Logan Canyon Boasts Best Trails for Hiking

By Jim Elliot on May 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm EST
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PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord

Cache Valley is blessed with a large number of hiking‚ biking and cross country ski trails‚ and steps have been taken to keep it that way. In 2005‚ the county created a trails coordinator position staffed by Tim Watkins in response to a public input process that showed trail development is widely seen as enhancing the quality of life and desirability of the area.

“Logan Canyon boasts some of the most picturesque landscapes anywhere‚” says the Cache Valley Visitors Bureau Web site‚ tourcachevalley.com‚ which lists eight popular trails within the valley.

“The mouth of the canyon meets in the city‚ so many residents are within minutes of a trail‚” Watkins says. A good example is the Bonneville Shoreline Trail‚ which starts by the power plant at the base of Green Canyon and runs to Logan Canyon.

“It traverses along the base of the mountain along the U.S. Forest Service and Logan city boundary‚” Watkins says of the Bonneville trail. “We’d like to connect it to the Logan River Trail‚ which is very popular.

“Many of the existing trails we have are just by virtue of being a Western state with adjacent federal lands. It’s an amenity of the intermountain west that we enjoy here in Cache County‚” Watkins says. His goal in developing a countywide trails master plan is to keep or improve access to these trails; once an area is developed with homes or businesses‚ the opportunity to route a new trail can be lost forever.

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