Blacksmith Fork River, 4 September, 2023

Eight Cache Hikers braved the wet weather on the Labor Day hike. Plans were changed from an Ephraims Grave destination to a shorter and less muddy hike in lower Blacksmith fork due to the steady rain.

Dave W gave historical information on the trail along the way.  Remnants of a CCC camp and mountain biker built trails were seen.

We reached the end of the official trail and stopped for an early lunch at about 10am.

On the way back down we stopped to sample elderberries and discussed the disc golf course with golf targets hanging from tree limbs.

We arrived back at the cars at 11:40am, and covered 4.7 miles with 360 ft of elevation gain

Back in Logan at 12 noon, some hikers went out for lunch at El Toro Viejo.

Trip Summary:
  • Participants:  Dave W, Ophelia, Teresa, Brent L, Gordon, Jane, Kathy and Dan (leader)
  • Drove 10 miles to the parking area at the mouth of Blacksmith Fork Canyon
  • Started hiking about 9:00, "lunch" 10:05 - 10:25, back at the trailhead at 11:40
  • Rain, with calm winds and temperature about 50 ºF
  • Hiked about 4.7 miles with about 360 feet of ascent/descent

Thanks to Dan for the narrative and photos, Jane and Kathy for photos, and Dave W for photos and GPS data.

A rainy hike beginning, with rain gear (left) and rain covers for our packs (right)

A "waterfall" (water from Porcupine Reservoir via the Highline Canal)

Someone had set up a course for disc golf
A foundation at the old CCC camp - and a sign for disc golf

A target for disc golf - with a green darner dragonfly

A photo op on the CCC camp bridge

Hiking on a rainy Blacksmith Fork River Trail

Our lunch spot at the gate that marks the official end of the trail

Our GPS track shows about 4.7 miles and about 360 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.