I will have the pleasure of making my first trip to Salt Lake City this week. It will be for business, but I am flying in a few days early in hopes of getting a solid day hike in.
I've searched the forums and done some searching online and via guide books, but am struggling to find the right hike. Many seem dependent, understandably, on hyper-current weather conditions at varying altitudes. I'm hoping I might be able to describe my situation and get some recommendations.
I am in decent shape, but don't get the chance to hit the trails too often. I live in Chicago, and take one 'big' outdoorsy trip a year, i.e. Boundary Waters, Grand Canyon, Colorado, Moab, etc. So while I have outdoor experience, it comes in limited bursts. I'd love a moderately challenging day hike of 3-8 miles or 3-6 hours-ish. I'm a huge fan of water (crick, creek, stream, river, or lake!) and vistas. More than anything I'd love some great mountain views. I have good boots and a decent pack and don't mind getting a bit dirty or being challenged. While I'd love to try my route-finding skills, I'll be solo so don't want to get too crazy.
There are just so many choices, and I have such a limited amount of time, I want to make the best of it. If anyone has any recommendations on specific hikes and/or reliable resources to refer to, please send them my way.
Thanks so much, have a great night.