Fall trails plentiful for outdoorsy Aggies
Published: Thursday, September 5, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 00:09
As summer ebbs into fall — the muggy heat giving way to cool, fresh breezes — Cache Valley’s surrounding mountains burst into color, lending students the opportunity to enjoy recreational activities on the many trails through the colorful fall landscape painted in the trees.
Ron Vance, the recreation staff officer at the Logan District Ranger Station for the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, said there are just fewer than 300 miles of these trails available for use on land in the district’s national forest area alone.
Due to their close proximity and easy access from USU’s campus, Vance said the Green Canyon Trail, as well as Logan Canyon’s Wind Caves and Riverside Trails, are popular routes for students looking to get outdoors without having to stray too far from home or school.
Jordan Stuart, a senior at USU studying communications, said he often uses these and other trails in the area to run and mountain bike.
“The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is really fun for running, but it is a little more difficult,” Stuart said. “Green Canyon is by far my favorite for biking.”
The Bonneville Shoreline Trail can be accessed by trailheads — both north and southbound — located at First Dam in the mouth of Logan Canyon. Green Canyon lies approximately two miles north of Logan Canyon.
Stuart said the roughly three-and-a-half-mile-long Riverside Trail — which can be accessed from the Logan Canyon pullout for the Stokes Nature Center or via the newly-established Gateway Trail near First Dam — is his preference for hiking or jogging with his wife and dog because of it’s easy access and well maintained structure.