Cache County - Naomi Peak

Logan, Utah

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At 9,979 feet, Naomi Peak is an amphitheater for a geologic opera. Basin and range guard the west. The Uinta Mountains loom in the southeast. Wyoming’s high plateau country is northeast. And on a clear day, the rugged Tetons can be seen. Named by a homesick government surveyor in the 1870s who wanted to commemorate his wife, the view from the top offers a peek into history. Logan Canyon is an ancient aquarium that has turned to stone. One mile deep in places, the gorge is limestone—a storehouse for marine creatures 500 to 200 million years old. Frozen in rock are the skeletons of horned corals, reef corals, trilobites, brachiopods, clams, crinoids, and fish scales. The deeper gray the limestone, the more fossils. Glaciers that once covered Naomi Peak in the Bear River Range left marks, too. While the ice was melting 14,000 years ago, five canyons were eroded into the peak’s sides. In the wake is a jumble of cliffs, basins, canyons, small hills and lakes. Tony Grove Lake is one remnant. Though the glaciers are long gone, Logan Canyon and the Cache Valley it drains into remain marshy and wet. This water was a mecca for plants, animals, birds, fish and, eventually, humans, 11,000 years ago.
Hiking Utah's Summits

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Hiking Utah's Summits

by Tom Wharton & Paula Huff (Falcon Guides)

At 9,979 feet, Naomi Peak is an amphitheater for a geologic opera. Basin and range guard the west. The Uinta Mountains loom in the southeast. Wyoming’s high plateau country is northeast. And on a clear day, the rugged Tetons can be seen. Named by a homesick government surveyor in the 1870s who wanted to commemorate his wife, the view from the top offers a peek into history. Logan Canyon is an ancient aquarium that has turned to stone.

One mile deep in places, the gorge is limestone—a storehouse for marine creatures 500 to 200 million years old. Frozen in rock are the skeletons of horned corals, reef corals, trilobites, brachiopods, clams, crinoids, and fish scales. The deeper gray the limestone, the more fossils. Glaciers that once covered Naomi Peak in the Bear River Range left marks, too. While the ice was melting 14,000 years ago, five canyons were eroded into the peak’s sides. In the wake is a jumble of cliffs, basins, canyons, small hills and lakes. Tony Grove Lake is one remnant. Though the glaciers are long gone, Logan Canyon and the Cache Valley it drains into remain marshy and wet. This water was a mecca for plants, animals, birds, fish and, eventually, humans, 11,000 years ago.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Logan
Distance: 5.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Wasatch - Cache National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Naomi Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Cache County - Naomi Peak

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4/21/2004
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8/11/2002
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This hike is advertised as one of the best hikes in Utah to see wildflowers. Although we saw plenty we did not see the wide variety that I had expected, possibly the dry summer is effecting the flowers. The TH is a beautiful place to spend the afternoon following the hike, and is very popular with folks from Logan. The hike is fairly uneventful (the trail is well marked and well maintained), but culminates in a great view of Logan and and the surrounding peaks. I particularly like the names assigne to Mt Magog and Mt Gog.



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