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Quick Hike to the Beautiful Bridal Veil Falls

Apparently we really like waterfalls.  Anywhere we travel to, we seem to seek them out on our adventures.  Another stop we made in the Columbia River Gorge was at Bridal Veil Falls.  The entrance to this waterfall is located just off the Historic Columbia River Scenic Highway.  

Once parked, we jumped out of the car, excited to see our first Oregon waterfall.  Bridal Veil Falls was extremely accessible and just about anyone could make the trek to the bottom of the waterfall.  There were some steep switchbacks, but roundtrip the hike is less than 3/4 of a mile.  There is a viewing point that offered great views of the falls.

In addition to a trail to the waterfall, there is also a very short trail that leads to some vantage points of the Columbia River.  Although beautiful, we were unimpressed with the fact that we could see the highway below us, detracting from the natural beauty of the area.

Bridal Veil Falls offers a quick chance to stretch your legs and a beautiful waterfall for those in the Portland area!  

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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! 

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