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Friday, June 20, 2014

5 Spectacular Mountain Peaks Plus 13 Little-Known Adventures

The snow is about gone from most mountain peaks in northern Utah and the wildflowers are coming on strong. The next two months will provide the best conditions of the year for people interested in climbing to the summit of one of our challenging mountain.

Utah offers a variety of summit hikes, from half-day treks to multiday adventures. If you have the desire, we have a mountain peak that will suit your physical condition and skill level.

The mountain trails east of the Salt Lake Valley are excellent choices because they are readily accessible, offer plenty of trail choices and provide incredible views.

This blog, originally published on Liftopia and picked up by huffingtonpost.com, provides a good rundown of the Salt Lake peaks. Here's their five recommendations:

  • Mount Wire (Big Beacon) - Difficulty: Moderate, only because the distance is short.
  • Grandeur Peak - Difficulty: Moderate
  • Mount Raymond - Difficulty: Strenuous.
  • Mount Olympus - Difficulty: Strenuous
  • The Pfeifferhorn - Difficulty: Strenuous butt-kicker

The title above comes from this article by Carrie Clark, published on matadornetwork.com and sponsored by the Utah Office of Tourism.

The adventures mentioned are great but, with all due respect, the title and slant are deceptive. I list their 13 adventures below. A few are relatively unknown, at least to a national audience. But seriously, do they really expect us to believe most people have never heard of car racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats? Or adventure racing in Moab? Give me a break.

Here's their list:
1. Packrafting the Maze, Canyonlands National Park
2. Salt-flat car racing, Bonneville Salt Flats
3. Climbing the Fisher Towers, Castle Valley
4. Sailing on Utah Lake, Utah Lake State Park
5. Braving the via ferrata, Ogden
6. Adventure racing, Moab
7. Paddling the Flaming Gorge Reservoir, Manila
8. Canyoneering Neon Canyon, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument
9. Wilderness survival camp, Boulder
10. Hang-gliding or paragliding in Flight Park State Recreation Area, Lehi
11. Mountaineering the Wasatch Mountains, Central Utah
12. ATVing, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park
13. Mountain biking Antelope Island, Antelope Island State Park

– Dave Webb

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