Twin Creek, 20 June, 2020
Thirteen Cache Hikers met at Smith's Marketplace for a hike to Twin Creek, Bubble Spring and beyond. Dave W. substituted for Laurel, the scheduled hike leader (Laurel would have preferred a hike from Twin Creek to Blind Hollow, but COVID-19 social distancing precautions prevented us from using a shuttle).
Hikers drove to the Twin Creek Road in separate vehicles to comply with COVID-19 guidance for social distancing (maps were provided to those unfamiliar with the location). There were a couple of RV trailers at the parking area, a designated campsite for the Logan Canyon cattle grazing operation, but there was plenty of room for all. A young woman came from one of the RVs to chat with us. She said cattle were being transported to the mountains for summer grazing, but they would not be brought to the Twin Creek area until mid-August.
We started hiking up the Twin Creek Road a little before 9:00. It had been open only a few days and there was little evidence of recent use. On the way up we saw where dozens of bee hives had been unloaded, but we didn't see a vehicle until we got to Bubble Spring. At Bubble Spring we were delighted to see why it got the name, as every minute or so a series of bubbles came to the surface! After testing with a lit candle, Dave P. decided the bubbles probably were carbon dioxide.
At Bubble Spring a row of boulders across the road marked the end of the motorized Twin Creek Road and the beginning of the non-motorized Bear Hollow Trail (a few years ago the route was used to transport heavy equipment for work on the water system for Tony Grove Campground). About 3/4 mile past Bubble Spring the trail crossed Bear Hollow before coming to the intersection with the Hansen Pond Trail in another 3/4 mile. A large quaking aspen tree had fallen across the road nearby so we took advantage of the easy seating to enjoy lunch before turning back.
This was a pleasant trip. The morning sun was hot but conditions moderated after clouds built up. The vegetation around us was fresh and green, there were no annoying insects, no cattle, and we encountered a moving vehicle on the road only one time. We saw plenty of flowers, including many larkspurs, a few wild hyacinths, wild onions, waterleaf, mule ears, bigleaf balsamroot, and more. Mountain bluebirds entertained us as we hiked down past Bubble Spring and beyond.
Thanks to Dave W. for the narrative, photos and GPS data and Jane for photos.