This past week I once again traveled out to Salt Lake City, again for work (I attended the School Improvement Innovation Summit). While I had hoped to do more hiking than I did, I was just so slammed with sessions and networking that I only got out for one hike – but it was a great one!
The last day I was there I had several free hours before my flight took off. I had originally intended to climb Mount Olympus, but because I didn’t have a car and I woke up later than I originally intended I decided to set out for something closer. I chose City Creek Canyon, which, to be honest, was a huge surprise to me. Below are pictures beginning at a park in downtown Salt Lake City (literally 4 blocks from the State Capitol Rotunda). You’ll see that the pictures begin in a well landscaped park. I began by walking the nature trails, but, as you’ll see, after just a couple of miles I was deep into a canyon and I felt like I was out in the middle of no where! Notice how at one point I’m on a trail walking in the canyon, and then the very next picture is where I turned around and was able to catch a glimpse of the sky scrapers from the city – only about 3 miles away! All told my round-trip hike was somewhere in the 6-8 mile range (I forgot to turn on my GPS until I was well over half way home…), but it just amazed me that I was able to find such a beautiful area so close to downtown. I literally never even stepped foot into an automobile (neither car nor bus nor taxi!) – I walked from my hotel in the heart of downtown to what felt like the wilderness. It was a very enjoyable day!