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James Spruell, Ph.D.

Around the Area

Healthy living, community involvement, and an active lifestyle are important choices that we make on a daily and weekly basis

The Salt Lake City area has a number of wonderful locations that provide hiking, backpacking, stream fishing, and camping. Popular destinations with easy access from 215 include Donut Falls, Ledgemere Picnic area, and many others.


Outdoor Activities

Battle Creek Falls

Battle Creek Falls

Battle Creek Falls is located along a narrow, and occasionally steep trail just outside of Pleasant Grove, Utah. The trail itself continues 2.4 miles below and above the Falls, intersecting the Curly Springs trail at 1.1 mile before joining the Dry Creek trail at 2.4 miles.

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Timpanogos Cave - the Hike


Timpanogos Cave National Monument is a popular destination for adventurers and families wanting to explore underworld caves. But did you know that it is also a very popular hiking destination!

The trail up to the cave has incredible scenic views of American Fork canyon and the surrounding area. The hike is about 1.5 miles ... read more



Granite Flats

Granite Flats

Granite Flats is located in the beautiful American Fork Canyon with camping sites scattered among Aspen, Douglas Fir, and Spruce stands. Campsites are easily accessed and conveniently located near water and restrooms. Picnic tables and fire pits are available.

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Donut Falls - Spring

Donut Falls

Donut Falls is certainly beautiful in summer months, but the spring snow adds a rustic, rugged look. Melting snows and lingering ice can make the hike a bit slippery, but this past Saturday (May 17) there were many toddlers, children making it up to the falls -- with Mom & Dad's help of course.

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Donut Falls - Summer

Donut Falls

Donut Falls is a popular, family friendly hike that can be enjoyed by most everyone. The trail wanders along a beautiful stream as it passes through woods and meadows on its way up to the falls. The trail is well marked, child friendly, and provides scenic views of the mountains, forest, and wildlife

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Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes

Twin Lakes is about a 1 mile hike (each way) with the trailhead branching off the trail around Silver Lake. And even though I would rate the trail has having a pretty good elevation rise (about 700 feet), I still saw many toddlers -- several on the shoulders of Dad -- making the trek on a recent Saturday.

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Silver Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon

Silver Lake at the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon

Silver Lake is a family friendly area with picnic tables, fishing (with a Utah State fishing license), and hiking for a great summer outing. On a typical Summer Saturday morning families with toddlers, even babies in strollers, can be found enjoying the 3/4 mile (approximate) walk around the lake.

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Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail | Upper 2/3

A bridge alone the Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Hiking the complete trail -- approximately 7 miles -- is a great workout for the biker, jogger, and most hikers. The path is very popular -- especially on Saturdays -- with a combination of couples, singles, a few with gray hair, and even some 3-8 year olds.

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Bell Canyon

Bell Canyon

Hiking the complete trail at Bell Canyon is probably for the more adventuresome, i.e., sections will likely require some serious huffing & puffing even for the experienced!

Love the trail -- the stream is beautiful and once you get up the hill, the view of the valley is striking.

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Temple Quarry Trail / Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Temple Quarry Trail

The Temple Quarry Trail is a popular & family friendly destination that includes natural and historic points of interest that range from mountain scenery to any number of historical tidbits. On the historic side, Mormon pioneers once used the granite from the quarry in their temple construction beginning in 1862.

The Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail is a little more taxing and continues... read more



Ledgemere Picnic Area

Ledgemere Picnic Area

Ledgemere is one of my favorite picnic areas with convenient highway access located approximately 1.4 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon Road.

The site runs along Big Cottonwood Canyon with a number of hiking trails across the highway. Tables are located along a gentle river with scenic views of the mountain and surrounding area. read more



Hiking Videos

Hiking the Narrows Hiking the Narrows in Zion National Park, courtesy of markdroberts, gives a quick peek at hiking (wading, even swimming at times) the Narrows 1:19.



Extreme Hiking EXTREME HIKING Angels landing with the 7d, courtesy of LonnyandDeanne, is very well done! Great photography of one families' hike up the world's tallest sandstone cliffs. 3:27. YouTube has a solid selection of hiking videos that can give you a better idea of some of the trails. (Search on "Hiking Utah".


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