Utah's Favorite Hiking Trails


Utah's Favorite Hiking Trails
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Utah's Favorite Hiking Trails
Manufacturer by David Day, from Rincon Publishing Co.
Page By Bob Sihler
Page Type Mar 11, 2007 / Aug 28, 2007
Object ID 2805
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Product Description

Peaks, canyons, deserts, streams, etc.-- this book covers a little of everything in the great state of Utah, from very popular areas to little-known ones and from day hikes to extended wilderness trips.

There are in particular many trails for the Wasatch, the Uintas, and the national parks. Day also rates the hikes from 1 to 5 stars, 5 being the highest, to indicate his own enjoyment of the particular trail. 10 hikes that are his favorites-- Kings Peak, Naturalist Basin, Timpanogos, the Zion Narrows, Chesler Park, Devils Garden, East Rim of Zion, Kolob Arch, Upper Muley Twist Canyon, Calf Creek Falls, Coyote Gulch-- make a nice collection of all the best Utah has to offer.

As its name implies, this is a hiking guide, though there are quite a few hikes to mountaintops or to passes from which one can climb to them.

The book has excellent photographs, directions, distance and elevation information, and red tape information.



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Bob Sihler - Aug 28, 2007 10:25 am - Voted 5/5

Overall Great Value
Over the years, I have owned a few different guidebooks for exploring Utah, and this one by far has been the best.

The two things I like best about the book:

1) Its variety— Divided into northern and southern sections using I-70 as a boundary line, the book includes alpine peaks, slot canyons, prehistoric ruins and rock art sites, natural arches and bridges, and more. Hikes of all skill levels and types (day hikes, overnighters, floats and wades) are described, and a few require scrambling and/or rope.

2) Its detail— Good maps, including trail mileages, come with the hike descriptions. Elevation gain/loss is clearly listed. Directions to trailheads are good.

The book is not much of a mountaineering book, though it does include routes up some of Utah’s best-known peaks: King’s Peak, Mount Timanogos, Mount Nebo, and Deseret Peak are a few of them. But the book gives one ideas—I’ve followed more than one hike in this book and turned it into an off-trail scramble or ramble over uncelebrated peaks or slickrock wilderness.

Just two criticisms, neither of which should be enough to dissuade someone from using this guide:

1) Day sometimes editorializes about conservation issues. Although that is his right since it is his book, and although I tend to agree with what he says, it somewhat detracts from the purpose of the book.

2) There are only two hikes west of I-15. However, remember the title-- although there are some great hikes in the Silver Island Mountains and the House Range, for instance, they certainly are not among Utah’s most popular.

tp - Jan 30, 2008 9:19 pm - Voted 5/5

Good Information
This book contains some good info on specific areas. It's not much for information on climbing though. I have used it to plan a few very good trips.

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