LITTLE COTTONWOOD, Utah – As the summer heat increases in the Valley, some Utahans seek cooling off in nature.
The peaceful sounds of a stream flowing over the rocks and a gentle breeze passing through the trees.
Couldn’t blame people for wanting to head to the mountains on Saturday afternoon.
“We’re going to go up high and be able to look at the whole canyon,” said Eva Kauffman, who lives in Salt Lake City.
Kauffman and her friend were in Little Cottonwood Canyon getting ready for a hike.
“This region is nostalgic for me,” she said. “I love it here.”
However, the peaceful sounds of nature were accompanied by heavy traffic.
“There are crowds today,” Kauffman said. But it’s not just the views that many people were looking for.
“It’s hot,” Skylar Phelps said with a laugh.
He and his family were from Grantsville, and while they enjoy the outdoors as much as possible, they chose the mountains because of triple-digit temperatures in the valley below.
Even if it meant walking through crowds.
“It’s a beautiful canyon,” Phelps said. “It’s hard to beat the views, but I know it’s always crowded here.”
Weekends are usually busier. However, it becomes even more lively when temperatures start to climb past 100 degrees.
“Yeah, it’s different. Like, you get the breeze, and it’s twenty degrees cooler,” Kauffman said.
That’s part of why cars were lined up and parked on the side of the road for almost a third of a mile at the White Pine trailhead.
Lots of people wanted to get out and do a little hike. Almost any hiker will tell you that it’s easier to get around and go further when you’re not grounding.
“Millcreek today is, I think, 102 degrees. But here, only 82 degrees,” said James Lin, who lives in Millcreek.
With many people having the same idea of staying out of the heat, taking a mountain trail might not be the outdoor escape from the crowds that many were hoping for.
But it was an escape from a hundred-degree beating.
“Yeah, you can get out of the heat and then hope it cools off by the time you come back down the canyon,” Kauffman said with a laugh.