Students turn to Wind Caves for fall activity
Published: Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013 23:09
With summer coming to an end, USU students are looking for activities as the weather gets cooler, and Cache Valley’s hiking trails are one way for students to have an active afternoon while enjoying nature.
Located near Third Dam in Logan Canyon, the Wind Caves hiking trail is about a five minute drive from the USU campus, said Peter Matthews, an undeclared freshman.
“It’s a great hike,” Matthews said. “It’s really beautiful in the fall when the leaves are just starting to change and fall to the ground, and because it’s so close to campus, students can really take advantage of it. What a lot of people don’t realize is we have all these natural beauties practically right in our backyard. More people should get out there and see it for themselves.”
At less than two miles to the top of the trail, the Wind Caves trail can be a good diversion for students looking for a few hours of fun without spending their whole day on the trail.
However, it isn’t convenience that attracts so many USU students to the caves, according to Heidi Wilson, a freshman majoring in English. After the steep uphill slope that lasts for almost the entire hike, the large rock formations are a very welcome sight.
“It’s difficult when you’re going up, but once you get to the top, it’s worth it,” Wilson said.
Because the trail is exposed to the sun, the Wind Caves can be a tiring hike, but many beginners still take on the trail.
“It isn’t always the easiest hike, but it’s definitely not the most difficult,” said Curt Jensen, a valley native. “It was one of the first hikes I ever did when I started getting into the trails. I had to work at it, but the view from the top across the scenery is breathtaking.”
The Wind Cave trail is a popular destination for students due to its length and the great view, Jensen said. As fall brings cooler weather, the trails become an even more attractive afternoon activity. The hike gives students a chance to appreciate the nature around them.
Many college students look for inexpensive ways to have fun, and a trip to the Wind Caves is definitely much cheaper than many other options for fun available to students, Matthews said. Students can often take the minimum gear suggested by hiking regulars — a water bottle and a good pair of tennis shoes.