Wellsville Ridge Trail

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Wellsville Ridge Trail is a 11.4 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Deweyville, Utah that offers scenic views and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and backpacking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 11.4 miles Elevation Gain: 4,635 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

backpacking

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views

rocky

Start at Rattlesnake Trailhead and end at Deep Canyon Trailhead. Lots of great views along the way!

hiking
16 days ago

WOW! Hiking the ridge has been something I have wanted to do for years! We knew this would be a difficult hike, and have done many other hikes this summer, but we still underestimated it. With one member of our group suffering from the altitude, it took part of our group much longer to reach Box Elder Peak than we had planned on. But what an incredible view when we got there! Very rewarding! Parts of the trail were overgrown, but passable on the Rattlesnake side. However, we ran into a problem when we realized that the young'uns in the group had sucked down most of their water on the way up the trail, instead of rationing it in little sips along the way... by the time we got to where Derek Ford had left his water bottles, we were almost out of water. Not knowing who's they were, how long they had been there, or if someone had hiked ahead and was going to be coming back for them, we only took one, but was extremely grateful for it. (We figured even if they had been there for months, we had a water filter and it would be fine. haha In hind sight we should have taken three. Thanks, Derek!) As we headed out across the ridge the wind had stopped and the sun was full force. Not a good combination. I would do this hike again, but with a few modifications. 1. Be even more prepared physically for the steep ascent. 2. Every person pack a gallon of water, split into two chunks, one for the way up, one for the rest of the trek. 3. Cooler time of year 4. Electrolyte packets came in handy. We ended up coming down the Coldwater Trail to get off the ridge and out of the sun, but the first mile down was tough. Lots of bushwacking. Overall an awesome hike, but it is definitely difficult!

hiking
25 days ago

This time instead of going up from Mendon to the Cone and back we hiked the entire thing. We stayed a night at Stewart Pass hunting and continued up the the Wellsville Cone for another night of hunting. Someone left there tent up there...shameful. Me and my son intended on getting a buck (we have been up four times prior and found them) but this time we didnt see any unfortunately. If you see a sign on Box Elder peak (next to the tent) that reads "trail" we left 8 bottles of water for someone to hydrate with. The Rattle Snake side of the trail is steep steep in a three or four places but really excellent other than that. The Mendon side is way more overgrown but not as steep. The ridge is absolutely amazing. I grew up in Honeyville so I may be a little biased. spend a day hiking this trail. You wont regret it.

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over grown
1 month ago

Amazing hike. Trail is overgrown in Deep Canyon and hard to maneuver through but the views on top are worth it. Make sure to wear pants or convertibles.

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bugs
1 month ago

Great hike with the best views of Cache Valley you're going to get. Incredible visibility on the west side too, you could see almost the entire way to Ogden. A few flies, but nothing too bad. Pants were nice, but probably can do it in shorts and long socks if you perfer. Sunny in a lot of spots so wear sunblock!

hiking
2 months ago

From the rattle snake side it's a solid climb the first 4 miles. lots of brush. Consider pants.

hiking
2 months ago

My friends and I hiked this two days ago. We parked a car at each end to shuttle ourselves and hiked north to south (Deep Canyon to Rattlesnake). Going this direction means that you peak the cone and Box Elder Peak towards the end and then start the descent down Rattlesnake. The north end up to the saddle is shaded, the ridge is exposed and brushy enough that you’ll want pants, and the south end is steep and fully exposed. I definitely suggest hiking poles and knee compression sleeves! There were a few sketchy patches of snow on the trail near the cone and up to Box Elder, but we were able to circumvent them. This hike is one of the most memorable and rewarding that I’ve done around Logan, definitely recommend!!

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muddy
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

5 months ago

I started from Rattlesnake Canyon, which offered plenty of shade until nearly the top. Some stretches of trail were heavily overgrown with vegetation, to the point that I had to feel my way with my feet through six-foot-high growth. Once on the ridge, things open up to probably some of the best views of Cache Valley and the north end of the Salt Lake.

11 months ago

Loved it. Finished in 5.5 hours and ran into two or three people. Amazing hike in the fall. Got snowed on at the top ridge a little. One of my favorite hikes ever and I go hiking at least three times a week. The forest service was clearing some of the overgrown brush but with pant it didn’t matter at all wear pants and long sleeves and maybe 5% of the trail was overgrown (definitely exaggerated by some in previous reviews). To be so high up in the clouds and seeing the entire Cache Valley and Boxelder County was breathtaking. Definitely a bucket list hike I’ve wanted to do for years. I hike very often and it left my legs sore due to the steep climb and descent.

Friday, August 17, 2018

The warnings about the overgrown trail are not exaggerated. There are a couple of miles of enjoyable trail on the ridge but I’m not sure if it was worth it.

hiking
Sunday, July 08, 2018

This was a bucket list hike. Do it once, I guess, to say you've done it. Never do it again. Ok views are awesome. But!! The trails are soooo overgrown seriously you are going straight uphill and you have to ALSO PUSH through bushes. Pretty much half the hike is this way. WEAR PANTS! Bring lots of water. Start earlier than you think you should. The other thing as of today, July 7th, there were so many horse flies that take chunks out of your skin and tsetse flies that bite. It is almost redonkulous. No. It is redonkulous. It makes you want to die, but if you did they'd never find your body because the flies would eat you. They'd only find your back pack. This was THE WHOLE WAY down deep canyon. You could not stop to rest or you'd get eaten by flies. Not mosquitos. Flies. That bite. Did I say that before? I think if I did this again I'd just got to box elder Peak and then go back the same way I came up. I mean, it's kind of fun walking all along the ridgeline and it's scary sometimes, which is, indeed exhilarating, but probably not worth the flies. Also. This trail takes you to mendon peak. That's it. When you see a big rock on the left and a trail going down the hill take it. That is deep canyon. Don't keep taking this trail to the end unless you do want to hike mendon peak. Or you could take he maple one down. That would shave some unnecessary miles. I'm sure it's equally fly-ish and steep and overgrown so no big deal. That's all. Hope this is helpful

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Beautiful in June.

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

This trail is truly awful. The great views at the top are NOT worth the miles and miles of gruelingly steep and terribly maintained trail. At times the trail is so overgrown that it is dangerously easy to lose. (We lost it at one point and it took us several hours of extra steep backtracking to find it again) It's exhausting, and because most of the trail is exposed (not shaded) it is easy to become overheated. I am an avid hiker and I don't remember the last time I've hated a trail as much as this. I would NEVER recommend it. (We started at Rattlesnake and took the Maple Bench trail down. We may as well have been bushwhacking down the Maple Bench way because it was practically impassible)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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
Thursday, July 21, 2016

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
Monday, June 20, 2016

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.

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