Utah Hike of the Week: River Trail in Logan Canyon
Getting there • The trail begins at a small turn-off on the south side of U.S. Highway 89, just east of the Cache National Forest sign near the mouth of Logan Canyon. There is also a second trailhead, with restrooms, farther east along Highway 89, by the second dam, which makes for a somewhat shorter hike.
Directions • The River Trail is a long walk, but a relatively leisurely one along a path frequented by bikers, joggers and dog walkers. Beginning from the turnoff, you soon come face to face with an impressive sight of low gray peaks jutting from the gold and bronze colors of the changing trees. Keep an eye out for a cliff face that looks like a man's in profile. The well-trodden path, sprinkled with maple leafs, takes you past the Stokes Nature Center and a small dam with a reservoir, where there were restrooms and ducks (this is the second trailhead mentioned above). Beyond this point, the trail soon narrows and climbs into the hillsides above the Logan River. Though you are never far from the river and U.S. Highway 89, once you venture into the trees, it becomes easier to forget that traffic is just over yonder as you wander through the forest with its scattered blushes and sudden explosions of fall color amid the vivid greens. Your path eventually descends back to the river, and once you reach another dam, the trail continues further east along the water until you reach Spring Hollow Campground, which has tables and benches to sit at before you return the way you came. Whenever the trail reaches a road, be mindful that there may be vehicles.
Michael McFall Destination Spring Hollow Campground
Hiking time 2.5 hours
Round trip miles 7.4 miles
Elevation gain 500 feet
Trail head restrooms No
Dogs allowed Yes
Bikes allowed Yes