Temple Fork to Right Hand Fork, 16 June, 2019
Nine hikers turned out for the Temple to Right Hand Fork hike on Sunday; Teresa, Jane, Deanna, Kathy, Bree, Dave W, Dave P, Brent and Dan (the leader). We left two cars at Right Hand Fork trailhead and continued up to our starting point at Temple Fork, heading out on foot about 9:20am.
We followed Temple Fork creek, crossed at the second bridge and followed the poorly defined "Temple Fork Cutoff 3" trail to the south. After climbing slowly and being passed by horses and bikers we came to the Hunsaker Corral trailhead and the Temple Fork Road above Mud Flat, 1.5 miles from the beginning of our hike.
We followed the gravel road down into Mud Flat, where we were pleasantly surprised to see a field of blue camas flowers in the wet meadow. After a steep easterly climb we turned south onto a two-track dirt road toward Hunsaker Spring. Although we walked along the road for 2.3 miles, we only encountered a couple of vehicles (we planned this hike for a Sunday to avoid the larger number of vehicles expected on a Saturday). We enjoyed a lunch break in a shady spot not far from Hunsaker Spring, surrounded by meadows of blue larkspur and yellow bigleaf balsamroot flowers with views of snow covered peaks of the Bear River Range to the west.
After lunch we continued south to meet the Ephraim's Cutoff trail. This trail descends to the west with more great views and an impressive trailside sink hole. Eventually the trail meets the Willow Creek trail, the Right Hand Fork of Logan River, the trailhead and our cars.
We saw quite a few (spawning?) trout swimming around the gravel beds of the Right Hand Fork here, evidence that recent efforts to encourage the native Bonneville cutthroat trout have been successful.
The finish time was about 4:20 p.m. We had hiked 10 miles and climbed 1600 feet.
Thanks to Dan for the narrative, photos and GPS data and Dave W., Kathy, Bree, Jane and Brent for photos. .