We followed the White Pine Lake trail about four miles from Tony Grove to White Pine Lake. After a scenic lunch on the shore of White Pine Lake, we headed west down the White Pine Creek trail through aspen groves and sagebrush meadows for another 3.5 miles before turning north at the trail junction. Two and one half miles later we arrived at Bunchgrass Creek, then a final two miles as we passed by Goring Pond and arrived at our "shuttle" car in the Bunchgrass parking area. The drivers rode in the shuttle car to Tony Grove where they picked up the remaining vehicles for the trip back to Logan. The White Pine Creek trail was still marked with flagging from last week's Bear 100 Mile Endurance Run.
It was a great day to be in the mountains! The brilliant blue skies and warm temperatures were a welcome change after the rains of last week, and aspen trees entertained us with their colorful leaves along most of our route. Leaves often carpeted the ground under our feet, and once we were treated to a golden shower when an agreeable breeze blew leaves from nearby trees. We saw a number of birds along the way, including juncos, Clark's nutcracker, Stellar's jay, red-shafted flicker, and a dusky grouse. An excellent outing!
Thanks to Dave W. for the narrative and GPS work and Dave W. and Dave P. for photos
|Our GPS track showed 11.2 miles with 1100 feet of elevation gain and 2800 feet descending|
|You can also look at our route using Google Earth or the various map and aerial views of Google Maps|