Cherry Creek, August 3, 2013

Five Cache Hikers went on this hike:  Bob, Joe, Dave P., Denis and Jim, the hike leader.   The access road and trailhead parking area were congested but the group managed to find room to park their cars.  A sign at near the trailhead indicated 5.4 miles to the Mt. Naomi NRT (National Recreation Trail), but the plan for the day was to stop before going that distance. 

The hikers enjoyed shade and a cool breeze along the canyon bottom and Bob's dog enjoyed a refreshing drink and bath when they came to a spring as the trail climbed toward the ridge.  After lunch, Denis, Bob and Joe continued on to Cherry Peak while Jim and Dave P. enjoyed the view from the ridge.  The group rejoined at 2:30, hurried back to the trailhead and returned to Logan before 6:00. 

Wildflowers along the way included fireweed, delphinium, Indian paintbrush, horsemint, cone flowers, asters, fleabane, and goldeneyes among many others (the bees particularly enjoyed the coneflowers and delphinium).   All the hikers enjoyed great scenery, with view of near and distant peaks.

(Thanks to Jim for the narrative and photos)

 Cherry Creek hikers
Cache Hikers near the start of the trail

Naomi Peak
Naomi Peak and upper Smithfield Canyon, from the Cherry Creek ridge

Looking south
Looking south from the Cherry Creek ridge, toward Mt. Elmer, Mt. Jardine and Flattop Mountain

Cherry Creek Wildflower
Cherry Creek wildflowers

Cherry Peak topo

Cherry Peak route (from another trip), 9 miles round trip with 3700 feet of elevation gain