This is the first of three posts for yesterday’s diverse activities in Salt Lake City. We started things off with a short hike in nearby Millcreek Canyon in Wasatch National Forest.
One of the nicest things about Salt Lake City is the proximity of the mountains. A quick surf of the web showed a fine-looking hike up Alexander Basin in Millcreek Canyon. Happily Garmin made it easy to find the way — plotting a new course after finding freeway ramps closed and bringing us back by way of Jamba Juice…but I get ahead of the story.
We are on a tight timeline and need to be all cleaned up, dressed up, and lined up at the Salt Palace by 2pm. Fortunately, its only a short drive into the hills. In fact, we barely get off the freeway, drive a short ways on neighborhood streets, and find ourselves at the entrance.
Alexander Basin turns out to be part of Wasatch National Forest and has multiple picnic sites, cub scout camps and trailheads. We get a map at the entrance which shows where to leave the cars for cross-country in winter. Bordering the National Forest is a wilderness area with a few more trails. What a huge, wonderful resource!
Given our time constraints and need for exercise, we pick a short steep trail up Mt. Aires.
That pic looks a little dry (cell-phone blurry too, sorry) Compared to hiking the Santa Cruz mountains lately, this feels wonderfully moist and the gurgling brook sounds great. I am surprised to find a slug on the trail — perhaps a cousin to the Santa Cruz mascot, the banana slug.
The first fork in the trail is well-marked with a sign. We spent time checking each choice at the second fork before picking a route. Maybe its time to look into the trail map GPS devices
The clock and altitude conspire to turn us back well before the summit. Even so, I think it well worth getting out to play with the time available.