After the first snow, Miles was incredibly excited to play in the snow. He was born right before the first snow last year, so it was the first environment he knew. I thought it would be fun for him to take a hike in the first snow. Because the roads were still dangerous, I decided to stay close to home. I drove to City Creek Canyon to walk up the road. The road is closed to cars during winter, but you can easily walk from the parking lot into the canyon.

Even though it had snowed a few inches the night before, the road was well plowed. Miles was excited to be outdoors and took every chance he could to sniff everything in sight. After about a quarter mile, we came to a hiking trail in the road to the left.

From the road the trail looked well worn, and we could see two people snowshoeing in the distance. With Miles leading the way, we hiked carefully up the small trail. Quickly, the trail leveled off and gradually increased for another three-quarters of a mile. The branches were covered in snow and arched over the trail gracefully. Across the canyon we could see deer grazing.

After another three-quarters of a mile, there was a fork in the trail. To the left was a sign for the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. There was also a sign naming the trail we just took also as the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. We took the trail up the mountain for another three quarters of a mile. The trail became steeper and many switchbacks took us up. From the point at which we stopped, we had a beautiful view of Salt Lake City.

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a trail that runs 90 miles in Utah. In Salt Lake City alone, there are more than a dozen trailheads that get you onto this trail. In the summer, parts of it are a popular mountain biking trail that takes you down to Parley's Canyon.

As we hike, the light slowly begins to fade. We decide that we should begin to hike back to the car because we didn't bring any flashlights or headlamps. The trail was slippery as we headed down, but Miles did a good job of not pulling ahead. As we got to the road, the sun had set and the whole Salt Lake Valley was glowing.

IF YOU GO:

You can access City Creek Canyon Road from Avenue B in Salt Lake City. Avenue B becomes Bonneville Boulevard. At the sharp turn in the road, take a right to City Creek Canyon Road. The parking lot is before the gate on your right.

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