Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Stewart Falls Hike for Memorial Day

Over Memorial Day weekend we spent a lot of time as a family. I know that Memorial Day isn't a holiday specifically for barbeques and parties, but I love celebrating this way because it helps me remember that I have the freedom to do things like that because of those who died for our freedoms as a country.

We spent our morning hiking a pretty popular hike near us called Stewart Falls. This is a hike that I've lived close to my whole life but never hiked before and it was on my bucket list for years. So when my parents said they were hiking it, we decided to come along. 



It was a cool morning so I didn't bother changing into better hiking clothes and I regretted it about halfway to the falls but it wasn't bad. I also took my real camera but when we got there I realized it didn't have an SD card in it (SMH).

At one point I decided to do a little bit of trail running to get ahead so I could stop to take some pictures. It didn't last long though cause running in jeans sucks.


Most of the hike is in shade from beautiful green trees.  It's a well-worn dirt path so it's pretty easy to stay on the path and not get lost.  There are lots of roots and rocks so if you don't watch your step you can trip.



It's about 3.5 miles there and back and it's pretty kid-friendly. When you get closer to the falls, there is some loose rock that J slipped on but other than that, everyone made it happily and easily.  If you're going slow on that part you'll be just fine!


We played at the waterfall for a few minutes. Took some pictures, let the kids throw small rocks in the river and had a snack before we headed back. On the way back the kids started to get tired but we distracted them with counting how many dogs we saw on the way back. We got 28!


With all of us (My parents, my sister and her family, and us --> 6 adults and 6 kids under 7) we got done with this hike and back to our cars in about 2 1/2 hours. If you're going on a weekend or a holiday, I would suggest starting early because it was getting pretty crowded and the parking lot had lines and lines of cars.



We went back to my parent's house for a bbq and visiting with the rest of the family. It was a perfect relaxing/adventuring day!

How was your weekend?

What are you crossing off your bucket list this year?

12 comments:

  1. That sounds like a great family outing! We don't have many places such as that for hiking in my area, which is a bummer.

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  2. What a beautiful place to hike.

    I just ran the Brooklyn Half. That was on my bucket list. Too bad it rained.

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    1. Way to go in Brooklyn!! I’m sorry it rained but I’m so glad you got to do it.

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  3. I have a homeschooling hiking group and I ALWAYS schedule that hike at least once in the summer - It's also wonderful in the fall because the trail is way less crowded! Last year I found Scout Falls in American Fork Canyon, though, and Scout Falls is seriously vying for first place on my favorite Utah County hikes list. Have you done that one?

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  4. Wow that looks like a gorgeous place for a hike with your family. Great that the kids hung in for so long too

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  5. Beautiful mountains! My family and I went camping in Bishop, CA and hiked up a mountain where there was still snow! The girls were thrilled to play in it.

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    1. That sounds so fun! I’m not a fan of snow and would t go hiking to find it but I love that you played in it.

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  6. Looks like such a pretty hike! We've got some forest preserves around here but nothing like what you have.

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    1. I am super lucky to live in an area with such a variety of nature! I take it for granted though and I’m going to be spending more time outside!

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  7. Thanks for the tip. I've never taken that hike but will have to add it to the list! We always love a good hike.

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  8. It sounds like you all had a great day outside as a family. Getting my little boy outside for more activities is one of my top priorities this summer.

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  9. sounds very nice and looks gorgeous! I'm glad you all had a good time, and great idea on distracting the kids on the way back haha! We had a good weekend, pretty normal but we did not have a holiday here (our "memorial day" is at the beginning of May). As for bucket list items? I don't know for sure to be honest. I'm doing fun things this year but they aren't bucket list items. I'll have to think about that!

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