Card Canyon Loop, 16 September, 2017
Ten hikers (Susan, Dave W., Dave P., Cathy, Jane, Teresa, Laurel, Carol, Gordon, Jocelyn) walked 0.6 miles up the Archery Range road to the Card Canyon trailhead to walk a loop hike. The hikers began on the West Card Canyon trail connecting to the East Card trail via a cutoff that Dave P. and Dave W. scouted out last year.
The West Card trail climbed steadily uphill in the shade as the sun had not crested the ridge. Some hikers had very cold hands! A brisk breeze greeted the hikers as they reached the large meadow at the top of the trail. We found the cutoff ‘road’ to the beaver ponds and then followed one of the sheep ‘trails’ to the junction with the East Card Canyon trail. Dave W. had flagged the cutoff a few days before the hike. We ate an early lunch at some logs about mid-way down the cutoff. The vegetation in this area was trampled by sheep.
A young bull moose was spotted at the beginning of the hike and a grouse was flushed out of the brush a bit farther up the trail. Some underbrush plants and bigtooth maples were starting to turn fall colors. Much of the vegetation was dry although elderberries were ripe and not unpleasant tasting.
As we followed the East Card trail back down to the trailhead we stopped to look at the interesting hoodoo like rock formation along the way. Following about a fifteen minute route finding discussion with two motorcyclists, we headed back to the vehicles, packed up, and headed back to Logan.
Thanks to Susan for narrative and photos, Jane for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS work