Naomi Peak, 21 August 2016
Seven hikers enjoyed the classic Naomi Peak outing: Denis, Kathy, Stephanie, Dave W. Nikolai, Laurel, and Dave P. (leader). The weather was dry, breezy, and smoky from distant fires. Many of the summer flowers had stopped blooming, but asters, fleabane, goldeneye, yarrow, yellow flax, and some less common flowers were still putting on a show in high-elevation and wetter patches.
We had a relaxed lunch on the peak, and were surprised by a hawk with a narrow barred tail (possibly a juvenile Northern Goshawk) flying low and fast just above us and around the rocks and trees. Denis had planned to hike over to the High Creek trailhead where he had left a car. He and Nicoli headed down High Creek right after lunch. The rest of us returned to Tony Grove Lake. On the way we encountered two groups of USU students going on freshman “natural connection” backpacking trips, as well as several families with children of all ages.
- Organized carpools and drove 29 miles to Tony Grove
- Started hiking at 9:15
- Lunch on the peak 11:45 - 12:20
- Cloudless but smoky skies, a pleasant breeze and comfortable temperatures
- For the Naomi Peak hikers:
- 6.4 miles with 2000 ft. of ascent/descent
- Back at Logan at 2:20
- For the two hikers going on to High Creek:
- 9.9 miles with 2100 feet of ascent and 4200 feet of descent
- Back at Logan at 5:30
Thanks to Dave P. for the narrative and photos and Dave W. for photos and and GPS work.