August 26, 2014

The Roman Ramblers Hike in Utah

The Roman Ramblers were called the "Chicks with Sticks" while hiking in Utah.  

Six Roman Ramblers traveled to Park City, Utah earlier this year for the hiking trip of a lifetime.  The Roman Ramblers is a group of ladies from Rome, Georgia, who like to hike, eat, and shop (not quite sure of the order). The trip was full of all three activities, but most important, we enjoyed some wonderful hiking in the beautiful state of Utah, known for its diverse landscape and many outdoor opportunities.

Each Rambler contributed her own special talent whether it was planning, navigating, driving, trail research, photography, or meal planning. Hear is a glimpse of our hiking trip to Utah:

After arriving at Salt Lake City, we picked up our rental car and drove to our accommodations for the week, the Westgate Resort, in Park City.  Here is more information on the resort.  

Our first day in Park City (Sunday) was devoted to shopping.  We especially enjoyed the Park City Clothing Company where I purchased a Dorfman Pacific western-style hat which instigated the hat craze. Before the end of the week, every Roman Rambler had purchased a hat.
Monday was a hiking day. The resort provided transportation to Round Valley where we were photographed by driver, Sinisa, before starting our trek.   

After quickly conquering Round Valley, we moved on to Guardsman Pass where a well-constructed cairn provided the perfect trekking pole photograph.  (Photograph courtesy of Patricia McAlpin.) 

A cairn is a mound of rough stones built as a memorial or landmark, typically on a hilltop or skyline.  (Photograph courtesy of Patricia McAlpin.) 
After Guardsman Pass, we drove to Big Cottonwood Canyon for more hiking.  There were many scenic overlooks along the drive, and even though it was late May, snow was still on the ground in the higher elevations.  

Big Cottonwood Canyon is in the Wasatch National Forest.  (Photograph courtesy of Patricia McAlpin.) 

Our destination was Donut Falls. Due to slippery trail conditions, we played it safe and turned around before arriving at the Falls. 

Big Cottonwood Creek 

Tuesday took us to Salt Lake City for a tour of Temple Square, the Humanitarian Center, and the Family History Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

On Wednesday, we hiked at Mt. Timpanogos near Provo, Utah. 

After listening to warnings from the park rangers on the difficulty of the trail, we hiked the 1.5-mile paved trail (3 miles round trip)  to Mt. Timpanogos Cave.  The trail rose 1,092 feet to an elevation of 6,730 feet.  Even though the Roman Ramblers aren't accustomed to hiking in this elevation, we made it fine. 

On Thursday, we decided to explore nearby Sundance Mountain Resort, made famous by Robert Redford. 

We rode the ski lift to the Black Forest Loop trail and hiked down the mountain for 2.5 miles. 

Sundance Mountain Resort offers many activities including hiking, biking, and skiing.  (Photograph courtesy of Patricia McAlpin.) 

A little rest and relaxation with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid  after our shopping spree at Sundance where a couple of hats were purchased.  

A view of Mount Timpanogos from the ski lift at Sundance Resort. 

After hiking and shopping at Sundance, we drove to Cascade Springs through this beautiful grove of Aspen trees. 

A scenic view on the drive to Cascade Springs. 

Cascade Springs

We ate at some wonderful restaurants while in Park City, but the Silver Star Cafe was my favorite.  Previously featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, it didn't disappoint.  Here is more information on the cafe. 

Showing off a few of our hat purchases while dining at the Silver Star Cafe. 

I recently heard a quote that goes like this........"some women go shopping, but real women go hiking."  Not quite sure where the next trip will take the Roman Ramblers, but in the meantime, we plan to "Keep On Hiking."  

Special thanks to Patricia McAlpin for generously sharing her timeshare with the Roman Ramblers and for her photography skills. 


  1. Looks like a wonderful trip! I love Park City in the winter so now I'm going to have to visit in the summer--if not to hike but to buy a stylish new hat ;)

  2. Looks like a good trip with a fun group. I recently moved to South Texas and I definitely miss having a good group of outdoor friends.