(Bear River Range)
Utah's Incredible Backcountry Trails
by David Day
Distance: 6.6 miles (round trip)
Walking time: 4 1/4 hours
Elevations: 1,250 ft. gain/loss
Season: Summer through mid-fall. Parts of the trail are usually covered with snow from November until early June. For current conditions call the Logan Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, at (435) 755-3620.
Vicinity: Near Logan
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This is one of the most scenic
hikes you will find anywhere, especially if it is done around
the first of August when the wildflowers are at their peak. The
first two-thirds of the trail pass through a series of alpine
meadows that are filled with acres and acres of pink, blue, purple,
yellow, and white flowers. No other trail in this book offers
the abundance of wildflowers you will see on the White Pine Lake
trail. You might want to stop at the Forest Service Ranger Station
in Logan and buy a guide to the wildflowers on your way to the
trailhead. As you leave Logan you will see it on the right side
of Highway 89 just 2.1 miles after you leave Main Street.
From Tony Grove Lake the trail
climbs gently uphill for a quarter mile to the junction with
the Naomi Peak trail. Turn right here and continue climbing for
another 1.9 miles until you reach the highest point on the hike,
some 780 feet above the trailhead. Up to this point the trail
goes through open meadows with occasional groves of Engelmann
spruce and limber pine. The limber pines are the trees with large
clusters of needles near the ends of the twigs that look almost
like tufts of fur. They get their name because the branches are
so limber they can be bent double or even tied in knots without
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