by Billy Clouse
Originally published in Revolt — Vol. 1, Issue 2
SUU is the University of the Parks for many reasons, one of which is the school’s location. Surrounded by national parks, and immediately next to a mountain range, the city has some great views of nature.
Overlooking the city is a giant “C” high up on a mountain. A trail runs from that letter to the base of the mountain. This hike provides not only an escape from the demands of college, but it also offers a view of the town.
In recent months, I’ve hiked the trail twice. My roommate and I started at the top, and after going halfway down, we went back to the top.
While the trail isn’t that strenuous — and this is coming from someone who doesn’t hike — it is important to prepare. The first time I went on the hike, my roommate and I were just planning to see the view of Cedar City and then drive back down the mountain.
Instead, we got carried away, and before we knew it, we were halfway down the mountain. This wouldn’t have been so bad, except for the fact that we were wearing flip flops and had no water.
This hike was during the summer, and although it wasn’t scorching, it was hot enough to make the climb up miserable. I also was dumb enough not to hydrate myself before driving up, so when we headed back, I started to feel sick pretty fast.
The two of us had to stop frequently, and there were multiple times where I almost passed out.
Fortunately, we had water in the car.
My advice for this hike, as well as any outdoor activity, is to make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you start. Always drink water before, during and after the excursion.
The second time I went on this hike was enjoyable because I did these things. It helped that the fall weather was starting to set in, but the biggest factor was having water and proper footwear.
Overall, the hike is gorgeous! Sections of it are forested and others are exposed, and both are beautiful. But nothing is as spectacular as seeing the city from a near-aerial perspective.
This hike is easy, and I would suggest it to anyone who wants to get more outdoorsy.