Mt. Elmer, 24 July, 2022
Twelve Cache Hikers met at Smith’s Marketplace on Main Street, and after introductions carpooled 8.5 miles to the end of Green Canyon Road. A cool morning with a temperature of about 55 degrees greeted us at the trailhead. After pictures, the group departed on the hike about 9:00 a.m . We enjoyed the moderate climb over the first couple of miles before the much steeper section over the 3rd mile and reached the second spring and watering trough at about 10:30. Some hikers refilled their water supplies from the cold and clear spring. Wildflowers were abundant and some of the group attempted to identify some of the lesser-known species. All appreciated the still partly cloudy skies that were helping to keep the temperature pleasant.
The group split at this juncture with four hikers turning back to the starting trailhead and seven continuing on the trek to Mt. Elmer. The twelfth hiker investigated the condition of alternate trails; a trail section constructed by the Forest Service to bypass a hazardous part of the main trail, and an old trail section going to the ridge north of Beirdneau Peak (see the blue lines on the map, below).
The Mt. Elmer group forged on with our pace slowing a bit as we climbed the steep trail to the main ridge. A couple of short breaks were taken for water and snacks as we progressed. The formerly partly cloudy skies cleared making it a bit less pleasant as the sun was now out in full force. Wildflowers and fantastic views were abundant along the entire route making this challenging trek worth the effort.
We stopped for lunch about 12:45 before continuing the final push to base of Mt. Elmer. After making the main ridge, we enjoyed the views of Cache Valley, Smithfield Dry, and Birch Canyon, and peaks including, Naomi, Flattop, Cherry Peak, Logan, Ben Lomond, Willard Peak, and the Wellsville Mountains.
We reached the base of Mt. Elmer about 1:30 and the group continued past the northwest side of Mt. Elmer. Two hikers ascended the peak from the northeast side. This route required some scrambling, but footing was much better than the usual route on the southeast side. The other hikers returned to the southeast side and attempted to summit the ridge via the usual route. One hiker continued while the others turned back discouraged by the extremely unstable footing. In the end three hikers reached the summit. All three hikers descended via the southeast route.
About 2:30 we started back and after stopping for a short break and water refill at the second spring, arrived at the trailhead about 5:40 and Logan by about 6:15.
Thanks to Ralph for for the narrative, photos and GPS data, Dave P. and Jane for photos and Dave W for photos and GPS data.