Ask The Expert: White Pine Touring Guide Julia Geisler

“Snowshoeing is for everyone. I’ve taken children out as young as 6 and adults in their 80s. I would recommend individuals start with an outfitter and learn to walk and traverse on steeper slopes. One mistake people make is they go into terrain they’re not familiar with, get lost and are not prepared. It also helps to start on packed trails and then venture into the trees. Mountain Trails Foundation has a great map showing summer and winter trails.”  

1790 Bonanza Dr., Park City, 435-649-8710, whitepinetouring.com

Five Family-Friendly Trails:

Farmington-Sunset Trail

Distance: 2.8 miles to Sunset Campground and back

Follows Farmington Creek to view area down Farmington Canyon. Take I-15 to Farmington exit, turn east to top of 600 North, then go north on Skyline Drive to canyon.

Rail Trail

Distance: 28 miles over old railroad tracks 

Several entrance points in Park City, east of Home Depot, Wanship, Coalville and Echo Reservoir. Goes from Park City to Echo Reservoir. 

Donut Falls

Distance: 3.5 miles from Mill D Trailhead and back 

Drive 9.1 miles up Big Cottonwood Canyon to trailhead and park on south side of road. Well-used trail. Follow Cardiff Road 3/4 mile to falls trailhead.

Lake Mary

Distance: 2 miles from trailhead and back

Starts behind Brighton Lodge. Follows small stream to glacial lake. Drive to Brighton Ski Resort and park in southern corner of parking lot. Trail passes by lodge pool.

Little Cottonwood Canyon Trail

Distance: A kid-friendly 1.71 miles to first shuttle pullout, 2.56 miles from second pullout 

Primary trailhead is south of the electric sign in Little Cottonwood Canyon. Park in the Park-and-Ride lot across street. Trail on south side of road.

For more info on these and other trails, visit snowshoeutah.com.

The Essentials

Snowshoes

For newcomers, there’s the Atlas 925 Starter Kit, which includes lightweight aluminum shoes, 2-part adjustable-length poles and tote bag. $199, REI.com

Boots

Warm, dry feet make for a comfortable outing. One of the more popular boots is the Sorel Caribou with 4-layer felt liner, insulated to minus 40 degrees. $140, backcountry.com

Hydration

The easiest way to hydrate on
the trail is with a pack like the CamelBak Lobo. It holds 100 ounces and has space for gear, energy bars, car keys and a wallet. $85, REI.com

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