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Boss Canyon of Franklin Basin
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Overview
Location

Franklin Basin

Sights

Doubletop Mountain Hike, Amazing views from the top

Distance

12.46 Miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

7,671 ft

Summit Elevation

9,291 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

1,620

Time Required

2-3 hours

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None

Water Info

Bring 2 liters of water.

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Many trees for shade but you will be travelling in and out of them

Trail Condition

Rough OHV trail

Restrooms

At the Franklin Basin Turnoff

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Yes

Food

Bring some snacks and even a meal if you plan to be out for a long time.

Equipment

4×4 OHV or Dirtbike

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead: 42º 00′ 43″ N, 111º 36′ 00″ W
White Canyon Peak: 41º 59′ 53″ N, 111º 38′ 53″ W


Trail Map


Driving Directions

The trail can be accessed from Preston Idaho via the Cub River Road, or via Logan Canyon on Franklin Basin Road. Once on the Franklin Basin turnoff the Steep Canyon Trailhead is on the west side of the road 4.5 Miles down Franklin Basin.


The Trail:

There is a large parking area with an outhouse just off Logan Canyon on Franklin Basin Road. I forgot to take a picture of the full area but you can see the idea.

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There is a sign on Franklin Basin Road for White Canyon. Take this turn and it will take you to a camping area. In the area there are two trails. Boss canyon is the one to the south. Boss Canyon is a very beautiful fun but very rough OHV trail. There is lots of rock crawling and log jumping. I went on a day where mud and snow made things even more fun. If on an ATV I would highly recommend 4X4. Trucks and SUV’s would be too wide for this trail. I did see one set of hikers. It would be a steep brutal hike but many make it because there is a trail to Doubletop Mountain. Doubletop is the second highest point in Cache County. There are lots of ruts you have to straddle in this steep trail.

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There are a few very easy stream crossings.

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There are some rock crawls. A few are tricky as they are sidehills as well.

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The trail is very pretty as you go through beautiful conifer forest.

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The day I was there snowed so that compounded my fun quite a bit.

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You will pass by a winter rescue cabin. You can go inside and rest or get out of the wind which is very common here. Please leave the supplies for emergencies that need them since this cabin is used yearly to rescue snowmobiles.

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After you pass the cabin you will make the final climb up the ridge to the peak. There are absolutely gorgeous views looking down on Preston, Idaho and Richmond, Utah.

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The trailhead to hike to Doubletop Mountain is to the south of this peak. This is the quickest way to hike to the peak. Doubletop is right in the center.

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Cherry Peak and High Creek Canyon are also visible. High Creek is one of my all time favorite hiking areas and Cherry Peak is a popular hike as well. Cherry peak from certain directions is probably the most spectacular in the Bear River Range.

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The Return:

There is only one way back. The same way you came. Be careful as going downhill can be more dangerous on an atv.


Personal Thoughts:

This is my favorite ride/hike of the Franklin Basin/Cub River area. This is a gorgeous area with relatively few people. It is easily accessed from Logan, Preston, or Bear Lake. Its a great place for some adventure, beautiful views, and crisp air. On a clear day I was able to see clear to the Tetons.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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