April 12, 2016

Willow Heights Hike

Distance:  3/4 mile one-way so about 1.5 miles total.
Time: 1 hour to get there depending on kids' ages
After driving 11.2 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon you will come to Silver Fork Lodge. Drive 0.3 miles to the trailhead and park on the left side of the road. You will see a stone sign marking the trailhead.
(I completely passed it the first time then turned around and it was much clearer to see the trail coming down the canyon.)
More info: Here and Video
This is what the trailhead looks like where you park on the road.

The Willow Heights hike has been one of the hardest hikes I've done with my kids. It's only 3/4 of a mile one-way (1.5 miles round trip) but for little hikers this was quite a distance. And the beginning was pretty up-hill which meant the last part coming back was pretty steep down hill. But the scenery was incredible.

Our end goal was the small lake and it was sure pretty! I love the aspen trees too.


Hiking with friends sure is fun.

Finding furry creatures.

Wildflowers in bloom.

Hiking can't always be fun. Sometimes a melt down occurs.

Overall this hike was very fun and the scenery was just beautiful. It was a little difficult with a baby in a pack and a 3 year old. Since we were with a group, we had older children and adults who could help the toddlers. However, I wouldn't attempt it alone with my 2 kids.

Snowbird Barrier Free Interpretive Trail

Total Distance: 1.2 miles round-trip Hiking time: 30 min-1 hour depending on how much time you spend there

Elevation Change: 55 feet

"Offers a paved, wheelchair-accessible interpretive experience. Leaving directly from the upper deck of the Snowbird Center, the trail traverses under the tram and leads 0.6 mile to a wooden observation deck."
Driving Directions: Drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon Road for 8 miles and turn right into ENTRY 2 for Snowbird. Park in the main parking lot for Snowbird Center. Walk up through the Snowbird Center building to the TOP FLOOR. From the deck at the top walk out toward the Peruvian chairlift at the base of the ski slopes. The Barrier Free Trail starts just to the right of the Peruvian lift.
The Snowbird trail is a paved wheelchair-accessible trail that starts right at the Snowbird center by the trams. It's an easy paved walk to a beautiful overlook.

I put Abby in the stroller this time which gave my back a break from carrying her.

The trail is smooth so strollers will work for this. The trail is relatively short and easy for all ages.

Beautiful view at the end of the walk. There are benches if you want to sit or eat lunch.
This was a really fun trail. It's also right in the middle of tons of other fun summer activities that Snowbird has available so you could make a day out of it.


There's a fun little wooden shelter area the kids can play under and explore.



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