60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City (Gear Review)

Posted: 12th July 2011 by Jonathan Wood in Gear Review
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60 Hikes within 60 MilesIf you are wanting to hike the mountains around Salt Lake City but don’t really know where the good trails are, you may want to obtain a guide.¬†One guide you might consider is the Salt Lake City edition of 60 Hikes within 60 Miles (Menasha Ridge Press).

This book describes 60 hikes, in considerable detail, along the North (Weber and Davis Counties), Central (Salt Lake County), South (Utah County), West (Tooele County), and East (Uintas and Summit County) ends of the greater Salt Lake area.

Each hike includes a summary and detailed description, along with driving directions, trailhead coordinates, elevation profile, pictures and other information.

The “Key At-A-Glance-Information” sections provides a summary of the hike, including distance, altitudes, difficulty, amount of traffic, and other information. It even tells you if dogs are allowed on this hike.

This book seems well-researched and the amount of detail included in the description is fairly impressive. Some of the descriptions includes information I didn’t know, even though it’s describing a hike that I’ve done before. So it’s definitely a great way to become more knowledgeable about the hikes described in the book.

A section at the front of the book organizes all hikes according to difficulty, best hikes for wildlife, etc. You can use this section to more readily find those hikes with the features you are most interested in.

Navigating the book seems like it could have been a little easier. The hikes aren’t in alphabetical order. There’s a handy index at the front of the book, with a hike number next to each hike. You can then locate that number in the book to read about that hike.

Note that the numbers are not page numbers. The first page for each hike has the hike number in bold letters and black background. However, they aren’t all on the same side of the page, and the remaining pages that describe the hike do not have this bold number. And so thumbing through the book isn’t as easy as it could have been. However, as you become familiar with the book and the various ways hikes are indexed, you should be able to find the information you need without too much trouble.

It would’ve been nice if the pictures were in color, although this would obviously make the book more expensive.

In summary, anyone wanting to know more places to hike in the Salt Lake area, and wanting more information about each of those places would benefit from this book.

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