Old Ephraim's Grave

Logan, Utah

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Old Ephraim was neither a famous frontiersman nor a courageous pioneer settler, but a legend just the same. Ephraim was the last grizzly bear to roam Utah, and the largest grizzly ever shot in the continental United States. His penchant for dining on livestock placed him at the top of the locals’ “outlaws wanted” list. The 1,100-pound beast was as gigantic as the 11-foot stone monument that marks his 1923 grave site. His massive skull was first sent to the Smithsonian Institute and then transferred to Utah State University in Logan. This loop crosses the rolling hinterlands of Utah’s northern Wasatch Range (locally termed the Bear River Range). Open meadows of alpine grasses and colorful wildflowers carpet groves of aspen and conifer like a patterned blanket. From the route’s high points, you’ll view Logan Peak to the west, the Mount Naomi Wilderness to the north, and the serrated peaks of the central Wasatch Range to the south. The route begins with 3.5 miles of light-duty dirt road in Cowley Canyon and then follows 12.5 miles of doubletrack past Old Ephraim's Grave to Mud Flat. The culminates on the Willow Creek Trail with 4 miles of lively singletrack.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Old Ephraim was neither a famous frontiersman nor a courageous pioneer settler, but a legend just the same. Ephraim was the last grizzly bear to roam Utah, and the largest grizzly ever shot in the continental United States. His penchant for dining on livestock placed him at the top of the locals’ “outlaws wanted” list. The 1,100-pound beast was as gigantic as the 11-foot stone monument that marks his 1923 grave site. His massive skull was first sent to the Smithsonian Institute and then transferred to Utah State University in Logan.

This loop crosses the rolling hinterlands of Utah’s northern Wasatch Range (locally termed the Bear River Range). Open meadows of alpine grasses and colorful wildflowers carpet groves of aspen and conifer like a patterned blanket. From the route’s high points, you’ll view Logan Peak to the west, the Mount Naomi Wilderness to the north, and the serrated peaks of the central Wasatch Range to the south. The route begins with 3.5 miles of light-duty dirt road in Cowley Canyon and then follows 12.5 miles of doubletrack past Old Ephraim's Grave to Mud Flat. The culminates on the Willow Creek Trail with 4 miles of lively singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Logan
Distance: 20
Elevation Gain: 3,300 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: May through October. This area is popular with beg-game hunters in the fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,400 feet
Top Elevation: 7,600 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Logan Ranger District, 435-755-3620
Local Maps: USGS: Boulder Mountain and Temple Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Ephraim's Grave

Recent Trail Reviews

9/12/2002
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This trail is one of the best that Logan has to offer. The 20 miles include a couple of VERY steep climbs -- if you don''t have a granny gear and a good set of lungs, you might be doing a lot of pushing. The views are incredible, and the final single-track decent makes the whole ride worth it!



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Apr 2018