourself for paying that extra $20 to check your skis, take a peek at our "how-to" guide for getting active during Salt Lake's warm season:

The Best Hike
If you are a pro (or want to look like one), check out the Deseret Peak via the Mill Fork Trail. Located in the Stansbury Mountains just west of SLC, you’ll climb more than 11,000 feet to the summit. The view is beyond breathtaking and one of the best in the area.
How to get to the trailhead
: Take I-80 west to Grantsville, and head south via South Willow Creek Canyon Road. The trail begins at the Loop Campground.
Length
: 7 miles

If you are an “in-betweener,” the Grandeur Peak via Church Fork is great. With a summit not quite as high (approximately 8,000 feet) and equally scenic views, this is an ideal hike for an intermediate hiker. You’ll be perched over the entire Salt Lake Valley and Parleys Canyon.
How to get to the trailhead
: Head to the Mill Creek Canyon, which is about 3 miles from the canyon mouth in the Church Fork Picnic Area. The trail should start a few steps north of Church Fork.
Length: 5.5 miles

If you’re a rookie, Secret Lake is your best bet. The mild terrain will take you through meadows filled with beautiful wildflowers. Once there, the alpine lake spelled Lake Cecret is picturesque and very swimable.
How to get to the trailhead
: You’ll find the Alboin Basin Campground at the end of the Little Cottonwood Canyon Road. The trail begins on the west side of the campground.
Length: Just over a mile

The Best Bike Ride
If you are looking for an easy ride with scenic views, take the Albion Basin Trail. The ride stretches from the base of the Alta Ski Area to one of the national forest’s most popular campgrounds, Albion Basin. We recommend ditching the bikes towards the end and hiking up to Catherine’s Pass where you’ll see phenomenal views of the Big Cottonwood Canyon.

A more intermediate ride would be through Mueller Park. The highly popular ride has a wonderful single-track trail that is arguably the best in the area. Expect tranquil forest views rather than mountains, and once you reach the top, get your camera ready for a picture perfect shot of the Great Salt Lake.

The best black diamond trail for bikers with experience is Wasatch Crest Trail. The route is part of the longer Great Western Trail, which spans from Canada to Mexico, but this section runs along the so-called “Backbone of Utah.” You’ll find yourself riding through meadows and forests, near cliffs and through basins. Just prepare yourself for a long day of peddling.

Where to rent
: Canyon Sports Ltd. has four locations in and around Salt Lake, 800-736-8754

The Best Climb
Utah has mountains that draw expert climbers from around the world, but the area also has a variety of cliffs and walls that are perfect for beginner or intermediate climbers.

Looking for a guide?
Utah Mountain Adventures (801-550 3986) has expert guides for all levels. It also offers an array of classes if you are looking to take your ability to the next level.

Rainy Day?
The Front Climbing Club is Salt Lake’s top indoor climbing facility. It has a wall that extends more than 10,000 square feet and is perfect for large groups! 801-466-7625

The Best Stroll
If you are looking for a less strenuous activity, look no further than Liberty Park (600 E. 1000 S.). Not far from downtown Salt Lake, the park is filled with activities for the entire family, including a playground, volleyball and tennis courts, horseshoe pits, a lake and a swimming pool. There are also benches and open grassy areas, which are ideal for tasty picnics.

The Best Fish
Looking to reel in a few? Utah's number one trout fishery, Strawberry Reservoir, can be found in Wasatch County, which is just about an hour drive from the city. You’ll find plenty of cutthroat and rainbow trout, along with kokanee salmon. The water is a striking blue color, and the scenery is incredible. Don’t expect to take home more than four fish, however. Depending on the size, there is an enforced limit, which anglers must abide to.

To rent a boat
, Strawberry Bay Marina, 435-548-2261

The Best Rapids:
We recommend getting set up with a guide before choosing your river, especially if you are a beginner. They will have the experience and knowledge to help you choose your adventure from there. Get in touch with Western River Expeditions, a river guide company that has been around for 50 years, taking trips on a variety of rivers in and around Salt Lake. You can choose the amount of time (anywhere from half a day to a week) and your level, and they will plan the rest. Contact the Salt Lake headquarters, 866-904-1160

For more information visit the Utah Office of Tourism

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