Hi friends! Today our little family geared up for a hike close to home. We also loaded up our Fur Baby, Emma (AKA Em Bemz, Emmi, Emma McMann) for her first hike since our honeymoon 3 years ago! Emma isn’t perfect, but she’s perfect for trails. It was so nice to travel a short distance to a trail. It made me feel extra grateful for living and being in a tranquil place.
Dark Trail in Settlement Canyon
is about 35 minutes from the city of Salt Lake and 15 minutes from Stansbury Park. It is 3.3 miles round trip. It didn’t offer the beautiful mountain views and it honestly didn’t have a “reward” at the end! HOWEVER, it was the perfect hike for our family today and I’ll tell you why!
It was quiet, well paved, so green, running water, shaded while also having the sun peeking through, and a good elevation change of 393ft. The most amazing thing about this trail was how there were open spots to stop and rest or in our case let Declan stretch his legs. I’ve had so much on my mind lately. Eric and I got to declutter my thoughts a bit. These conversations usually occur at the dinner table, but it was such a nice change of pace and scenery to figure it all out.
You can also take your horses on this trail and dogs are allowed as long as they’re leashed. We saw a lot of runners, backcountry campers, and birds! This is an easy hike for anyone looking for an afternoon unwind or a quiet, shaded run out of the Utah sun! I was really glad we decided to check this trail off our list today, get regrouped, and also let Emmi get her paws dirty!
Anyone else just need some time outside and fresh air to declutter their thoughts!? What helps you feel centered and focused?