The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail is a 28 mile, high elevation, flat trail that is mostly dirt and gravel. As it passes through wetlands and farms near Wanship and Silver Creek Canyon, a menagerie of wildlife -including fox, bald eagles, herons, moose, deer and beaver, often appears near the trail. At the north end of the rail trail near Coalville visitors will have a beautiful view of Echo Reservoir, a Summit County water source and hotspot for recreational boating.


Will start at he Wanship trail head (100-132 Old Lincoln Highway, Coalville, Utah) and head North for 5 miles and return.


Hike coordinator: Debra Dahle –

The Hike: Mary Moore Searight Metro Park off of Slaughter Lane never strays too far from civilization. The busy road to its north and I-35 provide enough road noise, though not excessively loud, to remind the hiker that one is not too far from the bustling city around it. The main loop through the park is popular for runners or walkers, further cutting into any desired solitude.

Mary Moore Seawright Park 907 West Slaughter Lane, Austin, TX 78748.

From I-35 in south Austin, exit onto Slaughter Lane and head west. After a couple of turns in the road look for Yarsa Blvd. or Palace Parkway on the right. That’s your key to prepare to turn left, immediately after some apartments that abut the park entrance. The parking area is quite a distance back, past the radio controlled plane airport.


First is an out a mile 1/2 and back, then it’s a 4 mile loop with steady gain to a view of Pikes Peak almost 45 miles away. There’s plenty of shade along the hike, being up in the foothills it’s cooler also. Other than a 1/2 mile across road to the campground and back, the rest of the hike’s trails do not allow mountain bikers. Mild to moderately used trails in the park.

The hike will take the Songbird and Chickadee to the campground and a bit past to a turnaround point and back for 3 miles. Then an Elkhorn, Oxen Draw, Eagle’s View, Raven’s Roost 4 mile loop. The main lot is the exit point for the loop and the other 2 lots down the road are exits for the 1.5 mile out and back. There’s over 1000 feet of gain to count for the other mile. 

Reynolds Park, 14008 S Foxton Rd, Conifer, CO 80433.


Hike Coordinator: Ed Simstone –