After meeting at Smith's Marketplace in Logan, we carpooled up to the trailhead in Smithfield Canyon and started hiking about 8:50. Within a few minutes we encountered the remains of a turkey on the trail after an unknown predator had eaten all but the feathers and feet. Farther up the trail we came upon the remains of a grouse, another meal for some predator.
The fall colors were out in splendor, especially along the first couple of miles before the higher elevations of the Mt. Naomi Wilderness. We encountered a section of newly renovated trail, with extensive tread work and brushing. Later we learned that the Utah Conservation Corp had done the work. Unfortunately, there is a lot more of this trail that needs major work. Maybe next year? Higher up the trail, we found evidence of a Wilderness violation - logs that had been cut with a chainsaw.
After a leisurely lunch overlooking Cottonwood Canyon, we headed back down the trail, enjoying great fall colors, pleasant weather and a section of newly renovated trail.
Thanks to Dave W. for the narrative, photos and GPS work.