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Richards Hollow
Richards Hollow is a downhill trail in the Blacksmith Fork area near Logan. The Richards Hollow segment itself has 5.6 and 7.5-mile options. As a loop ride, it's 15 miles with 9.3 on rocky gravel road, or 19 with 11.8 on-road. It's possible to shuttle to the top. Richards Hollow is mostly upper-intermediate riding, with some short but tricky technical sections. The shorter loop drops into Richards at 7500 feet elevation for 2000 of downhill; for the longer ride, you'll climb to 7800. Trailhead altitude is 5500 feet. The trail should clear of snow by early June, but may still be a bit boggy in places with deep creek-crossings. Plan to get wet with multiple creek-crossings. There will be cows, and cow-droppings, on the trail.
Riding notes, counter-clockwise loop:
0.0   Parking area, bathroom. Alt=5500
        N41 39.728 W111 39.828
        Start uphill on rocky road along river
0.4   Pass Spring Campground on R
2.2   Fork L on Cowley Herd Road #23
        N41 40.034 W111 37.633
3.4   Pass Cart Hollow Trail (on L)
        N41 41.005 W111 37.554
3.5   Pass Seep Hollow Trail (on L)
        N41 41.039 W111 37.477
7.2   Keep straight as road joins on R
7.3   Fork L on Logan Peak road.  Alt=6800
        N41 43.603 W111 37.033
9.2  Ignore doubletrack on L at top of ridge
       N41 43.544 W111 38.249
9.3  L off road on ATV-tread downhill (GWT)
       N41 43.573 W111 38.275
       Alternate longer ride: keep straight on road
        11.2  Left N41 43.642 W111 40.031
        11.3  L at White Bedground Camp
                 N41 43.564 W111 40.247
        11.4  L toward White Bedground Spring
                 N41 43.529 W111 40.260
         11.8 Pass Spring, head down hollow
         13.3 Rejoin (fork R downhill)

9.9   Join longer route, L downhill
        N41 43.340 W111 38.607
12.7 Seep Hollow joins on L, keep straight
        N41 41.312 W111 39.328
14.9 Gate
15.0 Back at trailhead
Getting there:  On US 89 south of Logan, turn east (right if you're coming from the south) on U-101. About 2.2 miles later, watch for a sign indicating that 101 turns right (south). This is 400 West in Hyrum. Turn R and go 0.4 miles, then follow 101 as it turns left (east) onto Main Street in Hyrum. About 2 miles later, keep straight on 101 across U-165 (traffic light, McDonalds). Zero your odometer here. Follow 101 up Blacksmith Fork 6.8 miles, then turn left on the Left Hand Fork Canyon road. It will turn from pavement to gravel 1/2 mile later. After 3.6 miles on the Left Hand Fork road, pass Friendship Campground on the right, then immediately look for the trailhead parking on the left (small road loop with a bathroom at the end). The trail on the north side of the loop is the return from Richards Hollow. You start by continuing up the Left Hand Fork road.

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