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Jardine Juniper, 3 October, 2021

Nine hikers started out in clear, crisp (32 degree) conditions to enjoy a colorful autumn hike and mother nature did not disappoint! Both the red maple and the aspen put on a brilliant display along with a few lingering wildflowers.

We were happy to use the new bridge and enjoyed walking some recently relocated sections of the trail.

One highlight of the day was finding bear scat on the trail.  Many of our group have spent years hiking this forest and while we know there are bears in the area, we had never seen this evidence in the past.

The day warmed as we walked and was quite sunny and hot when we reached the tree at about noon.  We took the required photos and then went back to a shady spot near the lean-to for lunch.

Trip Summary:
  • Nine Cache Hikers:  Dave W., Jane, Susan, Teresa, April, Dave P., Laurel, Jim, and Brent (leader)
  • Drove 13 miles to the Wood Camp trailhead in Logan Canyon
  • Started hiking about 8:30, lunch near the loop trail 12:30 - 1:00, back at the trailhead by 3:15
  • Frosty temperatures in the morning, warming to 72 ºF in the afternoon, with calm winds and clear skies
  • Hiked about 10.4 miles with about 2000 feet of ascent and descent (recent improvements have slightly increased the trail length)

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


Frosty hike Sun
The warm morning sun didn't reach the hikers for the first mile or so
Hiker
Enjoying a spot of sunshine
Morning
                      sun
Fall colors in the morning sun
Moose
                        tracks
Moose tracks on the trail (and we saw a moose, too) A new bridge for easy stream crossings in the spring
Goldeneye
Scat
Showy goldeneye
A bear left this seed-filled deposit on the trail
Bear Tracks on the
                      trail
Bear tracks on the trail
View
A panoramic view from the "scenic" loop, looking from the southwest to the north
View Tree hugging
Looking toward the southeast from the loop trail
It's OK to hug trees
Juniper Tree
The old juniper seems to be doing well
Lunch
Bench
Our lunch spot near the high point of the hike
This bench needs to be repaired or replaced
Aspen Tunnel
Golden aspen leaves
Maple leaf tunnel
Maple Fleabane
Red maple leaves
Fleabane daisies

map
Our GPS track shows about 10.4 miles and 2000 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.