East of Logan, Cache Valley Northern Utah
Bear River Mountain Range, Beaver Ponds, Wildlife, Old Ephraims Gravesite
19.5 miles round trip
Many streams and springs
Summer and Fall
Slightly maintained dirt road
At Temple Fork Trailhead
Mouth of Logan Canyon
No. Bring snacks.
High Clearance Vehicle, ATV, Dirt Bike, Mountain Bike, Neccesary tools in case of a breakdown
Coordinates: 41.83526, -111.59349
Trailhead: Start at Temple Fork Road in Logan Canyon US-89.
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.
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.
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.
You will make it to the top of the pass and turn right at the last well marked sign toward Ephraims Grave.
After about two more miles of very pretty wooded road you will arrive at Ephraims Grave. There is a small parking area.
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.
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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org