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In the 1800s, trappers in Cache County used to conceal their hides and supplies for safekeeping, Utah Education Network Explain. From this practice the name of the county was coined – derived from the French “to hide” or “to hide”.
Today, Cache County’s hidden gems include a plethora of cultural and outdoor opportunities. Nestled 80 miles north of Salt Lake, it’s just far enough from the big city to be (mostly) uncrowded and yet close enough for Wasatch Front residents to visit with a quarter tank of gas.
City dwellers can have a good time strolling the streets of historic downtown Logan or catching an opera at the Ellen Eccles Theater.
However, the outdoor scene is where Cache County shines the most. Be sure to refuel and grab your snacks and drinks from one of the many areas Maverik Locations before heading out on an adventure to Cache County.
The Wind Cave Trail
The Wind Cave Trail, located in Logan Canyon (you’ll notice it’s a recurring theme in this article), is one of northern Utah’s most popular hikes—and for good reason. The trail is well marked and moderately steep, gaining about 1000 feet in 2 miles. This hike is well worth it as the views of the canyon are spectacular the entire hike and get even better at the top. The “wind cave” is actually a series of limestone arches and hollows that are really fun to play through, but exercise caution.
If you go in the summer, try to arrive early to avoid both the heat and the crowds.
Those in Cache County generally prefer Aggie blue over crimson, but a strenuous trail in Logan Canyon might be the exception. The majority of crimson trail follows the canyon’s famous Chinese Wall rock formation—in fact, it was once called the Chinese Wall Trail—and runs from Spring Hollow Campground to Guinavah Campground, explains trekplanner.com. It can be completed in both directions.
Throughout the hike you will have spectacular views of the canyon offering unique views of the Wind Caves, Beirdneau Peak, Cache Valley itself and much more. Be aware of occasional falls if you have a weak heart and bring good shoes even if you are not.
Fly fishing on the Logan River
If you are looking for big fish and few people, the Logan River call your name. Fed by springs in the Wasatch Mountains, the river contains 50 miles of all-natural mineable water.
The lower part of the river and its three holding tanks, the first, second and third dams (so easy to hold!) are filled with rainbow and brown trout. This is the perfect place to take your family. Above the impoundments, the river turns into a wild trout dream stream with cutthroats, brooks and whitefish thrown into the mix.
Moose hair and other standard caddis imitations are generally effective starting in mid-July, Utah.com notes, adding that the standard bluewing, gnat and nymph patterns are also effective.
Logan Canyon Scenic Drive
With Logan’s Canyon home to so many must-stops, it was only natural that the route carved into the canyon would also be spectacular.
Towering limestone walls and artistic rock formations (all created pro bono by Mother Nature) adorn the canyon walls, and hikers and climbers can be seen hard at work. Roll down the window and you can hear the water crashing against the rocks as a fisherman patiently waits for his next catch. And in the fall, the aspens, maples and their friends put on a show of colors you won’t forget, especially if you bring a camera.
And if you want to fully experience all the sights, sounds and smells of the road, consider cycling it. The 55 mile canyon gains around 3,000 feet and is a tough hike, but the scenery is worth it. Go early in the morning and/or on weekdays to avoid traffic jams.
Tony Grove Lake
Logan Canyon is also home to Tony Grove Lake, a perfect setting for relaxation. The meadows surrounding the lake explode with wildflowers around mid-July and provide the perfect backdrop for an easy walk around the lake. Kayak and canoe around the lake for more tranquility.
For those tired of relaxing, the Mount Naomi and White Pine Lake trails offer strenuous hiking and are accessible from the main trailhead. And, with plenty of campsites at Tony Grove Campground, you can stay overnight and let the fun continue the next day.
Yes, bear lake technically is just outside of Cache County, but it’s such a transcendent place that it had to be mentioned. And the most common route to get there is from Cache County via Logan Canyon. Nicknamed the “Caribbean of the Rockies” because of its brilliant turquoise blue water, Bear Lake is the perfect place for any type of water recreation. Its 70,000 acres give you plenty of room for boating and its many beaches are perfect for relaxing and playing.
Cyclists can enjoy the popular and mostly flat 50-mile loop around the lake, especially on the less traveled east side.
Many accommodations and campsites are available nearby, but be sure to book early as places fill up quickly. And of course raspberry shakes are a must during your stay, but you already knew that.
Beaver Mountain Station
Family business since its opening in 1939, beaver mountain is the oldest continuously owned ski area in the United States. And while it may be smaller than some of its larger counterparts in the state, it’s also much less crowded.
This lack of crowds along with the varied trails and unbeatable prices have made Beaver Mountain a favorite among locals, especially USU students. When the weather warms up, activities like mountain biking, hiking, and camping replace downhill skiing and snowboarding.
hardware store ranch
You cannot buy a new drill or a box of screws at the hardware store ranch, but instead you can enjoy some of the most incredible wildlife sights in the state (which is unquestionably more fun). Located in Blacksmith Fork Canyon, the 14,300-acre Hardware Ranch is home to hundreds of Rocky Mountain elk in the winter. But the area is home to wildlife all year round. In addition to elk, visitors often encounter moose and mule deer.
At this time of year you will need to hike, bike or use your own vehicle on established roads to get a view of the area and its wildlife. The hay used to feed the elk in the winter is grown on site, and the grassy hay meadows make the area spectacularly scenic in the spring and summer.
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