Take an Epic Jaunt from Millcreek to Park City It is possible to hike up Millcreek Canyon's Little Water Trail to Murdock Peak above Canyons resort, where you can hike down to the Frisbee golf course, and then ride the gondola to the base and head into PC for a well-deserved meal and beverage. Note: You'll have to shuttle a car to Canyons before the hike or have a pickup waiting. You'll also need to pre-purchase gondola tickets.
Leg 1: Millcreek to Murdock Peak Head east on Little Water Trail until you reach the sign for the Great Western Trail, about three-fourths of a mile in. Follow the arrow left to Desolation Lake. At about two and a half miles in, you'll be able to see the peak off toward your left. Soon you'll be crossing a small saddle above Canyons resort. The trail to the peak itself is marked by a black diamond resort sign and can be overgrown (not everyone wants to bag the peak). But the views are awesome, and it's a great place to enjoy your mid-hike snacks. Note: Water Trailhead is located at the top of Millcreek Canyon, about 9 miles back.
Leg 2: Murdock Peak to Red Pine Lodge At the base of Murdock Peak you'll find the Crest Trail. Take that trail toward skier's left along the ridge to the Ridge Connector Trail. From there, pick up the Mid-Mountain Trail, which will lead you to Red Pine Lodge. At Red Pine Lodge you can start your round of optional Frisbee golf or pick up the gondola for the ride down to the base.
Leg 3: Red Pine Lodge to Canyons Resort After a scenic gondola ride down from Red Pine Lodge and a quick hop via Canyons' Cabriolet people mover, you're at your pickup car. Hopefully you packed your sandals in the car (always leave sandals in your car for post-hike bliss) so you can pop off your dusty boots and head into town for lunch at the No Name Saloon. Home to one of PC's best summertime decks and a delicious selection of bison burgers, this is your reward for a long day of mountaintime fun. 47 Main Street, Park City, 435-649-6667.
Leg 4: Head Home Drive back to Salt Lake City and up Millcreek Canyon to pick up your car at the trailhead. Be sure to bring $3.25 for both vehicles to pay the toll when you exit Millcreek Canyon.
Optional: Frisbee Golf When you drop your car at Canyons, visit Canyon Mountain Sports and rent a set of Frisbee golf discs and pick up a score card and course map. You'll have to pack it all over from the Millcreek Side. The course starts at Red Pine Lodge.
Best Ways to get the Lead Out Summer is race season on the Wasatch Range. Lace up your shoes and try out one of these uniquely Utah competitions
Ragnar Race Wasatch Back, June 17-18 The Viking Hero Ragnar Lodbrok was a fearless explorer and a brutal conqueror. This grueling 24-hour relay across the Wasatch Back lives up to his name. ragnarrelay.com
Tour de Suds, Sept. 18 Put on your crazy costume, get on your crazy bike and ride seven miles on this boozy tour from City Park in Park City to the top of Guardsman Pass, high above. Afterward, ease the pain of the altitude gain (2,700 feet) with what else? Beer and camaraderie at the Park Silly Sunday Market on Main Street, mountaintrails.org
Undead Race, Oct. 15 Run for your life, chased by the undead. That's right. Runners, dressed as zombies, start two minutes after the "humans" and chase them through the haunted areas and other surprises set up at Liberty Park. undeadrace.com -Jillian Jensen
Amano milk chocolate from Amano Chocolate Caputo's Downtown, 314 W. 300 South, SLC, 801-531-TONY Organic marshmallows Whole Foods, 544 S. 700 East, SLC, 801-355-7401 Pizzelle Whole Foods, 544 S. 700 East, SLC, 801-355-7401
Ultimate Camping Crew This summer you'll no doubt find yourself gathered around a campfire, roasting marshmallows for s'mores (check out our deluxe recipe), etc. But the key to a good camping trip is whom you're camping with - it's important to have a good mix of skills and talents, not to mention a sense of humor. Here's Salt Lake magazine's ultimate camping crew.
The Guide Andy Church Kirkham's man-with-the-plan will have you outfitted in the best gear for the terrain you'll face in the high-wild hills of Utah. From locally made Springbar tents to the lightest backpacking gear, Andy will get you there (and back) and make sure you're comfortable in camp. 3125 S. State St., SLC, 801-486-4161, kirkhams.com
The Cook Dave Jones Log Haven's chef is known for his outdoor cooking skills. When you're camping with Dave, forget the hot dogs and beans. Think: Juniper Smoked Bison Carpaccio, Grilled Rocky Mountain Elk and Coffee Panna Cotta to finish. 6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Road, SLC, 801-272-8255, log-haven.com
The Music Man David Williams Forget "Kumbaya" and "Rocky Mountain High." Singer-songwriter David Williams is the perfect man for tunes around the campfire. The soulful folk artist and immaculate guitarist gets around: He's shared the stage with indie darlings like Blitzen Trapper, Deer Tick, Magnolia Electric Company, Damien Jurado and the Cave Singers. His most recent album, Western Interior Seaway, can be found locally at Slowtrain Records. 221 E. Broadway, SLC, 801-364-2611, slowtrainmusic.com
The Forager Tamara Gibo Tamara's top chef husband Takashi Gibo is often in the spotlight, but Tamara prefers to keep her passion in the dark; after all, mushrooms grow best in dark, dank places. Tamara is a mushroom geek extraordinaire, always on the prowl for the rare edible fungi growing in our high mountains. Maybe that explains the many mushrooms on Takashi's menu? 18 Market St., SLC, 801-519-9595, takashisushi.com
The Stargazer Patrick Wiggins On most days you'll find Salt Lake Astronomical Society mainstay Patrick Wiggins futzing around the society's Stansbury Park Observatory. At night you can bet he's looking up at the sky. Whether at the observatory or out on one of the society's many summer star parties, Wiggins is your key to the mystery of the stars. For a list of summertime stargazing options, visit slas.us.
The Storyteller Trent Harris OK, he's really more of a filmmaker, but the man behind such Utah-centric cult classics as Plan 10 From Outer Space, The Beaver Kid Trilogy and Reuben and Ed can surely spin some yarns around the campfire. His films can be tricky to track down (The Beaver Kid Trilogy was submarined by Sean Penn), but visit the Tower Theater and ye shall find. 876 E. 900 South, SLC, 801-321-0310, saltlakefilmsociety.org
Best Way For Locals to Learn to Ski Park City Mountain Resort's START Now program OK, it's summertime, but winter will be here soon enough. If you've never skied or boarded, this program is a crazy deal. The five-day program is only $25 a day, for which you get a lift ticket, a lesson AND equipment rental. This is a fantastic way for first-timers to get some excellent instruction and spend one or five great days on the mountain this winter. 1345 Lowell Ave., Park City, 435-649-8111, startnow.parkcitymountain.com
Best Trail Lovers The CottonWood Canyons Foundation This CCF is a private partnership that harnessed more than 2,800 volunteer hours last year to restore and improve more than 12 miles of trails in both Little and Big Cottonwood canyons. There's a guided wildflower tour and fundraiser on Aug. 12. Tickets and info: 801-947-8263 or cottonwoodcanyons.org.
Best Way to Work Your Core Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) Stand up paddleboarding arrived on the mainland from Hawaii and worked its way to Utah a couple of years ago. The sport has you balancing on a longboard with a paddle in your hand. The act of keeping your balance and moving across often choppy Utah lakes gives your abs a natural workout. And oh, yeah, it's super fun. Utah Paddle Surfing offers lessons, events, rentals and more, utahpaddlesurfing.com.