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City of Rocks National Reserve – Logger Springs Road
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Overview
Location

Albion Mountains, Idaho

Sights

Large Peaks, Forest, Wildlife, City of Rocks

Distance

32 miles out and back

Parking Lot Elevation

5,390

Summit Elevation

8,434

Elevation Gain/Loss

3,044

Time Required

3-6 Hours

Pets

Yes

Fees

No

Water Info

Bring your own water

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

High Clearance Road

Restrooms

No

Visitor Center

Yes in Almo

Camping

Yes

Food

In Almo

GPS Coordinates:

Road Start:42.08600N, 113.74639W
Graham Peak Turn Off:42.13763N, 113.73069W
Road End:42.18700N, 113.69477W

Driving Directions



The Trail:

The Logger Springs road is a really fun way to explore the very pretty Albion Mountains. It is a great place to camp and it also has a ton of areas to cut Christmas trees. If you are visiting City of Rocks in summer and it is too hot this road would be a great way to escape the heat. The road is passable by most any high clearance vehicle. It does get rough in a few spots where 4×4 can be very handy. Cache Peak dominates the view for much of the road. It is one of the highest peaks in Idaho and is over 10,000 feet. The area is in Idaho, very close to the borders of Utah, and Nevada. To get to the road you will have to drive a good portion of the City of Rocks Scenic Drive. The turn from the scenic drive onto logger springs is right after the breadloaves formation. You will see a small, faded, National Forest sign.

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You will get to see a cool City of Rocks formation called Finger Rock.

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The road climbs pretty quickly and you will soon see Graham Peak towering above you. While not overly high, Graham Peak is known as the mountain that towers over City of Rocks and is unknowingly pictured in countless photos. The views from the top are amazing.

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Up to this point the scenery has been mostly of the desert variety. Its hard to believe looking from the bottom that you are about to hit beautiful and thick forest.

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Make sure to use my coordinates for the Graham Peak turn. It is not signed but is a great side trail. Be sure to close all cattle gates behind you. I found the cows to be very anxious to escape. From the top of Graham Peak there are great views down into Castle Rocks State Park.

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City of Rocks is just south of Castle Rocks. Bull Mountain, and the Raft River Range can be seen in the distance in Utah and could easily be driven on the same trip.

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To the north you can see Cache Peak and Mount Independence.

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I parked a few hundred yards away and hiked to the summit. I suggest you do the same.

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Right by the Graham Peak turn is a signed turn for Stines Pass. This is a great trail to take as well with great fall colors.

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Back on the main road you will run into one of the thickest Aspen Groves I have ever seen. I scared several moose out in this area. It was crazy that such huge animals can run through something far too thick for me to run through. There were also tons of Bucks up in the higher reaches of the road.

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The views are awesome in every direction and there were great fall colors.

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The road ends at a trail head for Independence Lakes. These are 3 small lakes in the cirque on the east side of Mount Independence. If you have the time its a great hike.

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I was short on daylight so I only hiked up the ridge to a good viewpoint of Cache Peak on the right and Mount Independence on the left. You could easily summit either peak from this trail head.

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The views were again great in all directions from the ridge.

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The Return: 

This is an out and back road so be sure to enjoy the scenery on your way back or find yourself a great place to camp. I have spent a night camped at Logger Springs and it was great.

 


Personal Thoughts:

This is an area that is very pretty and with the exception of hunting season its a pretty quiet area. I couldn’t believe how much forest was there when it was so deserty far below. This is a great place to visit.

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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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