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Righthand Fork Canyon

Project type

Design

Location

Logan, UT

Located 20 minutes up Logan Canyon from Logan City, Right Hand Fork (RHF) is a popular trail area facing many of the same issues and challenges that rapid growth puts on local forests and trails. Cache Trails Alliance (CTA) was born in an effort to assist the USFS’s Logan Ranger District (LRD) manage and develop the mountain trails surrounding Cache County. LRD recreation managers have identified RHF as having excellent potential for trail system improvement and expansion. RHF has multiple dirt roads and trails and is home to the Lodge Campground and Camp Lomia, providing recreational opportunities for multiple user types and people of all ages. However, most of the recreational trails are out and back trails, which increases user conflict for people moving up and down the trail on foot, bicycle and horseback, and contributes to overcrowding. The only current way to connect the trails is for users to use the busy Temple Fork and Cowley dirt roads, where vehicles, OHVs, and motorcycles are often driving over 35 MPH. A connector trail was proposed to help alleviate these issues and create loop opportunities for trail users in the area.

The connector trail construction will be implemented in three phases, the first addressing the LRD’s strong desire to realign the Rick’s Canyon trail that is largely unsustainable and degenerated beyond repair in numerous spots and passes through a private inholding. This provides a start for the connector trail to capitalize on a unique viewshed and connect to the Steel Hollow trail, eliminating motorized access from the road. The second phase, will continue from Steel Hollow past the Trail Hollow trail and connect to Ephraim’s Grave, a locally significant historic site. The third and final phase will be an easier, less steep option from the Ephraim’s Cutoff trail down to the Willow Creek trail.

Pointe Strategies began the design process with a site visit and analysis of the terrain and identifying the design constraints of the area. Steep mountains and dense vegetation were traversed to identify possible routes to connect all of the trails in the area and the conditions of Rick’s Canyon trail were surveyed to provide an ideal tie-in spot. Two alternate conceptual alignments were created and after consideration by CTA and LRD a preferred alignment was chosen. After the first two phases were ground truthed and flagged by Pointe Strategies, detailed trail maps, GPS routes, and construction documents were delivered to the client to begin the NEPA process. Construction is slated to begin the following summer, allowing users in a growing area to have more loop options, avoid private property, and motorized traffic.

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