Temple Fork Sawmill, 16 May 2021
Ten hikers gathered on Sunday morning for a spring hike to the historic Temple Fork Sawmill. We drove 21 miles to the parking area next to the highway (the gate was closed so our hike included a 1.2 mile walk up the road to the trailhead).
Fortunately we left the valley winds behind and started out under mostly sunny skies and calm conditions. We kept an eye out for the predicted lightening storms, but they didn't arrive until after we had completed our hike.
Much of our route paralleled the stream and provided us with views of beaver ponds, small waterfalls and spring flowers. We also enjoyed a display of flying skills as two American yellow warblers chased through the trees above the stream.
Editors note: The Temple Fork riparian area is managed for the Bonneville Cutthroat Trout (the State Fish of Utah), which also benefits the local beaver population.
Thanks to Brent for the narrative and photos, Dick for photos and Dave W. for photos and GPS data.