Spawn Creek, 25 September 2022

Fourteen Cache Hikers, Susan (leader), Jim, Nancy, Kamren, Dave P., Dave W., Jane, Teresa, Dan, Brent C., Brent J., Laurel and dog Zinnia, David, and Mimi carpooled 19 miles up Logan Canyon to the Spawn Creek trailhead. Our destination was Temple Aspen Spring.

The group began hiking at about 8:45 AM in chilly temperatures. Frost was observed on the grass in shady areas. Temperatures warmed creating lovely hiking conditions. A perfect early fall day for a hike!

Bigtooth maples were beginning to turn color. We stopped briefly to look at the old mill site. In one spot on the trail beavers had created a small dam flooding the trail for a short distance. Lots of beaver activity was noted.

At the last beaver pond before the spring, we watched quite a few Clark’s Nutcrackers flying between the trees and feeding on limber pine cones.

The spring on the slope was dry, but Dave P. noted water about 100 feet down the gully. We ate lunch at the spring on the sunny south facing slope and returned the same way we came encountering a few upward bound hikers on the way down.

Trip Summary
  • Fourteen Cache Hikers: Susan (leader), Jim, Nancy, Kamren, Dave P., Dave W., Jane, Teresa, Dan, Brent C., Brent J., Laurel and dog Zinnia, David, and Mimi.
  • Left Logan about 8:05  AM and drove 19 miles to the Spawn Creek trailhead
  • Started hiking about 8:45 AM
  • Lunch at Temple Aspen Spring from about 11:15-11:45 AM
  • Arrived back at the trailhead about 1:15 and back to Logan about 2 PM
  • Sunny and clear. Upper 30s at the start and about 70 or so degrees at the finish
  • Hiked about 6.1 miles with about 1750 feet ascent and descent

Thanks to Susan for the narrative and photos, Dave P., Brent, Dan and Jane for photos, and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.

Near the beginning of our hike

"Walking the plank" to cross Spawn Creek
One of many beaver ponds along the way

Heading up the trail Observing remnants of an old cast iron stove

Colorful canyon maples above the trail
 We call this the "tuning fork tree"

An interesting rock formation above the trail
There once was a water-powered sawmill here

A new beaver dam caused water to run down the trail
The new pond is over the trail (we walked around it)

Enjoying a lunch break at Temple Aspen Spring

Taking in the scenery on the way back down the Spawn Creek Trail

Our GPS track shows about 6.1 miles and 1750 feet of ascent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.