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River Trail, 18 May 2017

Two Cache Hikers went on a Thursday hike (thanks to Jane for substituting for the scheduled hike leader). They walked to Bridger Campground and back instead of the planned First Dam - Third Dam hike with a car shuttle. There was no snow, ice or mud on the trail in spite the previous day's snow storm, but there were a few downed branches and the Logan River was running high.

They enjoyed fine view of cliffs and peaks defined by new snow and lush green foliage including chokecherries in full bloom. There was an American dipper doing deep knee bends and possibly attending to chicks under Red Bridge, several groups of male mallards, a chipmunk munching at Stokes Nature Center and flashes of other birds. It was an excellent morning walk!

Trip Summary:

  • Participants: Christine and (substitute hike leader) Jane
  • Drove 3 miles to Canyon Entrance Park (AKA "First Dam")
  • Started hiking 8:20 and returned about 11:10
  • Hiked 6.5 miles, out and back
  • Cool temperatures and partly cloudy skies

Thanks to Jane for the narrative, photos and GPS work and Christine for photos, with special thanks to Jane for substituting as trip leader.

Snow

Snow on distant hills

Water

Picnic

Roaring water at Second Dam

Flooded picnic area at Second Dam
Flooded Branches
Flooded walkway at Second Dam Branches down on the trail - and chokecherry blossoms

PoisonIvy

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy near Red Bridge Young poison ivy leave with reddish tinge
Map
The GPS track showed 6.5 miles

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