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Crimson Trail, 8 June, 2019

Eight steadfast hikers: Brent (trip leader), Dave P., Kathy, Bree, Gordon, Mark, Dave W. and Jane assembled on a 45 degree morning for a counterclockwise loop hike of the Crimson Trail.

Leaving Logan at 8:15, we arrived at Spring Hollow about 8:25 and on the trail at 8:35. We walked up through the Spring Hollow group areas and on to the trail, taking time to investigate the spring which is running at high volume during this wet year. We enjoyed a variety of wildflowers, including Penstemon, ninebark and Oregon grape, as we climbed toward the top of the China Wall. The mostly sunny skies allowed for remarkable views of the Wind Caves across the canyon and the newly snow dusted Temple Peak up the canyon.

After "brunch" at 10:20 we started our somewhat slippery descent toward Guinavah-Malibu Campground and the River Trail. We found short sections of shallow flooding on the River Trail as we closed the loop back to our cars at Spring Hollow, but nothing we could not easily wade or bypass.

Trip Summary:

  • Eight hikers: Brent (leader), Dave P., Bree, Gordon, Mark, Dave W., Kathy, and Jane
  • Left Logan at 8:15, arrive Spring Hollow at 8:25 and on the trail at 8:35
  • "Brunch" 10:20 - 10:40
  • Back at the trailhead at 12:15 and Logan by 12:30
  • Partly cloudy skies, unseasonably cool temperatures and a variable breeze
  • Hiked about 4.6 miles with more than 1000 feet of ascent and descent

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

The start of our hike, at Spring Hollow Campground and the old Spring Hollow Trail
After hiking 300 yards up the old Spring Hollow Trail we turned left onto the Crimson Trail, Crimson Trail hikers on a brushy west-facing slope above the China Wall
The north-facing slopes above the Crimson Trail are forested
Third Dam, Cache Valley and the Wellsville Mountains, as seen from the Crimson Trail
The China Wall on the other side of Logan Canyon
A distant Temple Peak
The Wind Caves, viewed from the Crimson Trail Enjoying "brunch" on top of the China Wall
"Purple" seems to be the fashionable color of the day Hikers at a switchback about 1/2 mile from Guinavah CG
Penstemon An old log along the Riverside Nature Trail
Wild hyacinth (Triteleia grandiflora) Water on the Riverside Nature Trail
False lily of the valley (false Solomon's seal) Birchleaf mountain mahogany

Ninebark

Violets
Wallflower Miterwort
Our GPS track shows about 4.6 miles and more than 1000 feet of ascent and descent

You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.