I started 9/17/16 at 10:00 am rattle snake trail head in Sardine canyon .. Lots of other hikers were on the trail .
Trail is very steep and rocky but your in the tree canopy for about 2 miles emerging to hike a rocky ridge line then the trail turns west , the vegetation is over grown and you can not see your feet , many places you can not see the person in front of you .
The trail comes out on top of the ridge but you continue to climb east now heading for the taller mountains on your right.
The trail caps out on the ridge looking down into Logan/ Hyrum areas . Continues to climb and turns north west until you arrive on the very top . Trail has a cross section . Turn left to Box Elder Peak .
There are ski's on a mound of rocks and the survey marker .
To continue north go back to the cross section and continue down . Down , down ..
Up the side of Wellsville Cone the trail goes around the cone and up to the peak .
If your afraid of heights " TURN AROUND AND GO BACK".
The trail now goes down several narrow switchbacks on the front side of the cone . Most places the trail is 1 foot wide . Very rocky and narrow .. I use Trekking poles or I would not have attempted this hike any further .
The trail finally emerges out on a golden mountain side . It's easy to follow there are 3 side trails marked by a plume of stones . No clue where they go .
Continue along the ridge line towards the Mendon Trail . After descending down a series of steep descends you will arrive at the Mendon Trail marked by a bald pass with a huge rock all by it self on the ridge line .
There is a small pile of rocks showing a well traveled trail down into the canyon .. There are are several switch backs lots of fallen trees across the trail , lots of vegetation that's over your head . It is very Beautiful.. But a very long hike down .. 3 miles total down the canyon to the parking lot .
I did not have a waiting car so I hiked to Mendon another 2.5 miles to the Church ..
Total hike was 19 miles.. Ending time was 8:20 pm
Very very long hike .. Glad I did it

hiking
3 months ago

My mother had major ankle surgery 2 years ago but really wanted to do this trail. We only made it in 1.5 miles but she loved how shaded and green it was. I would love to try it again another time. We only saw one other couple on the trail.

Pretty steep most of the way and really dusty! Undergrowth is everywhere, so unless you want itchy shins at the end, wear long pants (me personally I'd choose the itchy shins). Sick views at the top of both the Wasatch front and cache valley. Overall it was strenuous, but worth it!

hiking
4 months ago

The 1/2 mile walk to the trail head is on an old jeep trail . Very easy to hike . At the trail head the trail is very steep 47% incline hike . When the trail forks go left , the right fork takes you back down to the Wellsvile side .
The vegetation is amazing , wild Fowers are every where ..
Trail continues west for 1.5 miles going threw another maze of trees and vegetation you come out on to another hog back ..steep trail continues 1/2 mile then turns west again working threw head high vegetation can not see your feet .. Trail turns north west continuing to climb higher and higher at the fork on top take right fork continuing the climb very very steep to the ridge line .. Follow the ridge line Then the trail goes below the ridge until you arrive on top . Trail to the left takes you to Box Elder Peak . There are a set of ski's on a pile of rocks and a jar to put your name in ..If you still are hungry for more continue to the Wellsville Cone . The highest point of this mountain range . The trail is very steep descend then it's easy going to the cone . If your afraid of heights nows the time to turn around and head back the way you came . If you up for more fun continue on to the Wellsville Ridge trail
P.s. Watch out for Rattle Snakes.
I'm in great shape this hike took me 9.5 hours round trip . Easy 6 hours up .. Remember to take more water than you think that you need . If you run out of water on this hike you will have to turn back .. I'v hiked this 8 times

Did this hike in July during the heat of the day from the sardine side. It's a very hot hike, very exposed except for the first and last bits. Great views of the whole cache valley, plus the other side (little bear river, great salt lake, etc). This one is a bit steep since most of the elevation gain is at the beginning and the rest is the ridgeline. Not the steepest hike I've done yet, but it was challenging. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow, except for a few unmarked forks (use your head, and when in doubt stay left). The shrubbery can be a little intense, so you may want long pants (I wore shorts and came out alive, but my legs didn't thank me), some of it was over waist high.

backpacking
5 months ago

I absolutely loved this trail when I did it last summer. Started off the pull off in sardine canyon and ended in mendon. It was a very long hike. We started the night before and did a few miles and then camped. was able to see the sunset and sunrise. You could see all the way up to Idaho and way past Ogden. The most beautiful views. Hiked in late September/early October, too late into the see season to see greenery and wildflowers.

hiking
8 months ago

Great views. Very steep

This is a great trail with great views of Cache Valley and the north part of the Salt Lake Valley (or whatever the valley around Brigham City is called). The trail is nice and easy to follow although brutally steep at some parts. Still, the views are worth it! From the top you can see both the Brigham City and Logan Temples, although you might want to bring some binoculars if you want to see any amount of detail on them from the top. Also, unless you're in amazing shape and are used to really steep hiking, it will take longer than the 5 hours that the trail info suggests for the hike.

off road driving
2 years ago

The back country was stunning this time of year, quiet and clear with the bald eagles out and about to complete the picture. However the first 10 or so miles were very very very muddy and in my opinion impassable without a vehicle with all terrain tires, 4x4 low, and at least 1.5" of clearance after heavy rains. There also were some flooded creeks across the trail which stopped us in our CRV and made us reroute but a Jeep, ATV, or dirt bike probably could have made it through the creek.

scenic driving
4 years ago

This is a nice scenic drive. You don't need 4WD but you probably don't want to take a family car, although I have seen them up there. But they probably don't value their car very much.