The hike turned out quite pleasant. The rain showers held off until after we had finished, and most of the trail was mud-free. We shed our outer clothing layers as the day warmed up, and while the clouds never did dissipate over the Wellsville Mountains, we enjoyed plenty of sunshine as we hiked.
Our hiking progress was slowed by frequent stops to admire our surroundings. The spring wildflowers were in full bloom, including long-leaf phlox, stork's bill, foothill death camas, big-leaf and arrow-leaf balsamroot, bitterbrush, and Utah milkvetch. Along the way we encountered a flock of mountain bluebirds, an earnest hummingbird, a couple of soaring turkey vultures and a herd of deer. Of course there were great views of Cache Valley and the (cloud-topped) Wellsville Mountains to the west. We also saw the Millville Predator Research facility, springs, rocky outcroppings, and signs, fences, gates, and equipment associated with the wildlife management function here.
The group arrived at Providence Canyon, the designated end of our hike, just after noon. Three hikers continued north to Dry Canyon while the others loaded into the car we had previously left there and drove back to Blacksmith Fork to pick up the other vehicles. One driver then went to Dry Canyon to pick up the three remaining hikers, and everyone was back in Logan by 1:30.
Thanks to Dave W. for the narrative and GPS work, with photos by Jane, Dave W and Dave P.
Hiking poles helped when crossing the slippery logs and rocks near Blacksmith Fork
Erosion control barriers installed after the Millville Face fire of 2013
Cache Valley from the Deer Fence Trail
Our GPS track showed 3.7 miles and 770 feet of elevation