The Freehiking Utah Group held its first group hike of the year Thursday, March 23rd (mid-week you never meet other textiled hikers). Only four of us were able to attend – Ben Miller, Kenfreehiker, Captain Curmudgeon, and Botwo (our local guide). We hiked at Fremont Junction near Salina. We left Salt Lake City at 6:55, and arrived in only 2 hours and 35 minutes.
The spring breeze on our nude bodies felt great, though a little cool at first, but the temperature became perfect after we started hiking. The area was beautiful, and very private – no other footprints - no emergency clothing needed. The hike was slow and easy, mostly over level ground on the top of a mesa.
We took lots of time to view nature. We hiked through pinion pine areas and open flats. There was no scratchy underbrush. The scenery was wonderful – wide open views of high desert valleys, scattered black lava boulders on cream colored sandstone, unbelievably weathered boulders as big as a house, and fantastic views of the Muddy Creek drainage from the edge of the high mesa. (photos can be seen at http://imageevent.com/justmeina/fremont .)
We all got a nice overall sunbath on this great 6.5 mile loop hike, which took 3.5 hours.
We returned to Salt Lake City by 4:30.