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Hiking the Crimson Trail in Logan Canyon Viewed 1,125 timesBy: Lee Everton
Published for Logan, Utah (Area-Info.net Jun. 20, 2012)
Summer evenings are often hot and people are destined to hide inside their homes until it cools off. However, there are plenty of alternatives in the Logan, Utah area. We decided to head out and rediscover one of the alternatives a short distance up Logan Canyon, the Crimson Trail.
A short four miles up Logan Canyon to the Spring Hollow Campground turnoff and we were there in a heartbeat. Spring Hollow brings back some great memories from my childhood. It was a place I learned to fish (a little) and there was a cool road through the campground that a creek went over. It was almost like going four wheelin’.
The first part of the hike is through the campground on a paved road for about 120 yards. After crossing the small stream, we were on a real trail and the beginning of the Crimson Trail. The trail climbs the hill fairly sharply with full sun. So, the hike was a steady climb and hot for the first 20 minutes or so. Keep in mind the trail is narrow, but not a difficult trail to walk on.
Reaching the top of the switchbacks, the trail followed the rim of the rock outcroppings. The views are incredible both up and down the canyon and it is necessary to stop every so often to take in the scenery. Along the rim, the trail went in and out through the pine trees and had gentle up and down areas.
We passed a couple of small groups of people on the trail, but pretty much had the trail to ourselves. This may not be the case at other times of the day, or perhaps on the weekend. But, for an evening hike, it was pleasant.
The flowers are starting to dry out for the summer, but we still saw Indian Paint Brush, yarrow and some flax. I am sure there is much more that I missed and just don’t know the names of the plants.
The last part of our hike was along the Logan River. There were some areas that looked like they would be great fishing holes. And, as we were watching the water, there was a trout swim by that was at least 16 inches! I would have loved to have a pole and a few minutes to try my luck. There is also a great view of the Wind Caves just across the canyon from the Crimson Trail.
Our entire adventure took about two hours from start to finish to complete the four miles or so of the trail. The trail is easy to follow, but give yourself plenty of time in the sunlight. There are parts that are steep and could be cumbersome in the dark.
Lee Everton enjoys writing occasional articles and observing all aspects of life. Lee believes: "Life is an adventure. Live it." In the past, Lee published Everton's Genealogical Helper and was the inspiration behind the original Everton.com website. Become a friend on facebook. Follow on Google + Lee Everton
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