So much about the state of Utah hides behind the shadows of stereotypes, mal-education and just general ignorance. I didn’t know much outside the Salt Lake City airport and what I saw beneath the plane until recently. This summer, SLC was my final destination, not connection, as I then drove north to explore Cache Valley, right south of the Idaho border. There, I discovered the pioneered land is a gorgeous backdrop for any outdoor enthusiast.
A beautiful landscape of mountains and fields, Cache Valley’s many hikes cater to an explorer like myself. The Bear River and Wasatch Mountains have miles of trails for adventure seekers on any level, from multi-day backpacking trips, to casual evening hikes to watch the sunset. Beginning in early summer when the snow finally melts, hikers often set out on one of many trails through the canyons.
While many hikers do get lost exploring, there are plenty of marked and well-trampled trails to keep on for a less-stressful experience. The valley itself sits about 4,500 feet above sea level, so hikers not used to the elevation should take extra precautions when climbing.