Antelope Island hosts ‘First Day Hike’ to start new year
BY LOUISE R. SHAW
ANTELOPE ISLAND—Even those who party late on New Year’s Eve should be able to make the 2 p.m. start time for the “First Day Hike” scheduled on Antelope Island.
What better way to get going on those fitness resolutions than to hike 2.5 miles with a park naturalist, enjoying a winter day and learning more about the Great Salt Lake in the process.
The hike is one of several planned by Utah State Parks, but the only one in Davis County. Others are at Great Salt Lake State Park, Dead Horse Point and the Territorial Statehouse.
Participants in the Antelope Island hike should meet at the Lakeside trailhead in White Rock Bay at 2 p.m.
Signs will be placed to guide visitors to the spot. Park entry fees will apply.
There is an elevation gain and loss of 94 feet for the hike, which is rated as an easy trail. Dogs are welcome on a leash.
Bathroom facilities are located at the Visitors Center on the island but not at the trailhead.
For those willing to drive a bit farther, park naturalists will be leading a “Full Moon Hike” at Great Salt Lake State Park, 13312 W. 1075 South in Magna.
The sun sets Jan. 1 at 5:11 p.m. and the full moon rises at 5:12 p.m., which, weather permitting, should make for some great views of the lake, according to organizers.
Participants at either hike should check weather conditions and wear appropriate gear, according to a press release from Utah State Parks.
“If the weather is severe, participants should plan on checking individual park websites and Facebook pages for notice of cancellation before heading out,” it read. “Remember to wear appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks,” it read.
Antelope Island is also hosting an Outdoor Photography Workshop lead by Jeff Strong, a professional photographer, on Jan. 6.
The workshop will include an indoor session from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Visitor’s Center, and an outdoor sunset photo shoot beginning at 4 p.m.
That workshop costs $75, plus the park entrance fee of $10 per vehicle. Registration can be made through jeffstrongphotography.com.