Jardine Juniper

Richmond, Utah 84333

Jardine Juniper

Jardine Juniper Professional Review and Guide

"Jardine Juniper is said to be one of the most popular and famous hikes in Utah. The destination—a 3000-year-old wrinkled and gnarled juniper tree—may not sound like an inspired dog hike, but don’t be put off by the anticlimactic-sounding end point. This peaceful hike through forests and meadows is a little slice of heaven."

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"The Old Jardine Juniper is a curious sight. Anchored tenaciously above the craggy cliff-lined walls of Logan Canyon, the stoic cedar clings to life—even after 3,000 years! Grossly twisted limbs stretch from its weather-tortured trunk. Although the tree appears dead and decaying, a small garland sprouting from its crown confirms that the conifer is very much alive.

You’ll enjoy diverse scenery on your way up to the juniper. Wood Camp Hollow harbors some of the most active avalanche chutes in northern Utah. There are good views of the Bear River Range, including nearby Mount Naomi Wilderness, and from the trail’s end you’ll look down at a dizzying angle to the limestone castles that enclose Logan Canyon. Doubletrack-turned-singletrack throughout. Portions are smooth-packed dirt; others are gravely and rutted."

Jardine Juniper Reviews

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This is a great mountain bike trail if you like the ups and downs. Almost 5 miles from the trail head to the old tree, and it is 99.9% uphill. The first two miles are the hardest, climbing with almost no shade. The rest of the trail is not quite as steep, and has a lot more shade. With about 3/4 mile left, you can choose the "scenic route" or the "shady route". Although the scenic side does have some nice views, it is also just the opposite of shade, and gets very hot. It also climbs more than the shady side, and then descends at the end. After making the tiring uphill ride, be sure to stop and sign the log book and enjoy the views before rocketing back down.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,781 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3–5 hours
Late spring through fall
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Logan Ranger District
Local Contacts
USGS 7.5-minute Mount Elmer and Logan
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Oct 2018