Shoreline Trail (includes the Deer Fence Trail)
|USFS Trail Number
|Logan to Hyrum, east side
The Bonneville Shoreline Trail system is a "work in progress". The BST is envisioned as a continuous route along the shoreline of prehistoric Lake Bonneville, from the Idaho border to southern Utah county. Since about 2010, local governments have improved existing routes along the Logan foothills as official BST sections. Other sections, like the "Deer Fence Trail" have not been upgraded, but they still are viable routes (see the BST website for more information about plans for these trail sections).
A "true" shoreline trail would be absolutely level, but in Cache Valley the BST follows artificially straight lines running north and south along the foothills, resulting in a vertically undulating path as it cuts across the terrain. The BST is a great alternative hike for spring and fall seasons when upper-elevation trails are muddy, and winter snow depths on the BST seldom are deep enough to require snowshoes or cross-country skis. Cache Valley BST hikers are rewarded with great views of the Wellsville Mountains and interesting rock formations on the hills above.
Four Cache Valley BST sections are described here, from north to south. Hikers must pass through occasional gates on the Deer Fence sections:
1. Green Canyon to Logan Canyon (2 miles). There are three trailheads on this section:
2. Dry Canyon to Providence Canyon (3 miles)
3. Providence Canyon to Millville Canyon (2 miles)
4. Millville Canyon to Blacksmith Fork (3 miles)
|Trail maps (Google Maps)