Logan Canyon Trail Guide Roundup

Put on your hiking, biking or climbing shoes. We’re walking you through some of the best places to adventure on your trip through Logan Canyon.

Written By Arianna Rees

Jay Dash
Nicknamed the “Last Unspoiled Place” by National Geographic, Logan Canyon is both the winding vein connecting Cache Valley to Bear Lake and an outdoors person’s paradise.

Though it’s quieter than most of Utah’s big canyons, Logan is spiderwebbed with a huge trail system, over 400 climbing routes, a handful of stunning alpine lakes and peaks that come summertime are bursting with wildflowers.

Here are a few of the best places to hike, bike, climb, and explore while you’re here.

The entrance to the Logan Canyon Scenic Byway.

Photo: Jay Dash

Near the Mouth

Riverside Nature Trail & Stokes Nature Center

Perfect for an evening walk or leisurely bike ride, the Riverside Nature Trail stretches from the mouth of Logan Canyon past the Stokes Nature Center and alongside Second and Third Dam. It also connects to Bridger Trail, a popular spot for mountain biking. The Stokes Nature trail sees lots of foot and tire traffic and gets visitors right near the river and up close to local wildlife, including the occasional moose.

If you’re passing by the Stokes Nature Center during operating hours, make sure to check out their educational displays to learn more about the local ecosystem. More details about Stokes nature programs can be found at their website.

The Experience: Hiking, walking, cycling, educational

Length and Difficulty: Approximately 3.7 miles one way, if hikers choose to follow it to its end; easy

Family Friendly: Yes

Date Wall 

Beginning and intermediate rock climbers are frequently greeted with friendly honks at Date Wall, a fun and easily approachable climbing area right at Logan Canyon’s mouth. Date Wall stretches above highway 89 and is a fun place to start if you’re a beginner and also a great place to practice lead climbing. Make sure to climb in the afternoon and early evening to avoid direct sunlight (read: Where to Climb Near Salt Lake).

The Experience: Sport climbing, lead climbing

Difficulty Rating: 5.6 to 5.10

Family Friendly: Yes

Route Information: Visit Mountain Project for more details

A unique view from within a Logan Canyon wind cave.

Photo: Rosie Serago

Wind Caves

Popular among locals, the Wind Caves trail north of Guinavah-Malibu Campgrounds takes hikers to the roof of a natural arch with a gaping cavern they can climb into for shaded picnicking and a beautiful window view of the cliffs on the opposite side of the canyon.

The Experience: Hiking

Length and Difficulty: About four miles round trip, moderate

Family Friendly: Yes

Hike Details: Visit Logan Canyon Hiking for more details

Crimson Trail 

Less traveled than the Wind Caves, Crimson Trail is a little more exciting. It takes hikers over the rocky plateaus of the China Wall rock formation, treacherously close cliff’s edge, up and down rolling hills, and through patches of thick woods. Crimson gives hikers a picturesque bird’s eye views of the Third Dam area and the Cache National Forest. Come when the leaves are bursting with color to see where Crimson gets its name.

The Experience: Hiking

Length and Difficulty: About six miles roundtrip, moderate

Family Friendly: Yes, though small children should be followed with a watchful eye

Hike Details: Visit Logan Canyon Hiking for more details

Beyond the Dams

Fucoidal Quartzite

Tucked in the trees away from the highway, the fucoidal quartzite area is not only marked by one of the weirdest fossilized rock formations in the state, but the best climbing walls in the canyon. Fucoidal has forty routes, many of them multi-pitch routes, where beginners and experts alike can test their climbing prowess. It’s a great place to climb during the summer — just be warned that it’s very popular (read: Where to Climb Near Salt Lake).

The Experience: Trad, sport, and top rope climbing 

Difficulty Rating: 5.6 to 5.12d

Family Friendly: Varies by age and experience

Route Information: Visit the Mountain Project for more details

An overlook of Bear Lake, one of Utah's state parks.

Photo: Jay Dash

Logan Peak

If you don’t mind your clothes and skin caked in dust, Logan Peak is a great place to take your jeep or ATV for expansive views of Cache Valley. Climb to the sheep grazing areas high above the highway, then wind your way to the top of Mount Logan where the wind tosses your hair and Logan looks like a city of ants. Travel carefully — the road to Logan Peak is often narrow, rocky, and close to big drop-offs. 

The Experience: ATV, jeeping, mountain biking and hiking for the brave 

Length: Logan Peak takes about 1-2 hours to traverse by vehicle 

Family Friendly: Yes

For Directions: See here for more details

Old Ephraim’s Grave 

At over nine feet tall, Old Ephraim was one of the biggest and baddest grizzly bears in the wild west and the last to be killed in Utah. His grave is nestled deep in the canyon with a monument that stands as tall as he did. Visitors can get there by foot, or the hairier way by off-roading it. 

The Experience: Off-road driving, hiking 

Length and Difficulty: 11 to 12 miles by foot, strenuous

Family Friendly: Yes, with the right vehicle and confidence, by car

To get There by Car: See The Trek Planner for more details

The Jardine Juniper Tree is estimated to be about 1,500 years old.

Photo: Emily Sierra

Temple Fork Sawmill

One of the easier hikes in the canyon, the Temple Fork Sawmill trail takes visitors along peaceful beaver ponds and a small creek to the remains of an old lumber yard Cache Valley settlers used to construct buildings downtown.

The Experience: Hiking

Length and Difficulty: About five miles roundtrip, easy

Family Friendly: Yes

For directions: See Logan Canyon Hiking for more details

Jardine Juniper Trail 

Hikers who venture to the top of the Jardine Juniper Trail are rewarded with front row seating to the oldest Rocky Mountain Juniper tree in the world — it’s over 1,500 years old! Jardine Juniper is a long but pleasant shared-use trail that cuts through meadows and woods and is not only fun to hike and bike in the summertime, but enjoyable to snowshoe and cross country ski through in the winter. If you make it to the trail’s namesake, please refrain from carving into its bark. We’d like to keep it around for another 1,500 years. 

The Experience: Hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing  

Length and Difficulty: About 11 miles roundtrip, moderate--the hike is steep near the beginning but flattens out up top

Family Friendly: Yes

To Get There: See here for more details

Deep in the Logan Canyon Wilderness

Tony Grove Lake

One of the most popular destinations for hiking, fishing, and relaxing is Tony Grove Lake. Nestled high in the Wasatch Range, Tony Grove is stocked with rainbow trout and surrounded by beautiful limestone cliffs and aspens. Visitors can walk the length of the lake, rest in the woods at its southern shore, or take a canoe to its center and drop a line. Please note that a small fee is charged for parking at Tony Grove.

The Experience: Hiking, picnicking, fishing, camping

Length and Difficulty of Hike: 1.3 mile loop, easy

Family Friendly: Yes 

To Get There: Take the highway 19.3 miles up Logan Canyon before taking the turnoff on your left and following it all the way up to the Tony Grove parking area

Logan Canyon offers great fishing and water views.

Photo: Jay Dash

White Pine Lake 

Cupped between the jagged peaks of Mount Gog and Mount Magog, White Pine Lake is the stunning sister lake to Tony Grove. It takes a little more work to get to it, but the scenery is worth the trip. The trail to White Pine Lake takes hikers deep into Logan Canyon through mountain wilderness and forest. Lake visitors will enjoy hammocking, camping, and picnicking around the lake. It’s an especially beautiful hike in the summer when wildflowers are in bloom.

The Experience: Hiking, backpacking, camping

Length and Difficulty: 3.8 miles one way, moderate

Family Friendly: Yes

To Get There: Drive to Tony Grove Lake and look for the trailhead north of the parking lot

Mount Naomi 

Naomi Peak is the highest point in the Bear River Mountain Range, and with fields of wildflowers in the summertime and beautiful alpine scenery, it’s a popular trail for local hikers. At the top of Naomi Peak on a clear day, hikers are rewarded with wide-ranging views of Cache Valley, parts of Idaho and Wyoming, and even the Tetons to the north. Mount Naomi is also hopping with wildlife, such as beavers, deer and moose. 

The Experience: Hiking, backpacking

Length and Difficulty: Approximately 3.3 miles from Tony Grove Lake, moderate

Family Friendly: Yes

To Get There: Look for the trailhead near Tony Grove Lake for the easiest access

Beaver Mountain

Beaver Mountain is a small ski resort with a whole lot of charm and the most affordable skiing in the state. While many locals can be found on its slopes during the wintertime, Beaver Mountain is also striped with looping mountain biking trails that are wicked fun in the summer. Just north of the Beaver Mountain resort area, visitors can mount a horse and explore the Beaver Mountain wilderness area on hooves for a different perspective. 

The Experience: Skiing, snowboarding, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding

Family Friendly: Yes 

To Get There: Visit Beaver Mountain for more details

Bear Lake Overlook

It’s not a hike or a high adventure, but to punctuate your drive through Logan Canyon, pull into the parking lot of the Bear Lake Overlook for a breathtaking view of Bear Lake. You’ll quickly learn why they call it the “Caribbean of the Rockies.”

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