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Hiking the Wasatch
Guidebooks and Outdoors / Utah
Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, with three wilderness areas and hundreds of miles of trails, offer treasures of outdoor opportunities within easy reach of nearly a million people. Yet the steep rugged terrain can seem intimidating to new hikers, and many parts of the Wasatch are relatively unknown and seldom visited. John Veranth has hiked all over these mountains and has written a comprehensive guidebook for both the beginner and the expert hiker.
Trails range from nearly level walks requiring less than an hour to ascents that challenge experienced mountaineers. To assist in selecting an appropriate trail, hikes are listed according to best season, time required, objective, and desired level of difficulty. The easy trails have the most detailed descriptions to aid beginners, while expert trails have sparse descriptions to preserve the adventure. Maps, photos, and line drawings are included and detailed driving directions to the trailheads are consolidated to save repetition. The area’s geology, flora and fauna, and human history are also discussed to further appreciation of this mountain environment.
Since the first publication of Hiking the Wasatch, there have been numerous changes to these trails, especially along the foothill–urban interface. This third edition contains full updates based on the author’s field checking, comments from members of the Wasatch Mountain Club, and information from land-management agencies. Hiking the Wasatch is the essential and comprehensive guidebook for exploring these mountain trails.
John Veranth is president of the Wasatch Mountain Club and an avid hiker. His love of mountains prompted him years ago to move from the East Coast to Utah; he has been exploring the Wasatch ever since. When not outdoors, he works as research associate professor at the University of Utah, where he studies the health effects of fine particles in the air.
Table of Contents:
List of Maps
List of Summit Panorama Sketches
Glossary: Common Hiking and Mountaineering Terms
1. Introduction to Hiking in the Wasatch
2. Natural History of the Wasatch
3. History and Environmental Protection
4. Trailhead Directions and Trail Recommendations
5. Foothills and the Wasatch Front
6. Millcreek Canyon
7. Big Cottonwood Canyon
8. Little Cottonwood Canyon
9. North and East Areas
10. Dry Creek and American Fork Canyon (Utah County)
11. Ridge Hikes and Mountaineering Scrambles
Mammal Checklist for the Central Wasatch Mountains
Suggestions for Further Reading
Hike Master List
Praise and Reviews:
“The author’s life-long love of hiking and commitment to the great outdoors are apparent as he shares his experience and expertise. For those living along the Wasatch who want take advantage of our wonderful mountain range, Hiking the Wasatch is a great resource.”
—Association of Mormon Letters
Praise for the second edition of Hiking the Wasatch:
“Still considered the most definitive and accurate guide to the Cottonwood Canyons, Mill Creek Canyon, and other areas on the Wasatch Front.”
—Salt Lake Magazine, “Five Best Guidebooks to Utah’s Outdoors”