Verdant greenery ushers you down Logan Canyon, eventually spilling out in the wondrously beautiful Cache Valley of Utah. In the distance, the steep Wellsville Mountains rise majestically behind Logan, the pulse of the region. The drive along this scenic stretch of Highway 89 (known as the Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway) is only the beginning. The unparalleled access to hiking, biking, climbing, and fishing in the canyon really make this destination shine.
This article was created in partnership with Cache Valley Visitors Bureau, Utah. All photos by Emily Sierra Photography.
Hiking in Logan Canyon
There’s magic to be explored in this canyon, whether you’re hiking to a triple-arched wind cave or an ancient juniper tree. The lower River Trail at the mouth of the canyon is only a 10-minute drive from downtown Logan and the comfort of your hotel. Other trails farther up are only an inspiring drive away from downtown.
Wind Cave Trail
Understandably one of the most popular trails in Logan Canyon is Wind Cave. The short, steep trail (just 4 miles round trip!) offers breathtaking views of the canyon before reaching the Wind Cave. This geologic wonder is worth the sweaty jaunt up the trail, and the views only add to the experience. Additionally, the trail is south-facing, making it a great option for early spring hiking.
Fishing in Logan Canyon
Nearly 30 miles of roadside fly fishing is available through Logan Canyon. Though spring melt can make fly fishing stretches of the river tricky during peak runoff, nymph fishing can still be a rewarding experience.
Conveniently located at the base of the canyon is the aptly named Canyon Entrance Park. Accessible viewing decks and fishing piers make this a great spot if wading in the river is unattainable. Additionally, at Second Dam/Logan City Power Plant a little farther up the canyon, there is another accessible fishing area with many sites to catch trout right from the shore.
Biking in Logan Canyon
Ride straight out from Logan on friendly pavement until you reach the mouth of the canyon. There, you can hop on the River Trail for a mellow pedal along the river and under billowing maple trees. Farther up the canyon, there are more intermediate and black diamond trails for a challenge. What makes riding in this canyon so special is the lack of people compared to the miles of trails to ride.
After a day on the trails, match your hunger at one of the many great eateries in Logan.
Fix a flat?
If your bike needs maintenance, or if you’re looking to rent a rig while you’re in town, check out one of the local shops in Logan. The friendly folks there can also offer great trail information on rides in the area.
Climbing in Logan Canyon
Over 275 rock climbing routes have been developed in the canyon, many ranging from 5.10 to 5.12 climbs. The majority of those climbs are bolt-protected, sport routes, while other traditional routes require a little more mental exertion. Climbing on the limestone and quartzite walls is feasible nearly year-round, and with so many routes on the north side of the canyon, climbing really kicks off in early spring.
The quick link between downtown Logan and the trails in Logan Canyon make Cache Valley a breeze for travelers seeking outdoor recreation on their next vacation in Utah.
For more travel tips in this area, read: Discover the Magic of Cache Valley, Utah.