This is a beautiful forested ride on pristine singletrack, near the top
of Logan Canyon. As an out-and-back, it's 5.3 miles each way, with about
1600 vertical feet of climbing. It can also be done as a shuttled ride, or
as a big 16.5-mile loop. It's an easy technical ride overall, rating an
early-intermediate for skills, and the climbing rate is pleasant. Stump
Hollow is part of the GWT (Great Western Trail).
View up the trail early in the ride.
Photos September 30, 2008 by Bruce.
|The singletrack meanders uphill through aspen and fir. On
the lower mile there are some stunt opportunities such as jumping berms
and a nice log drop. Eyeball them on the way up so you're ready on the way
down. There are cheater routes around the stunts.
One of the many berms from which you
can catch air on the way down.
There are three other ways to do this ride:
(1) Shuttle. Drive to Bear Lake Summit at the tip-top of Logan Canyon,
then navigate the gravel roads to where the Stump Hollow (GWT) forks off
the road above Peter Sinks. Note that the wooden trail sign is well off the road, so
GPS is suggested if you don't have a local guide.
Stunt, with cheater route seen at the
upper right. Not tough.
Just roll straight over. Or bunny hop the log.
(2) Summit Loop. Start up the trail, then at mile 0.3 exit the trees to
your right and find an old road
heading east through the sage flat (the connector to this road is very
faint). Follow this DT until it joins the highway
across from the Swan Flat road. Ride along the highway to the Bear Lake
Summit, then turn L onto the dirt road and navigate to the trailhead.
A bigger log drop. Bike placed for
comparison. Take it as a
speed jump, as a huck, or as a wheelie-drop. They all work here.
(3) Little Bear Creek. Haven't done this, but there's a DT behind the USU research station
(east side of US-89 just
downhill from the Tony Grove Lake turnoff) that turns into
ST heading up Little Bear Creek . My topo map shows that if you stay on the main
trail along the creek, you'll turn L on DT about 1-1/2 mile from Stump
Hollow's upper end.
Traversing a side-slope as the sun
nears the mountain tops in the west, to our left. This photo is on the way
Most of the ride is in deep forest, so there are only
occasional views over the nearby mountains. Many riders turn around at the
ridgetop at mile 4.5, but I think the rock-slab riding in Peter Sinks is a
fun addition. As you climb the east side of Peter Sinks, watch for the big
rock monuments that mark the trail. The slab rock makes the trail harder
Typical riding view higher on the
mountain, where large firs alternate with aspens and occasional brush
||This is a great ride that I can recommend highly. It will
accommodate (and satisfy) a wide variety of skill levels. The altitude and
shade keeps it fairly cool on a summer's day, but it's a great ride for
close-up inspection of fall colors. My suggestion is the out-and-back. I
hope to have more information on the loop using Little Bear Creek in 2009
(perhaps after you try it and email me your experience).
View across the valley as we peek
between the fir trees that line the trail.
|Out-and-back riding notes:
0.0 Start singletrack, south side US-89
N41 57.744 W111 31.924
0.3 Fork L at ST fork
N41 57.585 W111 31.823
[loop ride, find path in sage
flat on left]
1.0 Fork L
N41 57.065 W111 31.769
4.5 Highest point 8400 ft N41 55.208 W111 31.079
[old loop connector near here]
4.8 Peter Sinks, trail hard to follow
Aim for rockpiles
5.3 At doubletrack, turn around
N41 54.644 W111 31.083
Peter Sinks. Look for the next big
"monument" as on the left here, and you'll find the trail up to
the TH at the road.
||Notes for loop access or shuttle to top:
0.3 Find eastbound path on L in sage flat
N41 57.585 W111 31.823
0.5 Fork, keep eastbound
2.7 Join US-89 at Swan Flats Rd
5.2 Bear Lake Summit, R on dirt road
[auto shuttle - turn here!]
N41 55.560 W111 28.453
6.9 Straight N41 54.298 W111 28.753
8.0 Fork R N41 53.384 W111 29.135
10.1 Fork R N41 54.292 W111 30.767
10.6 Fork L (old route R, then down valley)
N41 54.677 W111 30.551
11.1 Faint singletrack on R, sign away from road
N41 54.644 W111 31.083
Getting there: In Logan, turn east at 400 North on US-89
towards Logan Canyon (about 2 miles). After you enter the canyon, drive
24.5 miles, almost to the top. Turn left toward Beaver Mountain Ski Area,
then immediately turn right into a parking area. There's a bathroom north
of the parking. From the parking lot, go south across US-89 to the south
side of the road. From the spot where the Beaver Mountain road forks off
US-89, ride 100 feet down the canyon and you'll spot the singletrack
heading off into the brush on your left. To shuttle the ride, drive
another five miles up US-89 to the Bear Lake Summit and turn right on
gravel road. (Driving directions above.)