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Temple Fork Sawmill Out and Back

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 4.5 (4) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great singletrack hike along a stream filled with beaver dams.


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

Out and Back

6,629' 2,020 m

High

5,964' 1,818 m

Low

666' 203 m

Up

666' 203 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The gate off the gravel road is closed for the winter and often not open until Memorial Day.

Overview

A great singletrack trail that provides a nice hike along a stream filled with beaver dams. The fall colors just add an additional reason to visit later in the year.

Description

Turn off the highway towards Temple Fork Saw Mill and Spawn Creek. About 1.5 miles down the road, take the left fork to Spawn Creek. You'll see an embankment as you round a corner. There is a shoulder with parking, and this is the start of the route.

The hike follows along the stream and gradually climbs the entire way in. The stream is home to several beaver dams, and you can see evidence of beaver activity all along the trail. In the fall, the colors of the changing leaves make for a spectacular display. There is also a bit of history as the turnaround point has some old equipment and placard that talks about the Temple Fork Sawmill and how the area provided lumber that was used to build the Logan LDS Temple.

For the most part, the trail is in great shape; there can be an occasional downed tree either from winter weather or beaver activity. If you stray off the trail be sure to lookout for ground squirrel burrows. There are some areas of loose rock and an occasional root that can catch you off guard if you become too distracted by the scenery.

Flora & Fauna

There are wildflowers at various times of the year and aspen that put on a great fall color change. Ground squirrels can be seen along the entire trail, and if you are lucky you might spot a beaver or two. The evidence of beavers is all along the trail with downed trees and large beaver dams.

History & Background

At the turnaround of this hike there is some old equipment and a placard describing how the area provided lumber for the Logan LDS Temple.

Contacts

Shared By:

Shaun Malone with improvements by Meg Ridgely

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  4.5 from 4 votes

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Temple Fork Sawmill Trail
Sep 7, 2018 near Hyde Park, UT
One of many beaver dams along the route.
Jun 12, 2016 near Hyde Park, UT
Old equipment and placard describing the sawmill.
Jun 12, 2016 near Hyde Park, UT

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Jul 4, 2020
DJ Ransom
Jun 22, 2019
Dana Sorensen
Jun 18, 2018
Jordan Frandsen
Fun hike!! Dogs loved it too! The last bridge is very broken. But you can walk across the water up more. 5.4mi