Summer 2019 Adventure Recap
We did a little bit of everything at Venture Out! this summer and we want to make sure that you can show your friends around the same wild spaces we learned to explore! Each of the weekly activities are linked and logistics are shared below.
If you go out, be sure to tag @summit.journeys and #ventureout #summitjourneys on your posts!
Parley’s Historic Nature Area
Parley’s Historic Nature Area is one of the best open spaces in the Salt Lake Area. With a rich cultural history, this trail system has been designed to be a fun place to explore and learn about there are spaces throughout the trip
SLC Overlook Hike
Meeting at the Desolation Trail Head, up Millcreek Canyon, we embarked on a 4.9 mile hike to the Salt Lake City overlook. With 1,325 feet of elevation gain, the hike is no joke! Plan to take breaks for water. The trail is well-shaded most of the way, making it a great option for an afternoon in the mountains (and will be a great display of colors this fall!). The SLC overlook can be a great point to turn around, or used as a mid-way point to continue up Mount Raymond.
Outdoor Tools & Skills
Knowing your way around knots, basic first aid, navigation and how to pack a bag are all skills that make it easier, and more fun, to play outdoors. Brush up on some of the skills every outdoors person needs to know!
Mill Creek River Romp
We hiked one mile up the mill creek itself. Starting just below Evergreen Park, the local community opened up their yards and property to allow a group of us to access Mill Creek. The water was running at a pretty quick pace and we were able to practice swift water crossing, group communication and navigation skills as we braved the chilly snowmelted waters.
Community Gardens Tour
Thank you to the Community Gardens Volunteers who took time out to show us around the Scott St. Gardens. Wasatch Community Gardens provide plots of land for community members to grow fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs in urban environments.
We learned about public access, what it takes to maintain a plot, and were introduced to some of the ways that we can get involved. For more information on the community gardens in your area, visit the link below.
Rock Climbing Big Cottonwood Canyon
Rock climbing can be an intimidating sport to get started in, so for our first venture out, we focused on understanding what equipment is needed, the types of rock climbing, and then actually getting on the rock. Dogwood Climbing Area (or crag, in climber speak) is a nice place for beginners to start climbing outdoors. For something even more accessible, Momentum Climbing offers climbing classes for all ages!
Pack Rafting Jordan River
The Jordan River Parkway is an open space on the west side of Salt Lake Valley that runs South to North connecting Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake. Currently being revitalized as a space for recreation, there are several sections of the Jordan River that have a safe flow rate and are fun to float. This summer, we floated the section that runs from 5300 South to 4800 South. The Jordan River Commission has mapped the sections, as well as the hazards, for community use. There is also a trail that runs along the length of the river that is great for biking, running, walking or rollerblading!
Grandeur Peak Summit
The last adventure of the summer, we reached our summit! Grandeur peak is the first peak south of Parley’s Canyon and not an easy hike! A 6.5 mile hike, with an award-winning 360 degree view, every step is worth it. For more information about the trail, visit the link below.