Mountain Peaks, Wildflowers, Fall Colors, White Pine Lake, Tony Grove Lake
8.05 Miles Round Trip
1455 Feet Total Gain
Yes on leash
5 dollar parking fee
Small creek near the lake
Well traveled dirt path
At parking lot
This is quite simply one of the best hikes in northern Utah. There are lots of things to see along the way which keeps your brain busy admiring the beauty instead of focusing on your lungs. This trail is equally good in summer and fall. Summer you are treated to lots of green to go with world class wild flowers. There are several kinds that grow only in this area of the Bear River Mountains. In the fall you will be treated to the world class fall colors that Logan Canyon is known for. No matter the time of year you are rewarded with a beautiful lake. This hike starts at the Tony Grove Trailhead. The drive to Tony Grove is a beautiful and steep road that ends at the very pretty Tony Grove Lake. There is quite a bit of parking available. The lot almost always seems full but the trails rarely seem crowded once you are on them.
Right on the parking lot you will see wooden sign pointing you to the lake. This is also the beginning of the trail to Naomi Peak which is the highest in the range and is also a lovely trek.
The trail is very easy to follow and well traveled.
You will be climbing gently most of the way. Once you get up above the parking a ways be sure to look back for pretty views of Tony Grove.
Ahead you will notice a jagged peak. This is Mount Magog and the lake sits directly below the back side of this peak.
This trail switches between open meadows, to conifers, to Aspen groves.
The entire trail is usually covered with wild flowers of all sorts. Here are a few of my favorites.
There are also areas where lots of flowers are growing together making for great photos.
About 3 miles in you will reach the high point of the hike. From here the trail switchbacks steeply down the hillside. This on the way back is the most strenuous spot by far. It is very doable if you take your time. On the switchbacks you will get your first view of Mount Gog. White Pine lake sits below the ridge connecting Mounts Gog, and Magog. In this photo Gog is in the center and Bullen Hole peak is on the left. These are two of the highest peaks in the range. I have always thought Mt. Gog resembled Angel’s Landing in a way.
Here is a view of both Gog and Magog with the cirque the lake sits in. The point high on the ridge on the left is Naomi Peak. If you have binoculars you can usually see hikers looking down on you from the top.
After you reach the base of the switchbacks it is a short hike up to the lake. Your first view of White Pine will show the beautiful cliffs above the water.
If you walk around the north side of the lake you will be rewarded with awesome views of Mt. Magog which basically rises straight from the shore.
The cliffs and the relatively shallow lake make for a beautiful mirror effect.
Make sure you relax on the shores for a while. It really is a great area. There are several really nice campsites as well if you want to spend a night. Regardless how long you stay the shore makes a great picnic spot.
There is an option to return via the Bunchgrass Creek, or Steam Mill trails but both require long shuttles and I don’t think they are as pretty. The best way is to return the same way you came in.
I have a hard time deciding where I would rate this hike but its for sure in my top four hikes for northern Utah. Its a good trail for families and is only steep for a short time. The views here are amazing most of the way.