Crimson Trail , 7 May, 2022

Mississippian lodgepole limestone was the goal and footpath of seven hikers who met on a Saturday morning for a spring hike. Traveling east on the Riverside Nature Trail from Spring Hollow we gradually, then steeply, climbed to the top of the limestone layer, the China Wall. Views of the Wellsville Mountains, Logan Canyon, Beirdneau Peak, and the Wind Caves unfolded in the distance. The greening foliage and lovely wildflowers required closer examination: false Solomon's seal, arrowleaf balsamroot, mountain bluebells, yellow violets, birchleaf mountain mahogany, serviceberry, steershead bleedingheart, leopard lily, and others.

We enjoyed a sunny lunch break at Spring Hollow Group B picnic tables before returning to the trailhead.

The trail was in excellent shape, mostly dry with no obstructions. Many other hikers were encountered along the way.

Trip Summary:
  • Seven participants: Dave P., Teresa, Julie, Dave W. Laurel with Zinnia Dog, Susan, and Jane (leader)
  • Drove 7 miles up Logan Canyon to the Spring Hollow day use parking lot (3rd Dam)
  • Started hiking about 8:25 a.m. and returned to Logan at 12:20 p.m.
  • Overcast with a chilly wind at the beginning, alternating with calm and sunny throughout the day. Rain was forecast but it did not happen.
  • Hiked the Riverside Nature Trail and the Crimson Trail in a 4.2 mile loop with 1000 feet elevation gain

Thanks to Jane for the narrative and photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.

Cache Hikers on the Crimson Trail

Below the cliffs of the "China Wall" (left) and on top (right)

Glimpsing the Wellsville Mountains in the west (later views were better)
Wind Caves (looking north, across Logan Canyon)
Moss-covered rock Spring Hollow Creek, near the end of our hike

Arrowleaf Balsamroot (Balsamorrhiza sagittata)
Spring Beauty (Claytonia lanceolata)

Oregon Grape (Mahonia repens)  Bluebells (Mertensia)

Indian Paintbrush (Castelleja)
 Long-stalk Spring-parsley (Cymopterus longipes)

Not yet in bloom:  Rattlesnake Plantain, (Goodyera oblongifolia), left and Leopard Lily or Spotted Fritillary (Fritillaria atropurpurea) right

Goosefoot Violet (Viola purpurea)
Steershead Bleedingheart (Dicentra uniflora)

Wild Carrot or Fernleaf Desert Parsley (Lomatium dissectum)
Milkvetch (Astragalus)

Our GPS track shows about 4.2 miles and over 1000 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.