Naomi Peak ... at 9,980 feet ... is the highest point in the Bear River Range in Cache County.
It’s a wonderful hike through meadows of wildflowers usually at their peak in July and August. And culminates with a breathtaking view of the Cache Valley and the surrounding mountains.
The exception? This year in 2011. My wife and I made this hike in early September and it was spectacular. But on a clear, sunny 70 degree day, the wildflower display was at its peak.
Because of the excessive moisture we had this year ... both in winter and spring ... everything was pushed back just a little bit later in the year. The flowers were in full bloom.
In fact, at a time when the leaves were usually already starting to change color as they always do in the fall, this year there was no sign they were even getting ready to.
A Glider at The Top of Naomi Peak
This hike starts at the
Tony Grove Lake
parking area. A paved spacious lot just beside the beautiful glacial lake, you can park there for a day hike. You’ll find overnight parking just ¼ mile below the trailhead at the campground.
The Tony Grove turnoff is just over 19 miles from Logan on US 89. And the lake loop is 7 miles long from the turnoff to the lake.
The hike is 3.3 miles one way from the sign above the lake to the top. We picked the perfect day for this hike. Sunny yet cool.
The trail is easy to follow. Well-defined. It gets steep in several places. And has quite a few rocks.
There was snow ... even in September ... in some of the places the sun didn’t quite reach too often. There are several caves in plain view as you get to the upper part of the hike.
Getting near the top, I could only think of how much snow must fall in this area in the winter.
The view at the top was remarkable. The mountains ... carved by glaciers ... just simply drop straight down on the Cache Valley side.
And you can see all the way to the Wellsville Mountains. And Logan below. You can almost see
to the north.
This hike is well worth the effort if you’re able. It took us just over 4 hours up and back. You need to be in shape.
Take plenty of water. We didn’t take enough. The view alone is worth it.