Wellsville Moutnains Wilderness Trails

Mendon, Utah

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The Wellsville Mountains are said to be the steepest range in the United States, with a very narrow base only 3–4 miles wide and an absolute elevation of 5,000 feet above the Cache Valley and Great Salt Lake Valley. The tallest peak in the range is Box Elder, at 9,372 feet, and the main ridge seldom dips below 8,000 feet in its 20-mile length. The Wellsville Mountains are on the border where the Middle Rocky Mountain Ecoregion ends and the Basin and Range begins. From the crest, hikers can see the distinctive basin-range configuration of western Utah. Wellsville Mountains Wilderness sits in splendid isolation above several visible centers of civilization, but few hikers explore its rugged terrain. Even in a dry range like the Wellsvilles, shrubs and alpine groundcover manage a show of spring and fall color. For those willing to take the path less trodden, there are beauties and solitude to enjoy. This trail guide includes descriptions of Deep Canyon Trailhead to Raptor Watch Area.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

The Wellsville Mountains are said to be the steepest range in the United States, with a very narrow base only 3–4 miles wide and an absolute elevation of 5,000 feet above the Cache Valley and Great Salt Lake Valley. The tallest peak in the range is Box Elder, at 9,372 feet, and the main ridge seldom dips below 8,000 feet in its 20-mile length.

The Wellsville Mountains are on the border where the Middle Rocky Mountain Ecoregion ends and the Basin and Range begins. From the crest, hikers can see the distinctive basin-range configuration of western Utah. Wellsville Mountains Wilderness sits in splendid isolation above several visible centers of civilization, but few hikers explore its rugged terrain. Even in a dry range like the Wellsvilles, shrubs and alpine groundcover manage a show of spring and fall color. For those willing to take the path less trodden, there are beauties and solitude to enjoy. This trail guide includes descriptions of Deep Canyon Trailhead to Raptor Watch Area.

©  Lynna & Leland Howard/Westcliffe Publishers. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mendon
Distance: 15
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 4,680 feet
Top Elevation: 9,372 feet
Local Contacts: Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Logan Ranger District
Local Maps: USGS Logan, Tremonton, Honeyville, Wellsville, Brigham City, Moutn Pisgah
Driving Directions: Directions to Wellsville Moutnains Wilderness Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

5/24/2012
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Deep Canyon is a delight. Coldwater Canyon trail from Mendon is ill-constructed and unmaintained. A disaster. Run the ridge from Deep and go back the way you came. That trip would get five stars.



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