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Right Hand Fork Loop, 28 May 2017

Nine strong hikers met at 8 a.m. to carpool to Right Hand Fork for the Sunday hike. We started hiking at 8:40 am. It was sunny and cool but warmed quickly. The Willow Creek trail was quite wet due to the large melting snowpack. Beaver activity was evident in the stream alongside the trail. As we climbed there were views out toward Logan Peak.

Eventually we reached the road at Mud Flat and decided that instead of following the road as planned, we would short cut across the meadow and up the hill to the northwest. As we started we spotted a coyote on the hillside above us. We were surprised to find a trail exactly where we wanted it to be and we came out on the road again stopping to take a group picture. The views were fantastic. Here we saw all the surrounding peaks: Logan, Beirdneau, Elmer, Gog and Magog, Beaver Mt, and Temple Peak. We followed the road to the top of a hill and stopped for lunch. It was 11:30 a.m. Here you could see the Wellsville mountains through the lower part of Logan Canyon to the west.

After lunch we continued on the road heading west into Little Cottonwood canyon. It was here that we first saw blue camas. We scurried on down the road and came onto a soil slump where the hillside had collapsed onto the trail. Taking a few minutes to check it out we continued along and began to notice trees that had been cut all along the trail, possibly some sort of forestry treatment..

The trail led us through meadows of blue camas and the green of spring, then out at the cars at about 2pm. We returned to Logan by 2:30 p.m. Total hiking distance was 8.7 miles.

Trip Summary:

  • Nine participants: Dave P, Susan B, Travis, Dennis, Laurel, Harry, Teresa, Nick and Dan (the leader)
  • Drove 14 miles to the Right Hand Fork Trailhead
  • Started hiking about 8:30
  • Lunch about 11:30 - 12:00 along the Little Cottonwood Road
  • Back at the trailhead about 2:00 and Logan about 2:30
  • Clear skies and comfortable temperatures
  • About 8.7 miles with 1400 feet of ascent

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


The Right Hand Fork Trailhead, the beginning of our hike
Rock MudFlat
Rock along the Willow Creek Trail Mud Flat
The Bear River Range, from Logan Peak to Temple Fork



Logan Peak

Lunch near the Little Cottonwood road


It's a good time to hike this area, before roads are open to vehicles and before cows are on the range
Meadows of blue camas in Little Cottonwood Canyon



Blue camas Larkspur
Hiking down Little Cottonwood Canyon
Slump Juniper

A soil slump and cut juniper trees in Little Cottonwood Canyon

Our GPS track shows about 8.7 miles and 1400 feet of ascent

You can look at our route using: Google Earth, the various map and aerial views of Google Maps or download our GPS file.