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For folks in the outdoor industry, the mountain west holds a special place in our hearts. Whether it’s hiking through the wildflowers of summer or skiing through feet of pristine powder in winter, the backcountry surrounding Salt Lake City gives us all a chance to breathe during our busiest week of the year.
With only two weeks until Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2015, SNEWS/O.R. Daily and RootsRated have partnered to bring you the insider’s guide to exploring the best outdoor experiences in Salt Lake City. From secluded trail runs and climbing spots to the best dirtbag food joints in the region, SNEWS/O.R. Daily and RootsRated have got you covered with our guide, Explore SLC.
Today, we’ll take a look at three of the best trail runs in the area. On July 29th we’ll be back with three great climbing spots in the region. And we’ve already talked about our three favorite hikes. For more information about any of these runs, and to review more great ways to spend time outdoors during the show, be sure to check out our full guide.
Choose Your Own Trail Run Adventure on Pipeline
Mill Creek Canyon holds one of the most popular running trails in the Wasatch, Pipeline, and it’s only a 22-minute drive from the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. Part of what makes Pipeline so great is you have four options for running it. Whether you’re looking for an eight-mile out-and-back or a 5.5-mile grinder up Grandeur Peak, Pipeline has your fix. Read more here >>
Escape the Heat with a 13-Mile Desolation Loop Trail Run
Hit up Desolation Loop for an epic 13-mile trail run through mountain meadows to pristine lakes at the top of the Wasatch. Experienced trail runners will enjoy Desolation Loop’s beautiful, well-maintained singletrack, and 2,400 feet of elevation gain. The trailhead is a quick 30 minutes from the sweltering downtown summer heat. Read more here >>
A Quick Trail Run Up Ensign Peak
Ensign Peak rises above downtown Salt Lake City, making for a great quickie trail run during the chaos of OR. It’s perfect for runners who want a strenuous workout in the downtown area but don’t have much time. Ensign Peak is a quick out-and-back but it gets your heart rate up and offers great views of downtown Salt Lake. Read more here >>