Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge, Draper, Utah

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The trails have been alive and busy with this beautiful weather Utah’s been having. After weeks of rain for the first weeks of summer and later part of spring, everyone is now out exploring.

Suspension Bridge Trail is in Draper, Utah which is about 15-20 minutes from the city, depending on time of day and traffic. There are a handful of access points to this trail and we chose the Orson Smith Park Trail Head to get to the bridge. This trail is a 2.3 RT loop, which is my favorite, with a 439 foot elevation change. That is information I found on my All Trails App. I’m glad this is the way we chose to start because the entrance of the trailhead has restrooms, water fountains, covered picnic tables and a rock area for children to play at. The restrooms were incredibly clean and smelled great! Totally unexpected plus!

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This trail has switchbacks left and right and going up is a significant incline, there’s a creek if you wanted to stop and soak up some shade. Otherwise, the trail doesn’t offer much shade. On the way up you’ll get decent views of the city but what you won’t be able to take your eyes off is the mansions in the valley as you go up. Once you get to the suspension bridge you’ll have a view of Bear Canyon and a watershed run off. Depending on the season, it may or may not be roaring. For us, the water was high and made for a relaxing view. We hung out on the bridge for a short bit before continuing, because it was just so hot!

My very best advice for this trail is to complete it clockwise! If you go counter clockwise, you’ll hit serious, steep switchbacks, which may exhaust kiddos or you if you’re carrying one. There were tons of kids on this trail and it’s super family friendly.

Have you downloaded the All Trails App? We just purchased a yearly subscription, which gives us access to saving our favorite hikes, different types of maps like weather overlay, trailhead markers, and so much more. The yearly subscription is only $30. For as much as we’ve been using it lately, I’d say it was worth it.

Happy hiking!

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Dark Trail in Settlement Canyon

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.

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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? IMG-1614IMG-1621