Sometimes the best hikes are the unplanned ones. We didn’t know what we were going to do when we decided to drive to Tony Grove Lake last weekend. We didn’t even know if it would be accessible because the last three times we tried, it was blocked by snow. But we got there and found three trail options. We followed the White Pine Lake Trail and it was wonderful. One of the most beautiful and peaceful ones I’ve done (until I got hangry, that is).
White Pine Lake Trail
The White Pine Lake trail is about a 7.8-mile hike roundtrip. I would describe it as easy/moderate but long with a steady incline almost the whole way. There was only a short patch of a steep incline about a mile before reaching the lake, but totally doable.
The hike is gorgeous, with beautiful scenery of meadows, surrounding mountains, different kinds of trees, wildflowers, wildlife, patches of snow (until mid-summer), and several bodies of river water that are fun to cross over.
It’s always wise to bring a backpack to a hike with plenty of water and snacks, no matter how short. You can include other things you find important too, like first-aid supplies and a flashlight. Josh brought his Osprey backpack but there are a lot of great backpacks for hiking.
Nature is Medicine
I woke up grumpy that day. For no reason, and somehow I just could not shake it off. A few hours later and not until about 10 minutes into the hike did the grumpiness start to dissipate. We’ve all heard it, but nature can really be helpful to lift our moods. It certainly lifted mine, even though I’m a city girl.
They say spending time in nature increases overall well-being, and I believe it.
But two hours into the hike I started to get grumpy again. However, this time it was a different kind of grumpy, and later I realized it was the “hangry” kind. After taking a break and eating a snack and then getting back into the hike I felt better but I was still hungry, so I was hiking really fast on the way back so we could be eating as soon as possible.
There are many excellent hiking trails in Logan Canyon with varying degrees of difficulty and different sceneries with caves, lakes, ancient trees, and breathtaking views.
But if you’re looking for a uniquely spooky experience, you should consider hiking the Black Star Canyon in Orange County, California. It’s said to be a haunted hike, but not lacking scenic views including a waterfall.
Overall it was a wonderful hike. One of my favourites so far. I would definitely recommend it. It took us about 4 hours.
White Pine Lake Trail – Logan Canyon, Utah Hike Info
Trail Number: 025
Trail Length: 3.8 miles one way
Trailhead: Day use parking at Tony Grove Lake parking area. Overnight parking at the backcountry trailhead 1/4-mile below the campground. (GPS: N41°53′686″ W111°33′535″)
Elevation Start/Gain: 8000 feet/760 feet
Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.