We know a little snow has never stopped you from hitting the trails and if you find yourself in Utah this winter, you are in luck! Everyone knows Utah has some of the greatest skiing and snowboarding terrain on Earth, but if you’re more of an uphill winter explorer or you just want a break from the resorts, a snowy hike is just what the doctor ordered. Depending on the conditions, you may need snowshoes for some of these hikes and even more importantly, be sure you’re being safe. Anytime you’re exploring the mountains during the winter, be aware of avalanche conditions and educate yourself on proper avalanche safety.
1.Hike the Peek-a-Boo Loop in Bryce Canyon
This 5 mile hike begins at an elevation of 8000′ at the Navajo Loop trailhead at Sunset Point. The view from the lookout of Sunset Point is only just a small taste of the sweeping vistas you will see on the hike. From Sunset Point follow the sign for the Navajo Trail and begin descending into a sea of towering spires and pinnacles. You will have great views of the famous Thor’s Hammer on the way down. Shortly after passing Thor’s Hammer you will descend even further and faster via a series of steep switchbacks.
After the switchbacks you will go straight at the intersection for Queens Garden, Peek-a-boo Loop, and the Wall Street Section of the Navajo Trail. The trail levels out for the next 0.3 miles as you make your way through a wooded area of firs and pines to reach the sign for the Peek-a-boo Loop. The loop can be done in either direction but the views of the Wall of Windows section are better if the loop is done clockwise. The trail rises and falls often as you make your way around the hoodoos. About halfway through the Peek-a-boo Loop (1.3 miles) you will reach a sign for Bryce Point, where you’ll continue on the Peek-a-boo Loop by staying to the right. Just past the junction, on the left, are restrooms that are accessible in the summer only.