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Naomi Peak, 21 August 2016

Seven hikers enjoyed the classic Naomi Peak outing: Denis, Kathy, Stephanie, Dave W. Nikolai, Laurel, and Dave P. (leader). The weather was dry, breezy, and smoky from distant fires. Many of the summer flowers had stopped blooming, but asters, fleabane, goldeneye, yarrow, yellow flax, and some less common flowers were still putting on a show in high-elevation and wetter patches.

We had a relaxed lunch on the peak, and were surprised by a hawk with a narrow barred tail (possibly a juvenile Northern Goshawk) flying low and fast just above us and around the rocks and trees. Denis had planned to hike over to the High Creek trailhead where he had left a car. He and Nicoli headed down High Creek right after lunch. The rest of us returned to Tony Grove Lake. On the way we encountered two groups of USU students going on freshman “natural connection” backpacking trips, as well as several families with children of all ages.

Trip Summary:

  • Organized carpools and drove 29 miles to Tony Grove
  • Started hiking at 9:15
  • Lunch on the peak 11:45 - 12:20
  • Cloudless but smoky skies, a pleasant breeze and comfortable temperatures
  • For the Naomi Peak hikers:
    • 6.4 miles with 2000 ft. of ascent/descent
    • Back at Logan at 2:20
  • For the two hikers going on to High Creek:
    • 9.9 miles with 2100 feet of ascent and 4200 feet of descent
    • Back at Logan at 5:30

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

Hikers

Starting out on the Mount Naomi Peak N.R.T. (National Recreation Trail)

Magog

Mt. Magog and limber pines

Wilderness

Post

The Wilderness boundary Missing trail sign at the pass (Naomi Peak is on the left, High Creek and Cherry Peak are ahead)

Lunch

Lunch on Naomi Peak
Mint Bee Buckwheat Cincquefoil Clematis

Bumble bee on coyote mint (Monardella odoratissima)

Sulfur-flowered buckwheat

Shrubby cinquefoil Hairy clematis
Rockmat Daiseys Zauchneria
Tufted rockmat Phlox Fleabane daisy

Hummingbird trumpet (AKA Epilobium or Zauschneria)

View
A comfortable resting spot, with Tony Grove Lake in the background
Map

6.4 miles with 2000 feet of ascent for the Naomi Peak hike, and 9.9 miles with 2100 feet of ascending and 4200 feet descending for those going on to High Creek

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