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Deer Fence Hike, 14 May, 2016

The skies were blue and temperatures pleasant for the Cache Hikers' opening hike of the 2016 season. Eleven hikers started the day, leaving the Smith's parking lot at 8:15 am and arriving at the trailhead at the mouth of Blacksmith Fork Canyon at 8:40 a.m. Renee, Lori, hike leader Alex, Dave W, Dave P, Kathy, Ben, Barbara, Elaine, Terry, and Gordon soon came to the only water crossing of the day which was slightly more difficult than the past few years.

The wildflowers were primarily mulesear between Hyrum and Millville transitioning to arrowleaf balsamroot before reaching Dry Canyon in Logan. We encountered two deer carcasses and two live gopher snakes. Approaching the Predator Research Center we were treated to a chorus of howling coyotes, a lone cow had broken through an outer fence and the coyotes thought it was going to be a buffet.

At Providence Canyon five hikers opted for the short route and six continued north reaching Dry Canyon at 1:40 p.m. and arriving at Smith's before 2:00 pm.

Trip Summary:

  • Drove 10 miles to the trailhead in Blacksmith Fork and started hiking about 8:40 a.m.
  • Five hikers stopped at Providence Canyon
    • 4.8 miles with about 700 feet of uphill travel
    • Returned to Logan about 12:30 p.m.
  • Six hikers continued to Logan Dry Canyon
    • 7.6 total miles with about 1000 feet of uphill travel
    • Returned to Logan by 2:00 p.m.
  • Clear skies and moderate temperatures, calm winds most of the way

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

 

Crossing

Hiking poles make stream crossings a bit easier to negotiate
Hikers
Hiking along the Deer Fence Trail south of Millville Canyon

Cows

Cows were grazing along the way south of Millville Canyon

Flowers

North of Millville Canyon, the cows were replaced by fields of wildflowers
Hill Flax
Trudging up a steep hill Blue flax

Bitterbrush

Biscuitroot

Bitterbrush

Gray's biscuitroot
Evening Primrose Balsamroot
Tufted evening primrose Arrowleaf balsamroot
Puccoon Phlox
Puccoon (or stoneseed) Long-leaf phlox
Snake
A gopher snake on the trail

Map

Map and profile
It was 4.8 miles with about 700 feet of uphill climbing between Blacksmith Fork and Providence Canyon

You can also look at our route using Google Earth or the various map and aerial views of Google Maps