Friday, August 14, 2009

Utah outdoor rankings

I haven't been everywhere in Utah, but based on where I have visited, here are my rankings for best the Beehive State has in outdoor adventures:

Top 10 overall Utah adventures---must do treks

1. Zion Narrows.
2.Delicate Arch.
3.Kings Peak.
4.Navajo Loop, Bryce Canyon.
5. Mount Nebo.
6. Frary Peak, Antelope Island
7. Angels Landing, Zion Park.
8. Notch Peak
9. Timpanogos Peak
10 (tie) . Navajo Mountain and Fremont Island.

The 5 most grueling day hikes in Utah:
1. Kings Peak
2. Mount Nebo
3. Lone Peak
4. Thurston Peak, from east Layton
5. Ben Lomond/Willard peaks, from N. Ogden Pass.

Five best outdoor adventures in the west, outside Utah:
1. Columbia Gorge Oregon.
2. Grand Canyon inner gorge
3. Mount Whitney, Calif.
4. Oregon Coast
5. Olympic National Park.

(Note: The top photo is looking down on Walter's Wiggles, part of the Angel's Landing Trail in Zion. The lower left photo is Delicate Arch and the lower right-hand photo is Lynn sitting on Ben Lomond Peak, Weber County.)

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