Franklin Basin in Logan Canyon near Beaver Mountain and Bear Lake
Crescent Lake, Doubletop Mountain
6.37 Miles Round trip if you go to Double Top Overlook
Open year round
Shade is minimal
At Franklin Basin Turnoff
Bring snacks and meals as needed
ATV or dirt bike, bag for food and water
Trailhead: 41º 58′ 06″ N, 111º 35′ 51″ W
Crescent Lake Trailhead: 41.97091 N, 111.62709 W
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 3.22 Miles down Franklin Basin.
This is a trail that could be done several ways. I rode my ATV. But I also encountered mountain bikers and hikers. If on bike or OHV you will have to hike to Crescent Lake but you can get most of the hard stuff out of the way. Once off Franklin Basin Road there is a sign marking the trail.
This is a beautiful trail but is fairly rough. 4×4 is not neccesary but sure was nice. Most high clearance trucks would be just fine on this road. Here is a bit of what the trail is like. Lots of loose rock. This canyon is called Steep Canyon for a reason. It is very steep and would be a great workout for hikers and bikers. I encountered both.
At the top of the canyon you will come to a 3 way Fork. The middle fork brings you to a small campsite. The left fork is a very steep rough atv trail that brings you to an overlook of Doubletop Mountain. Doubletop is the second highest mountain in Cache County, and the Bear River Range at 9,873 feet in elevation. Steep Canyon is also one of three trailheads to the summit. If I were to do it though I would hike from Boss Canyon. Here is Doubletop. It is a gorgeous peak well known for the Pika that live near the summit. It is a seldom visited summit and a great hike if you have the time. It is a steep one though. Go figure with the name of the canyon.
The right fork goes to the trail head for Crescent Lake. Please park at the marker and don’t try to go further.
I tracked my hike to the lake and there and back I hiked 1.5 miles with about 400 feet of gain. The trail is quite pretty with lots of birds and a couple of springs. The discernible trail will end just before the lake. Just scale the hill to the northwest and the lake is just over the hill. Here is what most of the trail looks like.
This is a very pretty little alpine lake. I went in November so the water level wasn’t very high but still very beautiful. By this time of year most of the large animals have gone to lower ground but I did see Moose, and some Lynx, and Bobcat tracks in the snow. This lake is a perfect place to eat lunch.
Return back the way you came. There are several other canyons on the Franklin Basin road you can explore if you want more.
This is a beautiful area. It is usually pretty quiet especially at the lake as most people don’t know that it is there. Its pretty high in elevation so its nice and cool year round. Its a great hideaway spot for me with some fun challenging riding. Next time I plan on taking the bike for some great exercise.