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Card Canyon Loop, 19 June, 2016

On a beautiful Father's Day morning, 13 hikers -- Monika, Dave P., Kathy, Deanna, Michelle, Dave W., Jane, Ron, Kris, Denis, Susan, Young, and Stephanie (the leader) in addition to Jack, Fritzy, and Jasper – our canine company -- set out into the beautiful sunshine for the Card Canyon East and West to make a full loop for this sunny Sunday hike.

Blue columbine, geranium, blossoming chokecherry, hare figwort, twinflower, and the alluring violets and blues of penstemon lined the trail as we worked our way to the standing rock. Faster hikers led the way to the junction where the trail meets the jeep road, and slower hikers took in the changing scenery noting the recent work of a fire crew clearing low hanging branches, and even whole shrubs and trees.

The Daves had an itch for adventure, looking across the shallow ponds and dreaming of a route around the inevitable dusty road, and took off through the tall grasses trusting their sense of direction and hoping to meet us in the meadow. And they might have had the right idea: the jeep road, fully exposed to the afternoon sun was dry and dusty, and shared by ATVs, but lasted only a moment, allowing hikers to walk elbow to elbow and converse pleasantly before turning off to meet the meadow where Dave W. and Dave P. were proudly waiting for us, fresh off their new trail.

The meadow was picture perfect -- Susan's brief belting of "The Hills are Alive" was just a small tribute to the grand beauty of the expanse of wildflowers, mules ear and bigleaf balsamroot, basking in the summer sun with the peaks of the Bear River Range still lightly dusted with snow beckoning in the distance. The perfect view for lunch, we tucked into a shady nook at the edge of the meadow and tucked into our snacks as well.

The shady side of Card Canyon West offered the remnants of spring with glacier lily pods still green from only recently closing up for the season. With our troop of dogs tuckered out, we enjoyed the mottled shadows cast by the canopy, small jumps over trickling streams, and the unexpected encounter with a rubber boa, a real live treat as we were only hoping to catch glimpses of the statuesque "wildlife" that lingers on the archery trails as we neared the parking area. All in all a fine day and a fine hike—a great Dad's Day adventure.

Trip Summary:

  • Drove 10 miles up Logan Canyon to Card Canyon, then 0.7 miles to the locked gate
  • Walked 0.6 miles up the road to the archery range, up the Card Canyon East trail (159), then west 3/4 mile along the Adams Corral Road (FR 052)
  • Lunch overlooking the meadow at the top of Card Canyon West
  • Back down Card Canyon West (064)to our starting point
  • Clear skies, calm winds and pleasant temperatures
  • 7.1 miles and 2400 feet of ascent/descent

Thanks to Stephanie for the for narrative and photos, and Dave W. for photos and the GPS work.


Hiking up the Card Canyon East trail


Waterfall in Card Canyon East


Beaver pond

Daves' shortcut - through a field of bluebells and past a beaver pond, bypassing the road and saving 2/3 mile (the satellite image shows a nearby cow trail that could provide an easier walk to the beaver pond)
Lunch overlooking the meadow above Card Canyon
"The Hills are Alive"


Upper Card Canyon East - surrounded by a field of bigleaf balsamroot and mulesear flowers
Columbine Gilia


Scarlet gilia
Thimbleberry Sweetpea
Thimbleberry Sweetpea
Penstemon CardWest

Wasatch penstemon

Card Canyon East
Boa Star
Rubber boa Woodland star
Geranium Figwort
Richardson's geranium Hare figwort
Clematis Caterpillar
Westerm clematis Caterpillar
Ninebark Chokecherry


Our GPS track showed 7.1miles with 2400 feet of ascent/descent

You can look at our route using: Google Earth, the various map and aerial views of Google Maps or download our GPS file.