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Hikes for Your Personality

Escape the heat and get your heart pumping when you hit the trail this summer.

Outdoor enthusiast Lori Lee shares a fresh collection of hikes that are not all hard core.

Couch Potato: The Living Room - University of Utah & Fort Douglas

The easy-access trailhead makes The Living Room a favorite with college students and people who work in the research park below. It can be a quick workout or a romantic place to watch the sunset, but either way the trail is well traveled. The trail cuts off from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail into George's Hollow directly behind research park.

Flower Lover: Brighton Lakes Tour - Big Cottonwood Canyon

Brighton Lakes Trail passes three lakes: Lake Mary, Martha and Catherine. Before you come to the first lake, there is also a spur to Dog Lake, which sits only 500 feet off the main trail. Known for its lush summer wildflowers, this area is the home of the Wasatch Flower Festival and during late July and early August wild flowers typically line the path. This is a popular, family-friendly hike and you will find people of all ages making the trek to these scenic alpine lakes.

Stroller Pusher: Kays Creek Parkway - Layton

This Layton city park contains 4.5 miles of paved trails that run next to 100 acres of sometimes dense vegetation and more open marshland. Although just minutes from large subdivisions and usy streets, the park is a quiet retreat in the bottom of Hobbs Hollow. A quick retreat from the bustle of city life with 4 trailheads found in different neighborhoods.

Workout Woman: Lake Blanche - Big Cottonwood Canyon

This is not the road less traveled. Though the climb is strenuous, the trailhead is easily accessible, the trail straightforward and the destination a scenic glacial tran at the base of Sundial Peak ,which lords over the cirque below. One of the area's more popular hikes, it provides a climb through shaded forst, up canyon meadows and over glacially cut quartzite to 3 lakes at the top of the canyon: Lake Blanche and her sister lakes, Lillian and Florence to the west. Slabs of quartzite and the surrounding forests allow space and time for reflection and exploration once you reach the lakes at the top.

Wild for Waterfalls: Ghost Falls - Draper

Ghost Falls can be accessed from every trailhead in the Corner Canyon system of trails found behind the LDS Draper temple, but when accessed from the Ghost Falls trailhead, the hike is a pleasant downhill stroll, complete with shade, gurgling springs, and seasonal wildflowers. Short and sweet, with a scenic waterfall at the end, this trail is perfect as a family hike with youngsters or a quick forested get-away. Ghost falls is so named because no one knows where the water from the falls comes from. Natural springs in the mountain apparently surface here to form the falls.

Dog Walker: Dog Lake from Mill Creek Canyon - Mill Creek Canyon

Dog Lake is a centerpiece in the maze of trails that run between MillCreek and Big Cottonwood Canyons. The wide, packed trail from MillCreek is easy to follow and climbs amidst the lush alpine environment. Big Cottonwood Canyon is a watershed canyon, so approaching from Mill Creek Canyon is the only route dogs are allowed to take to the lake.

Self-guide on these hikes and many more using Lori's new book, " Best Hiking Trails near Salt Lake City" found at all bookstores in the SLC area, including Dolly's, Kings English, Barnes and Noble, BYU, Travel Bug, Utah Museum of natural History, Utah Geographic and of course It is also available in all outdoors stores that carry books, including Wasatch Touring, REI, Jan's Mountain Outfitters, Hansen Mountaineering.

Lori J. Lee is a 27 year resident of Utah and has written for the Outdoor Recreation industry for the past 15 years. She is the author of three previous gidebooks: Wild Weekends in Utah, The Best Snowshoe Trails of the Wasatch and Yurts of Utah. Lori currently resides with her two sons in Bountiful, Utah, and spends her time exploring Utah's trailes on foot, snowshoes, skis and her bike.

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