Mount Logan via Dry Canyon

Discussion in 'Backpacking' started by Nick, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Nick

    Nick Post 'em if you got 'em!

    Salt Lake City
    June 2005

    Fathers day trip, what a way to celebrate. Mount Logan is a prominent peak above Cache Valley. It can be reached in a vehicle with four wheel drive from the backside, this is the first time I've hiked to it. We took the long route starting just outside Logan city limits. The hike climbs up Logan's Dry Canyon which is dry of any visible stream but still somehow quite lush. Taylor recommended the camp spot, he refers to it as the Elk Camp. Quite nice really. Good benches, a wonderful view of the city and a genuine piped spring. By that I mean there is a pipe coming directly out of the mountain and you can just drink right out of it. Very nice. Thanks Taylor!

    trip date: 6/19 thru 6/21/05
    distance: 16 Miles
    starting point: Logan's Dry Canyon, just outside city limits
    destination: Mount Logan
    elevation: This trip carries with it a good amount of elevation change, the trailhead is at roughly 5,300' and Mount Logan is at 9,710'

    This is a map of some of the key locations.

    View larger map.

    This is a shot looking down Dry Canyon towards Logan. You can see what I mean about it being rather lush.

    We started late in the day so the sun was setting before we made it into camp. This is a along the trail shortly before arriving at our camp site.

    The next day we went on a day hike from our camp near the spring up to Logan Peak. The weather was perfect but there were still quite a few nice snow drifts around.

    The dogs LOVED the snow.

    Looking down the ridge to Logan.

    Every now and then the dogs would disappear, we would almost always find them well ahead of us like this soaking up the snow.

    Looking back at Nate hiking the ridge with Cache Valley in the background.

    Nikita looking like a wild animal with Logan Canyon and The Naomi Wilderness in the background

    The snow drifts became larger as we gained elevation.

    There is a series of huge cairns to mark the way to the summit

    And finally the top of Mount Logan. That mailbox looking thing usually has random notes in it. I have no idea what its real purpose is.

    This communications building on top of Mount Logan

    Going back down the mountain was fun!

    Looking down a side canyon on the hike back. Lots of avalanche debris.

    Nikita on the hike down.

    Heading back to camp.

    After dinner we walked out to the ridge to get a few shots of the sunset


    The next day we packed up and hiked out. We hadn't seen this very well on the way in due to our late arrival. This is avalanche debris from a huge avalanche during the winter. This debris trail ran for at least a mile or two down the canyon. Under all the broken trees there was still a lot of snow.

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  2. HomerJ

    HomerJ Member

    Logan, UT
    A guy I work with took his minivan up to the top! I wouldn't recommend it though! LOL!

    Awesome trip! We've been talking about doing this but never have.
  3. HomerJ

    HomerJ Member

    Logan, UT
    Is that snowmobile tracks in the snow? What an idiot if it is...:eek:
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  4. JamesM

    JamesM Leaders aren't born. They're made.

    Utah County
    I lived in Logan most my life and never made it up there. After seeing your pictures I may have to go home for a weekend.
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  5. Lauri Hancey

    Lauri Hancey New Member

    I have asthma issues, and hiking uphill kills my lungs. However, my knees are great, so hiking downhill is wonderful. I would love to hike down from Mount Logan through Dry Canyon, but I am afraid I wouldn't be able to find the trail as there is evidently no real "trail" close to the top, and I am not familiar with Dry Canyon. Would the cairns guide me to the correct trail? Does anyone out there have any helpful suggestions?
  6. Antlerking

    Antlerking Member

    Sweet TR! That was a massive slide, your pic's look like it took some big trees with it. I would hate to be skiing down that chute when it let loose.