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Deer Fence/Bonneville Shoreline Trail, 13 May 2017

Six Cache Hikers met Saturday morning to hike the Deer Fence/Bonneville Shoreline Trail from Blacksmith Fork to Providence canyon. Jane previously left a "shuttle" car at Providence Canyon so we all drove to Blacksmith Fork. We were especially interested in the new Bonneville Shoreline Trail section, completed in Fall 2016 by the Utah Conservation Corps. The new section starts at the trailhead and joins the old Deer Fence trail after 2/3 mile, avoiding the water crossing and a steep section on the old route. There is a post marking the junction where the new BST section joins the Deer Fence, but there is no sign.

We hiked along the Deer Fence for the rest of the trip, enjoying views of the Wellsville Mountains to the west, numerous wildflowers, a spring and the Millville Predator Research Facility. There were a number of old deer carcasses along the way, evidence of the harsh winter of 2016-2017. The skies clouded up but it did not rain until after our hike.

Trip Summary:

  • Participants: Barry, Jane, Gordon, Mike, Travis and Dave W. (leader)
  • Drove 10 miles to the head of Blacksmith Fork Canyon
  • Started hiking about 8:40
  • Snack break 10:40 - 11:10
  • Arrived Providence Canyon about 12:00 and back in Logan about 1:00
  • Cloudy skies with threat of rain
  • 5 miles hiking with 750 feet of ascent

Thanks to Dave W. for the narrative, photos and GPS work


At the "new" trailhead at the mouth of Blacksmith Fork Canyon



The new BST Trails section goes through a gate and climbs gently at is circles to the north

A post marks the junction where the new trail joins the old Deer Fence Trail



Looking west to the Wellsville mountains
Evening Primrose Death Camas
Evening primrose Death camas



Arrowleaf balsamroot Longleaf phlox
Bitterbrush Cow


Cattle grazed in the Millville section
Our GPS shows 5 miles with about 700 feet of ascent

You can look at our route using: Google Earth, the various map and aerial views of Google Maps or download our GPS file.