Wellsville Ridge Trail

Logan, Utah

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The Wellsville Ridge is very well known among Utah’s bird watchers. It is probably the best place in the state to see such birds of prey as the Cooper’s hawk and the red tailed hawk. These raptors are especially prevalent on windy days during the fall migration, when they can be seen riding the updrafts along the western side of the ridge. There are also a number of fine views from the top of the narrow summit ridge. The fertile Cache Valley lies below the mountains on the east side, with its settlements of Logan, Mendon, and Wellsville. On the west side the meandering Bear River makes an interesting picture, as it winds its way lazily toward the Great Salt Lake. The people who live below the Wellsville Mountains should be remembered for their valiant efforts in the early 1940s to save their beloved mountains. At that time the grass-covered ridges were suffering from decades of overgrazing, and much of the vegetation in the lower canyons had been burned out.
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by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

The Wellsville Ridge is very well known among Utah’s bird watchers. It is probably the best place in the state to see such birds of prey as the Cooper’s hawk and the red tailed hawk. These raptors are especially prevalent on windy days during the fall migration, when they can be seen riding the updrafts along the western side of the ridge. There are also a number of fine views from the top of the narrow summit ridge. The fertile Cache Valley lies below the mountains on the east side, with its settlements of Logan, Mendon, and Wellsville.

On the west side the meandering Bear River makes an interesting picture, as it winds its way lazily toward the Great Salt Lake. The people who live below the Wellsville Mountains should be remembered for their valiant efforts in the early 1940s to save their beloved mountains. At that time the grass-covered ridges were suffering from decades of overgrazing, and much of the vegetation in the lower canyons had been burned out.

©  David Day/Rincon Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Logan
Distance: 7.5
Elevation Gain: 2,960 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: 5.25 hours
Season: Summer through mid-fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,420 feet
Top Elevation: 9,356 feet
Local Contacts: Logan Ranger District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Wellsville Mountains Wilderness Area
Local Maps: Honeyville (USGS)
Driving Directions: Directions to Wellsville Ridge Trail

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