Rattlesnake Trailhead 28 May, 2023

Eight Cache Hikers opened the 2023 hiking season with an easy 5-mile out and back hike from the Rattlesnake Trailhead to a communications tower at Murrays Hill.   Although there had been a bit of rain in the area, the service road was dry and in good shape.  There was still a large patch of snow on the north side of the ridge looking down into Narrow Canyon, a little unusual this low and this far into the year.  Only one other hiker was seen on the trail, heading out as the group returned to the trail head.  Due to all the snow and rain, the hillsides were quite green and lots of wildflowers were out.  The group enjoyed some nice and different views looking northeast across the valley at the peaks we normally hike. 

Trip Summary:
  • Eight participants:  Dan, Brent L, Ralph, Kathy , Dave, Teresa, Laurel (and Zinnia) and Brent J.(Leader)
  • Drove 12 miles to the Rattlesnake Trailhead
  • Started 8:45 a.m., back to the trailhead 11:30 a.m.
  • Cloudy and cool, with occasional sprinkles
  • Traveled about 5 miles with 800 feet of ascent/descent

Thanks to Brent J for the narrative and photos, Dan for photos and Ralph for photos and GPS data.

Cache Hikers

Shady sections along the way

Looking west to the ridge of the Wellsville Mountains

Peaks of the Bear River Range and northern Cache Valley (click here for a higher resolution image)
Communications tower at Murrays Hill

Looking east over Hyrum toward Blacksmith Fork
An after-the-hike double rainbow

Arrowleaf balsamroot
Indian paintbrush

Gray's biscuitroot

Our GPS track shows about 5 miles and 800 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.