Five Cache Hikers joined this activity; Christine, Megan, Dave W.,
Denis and our leader, Jim. At 8:00 we carpooled up at our
meeting place and drove to the Dry Canyon parking area near the
forest boundary. Here, we hiked east up Dry Canyon,
immediately entering the Mt. Naomi Wilderness Area.
Overnight rain left the trailside grass and shrubs covered with
water, and we quickly became soaked to the skin as we shouldered
through vegetation that, in several places, completely obscured
the trail. After a couple of miles the terrain opened up a
bit and we started to dry off, although our boots remained wet for
the entire hike.
We rested at the top of a large quartzite outcropping overlooking
the canyon below, and then headed up another mile to the
saddle. Here, we enjoyed a lunch break as we feasted on the
views on nearby peaks and the valley below. After lunch,
Dave and Denis climbed the ridge to nearby Flatttop Mountain,
while Christine and Megan went back for a earlier return to
Logan. Dave, Jim and Denis hiked back down the canyon,
arriving at Logan before 6:00, our anticipated ending time.
From the cliffs overhead near the canyon mouth to the views from
the saddle and Flattop Mountain, we enjoyed the hike in spite of
the morning drenching. The late summer date meant few
wildflowers, but there serviceberries, snowberries, rose hips and
chokecherries along the trail. Next time, we may schedule
this hike during the peak wildflower season.
(Thanks to Dave W. for the narrative, photos and
View toward Smithfield, from the quartzite outcropping
Mount Elmer, from Flatttop Mountain
Lunch on the saddle
Smithfield Dry Canyon to Flattop Mountain, 10.3 miles and 4100
feet of elevation gain