Trail Mix: Utah has a new trail, park boss and volunteer vacations
Published: May 7, 2012 06:44AM
Updated: May 7, 2012 06:44AM
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Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune Salt Lake County and Draper City get ready to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the new Little Valley Trail at Traverse Ridge on Monday, April 30, 2012, where Little Valley and Corner Canyon are now connected through a tunnel under Traverse Ridge Road.

The American Hiking Society is looking for people to volunteer their vacations on one of 50-trail building projects. Go to AmericanHiking.org for a full list of the projects.

There's one project in Utah. The Society needs volunteers to re-establish the Big Bear and Little Bear trails in the Manti La Sal National Forest near Orangeville. This is not a one-afternoon project. The Society warns this is a "strenuous" project that will require primitive camping.

Tunnel vision

Rarely does going around in circles receive such fanfare.

But on Monday, Salt Lake County officials dedicated a new tunnel in Draper that will create a 10.2-mile loop trail. The tunnel unifies Ann's Trail to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and Clark's Trail.

From the Tribune article:

"It’s neat to look down on the [Draper LDS] temple," said Jenny Murdock, ... a regular user of the trail system. Murdock especially recommended the view "at night when the temple lights are on and the valley lights are in the background."

Utah Ranger-in-chief

As for the trails that already exist, Utah State Parks has a lot of them. Lately there has been questions about whether all of the state parks will remain open or if Utah will follow the example of Arizona and California and close some parks.

Last week the Fred Hayes was given the permanent job (or as much as any gubernatorial appointment is) as director of Utah State Parks. Hayes told The Tribune he vowed to "fight with our dying breath" to keep every park open.

— Nate Carlisle

Twitter: @UtahHikes