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Pleasant Grove Hike to the G

I grew up in Utah County but I had never hiked to the G! (For those not from Utah the G is for Grove in Pleasant Grove). This Pleasant Grove Hike is one of the best because it is absolutely beautiful on so many counts – gorgeous views, pretty flowers and more!

Pleasant Grove G Hike

What do I need to bring?

1) Lots of water

2) Good shoes – we started going and I realized that my 6 year old was wearing boots – not hiking boots.

3) Camera – so pretty! You will want pictures!

4) We brought snacks too but that isn’t mandatory

When is the best time to Hike to the G?

The first part of the hike (and most of it after) is directly in the sun. So the best time is in the morning when the sun is still behind the mountain. That doesn’t mean that this Pleasant Grove hike isn’t great later in the day – it just might be hotter.

Where is the Pleasant Grove Hike to The G?

The hike starts at the Kiwanis Park. Roughly 1700 E and 200 S in Pleasant Grove. Going on 200 S as far east as you can go and you can’t miss it!

You will actually want to go through Kiwanis Park. This is the trailhead.

pleasant grove hike to the G

About the Hike

This hike is steep. I don’t know why I didn’t realize that upfront – it is the side of the mountain!

steep hike the g

(If in the first 5-10 minutes, you decide it is a little too hard for you, turn around and go back through the park and to the entrance. The trailhead to Battle Creek Falls is there. It is a much easier hike and ends up at a waterfall.)  However, if you can do this hike, it is totally worth it! It took us about 55 minutes to do the entire climb. The people who were coming down as we went up, said it took them 45 minutes or so. So plan a couple hours round trip.

We stopped and took several breaks. Threw small rocks. Looked at flowers. There are so many pretty flowers.

The view is incredible for most of the hike.

views hike the g

When you get to the first fork in the road, go right.

for to the G

 

Most of the hike up is straight to the north, there are a few switchbacks at the end and under the cover of some large bushes.  We were so excited when we saw the G. When you first see the G, we were about half way there.

 

The G just gets bigger and bigger as you get closer. It was so fun!

 

 

 

This is what the G is made out of – mostly fencing material.

Pleasant Grove G Material

 

The views are spectacular!

 

The climb down wasn’t too difficult. I was kind of worried about it since the climb up was steep, but it did take about the same amount of time to go back down as to come up!

If you have already been, comment on what is your favorite part about the Pleasant Grove hike to the G. If you haven’t gone – do it! Then tell us what your favorite part is!

 

Lindon Marina at Utah Lake

Most of people think of a marina as simply a place to launch a boat. When it comes to Lindon Marina at Utah Lake, there is so much more! Lindon Marian is not only a boat dock, but a great place to rent kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boats, mini sailboats, and more.

What is the best part of Lindon Marina at Utah Lake?

Lindon Marina is in a beautiful bay that is calm and protected.

Although the panorama distorts the size, it shows the beauty. With the boat dock on the south and boat tie downs on the north, Lindon Marina is a perfect place to play

Although the panorama distorts the size, it shows the beauty. With the boat dock on the south and boat slips (which are available to rent) on the north, Lindon Marina is a perfect place to play.

lindon marina boat dock

The boat dock is easily accessible and close to everything!

What can I do at Lindon Marina?

We had such a blast. Kayaking was fun and easy! The kayaks are easy to use – they even have kids kayaks!!



Paddle boarding and mini sail boats can also be rented. It is so much fun to paddle board. The paddle boards are wider and more sturdy so you are less likely to fall into the water!





 

Where is Lindon Marina at Utah Lake?

Located at 4400 W Vineyard Road Orem Utah, the Lindon Marina is just past the dump and around the corner.

 

What do I need to know before I go to Lindon Marina at Utah Lake?

1. If you go at night, bring bug repellant. We forgot!

2. There is a restroom but not running water. If you are a germ-a-phob, bring hand sanitizer.

3. The employees are AWESOME. They wear a shirt that sets them apart and are happy to help with everything!

The rocks around the boat docks.

The rocks around the boat docks.

4. Bring sandals or water shoes. There are some sandy areas but right by the water is rocky. You’ll be glad I told you!

5. If you do a rental, they have lifejackets for you!

6. Have fun!

How much is Lindon Marina?

  • Season Pass – $80
  • Camping – $12 per night
  • Boat Launch – $8 per day
  • Day Use  – $5 per day
  • Walk In – $2 per day
  • Slip Rental – $450/year
  • *** check with Lindon Marina in case of price changes!***

Paddleboard Rental

$15 for first hour, $5 for second hour Student Rate: $10 for first hour, $15 for two hours

Kayak Rental

$15 for first hour; $5 for second hour Student Rate: $10 for first hour, $15 for two hours

Canoe Rental

$20 per hour; $10 for each hour after that

Pedal Boat Rental

$20 for first hour; $10 an hour for each hour after that

Sail Boats Rental

$20 first hour; $10 for each additional hour (group rates when renting all four sailboats)

How do I get the best deal on rentals at Lindon Marina at Utah Lake?

Lindon Marina is does a fun Friday Bonfire on the Beach. It is every Friday starting at 7 pm. The cost is $10 and includes unlimited rentals of kayaks, paddle boards, paddle boats, mini sailboat and more. It also include soda and s’mores! The ambiance is awesome with the setting sun, cute decorations and the lake!

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Other fun games like ladder golf and crochet and bean bag tosses make the evening awesome!

What a great family activity or romantic date night! We are definitely going back to Lindon Marina again soon. The kids asked again and again the next day to go play on Utah Lake again.

Bonneville Salt Flats

The Bonneville Salt Flats is an amazingly beautiful place. The salt is completely natural!

Bonneville-salt-flats

 

What is the Bonneville Salt Flats?

The Bonneville Salt Flats are a 30,000 acre expanse of hard, white salt crust on the western edge of the Great Salt Lake basin in Utah. The salt flats are about 12 miles long and 5 miles wide with total area coverage of just over 46 square miles.  Total salt crust volume has been estimated at 147 million tons or 99 million cubic yards of salt! The Bonneville Salt Flats are comprised of approximately 90% common table salt.

It is completely flat and white.  If you just drive out on a normal day, you may run into another vehicle or two, but there isn’t a visitors’ station. Just two signs announcing where you are going.

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When we arrived, we were the only vehicle and people there. We were worried about going out on the salt, but saw this on the ground in front of the sign.

bonneville-salt-flats-schedule

When other vehicles came, they didn’t hesitate to enter the Bonneville Salt Flats. It was a lot of fun. (We since learned that visitors are welcome to drive on the salt flats.)  We hit 100 mph in our Toyota Tundra but didn’t dare push it faster since we had our whole family in the car.  We also hit a wet area and that worried me too. You do NOT want to get stuck out there.

We had a really good time – just us, our truck and the salt.

 

Where is the Bonneville Salt Flats?

We didn’t realize how FAR the Bonneville Salt Flats are from Salt Lake. The Salt Flats are located 120 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a 1.5 hour drive from Salt Lake – with all of the drive being on I-80. It is only 10 minutes to Wendover from the salt flats – technically you can see Wendover from parts of Bonneville Salt Flats.

 Take exit 4 off of Interstate 80 before the state border of town of Wendover, Utah.  The 3.5 mile paved access road leading to the Salt Flats is north of I-80.  Travel on the paved road as it makes a right turn and heads east for three miles.  An informational marker is located at the end of the paved road. Travel on the Salt Flats is at your own risk and is only recommended when the surface is entirely dry.

 

 What is the Bonneville Salt Flats Schedule?

Most of the time, the Bonneville Salt Flats are just the salt. But there are scheduled events that happen every year ranging from rocket launching, archery competitions to speedway racing.

The Bonneville Salt Flats are managed by the BLM and you can see the Bonneville Salt Flats schedule at their website.  Any commercial event has to be scheduled through the BLM and some events may charge for participation or for spectators.

 

I Have Never Been to the Salt Flats But the Pictures Seem Familiar!

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Movies and TV shows filmed at the Bonneville Salt Flats include portions of Knight Rider (1982 television series)WarlockIndependence DaySLC PunkCremaster 2 from Cremaster Cycle,The Brown BunnyThe World’s Fastest IndianGerryThe Tree of LifeTop Gear and most recently the Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

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Insiders tips to the Bonneville Salt Flats:

  • Near the center of the salt, the crust is almost 5 feet thick in places, with the depth tapering off to less than 1 inch as you get to the edges.  It is really easy to get stuck if your vehicle falls through the thin crust. So be careful.
  • Spring and fall (or heavy rain season) make the flats softer. You can see a horror story of what happens if you get stuck.
  • Wash your car after you leave the salt flats. The salt is not good for the paint or under carriage of your vehicle.
  • Watch out for other vehicles, especially when testing the speedway.
  • Ponded water is often encountered on the salt flats throughout the year. The salty water is highly corrosive and may short out the electrical system of your vehicle. This could leave you stranded, many miles from help. If you must drive thru water to reach dry salt, do so slowly (under 10 mph) so that there is minimal splashing into your engine compartment.
  • Distances and visual perception can be very deceiving, especially on hot days when a strong mirage takes effect. Many objects will disappear below the horizon as you get farther out on the salt. Obtaining a GPS (global positioning system) unit and using waypoints to mark your route is a good way to effectively navigate on the flats.
  • Traveling on the Bonneville Salt Flats at night is NOT recommended.
  • Cell phone coverage is generally available on the salt flats but becomes weak near the north end of the area. Do not rely on a cell phone to get you out of trouble.
  • Always take lots of water, extra food, and additional clothing. Temperatures can vary from below freezing in winter to triple-digits in the summer. The white surface produces intense reflection of sunlight. Bring a wide-brimmed hat, U/V sunglasses, and high SPF sunscreen.

If you do have an emergency on the salt flats, contact the Tooele County Sheriff Dispatch office at 435-882-5600. Towing assistance is available from “Mr. Tow” at 435-665-2525.