Green Canyon Drive

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Utah 84318

Distance4.2mi
Elevation Gain1,535ft
Trailhead Elevation5,552ft
Top6,961ft
Elevation Min/Max5552/6961ft
Elevation Start/End5552/5552ft

Green Canyon Drive

Green Canyon Drive is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Cache County, Utah. It is within Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and Mount Naomi Wilderness Area. It is 4.2 miles long and begins at 5,552 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,535 feet. This trail connects with the following: East 1900 North.

Green Canyon Drive Professional Reviews and Guides

"Green Canyon provides numerous year-round recreational opportunities, including access to the Mount Naomi Wilderness Area. The habitat is fairly uniform up to the wilderness boundary—the mouth of the canyon supports drier, lower altitude species, while the upper canyon gives way to montane species. At the canyon mouth you’ll encounter pinyon-juniper, some scattered sagebrush, and, on the north-facing slope, mountain maples. The road follows the narrow canyon bottom and a creek bed that is usually dry—the water is diverted higher up in the canyon and used to supply municipalities in the Cache Valley. The canyon bottom is a mixture of aspen, box elder, and mountain maples, and occasionally spruce and fir descend from the north slope to reach the canyon floor. At the wilderness boundary, spruce-fir becomes dominant.

Specialty birds: Northern Goshawk; Blue Grouse; Chukar; Northern Pygmy-Owl; Clark’s Nutcracker (winter); Townsend’s Solitaire (winter); Spotted Towhee; Lazuli Bunting. Other key birds: Merlin (winter); Ruffed Grouse; Common Poorwill; Black-chinned and Broad-tailed Hummingbirds; Warbling Vireo; Blackbilled Magpie; Bushtit (winter); Canyon Wren; Golden-crowned and Ruby-crowned Kinglets; Hermit Thrush; Nashville (fall), Virginia’s, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Black-throated Gray, and Townsend’s (fall) warblers; Western Tanager; Chipping Sparrow; Black-headed and Pine (winter) Grosbeaks."

"Green Canyon is the locals’ favorite because it offers quick and direct access to the heart of the mighty Bear River Range. There is no need to pack up the car for a long haul because you can pedal right from town for a noontime workout or a post-work wind down. If a casual pace is more your speed, then pack along some treats and snuggle up to a shady cottonwood at one of many picnic tables mid-route.

Terraced limestone slopes 1,500-feet tall support tenacious oak, maple, and pygmy conifers on sunny aspects and pine and fir on shady recesses. Singletrack purists can follow an optional path stemming from the road’s end as far as the Mount Naomi Wilderness boundary 1.5 miles away. You might be able to sneak out during the winter because the road is typically snow-packed from cross-country skiers. Light-duty dirt road with gravel, rock, and washboards that is suitable for passenger cars but may be too rough for tag-along child trailers."

Green Canyon Drive Reviews

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Go in the spring. There are a lot of bikers in the summer
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Trail Information

Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Parks
Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Logan Ranger District, 435-755-3620
Local Contacts
USGS: Mt. Elmer and Smithfield, UT
Local Maps

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Jul 2018