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Hike and Dine above Salt Lake

Magazine article Sunset

Hike and Dine above Salt Lake

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Escape the city's summer sizzle with a high-canyon hike and dinner outdoors

The Salt Lake City asphalt is as soft as marshmallows under my feet, and I haven't felt a natural breeze in weeks. The dog days of summer have definitely arrived. Instead of melting into a plastic chair by a concrete pool, I grab some friends and escape to the cool canyons to the east of the city for an afternoon hike to one of many mountain lakes and waterfalls. And forget peanut butter sandwiches, After the hike we dine in style-alfresco, of course-at a nearby restaurant.

* Hike: Mill Creek Canyon, Big Water to Dog Lake,. This heart-pumping hike is more about the 5-mile roundtrip journey than the sight of tiny Dog Lake at the top of the trail. The fairy-tale forest and warbling birds will take your mind off the 1,200-foot elevation gain. From Wasatch Blvd. and 3800 South in Salt Lake City, take Millcreek Canyon Rd. 9.1 miles east (up the canyon) to the parking lot for Lower Big Water Trail.

Dine: Log Haven. Five miles back down the canyon from the trailhead, a patio table awaits amid waterfalls, pines, and wildflowers. The eclectic menu at this century-old home includes pan-seared scallops tossed with capellini in fresh pesto with a roasted pepper jus; tack on a warm oven-dried tomato and pine nut salad if you're extra hungry. …

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