Card Canyon Loop, 12 June, 2021

Ten hikers participated: Chris, Teresa, Deanna, April, Brent, Joan, Jonathan, Cameron with Dick and Dave P. as co-leaders.

We reached the trailhead about 8:40 and headed toward the east arm to begin the loop. We enjoyed the shade knowing that 90+ degree temperatures would await us later in the day. After a brief stop at the Standing Rock we left the trail and headed across the “shortcut” past various old and newer beaver ponds. The mosquitoes and biting flies were as bad as most of us had ever encountered in the Bear River Range. We hurried across and only escaped them when we reached the road and hiked up to the open ridge. We elected to have an early lunch in the open area to avoid the bugs and enjoy the mule ears and mountain bluebells which were in full bloom. We then headed down the west arm, and appreciated the shade and more wildflowers.  The trail did require extra vigilance to avoid sliding on loose rocks that have been pulled out by motorcycles. A warm day but a very pleasant hike except for the biting insects!

Trip Summary:
  • 10 Cache Hikers: Chris, Teresa, Deanna, April, Brent,  Joan, Jonathan, Cameron with Dick and Dave P. as co-leaders
  • Drove 11 miles to the locked gate in Card Canyon (the "trailhead" for this hike)
  • Started hiking at 8:40 and returned to the vehicles around 1:30
  • Clear skies and unusually hot temperatures
  • Hiked about 6.5 miles with 2200 feet elevation changes

Thanks to Dick for the narrative and photos, Dave P. for photos and Brent for photos and GPS data.

At the mouth of east fork of Card Canyon near a large white fir (Abies concolor) tree
The standing rock, located about 2 1/4 miles from the trailhead
This tree had been badly clawed by an animal in 2019 (right photo)
Beaver pond
Remnants of an old beaver dam
Beaver canal and pond
Enjoying lunch in a meadow of mule ears (Wyethia amplexicaulis) at the top of west Card Canyon
Hiking down Forest Road 151 toward the top of west Card Canyon
Jacob's ladder (Polemonium foliosissimum)
Indian paintbrush (Castilleja)
Lupine (Lupinus)
Columbine (Aquilegia caerulea)
Ninebark (Physocarpus)
Our GPS track shows about 6.5 miles and 2200 feet of ascent and descent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.