HIKE WEEK: SPA Trip #11: Secret Hike

By:  Porter Haney
August 3, 2010 3:14 pm | Category: HIKE WEEK, Hiking, SPA

The Starting Points for Adventure series gives your outdoor-imagination a kick in the butt, and gets you on the fast-track to adventures. Approximately every week we provide a few pictures and clues of a great location a bit off the beaten path. We challenge you to read carefully, put your thinking cap on, go out into the wild, and find the location. Report back about your findings in the comments below, but please don't give it away for someone who has yet to figure it out. Of course, if you find something even cooler during your travels don't hesitate to challenge us! If you find something really awesome, and think it's worthy of being included in the SPA Trip series send us an email!

I love shark week. I mean HIKE WEEK.

Since FamousInternetSkiers.com decided to dedicate an entire 7 days to hike week, the Utah crew felt obligided to show off some of it’s best secret locations.  I know I was “carried” along on the Trap Dike, but I thought it prudent to actually walk my own way.

This particular corner of the Wasatch is a place more likely frequented in the winter than the summer.  And is best known for this and a sprinkling of that.  We were there for another reason, a quick hike, and some after work, high elevation climbing.  <FIS SPOILER ALERT>We’re training for a 13K foot summit in Nevada next weekend, and a jaunt through the wind rivers in the coming weeks. </FIS SPOILER ALERT>

Pitter-patter, let’s get at ‘er.

Andy like whippers more than face shots

Andy Anderson leads the charge into the “basin” and towards the secret.


Dwyer follows Andy up a ways, and gets into a little bind.  He’s thinking, “Do you really need to short rope me to see the secret?  I got up the Trap Dike just fine without an Everest leash.”

Marky Mark

Mark jumps in on the party with a witty reply of, “Dude, TRS it.”  To which we all scratch our heads.

“Just top rope slay it.  It’s the quickest way to get to the top of the cliff where you can see the secret.”

Thar she blows

There she is.  Unfrozen as well.

Shhh it's Cecret

At which point our evening hike finally produced it’s award.  Wonderful views above Utah’s treeline.  And few bottles smuggled in from Evanston of the Mother Ship.

sunsetting on my shoulder

One FIS sticker to the first person to correctly identify the chairlift in the first picture.


  1. Greg
    wrote on August 3rd, 2010 at 3:59 pm  

    I’d tell you but it’s the Secret

  2. dongshow
    wrote on August 3rd, 2010 at 4:47 pm  

    that’s way to easy, it’s the C***** double

    • Greg
      wrote on August 3rd, 2010 at 8:40 pm  

      which way two easy? ;)

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on August 5th, 2010 at 4:00 pm  

      dongshow’s got it. send me your address and i’ll send along a sticker.

  3. christian
    wrote on August 3rd, 2010 at 9:34 pm  

    did you guys make swim??

    • Dwyer
      wrote on August 4th, 2010 at 12:51 am  

      It is a watershed, you barbarian.

    • christian
      wrote on August 4th, 2010 at 5:22 pm  

      nothing wrong with a little F.I.(ES.)sence in the local watershed.

    • Porter Haney
      wrote on August 5th, 2010 at 4:01 pm  

      10-4 powturns, I might dip a toe in next time, except their are these mutant tadpole fish that live in there. Little guys psyche me out.

  4. Talbert
    wrote on August 5th, 2010 at 10:29 am  
  5. Talbert
    wrote on August 5th, 2010 at 10:31 am  

    Whoops…. not collins

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