Spawn Creek, 4 October, 2020

After our last trip several participants expressed a desire to keep hiking, even though we stopped scheduling events when big game hunting season began.  

Nine hikers met
at the Logan Ranger District, 9:00 on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 and drove separately to the Spawn Creek Trailhead on the Logan River's Right Hand Fork, where several hikers donned "hunter orange" clothing for safety.  We started hiking about 10:00, stopping frequently to admire the fall colors and to discuss geology, beavers, fish, cattle grazing, trail maintenance and other interesting (at least, to us) topics.  

After about two miles of hiking Spawn Creek disappeared and reappeared a few times until we reached the source, Temple Aspen Spring, at mile three.  We relaxed and enjoyed lunch there before hiking back down to the trailhead.

The Cache Hikers have been improving this trail for several years through the Forest Service's "Adopt-A-Trail" program.  We are pleased to see that this previously seldom-hiked trail, overgrown with brush and blocked by fallen trees, has become more popular as trail conditions improved.  In fact, the new trail run, the White Pine 50, followed this route, calling it a "glorious single-track descent into Temple Fork" from the Sinks Road to the Spawn Creek Trailhead.     

Trip Summary:
  • Participants:  Dave W., Dave P., Jane, Kathy, Laurel, Susan, Teresa, Brent and Kris
  • Drove 16 miles to the Spawn Creek Trailhead
  • Started hiking about 10:00, lunch from 12:10 - 1:00, back at the trailhead at 2:45
  • Clear skies, pleasant temperatures and calm winds
  • 6 miles and 1700 feet of ascent/descent

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

Our lunch spot near Temple Aspen Spring
East view
The canyon narrows about 1.7 miles from the trailhead
Water Wheel Mullein
An old water wheel mount, evidence of a saw mill
Several invasive weed species, like this mullein, are found along the trail
Hiking though a colorful tunnel of bigtooth maple trees
Looking west down Spawn Creek, toward Temple Fork
Colors of fall
Our GPS track shows about 6 miles and 1700 feet of ascent and descent.
You can look at our route using Google Earth or download our GPS file.