Blacksmith Fork Snowshoe, 25 February, 2017
Eager to explore a new trail, eleven Cache Hikers in snowshoes set out on the Blacksmith Fork River Trail on a snowy Saturday morning. Several inches of new snow during the week provided an adequate base with a few rocky spots. From the parking area provided by the Division of Wildlife Resources the group crossed the road and the river to access the trail on the river's south side. The new directional signs were noted and appreciated.
Passing power buildings and an old CCC camp, a bald eagle was seen soaring overhead before the trail narrowed. Sagebrush flats, maple groves, dramatic river gorge views, and magnificent high cliffs provided good scenic variety along the 1.7 mile trail. No other hikers were met on the trail until the end where a group of campers with canvas tents were set up.
Big boulders provided good seating for lunch, but dropping temperatures and increasing snow urged action before long. Warming up quickly on the return trip, hikers were treated to several wildlife observations: deer, elk, turkeys, and geese. The consensus at the trailhead was that this beautiful trail is worth another visit.
Thanks to Jane for the narrative and photos, Dave W. for photos and the GPS work.
Editors note: Opened fall 2016 through the collaboration of Hyrum City, Cache County and the Utah Conservation Corps, the Blacksmith Fork River Trail follows the south side of Blacksmith Fork River. See "Volunteers work to complete trails east of Hyrum"