“A beautiful climb through a narrow canyon, grand vistas of Logan Cnyn at the top and a fast decent.
— MTB Project Staff
Not necessarily closed but the mud/river flow could stop a rider from late fall to early spring. Horses common on the route. Sometimes there are motorcycles on the upper dirt trail and/or trucks on the gravel road.
This climb starts out on a well managed singletrack passing over the small creek several times. There are two significantly steep climbs before the trail meets a gravel road, but very doable for intermediates and challenging for beginners. Under wheel terrain is fairly consistent but the scenery changes often, making it interesting and beautiful. I did this ride in the fall and the leaves were incredible. The short gravel road climb went by quickly, and I found the dirt road fun with all of the large rocks and rutts making for small jumps, and some berms made for a few exciting turns. The view on the way down the dirt road is really great eye candy.
On the downside, there is some loose gravel on the singletrack but manageable. Not everyone wants to take the short gravel road or dirt road to connect back to the short 1 mile decent of singletrack. For those looking for some challenging erosion type terrain, the 1 mile decent at the end has some very sketchy sections. This part of the trail could be greatly improved with some trail maintenance. If you don't like the gravel/dirt connector then just take the singletrack back for an out and back ride.
Need to Know
Several cattle gates must be opened and closed. There are a few mud/water holes that can lead to wet feet if not carefully traversed. On the day I went I saw one truck on the gravel road, a group of motorcycles on the dirt road and some campers at the top of the singletrack.
Drive up highway 89 past Utah State University and up Logan Canyon. 8.5 miles from the entrance to the canyon is a turn off for the Right Fork Canyon. About a mile up the road it turns to gravel, there is a coral and then a bathroom. Park near the bathroom, the trailhead is at the top of the small parking loop and is well marked.
From the trailhead head up towards Ricks Canyon
and Maughan Hollow. Take a right as you pass Maughan Hollow (mile 0.2). Then take a Left away from Ricks Canyon
(mile 0.6). Ricks Canyon
is another great ride in this area. Continue upwards, the easy ride so far starts to get steeper in this section as you approach a cattle gate. Continue up and veer hard right in the corner of a canyon that can also be explored (~ mile 2.0). The trail again gets very steep right after this turn but it can be ridden. Soon you'll encounter the side trail to Old Ephraim's Grave (mile 2.5 Ephraim's cutoff), but it is well marked, stay left. About a mile later the trail passes through another cattle gate and then up onto the short gravel road section (mile 3.5). At the top of a small hill take the first left onto a dirt road marked 'Little Cottonwood Spring'. Continue up a hill on the dirt road, then down a steep section and up into some aspens. Over the top of this aspen hill and then traverse a large valley along the right hand side. Views from here can see all the way over Logan to the Wellsville mountains (spectacular on a clear day). This part of the trail goes by rather quickly but there are a few climbs over river rocks imbedded in the rough road. Be sure to stay on the main road through this section, small side roads and trails pass through this area several times stay left on the main road for all of them. Towards the end of a long downhill section there is a pink cattle gate, then a bit further and up a small hill you'll come to a fence with another cattle gate (mile ~7.0), stay left here, avoiding the gate, and head down the canyon. At mile 8.1 or so you'll encounter a small watering trough and some fun up and down sections on the two track. Then a steep decent through some washed out areas, careful at the first set of tree roots, several people have fallen here. There is a very technical turn at about mile 9.0 over some rough rocks then a hard left into a stream and across. At this point it is about 1 minute to the coral, which you passed when you drove up the road to the trailhead. Open and close the last cattle gate and head up the road (300 feet) to your car and the rest room.
There is also a very good review and overview of this ride at utahmountainbiking.com/trai…
History & Background
This trail was likely a hiking/horse trail first like most of the routes in this area. As such, it isn't necessarily well thought out from a cycling perspective, but that is common here in Cache County. We really need to get a group of trail makers going!