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Temple Fork Sawmill, 5 July, 2015

Six people participated in this rainy day hike: Dave P, Roddy, Katie, Jane, Jay and the leader, Dave W. The weather forecast called for morning showers, but this did not deter us. After organizing into two carpools we drove up Logan Canyon to Temple Fork. Here, we stopped to read the interpretive signs and looked at the proposed Temple Fork Dam site before proceeding to the Temple Fork Sawmill trailhead.

A light rain began just as we started hiking about 8:55, and before long it was raining heavily. We got wet in spite of our rain gear and heavy mud stuck thickly to our boots as we dodged cow pies in the trail. The rain diminished a bit as we hiked the last half-mile to the sawmill site but wet trailside brush continued to soak us (we saw a rubber boa there). The rain resumed while we were having a lunch break and heavy rain continued as we hiked back. The weather finally began clearing as we finished our hike.

Yarrow, geranium, checker mallow, wild hollyhock, and monument plant were some of the wildflowers lining the trail but the rain discouraged us from stopping to admire them.

Trail notes: The slippery path around flooded beaver ponds would be greatly improved with a little tread work. Houndstongue plants along the trail should be weeded out now so they do not go to seed next year. .

Trip Summary:

  • Carpooled 19 miles to Temple Fork Sawmill trailhead
  • On the trail about 8:50
  • Lunch at the sawmill site, 10:30 to 10:50
  • Back at the trailhead at 12:15 and Logan about 1:00
  • Light to heavy rain most of the way, cool temperatures
  • About 5.5 miles and 750 feet of elevation

Thanks to Dave W for the narrative and GPS work, with photos by Dave W and Katie.



The monument at the sawmill site



Eating lunch in the rain

Beaver pond

Beaver ponds along the Temple Fork Sawmill trail

Slick trail


Slippery path around a beaver pond

Gushing spring near the sawmill site
Boa Catle
Rubber boa

Cattle in the meadow

Our GPS track showed 5.5 miles and 750 feet of elevation gain

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