This past weekend was my first time hosting friends from the Midwest. It was so fun to show them around my new city and take them up into the Wasatch Mountains! It’s in between seasons here, where the temps in the city are fall temperatures, but the mountains are starting to get snow. We weren’t sure what to expect, but it was a blast hiking in the snow while the trees are still changing colors!
BRIDAL VEIL FALLS & STEWART FALLS
We started out with a short walk to Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon that is about 1 mile round trip with no elevation change. It was beautiful with all of the fall colors and would be a great place for families and walking dogs! The snow hadn’t hit yet and it was the perfect temps for Mid October.
Stewart Falls is near Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon. The hike is 3.5 miles round trip and 650 ft of elevation. There was a little snow around the trail but it was melted and somewhat muddy on the trail. The fall colors were beautiful the entire way. The waterfall was very small at the end but still gorgeous! The views of Sundance Resort with snow in the distance were amazing as well.
LAKE MARY AT BRIGHTON
This trail is about 3 miles round trip and 850 ft of elevation. When we got to this trail we weren’t expecting to see 14 inches of snow on the ground, but it was so beautiful! The snow wasn’t too packed down, so it was easy enough to climb without spikes or snowshoes. We saw a few backcountry skiers and snowboarders as well. The snow added a little time and challenge to the hike, but the views at the top were incredible. I’ve been on this hike 4 times now, and this was by far my favorite.
Lake Blanche is 7 miles round trip and 2700 ft of elevation. I’m glad we saved this hike for last because it was exhausting! The mountains got about 6 inches of fresh snow overnight and so it was snowy or muddy the entire way up. We were engulfed in clouds on the way up but they broke and the sun came out once we got to the top. The lake and peaks behind the lake were so beautiful. We stopped for lunch at the top and started making our descent as soon as the clouds took over again. The way down was extremely slippery and packed down, I would recommend spikes for anyone trying to do this hike with snow. We giggled the entire way down as we were trying to stabilize but slipped multiple times 🙂 It actually took us longer to get down than up because we were being so cautious. However, it was for sure my favorite hike of the weekend!
On our last night we decided to try the new bird electric scooters in Salt Lake and it was so fun! We took them from my neighborhood to local breweries and we had a blast touring town from the scooters! It was a little cold once the sun went down, but I can’t wait to use them again next summer!
Overall it was an amazing weekend, and I can’t wait for our next visitors in Salt Lake City!