A few of us in the family felt the need to do something different on Saturday, yet something that doesn’t cost a bunch of money — something we could do with our dogs, just hopping in the pickup truck and heading up to the mountains for a quick outdoor jaunt.
Our favorite destination for such a thing in the Wasatch Valley is a hike up to Dog Lake near the top of Millcreek Canyon. It’s around a six-mile round trip hike, not overly strenuous, but the steady uphill climb — especially near the top as you get within .2 miles of the lake — makes for a good cardio workout.
It must be called Dog Lake for a reason. It’s a popular destination for hikers with canines, rewarding them at the end of the trail with a small and still body of water with plenty of sticks around for fetching and a cold swim.
There are also three places along the way where the mutts can get a break with a cool drink from a gentle mountain stream.
The scenery’s not bad either.
(All still photos below by John G. Miller and Alicia Miller, Copyright 2012, Daddysangbassdude Media — ANY UNAUTHORIZED DUPLICATION OR REPRODUCTION IS PROHIBITED)