Snowshoeing with All Seasons Adventures
Keep an eye out for hidden Spanish gold while snowshoeing in the wild Uinta Mountains. Legend has it that there is enough gold to “pay off the national debt”! Although that claim was made back when Butch Cassidy and his Sundance kids were causing a ruckus; the lost gold of the Spanish is a well-known legend. Many have spent the better part of their lifetimes searching for these riches. With three feet of snow on the ground it might be hard to locate this hidden bounty, but you’ll be sure to have a priceless family experience if you choose to snowshoe any of these trails this winter season.
A scenic 30-45 minute drive out of Park City, Utah will get you to the best trailheads off the Mirror Lake Highway. This is the only paved road that transects the Uintas. Although it is seasonally closed, there are plenty of out and back as well as loop trails that are still accessible.
Our preferred out and back trails are The Mine Trail, Yellow Pine and Shingle Creek. Each of these trails have deep forests to explore. The Mine Trail is one of our favorites. About half way to the best view point, you will pass an old mine and relics. But don’t stop to look for treasure, the real prize is catching the sunset with expansive views of the Mount Timpanogos and the Wasatch Back. Yellow Pine offers quick access, while Shingle Creek is unique with a gentle gurgling steam ushering you along.
If you have the whole day or are looking to keep up a steady pace a loop trail might be the perfect choice. The North Fork Loop can be a good option on weekends because of ample parking. There are no demanding hills and taking a quick off-trail detour offers views into Pine Valley. If you’re looking for more elevation gain, Taylor Fork/Plantation Trail is an excellent choice. Counter Clockwise will allow a steady uphill, while a clockwise approach is a little gentler. Thick groves of slender aspen trees dominate parts of this trail. Keep an eye out, you might just find an “x” carved in a tree that marks the spot for that mysterious cache of gold bars.
If your sense of adventure is more reserved than the early prospectors; why not give All Seasons Adventures a call? We know the best trails and although we might not find any gold bars we are sure the memories made on the trails will be a treasured for years to come.
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Published on Thursday, December 27, 2018