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Spawn Creek Hike, 28 February, 2015

While Saturday wasn't sporting the ideal conditions for snowshoeing—it was a great day for a hike! Chris, Alexi, Lynne, Brent, Jane, Dave W. and leaders Stephanie T. and Alex optimistically set out to snowshoe Spawn Creek, but completely snow-free conditions at the Temple Fork parking area convinced us to leave the snowshoes in the car and just enjoy the trail in our boots.

Hiking on the road leading up to the trail was not bad, with patches of packed snow and ice here and there, but the Spawn Creek footpath got us all a little muddy. Still, the half-snowy scenery, bright sky and fresh air were welcome sensations in this light winter year. The beaver dams up Spawn Creek were spectacular! Big and small, we stopped for many looks before having our lunch at the largest beaver pond.

A slightly muddy walk returned us to our cars at Temple Fork, and we were all back at Logan by 2:30pm.

Trip Summary:

  • Carpooled 18 miles to the Temple Fork parking area just off of Highway 89
  • Started hiking about 10:40
  • Lunch location near a large beaver dam, 12:10 - 12:50
  • Back at the parking area at 1:45 and Logan by 2:30
  • Partly cloudy skies, calm, with pleasant temperatures
  • Total 4.9 miles with 490 feet of elevation

Thanks to Stephanie T. for the narrative and photos, and Dave W. for photos and GPS work.

 

Road
Starting up the gated (and snow-less) Temple Fork road

WormFence

At the Worm Fence Spring (OHV) Trailhead

SpawnCreekTrailhead
The Spawn Creek (hiking) Trail splits from the Worm Fence Spring Trail after 1/3 mile
Ford
Fording Spawn Creek where it is wider and shallow
S[awm Creel
The snowy north-facing bank of Spawn Creek
Beaver lodge
Inspecting a smaller beaver lodge, dam and pond
Beaver trees
Beaver trees across the trail

Large pond

A large beaver pond at the end of our hike

Lunch

Enjoying lunch by the large beaver pond
Our GPS track showed 4.9 miles with 490 feet of elevation

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