Bunchgrass Creek, 4 July, 2016
Sixteen Cache Hikers celebrated Independence Day 2016 by hiking this infrequently-traveled route: Stephanie, Dave P., Kris, Ron, Ken, Roy, Gordon, Kathy, Jane, Dave W. (the leader), Ryan S., Terry, Melody, Marissa, Ryan B. and Nikolai. We started the day by driving up Logan Canyon to the Bunchgrass Trail parking area. We left a "shuttle" vehicle there and drove everyone to Tony Grove and started on the trail about 9:15.
The hikers followed the White Pine Lake Trail (025), crossing the main fork of Bunchgrass creek after 1 1/4 miles and heading off-trail down the (lesser) north fork at mile 1.7. We followed animal trails for 3/4 mile before coming to our lunch spot, a large natural pond (presumably it dries up later in the summer). Stephanie treated everyone to her special Fourth-of-July dessert; little "flag" pies, red, white and blue with stars and stripes!
After lunch we continued our trek, following animal trails for nearly 2 more miles before joining the White Pine - Bunchgrass Trail (051) not far from Goring Pond. This area sees a lot of cattle later in the summer, so it was no surpise that we encountered biting flies here. The annoying flies and aftternoon heat disuaded us from lingering so we hiked straight out to our shuttle car at US-89.
Drivers of of the cars at Tony Grove rode back up in the "shuttle" car to pick up their vehicles, drove back down to the Bunchgrass trailhead and picked up their passengers for the ride back to Logan.
Thanks to Dave W. for narrative, photos and GPS work.