Taylor Canyon Hike in Ogden (Hiking to the Top)

IMG 0294 e1398052845353 300x225 Taylor Canyon Hike in Ogden (Hiking to the Top)Last week I did the Taylor Canyon Hike in Ogden. Like my hike to Malan’s Basin a few days earlier, I parked at the top of 27th street which takes you right up Taylor Canyon. For this hike (which is rather short) I continued up the Canyon straight past the Malan’s Peak turnoff and along the north side of the creek. It’s probably only .25 of a mile up until the canyon splits into two and you reach a fork in the road. This is basically where the main trail ends, however there are somewhat undefined trails that continue further up either side of the canyon. For my journey I headed up the north fork which looped around into a dense meadow that was clearly not visited by hikers too often. The trail pretty much came to an end at this point so I just turned around and headed back down.

My Thoughts on the Taylor Canyon Hike

This is a good hike if you want something short and rather simple. It’s an ideal trail if you’re looking for a night hike in Ogden, or perhaps a place to go picnic.

Towards the top of Taylor Canyon I did notice a lot of campsites where people had made fire pits. While I’m not sure of the legality of doing this (I’m assuming it’s not legal), It would be a nice area to meet up with friends for an evening.

But if you are looking for a longer, more scenic, and somewhat challenging hike in Ogden, then I’d suggest turning off towards Malan’s Peak instead of going straight up Taylor Canyon. [Read more...]

Utah Population Could Double By 2050

 Utah Population Could Double By 2050Research by The Utah Foundation expects a Utah population increase of 2.5 million people by the year 2050, adding to the 2.9 million that currently live in the state. Two-thirds of the Utah population increase will be from Utah’s high birth rate. The remaining population growth will is expected to come from immigration.

Utah Population Growth by City

Areas expected to see the highest increase in Utah population include:

  • Eagle Mountain (Utah County) population increase from 21,415 to 114,400.
  • Saratoga Springs (Utah County) population increase from 17,781 t0 107,900.
  • Utah County population growth of 700,000 people.
  • Salt Lake County population growth of 630,000 people.
  • Wasatch County expected growth of 225%.
  • Tooele County expected growth of 171%.
  • Summit County expected growth of 143%.
  • Juab County expected growth of 128%.
  • Morgan County expected growth of 115%.
  • Cache County expected growth of 106%.

Areas that are already nearly built out in along the Wasatch Front include much of Salt lake, Davis, and Weber Counties.

Don’t Forget That Bucket List

bucket list 300x258 Dont Forget That Bucket ListYes, I’ve created a bucket list, probably more than once. The problem is I go through the effort of creating a bucket list with high ambitions and then forget about it.

As I’ve said before, one of my biggest fears in life is someday finding myself on my death-bed with regrets about the things I didn’t do.

Procrastination and the Bucket List

One of the biggest challenges associated with carrying out a bucket list is procrastination. I’ll put something off until tomorrow, which turns into next week, and then next year, and finally… well it never happens at all.

In reality I just haven’t taken my bucket list seriously. I’ve embraced the idea of bucket listing, but haven’t ever made it a priority. However that needs to change. I mean, I’ll make it a priority to file my taxes on time but disregard the self-fulfilling stuff that will ultimately matter to me in the end. It’s ridiculous really.

There comes a time in your life when you really need to make yourself a priority, and for me, that time is now. For inspiration I turn to one of my favorite movies “The Bucket List” starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman.

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Utah National Parks (Mighty 5) Free This Easter Weekend

IMG 2065 300x300 Utah National Parks (Mighty 5) Free This Easter WeekendThis Easter weekend you can tour any of the Mighty 5 Utah National Parks Free. Entrance fees to all five of the Utah National Parks as well as parks throughout the USA are being waived this weekend as part of National Park Week.

Free Entrance To These Utah National Parks

So grab the friends or family and head down to south Utah. Entrances fees to these Utah National Parks are typically around $25 per vehicle — quite the savings!

Ogden Utah Is The 3rd Best City To Raise A Family Says Forbes Magazine

25th Street Ogden Utah 300x190 Ogden Utah Is The 3rd Best City To Raise A Family Says Forbes MagazineForbes Says Ogden Utah is the 3rd best city to raise a family in 2014. The only other Utah city to make the list was Provo and it ranked number 10.

Forbes Survey Factors That Made Ogden Utah Rank Highly

  • Income
  • Cost of Living
  • Housing Affordability
  • Commute Time
  • Crime Rate
  • School Quality

Out of the 100 cities surveyed Forbes Magazine said Ogden Utah had the largest spread between the median household income and cost of living.

“Ogden offers a relatively low-cost of living even with household incomes that beat the average of large U.S. metro areas.”

Forbes also said that Ogden has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.

The Hike To Malan’s Peak Via Taylor Canyon

Malans Peak Trail 226x300 The Hike To Malans Peak Via Taylor CanyonYesterday in Ogden I embarked on a nice hike to Malan’s Peak Via Taylor Canyon. Access to this trailhead is available at the top of 27th Street (parking is available along 27th).

Ogden’s 27th vs. 29th Street Trailheads

You can access multiple Ogden trails from 27th Street. In addition to Malan’s Peak you can continue hiking up Taylor Canyon, connect to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, or head over to Waterfall Canyon. The 29th street trailhead provides access to the same trails but it’s a longer walk to the Malan’s Peak trailhead from 29th street. 29th is a great starting point though if you are headed up Waterfall Canyon. Additionally the 29th street trailhead offers off-street parking and restrooms (during the summer months).

Hiking to Malan’s Peak

Hiking to Malan’s Peak Via Taylor Canyon is one of my favorite Ogden hikes. It offers everything from peaceful serenity as you venture through the wooded Taylor Canyon to breathtaking views of Ogden and the nearby mountains.

Technically this hike is fairly easy, however there are a lot of switchbacks and a steep incline. Prepare to be winded and sore if you’re not in the best shape. The hike to Malan’s Peak is over 3 miles one way depending on where you start, but the view at the top of the trail makes it all worth it.

IMG 0195 300x225 The Hike To Malans Peak Via Taylor CanyonMalan’s Basin

Once you’ve made it to Malan’s Peak you have the option to continue to Malan’s Basin and since you’ve made it this far, you might as well go on and check it out. The hike to Malan’s Basin is very easy from the top of the mountain peak and I’d said its probably only another half a mile.

Once you get down to Malan’s Basin you’ll find a plaque marking the location of Malan Heights Resort which existed at this spot from 1893 to 1913. Malan Heights Resort was a two-story hotel with a club house  and log cabins. A sawmill also existed at the location.

If you’re hiking in Ogden then this is one hike you don’t want to leave off your list. You can see the entire Ogden Valley from Malan’s Peak and its absolutely breathtaking. It’s a great trail to conquer from Spring to Fall, although I did still encounter a lot of snow towards the top of the trail in mid-April.

Salt Lake City Housing Market Best in 2014?

Screen Shot 2014 04 18 at 9.57.36 AM 300x243 Salt Lake City Housing Market Best in 2014?A new study by Zillow predicts the Salt Lake City housing market will be the hottest in the nation during 2014.  According to they research, the Salt Lake City housing market will top all others because of the lower than average unemployment rate as well as an increase in population and Salt Lake Home Values. With housing supply limited right now, homeowners can expect to sell their homes (if priced correctly) within 4 months or less on average.

Salt Lake City Housing Market Local News Report

Vapor Fest? We Must be in Ogden

E Cigarettes 300x227 Vapor Fest? We Must be in OgdenAn event called Vapor Fest sounds intriguing, and then you learn that it’s an e-cigarette festival and realize, yup… only in Ogden.

It’s no joke, though, Vapor Fest is coming to Ogden this June at the Weber County Fair Grounds.  The event will feature local vapor shops as well as food, music, and other vendors.

According to the event organizer, Vapor Fest is intended for people 19 and older who like to “Vape”

Kudos to these guys and their creativity. While I don’t vape myself, I do support those who choose e-cigarettes over traditional and more harmful tobacco products.

Gay Mormon Tyler Glenn From Neon Trees Is Proud And Faithful

Recently out of the closet, the newest celebrity Gay Mormon Tyler Glenn from the band Neon Trees said he is proud to be gay and will remain a devout member of the Mormon Church. In an interview with the Salt Lake Tribune, Glen said that he believes he was born gay and believes there is nothing in Just Christ teachings that tells him he is unworthy.

Glenn is a Utah native out of Provo lead singer of Neon Trees.  The rock band’s third album “Pop Psychology” will be released on April, 22, 2014.

Neon Trees will perform on June 16th in Salt Lake City at the Complex 536 W. 100 S.

Voices In The Halls From Tyler Glenn and Neon Trees