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Backpacker Magazine – August 2012

From The Field: West

Our trail scouts' top local hikes

by: Sarah L. Stewart


Sunset Peak, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, UT
Rick Gardiner, Murray, UT
Don’t let Salt Lake City’s 90°F heat lull you into forgetting a windbreaker: “Typically, it’s 10 to 15 degrees cooler at the trailhead than in the valley, and another 10 to 15 degrees cooler at the summit because of the wind,” Gardiner says. Look for moose at marshy Lake Martha, one of four lakes you’ll pass on this 5.3-mile out-and-back to Sunset Peak’s 10,650-foot summit and its 360-degree views of Snowbird, the Uintas, and Mt. Timpanogos. Trip ID 5746

“The snow melted early this year, so July should be prime time for wildflowers along the trail.”




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