After hiking Rocky Mouth Falls, Cayden asked when we could go on a real hike. It made me realize that it had been a while since we’d done a hike that was challenging. Over Fall Break Cayden and I mapped out a great hike, stopped by Gandalfo’s to pick up some sub sandwhiches (for the hike) and drove off. We went up Big Cottonwood canyon and parked at Silverlake. Then we started the “5 Lakes Hike” that was featured in the Deseret News. Ashlyn was tempted to join us, but went with Matt and the other kids to the Utah Natural History Museum instead.
This is a 5 mile hike with a 1,000 foot elevation gain. Whew! I was breathing hard during the steep parts!
The views were spectacular! You can guess from the title that you hike to 5 different lakes throughout the area!
We stopped at this reservoir for lunch and we were so glad for our mega sandwiches and water! This was a beautiful spot! We found ourselves hiking through snow to get here!
Along the way, we met up with a nurse from South Carolina. Since we’d printed off the actual route (and this hike was not marked well at all!) she joined our group! She was a cute, very fit, athletic girl and the last half of our hike felt like a sprint! I had really enjoyed hiking with Cayden- just chilling out and talking- but it was also interesting to hear about her life as a rotating nurse. She traveled every few months to a new hospital- wherever she wanted. It seemed more like a resort-type thing, staffing areas that need more medical personnel during peak times. Living the dream! We took a wrong turn once, but talked with two older ladies out hiking with their walking sticks and they mused over our printed instructions and put us on the right track. I tell you, this hike was a puzzle but absolutely worth it! (I think no matter which fork you took, we’d have ended back at the beginning- not stranded at the top of the next mountainside).
Our last lake! Photo courtesy of our nurse friend! We called Matt as we started the drive home. They’d beat us home and were already packing for our next camping expedition!