Let's go hiking!!

I don't know about you, but I'm ready for warm weather.  I'm looking out the window right now at the leftover snow from last night... the snow is beautiful, and I'm so grateful for the moisture that we need.  AND I'm ready for it to warm up again so we can do some more hiking!!  

One of my favorite things to do with my kids is to hike. I love getting outside and seeing the beauty of the mountains around us. The kids love getting dirty, climbing on rocks, finding and playing with sticks, and sometimes they even like the hiking part :). And you know what a great snack is to take on a hike?  Cereal! It's an easy snack to pack in a sandwich bag or small container. You can even bring along some milk and enjoy a tasty bowl of cereal in the mountains :) I brought a little jar of milk in a cooler, but shelf safe milks are super handy and easy to throw in your hiking bag as well.

Here are a handful of hikes I've enjoyed with my kids in Utah...

Bell Canyon Reservoir- Sandy, UT

We went on this hike just a couple of weeks ago and it was so much fun. Utah's Adventure Family has a great blog all about this hike along with other great kid friendly hikes all over. The trail starts at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon and has restrooms and parking right at the trailhead. My kids loved climbing on all the rocks on this trail. It's a pretty quick 1.5 mile out and back hike.  I was actually surprised how well my kids did- this was probably the least amount of complaining I've heard on a hike with my kids :). The hike goes to the reservoir with a beautiful view of the Wasatch Mountains and the valley.  We headed back after about 20 minutes and did the whole hike in about an hour and a half.  I'd do this again- it was a lot of fun. 

Adams Canyon Lower Falls- Layton, UT

Utah's Adventure Family has a great blog for this hike as well. The highlight of this hike is definitely the waterfall at the end. We went in April, so it wasn't super warm. The kids still played in the water a little bit, but I'm sure they would've been completely immersing themselves if it was hotter outside.  This was also such a kid-friendly hike- about 1.5 miles out and back and a really fun spot to play by the water.  I highly recommend it!

Icebox Canyon Loop/ Art Nord- Huntsville, UT

Tyke Hikes has an awesome blog about this hike and other hikes in the Ogden Valley area.  We used Kim's recommendation for the Icebox Canyon loop/ Art Nord Trail for a hike during our family reunion. It was a perfect length for a big group- challenging, but do-able.  The loop was about 3 miles. We loved it so much!  Beautiful scenery, places to play in the water, trees to look at and provide shade, sticks and rocks for the kids to play with... Everything I want in a hike :)

Jungle Trail- Draper, UT

Jungle Trail is also a super fun kid friendly hike. It's a short walk to the jungle area, and then the kids are in heaven playing with sticks, stumps, forts, rocks, bugs, and anything else they can find :) And the parents can enjoy the shade while the kids get to be kids :) Utah's Adventure Family, once again, has a great blog for this trail. 

I'm so excited it's spring, and I look forward to packing up some cereal and heading on even more hikes with my kids!!  Check out Tyke Hikes and Utah's Adventure Family for even more great hikes in the area! 


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