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Jardine Juniper trail - Logan Canyon

Workers and researchers look at the Jardine Juniper, seen here in 2006. (Al Hartmann/The Salt Lake Tribune)

 

This is one of Utah's most-famous hikes. It ends at the 3,000-year-old Jardine Juniper tree. From the trailhead, you pass through sagebrush meadows. Then at 1.8 miles you reach switchbacks taking you up and over the first ridge. There will be another set of switchbacks up the final ridge. Near the top, at 3.7 miles, you reach a junction. The shady trail is shorter and keeps you out of the sun, while the scenic route gives you a long view of the Cache Valley.

Getting there: From Logan, take U.S. Highway 89 north for about 10 miles. The sign to the trailhead is easy to miss from the highway, but the trailhead is on the west side of the road.

 

-- Text by Nate Carlisle, graphic by Amy Lewis/The Salt Lake Tribune

Region: Northern Utah

Destination: Jardine Juniper

Distance: 8.8 miles - for shady route

Time: 5 hours

Elevation Gain: 1,637 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: Yes

GPS Location: 41.8160432, -111.6329932

Difficulty: 3
 

 

First published 2008-09-12