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Temple Fork and Old Ephraim’s Grave – Logan Canyon
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Overview
Location

East of Logan, Cache Valley Northern Utah

Sights

Bear River Mountain Range, Beaver Ponds, Wildlife, Old Ephraims Gravesite

Distance

19.5 miles round trip

Elevation Gain/Loss

Varies

Time Required

2-5 hours

Pets

Yes

Fees

No

Water Info

Many streams and springs

Best Season

Summer and Fall

Hours

Any

Sun Exposure

Low

Trail Condition

Slightly maintained dirt road

Restrooms

At Temple Fork Trailhead

Visitor Center

Mouth of Logan Canyon

Camping

Yes

Food

No. Bring snacks.

Equipment

High Clearance Vehicle, ATV, Dirt Bike, Mountain Bike, Neccesary tools in case of a breakdown

GPS Coordinates:

Coordinates: 41.83526, -111.59349


Driving Directions

Trailhead: Start at Temple Fork Road in Logan Canyon US-89.


The Trail:

Drive up Logan Canyon until you see the Temple Fork Turnoff. It is about 20 miles up the canyon. It is a  beautiful drive that many people make the trip strictly for.

1. At the Trailhead

Continue up the Temple Fork dirt road. You will soon pass beaver ponds and begin to climb the ridge. It is a beautiful drive with wonderful views of the highest peaks in the Bear River Range to the north.

This was the great view from our campsite.

Temple Peak is also visible much of the time and is a fun ride in itself.

The trail passes through aspen, thich pine, and huge open meadows with lots of wild flowers. Follow the very well marked signs toward Ephraims Grave.

4. Trail Towards Ephraims Grave 5. Temple Fork Road 13. Trail after gravesite

This is a great area to see different wildlife. On this trip we saw several Deer and lots of birds and raptors. I have also seen Elk, Moose, Beavers, Pronghorn, Marten, Badger, Raccoon, Skunk, Porcupine, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Bobcat, Lynx, and many other small mammals.

6. Deer 7. More Deer

You will make it to the top of the pass and turn right at the last well marked sign toward Ephraims Grave.

8. Almost to the grave

After about two more miles of very pretty wooded road you will arrive at Ephraims Grave. There is a small parking area.

9. Parking at the Grave

The Grave itself is about 20 yards from the parking area and is marked by a huge stone marker. Here is a link to the story of Old Ephraim the last known Grizzly Bear in Utah. Its a story that has always fascinated me.

http://ewb.usu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/INFO-Old-Ephraim.pdf

10. Ephraims Grave

11. Plaque 12. Plaque 2

After checking out the grave then you can either return the same way you came in or use a map and take many different options out. The most popular is to take the right hand fork route that gives you great views of Mount Logan.


Personal Thoughts: 

This is an area that has always been one of my favorite areas and every time I go I see something new. There are also countless ways to add this into other loops. Although I drove the truck in this time it can also easily be done with ATV’s, Dirt Bikes, Mountain Bikes, or even hikes. If anyone has any questions about this or surrounding areas feel free to email me. Joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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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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Brian
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How early in the spring does the gate open to drive up to Old Ephriams Grave? What day exactly if you know or where do I find this information? Thanks

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