Mendon Peak - Wellsville Mountain Wilderness - June 4, 2022

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
2,703
My wife signed up this year for the Little Red bike ride in Cache Valley, so the family headed up on the 3rd to the rodeo grounds in Lewiston, Utah to camp out for the night so that she would be right there for the start of the ride on the morning of the 4th.

While Sheila was looping around Cache Valley for 104 miles, Katie and I headed over to Deep Canyon in the Wellsville Range, claimed to be some of the steepest mountains in North America, to do some hiking in the Wellsville Mountain Wilderness. Our goal was Mendon Peak, which is located on the northern end of the range.

Wildflowers and caterpillars were the highlights of our day as we made our way up Deep Canyon to the saddle between Mendon Peak and Hawkswatch Peak. From there, we headed south until we gained the crest of the ridge, and then we made our way back north to the summit of Mendon.

The hike was roughly 7.5 miles roundtrip, and it took us about six hours and forty minutes to complete - this included lunch up top, and a lot of stops for me to take pictures. :)


80.jpg

Setting up at the rodeo grounds in Lewiston

81.jpg

I asked this lady if she would prefer to hike or bike the next day. :)

83.jpg

I think this might be a distant cousin of the mule @Rockskipper. I'm not sure though.

84.jpg

The next morning, Sheila taking her place at the start with the other 100 mile riders

85.jpg

And she is off! :thumbsup:


Katie and I hoped in the Sube and headed to the Wellsvilles

01.jpg

The Deep Canyon Trailhead

02.jpg

A look towards the Wellsvilles and Deep Canyon

03.jpg

Almost ready to go

04.jpg

The trail just off the trailhead

05.jpg

A lot of balsamroot at the beginning. Ignore my hiking poles. :)

06.jpg

Lewis flax

07.jpg

Wooly worm

08.jpg

Apparently Wayne's Loop is closed.

09.jpg

Caterpillar

10.jpg

Someone or something had made this little shelter. :thinking:

11.jpg

Ladybug

12.jpg

Another wooly worn enjoying a late breakfast

13.jpg

Cinquefoil

14.jpg

Browse milkvetch

15.jpg

Beetle. @Rockskipper, you told me what this was, but I can't remember now. Please refresh this old man's memory.

16.jpg

I saw more caterpillars and nests on this hike than on any other hike I have ever done.

17.jpg

The Deep Canyon Trail

18.jpg

Scarlet gila

19.jpg

Wasatch beardtoungue

20.jpg

Choke cherry

21.jpg

Dyer's woad along the trail

22.jpg

Distant phacelia

23.jpg

Making our way up the canyon

24.jpg

The wilderness boundary

25.jpg

Woodland star

26.jpg

More caterpillars

27.jpg

Starwort

28.jpg

Western wallflower

29.jpg

Solomon's seal

30.jpg

Snake on the trail

31.jpg

Hiking into aspen

32.jpg

Violet

33.jpg

Spring beauty. These were abundant all the way to the summit

34.jpg

Butterfly on a dandelion

36.jpg

You guessed it, more caterpillars. These guys are hungry.

37.jpg

The canyon is about to open up

38.jpg

And it does

39.jpg

Looking towards the saddle

40.jpg

Old man Scat.

41.jpg

Lookin up at the ridge

42.jpg

Moose maybe?

43.jpg

A stand of aspen on the hillside

44.jpg

Glacier Lilies become abundant as we gain elevation

45.jpg

Hitting some switchbacks at this point

46.jpg

More spring beauties

47.jpg

A look down Deep Canyon from the saddle

48.jpg

A peak of Wellsville Cone

49.jpg

View to the west from the saddle. The Bear River is meandering its way towards the bird refuge below

50.jpg

Katie making her way up to the ridge, with Hawkswatch Peak in the distance

51.jpg

Mendon Peak above

52.jpg

Gained the ridge

53.jpg

Summit just ahead

54.jpg

A look to the south down the spine of the Wellsville Range

55.jpg

The beautiful Cache Valley, with Logan Peak, and Logan Canyon across the way. And I'd be remiss if I didn't give a shoutout to my
alma mater Utah State University. Go Aggies!

56.jpg

More Cache Valley with the Little Bear River/Logan River wetlands visible

57.jpg

View to the west from the summit

58.jpg

Lunch on top

59.jpg

Will the wolf survive? Bandana from the Los Lobos concert in Park City two nights before.

60.jpg

A little wider angle shot of the Wellsvilles

61.jpg

Some white pine along the ridge

62.jpg

View down into Deep Canyon on our way back down

63.jpg

Another view down the canyon, back at the saddle

64.jpg

Another nest

65.jpg

Cache Valley below, with the Mount Naomi Wilderness across the way

66.jpg

Hitchin' a ride. Ride, ride, ride, hitchin' a ride. :)

67.jpg

Back at the car.


We made our way back to Lewiston to cheer on Sheila at the finish line.

82.jpg

And the answer to the question - yes, the wolf will survive. The Big Bad Wolf looking for Little Red.

86.jpg

Shelia, returning from Preston, Idaho, turning the corner onto Center Street in Lewiston for the home stretch

87.jpg

And crossing the finish line. :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:

88.jpg

One happy cycler, and one happy hiker.

After breaking down our tent and loading up, we stopped at El Toro Viejo in Logan for a celebratory diner which ended a wonderful two days in Cache Valley


The End.
 
Last edited:

regehr

Member
Joined
Mar 28, 2012
Messages
1,843
the summitpost page for Mendon Peak says "Adventure and solemnity await you here on the slopes of this Northern Utah jewel."

I hope that you were appropriately solemn, Scat
 

Rockskipper

No ETA
.
Joined
Jun 11, 2017
Messages
3,736
A unicorn as my relative? Only in mythology.

I'll never forget looking at the Wells from campus and wishing I was up there instead of studying. Really nice TR, but it makes me want to move back up there (Logan, not the top of the Wells, well, maybe the top of the Wells if someone would bring me lattes from Jitters).
 

Bob

Trailmaster
Joined
Mar 3, 2013
Messages
3,343
That gals outfit in the second pic could give your kilt a run for the money
 

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
2,703
the summitpost page for Mendon Peak says "Adventure and solemnity await you here on the slopes of this Northern Utah jewel."

I hope that you were appropriately solemn, Scat

The people whose vehicles were parked at the trailhead all passed us on their way down as we made our way up, so we had the entire ridge and summit to ourselves. On our way down, a group of four were heading up at about the halfway point.
 

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
2,703
A unicorn as my relative? Only in mythology.

I'll never forget looking at the Wells from campus and wishing I was up there instead of studying. Really nice TR, but it makes me want to move back up there (Logan, not the top of the Wells, well, maybe the top of the Wells if someone would bring me lattes from Jitters).

I'll bring you lattes, but there will be a transportation fee applied when I get to the top. What do you think a fair price would be? :)

I miss Logan and Cache Valley too. I really need to make a point of going up there more often than I do.

You didn't answer my beetle question from the report.
 

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
2,703
That gals outfit in the second pic could give your kilt a run for the money

No doubt. :D The mannequin was standing in for the real Little Red who got COVID two days before the ride.
 

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
2,703
I think that snake is a rubber boa, which is a pretty cool find!

Thanks for identifying the snake. I didn't realize that boas were native to North America. An interesting read on the rubber boa.
 

Rockskipper

No ETA
.
Joined
Jun 11, 2017
Messages
3,736
I'll bring you lattes, but there will be a transportation fee applied when I get to the top. What do you think a fair price would be? :)

I miss Logan and Cache Valley too. I really need to make a point of going up there more often than I do.

You didn't answer my beetle question from the report.
The beetle goes by the scientific moniker of stinkbug.

As for the transportation fee, why not just get a mule?
 

scatman

Member
.
Joined
Dec 23, 2013
Messages
2,703
The beetle goes by the scientific moniker of stinkbug.

As for the transportation fee, why not just get a mule?

Ah yes, the stinkbug. I should have been able to remember that.

As for Dooley, he requires a carrying fee too, but he can deliver multiple lattes at the same time to you. :D Maybe some of his friends can help out?

Mule_53.jpg
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
TheMountainRabbit Younts Peak (Teton/Washakie Wilderness) - July 2022 Backpacking 20
regehr Lookout Peak 6/25/22 Hiking & Camping 3
scatman Unnamed Peak 8194 - June 25, 2022 Hiking & Camping 17
scatman Dale Peak - May 22, 2022 Hiking & Camping 21
westy Invite Glacier Peak, Washington Meet Up (Members Only) 2
TheMountainRabbit Invite Younts Peak, Mid-July 2022 Meet Up (Members Only) 11
LarryBoy SLC: Terrace Hills Drive to Big Mountain Peak Trip Planning 16
ram Glacier Peak July 2021 Backpacking 9
scatman Grandeur Peak - January 15, 2022 Hiking & Camping 6
scatman Frary Peak - Antelope Island - January 7, 2022 Hiking & Camping 21
Wanderlust073 Raleigh Peak Hiking & Camping 4
scatman Grandeur Peak Loop - December 4, 2021 Hiking & Camping 4
scatman Dale Peak - November 27, 2021 Hiking & Camping 3
scatman Grandeur Peak - Dagon's Tail Route - November 21, 2021 Hiking & Camping 9
K Kings Peak Trip Trip Planning 6
TrektheWorld Crater Lake and Lone Eagle Peak Backpacking 1
la_alpinista Thoughts on potential off trail routes in Cloud Peak Wilderness CPW Trip Planning 1
scatman Lone Peak - July 14, 2021 Hiking & Camping 28
Bob Yellowstone - Electric Peak visit Backpacking 2
scatman Lewiston Peak - May 15, 2021 Hiking & Camping 7
LarryBoy Looping the Highline: Gilbert Peak Edition Backpacking 13
scatman Peak 6551 - Lakeside Mountains - April 17, 2021 Hiking & Camping 7
napatony13 Trinity Alps-Grizzly Peak Trail Hiking & Camping 0
scatman Lookout Peak - January 16, 2021 Hiking & Camping 10
scatman Frary Peak - December 5, 2020 Hiking & Camping 10
scatman Church Fork Peak - November 28, 2020 Hiking & Camping 2
scatman Grandeur Peak, The West Slope Approach - October 31, 2020 Hiking & Camping 7
scatman Naomi Peak - September 5, 2020 Hiking & Camping 2
andyjaggy Deep Creek Lakes and Windriver Peak Trip Planning 6
Curt Visiting (Part of) the Lake District of Cloud Peak Wilderness Backpacking 15
misSOULa Into the Winds: Titcomb Basin and Gannett Peak Attempt Backpacking 6
scatman Grandview Peak - July 24, 2020 Hiking & Camping 11
scatman Millvue Peak - July 3, 2020 Hiking & Camping 2
Mike K Kings Peak Via Garfield Basin Backpacking 18
DrNed Water Sources McKee Draw to Leidy Peak Trip Planning 12
scatman Ensign Peak to Grandview Peak Attempt Hiking & Camping 10
ram Colchuck Peak 7/10-12/2019 Backpacking 3
Udink Kimble and Turner Peak Hiking & Camping 9
J Death Valley Natl Pk Ibex Peak, Jubliee Mtn, Virgin Springs summits Dec. 2, 2019 Hiking & Camping 0
scatman Tabby's Peak, Cedar Mountains - November 19, 2019 Hiking & Camping 10
Yvonne Hiking Avalanche Peak, Yellowstone Hiking & Camping 4
Curt Lost Twin Lakes, Cloud Peak Wilderness, Wyoming Backpacking 16
scatman Grebe Lake, Headwaters of Lava Creek and Observation Peak, Yellowstone National Park - September 13, 2019 Backpacking 7
chandlerwest Great Basin National Park - Wheeler Peak Hiking & Camping 13
fossana Delano Peak the even longer way (Tushar Mountains, UT) Hiking & Camping 14
NorthwestWanderer Uncle visits Washington (Ptarmigan Ridge, Slate Peak & Wing Lake) Backpacking 4
fossana Delano Peak the long way (Tushar Mountains, UT) Hiking & Camping 14
peakbagger1971 Wilson Peak and Mt Powell Trip Planning 3
Ehouston24 Uintas Loop (Red Castle/Kings Peak) Trip Planning 14
TeamJenkins17 Peak Refuel Gear 19

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top