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5 Reasons to spend a day at Causey Reservoir

During our time in Utah, we found a "diamond in the rough" if you will. Located northeast of Ogden, you will find a beautiful little reservoir that doesn't allow motor crafts on the water. If that isn't reason enough to visit, we've brought you our top 5. 

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1. Remote

Causey Reservoir is located in a relatively remote area.  (We did not have any phone service while there.)  The drive is beautiful and gives you a great view of the mountains and creeks aligning the area. As long as you pack everything you will need for the day, it's well worth the trip. Causey will be the only thing around so it is quiet, peaceful, and everyone there is enjoying it with you. 

2. Water Activities

The main reason we decided to go to Causey was that it is a non-wake reservoir. Meaning you won't find any powerboats flying around. This makes it ideal for Kayaking, SUP, canoeing, cliff jumping, and swimming. 

3. Hike or Horseback ride the Skull Creek Trail

There is a beautiful hike that explores the south side of the reservoir. At just under 5 miles total, it is an easy hike with wonderful views of the surrounding area.  It is an easy, shaded trail with no turnoffs.  Dogs are also allowed! When you reach the river you will find a nice little camping spot, which leads us to our next reason.

4. Camping

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Bring your day packs, hike the Skull Creek Trail (or kayak up the river) and camp! There is a great little camping area nestled at the end of the river with tree shelter all around. 

5. Pink Salmon

Yep, that's right. For anyone looking to fly fish or see some wild salmon, this is the spot. Throughout the late summer and fall, wild pink salmon will be swimming in the river. We saw quite a bit on our trip in September!

Well, there you have it. Those are our top 5 reasons to visit Causey Reservoir, we hope you get out there and give it a shot in the near future! 

Ending Summer in Sunny Salt Lake City, Utah
Liberty Park  

Liberty Park 

For Labor Day weekend, we decided to pack up our hiking boots and head to Utah. This was Sarah's first trip to Utah and we were both ecstatic to enjoy the great outdoors. 

Salt Lake City is one of those places, that you get mapped out within the first few hours of being there. With an extremely easy grid system, you'll be able to get around in no time.... oh and everything is less than 15 minutes away. 

Fresh peach from farmer's market  

Fresh peach from farmer's market 

Morning: 
If you happen to be in SLC on a Saturday, start your day off at the Downtown Farmers Market. While there, grab breakfast from any of the local company stands, food trucks, or shop from some of the merchants. From here you can head to one of the three Publik Kitchen locations to get some locally roasted coffee and stomach filling brunch. 

Afternoon: 
If you aren't planning on heading out of SLC for the afternoon to hike, paddleboard, ski, or any of the other adventures in the area you can still find plenty to do within city limits. Take a walk in Liberty Park.  This beautiful park in the middle of the city has a lot to offer. From ponds, walking/running paths, fire pits, tennis courts, to Tracy Aviary you can spend hours here without ever getting bored. Sugarhouse is another great park and neighborhood, with tons of cute homes and shops you can take your time to feel like a local. Another great shopping option is downtown at the City Creek Center.

Nightlife: 
Once the sun goes down, there are still plenty of things to do around the city. Whether you're attending a Utes football game, grabbing dinner at ninth & ninth, hanging out in the Sugarhouse neighborhood, or heading to one of the bars downtown, you'll find plenty of great options. Our favorite cocktail spot on the trip was Under Current, we loved the industrial vibe and the cocktails were great.  Another popular option is Beer Bar/Bar-X, a pair of bars right next each other owned by Ty Burrell (Phil Dunphy on Modern Family) and his family. 

 

If you have any other suggestions, feel free to leave them in the comments below. We'll be sure to add them to our list of things to do when we return to SLC!

Watch a Sunset Over The Great Salt Lake
Antelope Island State Park  

Antelope Island State Park 

If you ever find yourself in Salt Lake City, do yourself a favor and take the 45 minute drive to Antelope Island State Park. You won't regret it. 

On our last night in Salt Lake City, we decided to head out to Antelope Island for a quiet evening and were awarded with great weather and beautiful views.

Free range bison grazing  

Free range bison grazing 

Antelope Island State Park is one of those hidden gems that is unlike anything else around. It feels like stepping back in time as you watch the herds of free range bison grazing in every direction. 

After parking it is a short 1/2 mile hike to Buffalo Point, a great spot to set up a picnic and enjoy the views. Looking back to the east, you see the seven canyons that surround Salt Lake City soaking up the last of the day. To the west is The Great Salt Lake, spreading across the horizon as the sun sinks. 

In case you can't make it, here is a quick timelapse from our trip.  

Trust us, the views are well worth the $10 entrance fee.

Donut Falls - A Tasty Utah Hike
The final stage of the hike to Donut Falls

The final stage of the hike to Donut Falls

DISCLAIMER: There is no food provided on this hike, but we can promise you some fun.

One of the most popular hikes in the Salt Lake City area, is a short and fun hike to the magnificent Donut Falls. It is an easy 3.5 mile total out and back trail. The trailhead is right of of the Big Cottonwood Canyon Road. This hike is located in the watershed area, so dogs and swimming are not allowed.

Starting with a gradual trail through a beautiful creek bed and cottonwoods area, it's calming and easy. After a few miles you come to the waterfall scramble, you hike through some shallow waters and start your way up weaving your way up the rocks.

Donut Falls

Donut Falls

Eventually you reach the cave, where the oh so famous "Donut Falls" are. Due to the popularity of this hike you might have to wait to get into the cave. Once inside you'll be standing in icy mountain water, but with an incredible view of the waterfall.  

Cody above Donut Falls  

Cody above Donut Falls 

From here you can head above the cave to do a little more scramble hiking up or turn back to the trailhead. Cody did a little exploring above the cave and was awarded with some beautiful aerial views of the landscape and countless hikers on the trail. 

If you are in the Salt Lake City area and looking for a short, easy, but rewarding hike we recommend Donut Falls... especially throughout the summer and fall seasons. 

Brighton Lakes, Moose, & Sunset Peak
Sunset Peak overlooking Brighton Lakes

Sunset Peak overlooking Brighton Lakes

Looking back on our trip, our favorite hike was the Brighton Lakes hike in Brighton, Utah. It was perfect weather, beautiful scenery, and we ran into very few people on the trail. 

Brighton is a beautiful 40 minute drive southeast of Salt Lake City.  Driving on Big Cottonwood Canyon Road in September may be one of the most breathtaking drives we've ever experienced. Arriving at the trailhead on a crisp morning, we strapped up the hiking boots and headed out.  

The beautiful thing about this hike is that you can make it as easy or difficult as you would like. It is an out and back trail allowing you to turn back at any of the three lakes or press on to the top of Sunset Peak.  We decided on the latter. After a quick and somewhat steep elevation gain we ended the first mile with Lake Mary. The water was down after a hot summer, but the granite formation surrounding Lake Mary were so calming. We sat here a little while to take it all in and then headed on. 

Sarah enjoying the view of Lake Mary

Sarah enjoying the view of Lake Mary

The second stop, Lake Martha brought us our first trail friend of the trip - a young moose, who lazily laid at the edge of the water until Cody got a little too close to take a picture. Bullwinkle (our name for him), then stood up to let Cody know who was boss. It was at that moment we decided it was best to say our goodbyes.

Bullwinkle at Lake Martha

Bullwinkle at Lake Martha

Lake Catherine is the final lake on this hike, sitting perfectly between the peaks of Brighton.  We grabbed a quick snack and decided to shoot for Sunset Peak. From here it was switchback after switchback until we reached the top and realized this was our first summit together! It was a great and windy feeling.  We snapped a few photos and headed back down. 

Cody decided to take the "trail less traveled," which we quickly realized was just a water runoff. After what seemed like an hour of scrambling and Sarah whining that our lives were endangered we made it back to Lake Catherine.  From here it was a smooth sailing back to the trailhead. 

 

 

 

Us after summiting Sunset Peak

Us after summiting Sunset Peak

Bells Canyon Waterfall Hike
Bells Canyon Waterfall

Bells Canyon Waterfall

It has been awhile since we have had a post on here, but in January 2016 we sold our car.  Doing so we have found that it has been significantly harder to get out and explore! 

Salt Lake City has been on our list of places to visit for quite some time. We booked our trip back in June leaving us plenty of time to plan out our trip.  At the top of our list of things to do was hike as much as we could.  Something that makes Salt Lake City unique is its proximity to so many beautiful outdoor destinations.  

One of the resources we used to plan our trip was a website and app called The Outbound.  The Outbound offers trail guides, tips, and advice on everything from packing lists to directions to the trail head.  We came upon the Bells Canyon hike using The Outbound.

The trail head is only about 30 minutes outside Salt Lake City.  We went on a Saturday so the parking lot was full, but the trail is long enough that we only saw people in passing.  The beginning of the trail takes you to the watershed lake, which was nearly dry at the time we were there.  From the lake, we continued on up to the waterfall.  We got caught in a passing rain storm which gave us time to have a snack and take a few sips of water. The hike quickly turned into a near scramble as we huffed and puffed our way to the top.  

Sarah enjoying the beautiful stream running off of the waterfall

Sarah enjoying the beautiful stream running off of the waterfall

Stepping out from the woods to see the waterfall made every step worth it.  Not only was the waterfall beautiful, but the views of the valley were unbelievable as well.  We took time to enjoy the view and explored around the top.  After snapping some pictures, we headed back toward the valley.

A view of the valley from the top of the hike

A view of the valley from the top of the hike