Sunday, October 20, 2013

Logan Canyon, Jardine Juniper, Utah

Destination: Jardine Juniper 
Trailhead: Wood Camp turn-off, 12 miles from Logan on US 89
Elevation Start/End: 5400/7200 feet
Length: 4.4 miles one way
Ref. Map (7.5 min.): Mt. Elmer
Features: A good view of the main ridge of the Bear River Range can be seen from many points along the trail. Also the paths of several winter avalanches are visible. Many flowering plants and shrubs can be seen. Fall colors are outstanding and generally peak in September. The Jardine Juniper is an extremely old tree - its age is estimated to be three thousand years.
Trail Information: Cross the bridge at Wood Camp to the small parking area up the hill. The trail crosses a stream bed near the beginning and again at about 1.5 miles on the south side of an open area. The trail divides at the ridge above Cottonwood Canyon. The left fork goes to the upper part of Cottonwood. Take the right fork to the juniper. The trail divides at about 4 miles to go around a hill; the left fork overlooks Cottonwood Canyon, the right fork overlooks the Logan Canyon area. The trails rejoin about 1000 feet from the juniper, and switchbacks take you down to the tree.

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The trails allowed as much cantering as we cared for.

The forest smelled so fantastic. There wildflowers EVERYWHERE...every kind. Huge evergreens of all kinds...ferns, roses....little springs and streamlets.

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