Hiking is a favorite pastime for many USU Aggies. When the weather finally gets warm and the sun is shining, it’s hard to stay indoors (no matter how fun studying organic chemistry can be). So when you want to venture out into the natural world, here are the top five hikes to go on in Logan Canyon.
First and foremost, we have the ever-popular Wind Caves. This trail is four-miles roundtrip and can be somewhat strenuous and steep in certain places. However, when you reach the Wind Caves, you’ll be glad you made the trip. Even though at times it seems iconic and cliché, it’s worth it. The view is beautiful and you’ll be proud to be an Aggie after seeing Logan in this new way.
Second, Crimson Trail. Another local favorite, this hike is six-miles roundtrip and also involves some steep climbs. The views are also incredible; while at the top of the trail you can see several of the local dams, the Logan Temple and Old Main.
Riverside Nature Trail
The Riverside Nature Trail is short, two-and-a-half-miles total, but when you don’t have much time and just want to enjoy beautiful scenery, this trail is for you. The path is surrounded with flowers and trees, which may momentarily distract you from impending finals and thesis defenses.
Fourth, is Jardine Juniper, or the Old Juniper trail. If you’re feeling adventurous, this one’s for you. Eleven-and-a-half-miles roundtrip, this hike is not one to mess with. You climb a mountain and get further and further away from civilization, as we know it. You enjoy incredible views in every direction, and once you reach the Jardine Juniper, you can add your name to the list of people who have come to see the oldest known living Rocky Mountain juniper at 1,500 years-old.
White Pine Lake
Last on the top five hikes list is White Pine Lake. Seven-and-a-half-miles roundtrip, this hike takes you to a beautiful lake with trees all around. When the weather’s warm and the sun’s shining, this is a beautiful place to be!
These are just five of the many scenic trails in Logan Canyon. For more information, download the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau hiking guide. The guide includes trailhead locations and other trail information. Be safe and happy hiking!