So my mom and several of my siblings live in Cache Valley. They moved there when I was 18 and had gone off to college so I never lived there. So for the last 11 years I have made the 1 hour drive to Logan at least once a month. It has been fun getting acquainted with beautiful Cache Valley. We’ve been able to explore lots of fun hikes. Here are our reviews of some of the classics.
Little Mountaineers Rating: Moderate Hard (3.5 miles round trip that is uphill all the way to the caves. Over 1000 ft elevation gain and not shaded, some drop offs and cliffs.)
This hike is probably best done Spring, Fall and on shady cooler days since it is mostly exposed. The caves are cool at the top but they are at a slant so you need to hold on to your little’s so they don’t tumble down! I carried my 3 year old the whole way and had major anxiety as she wanted to explore the slanted caves that have zero protection from the huge drop off. Not to scare you or anything but I wouldn’t recommend super little kids on this one! Older kids will do better, but we went on a hot sunny day and my son was miserable, he did like the caves when we finally got there. Great workout if you are carrying a 40 lb toddler ha ha.
Little Mountaineers Rating: Hard (3.8 miles round trip, steep climb to the top and steep final descent back to finish the loop. The top is walking along cliffs. Mostly not shaded with exception to some forested areas)
I absolutely love this trail. It has some stunning views at the top and walking along the cliffs is pretty cool. It is however a steep climb and can be hard for the kids. I carried my 3 year old the whole way and it was a killer workout. Older kids who are experienced hikers should do okay but there are definitely some dangers.
White Pine Lake
Little Mountaineers Rating: Moderate Hard (7.5 miles round trip, mostly mild elevation gain, a little bit of a climb at the beginning and one steeper climb when you turn around and make your way back from the lake, mostly rated hard for distance)
This trail is absolutely incredible! Even if you only do part of it with your family I totally recommend it. I know the distance can scare most people away, but there are many flat areas and while the lake is a great destination, the whole hike is scenic so even if you do the first mile or two it will be worth it. My 7 year old did the whole hike no problem besides the typical “when are we going to be there mom??” and my 3 year old was in and out of her carrier.
This hike makes you feel like you are in the middle of the wilderness, far from civilization. It was stunning when we went in the summer during peak wildflower season, I bet it would be awesome in the fall before the snow comes. The lake is incredible too! I seriously can’t rave enough ha ha. This is a popular trail for backpacking, there are several little campsites near the lake.
Tony Grove Lake Nature Trail
Little Mountaineers Rating: Easy Moderate (1.2 miles round trip, 100 ft of elevation gain)
This is a beautiful nature trail around the Tony Grove Lake. Lake loop trails are the best! This trail also has great wildflowers in the summer. We did the trail and then hung up our hammocks and had a relaxing afternoon. You can also bring kayaks, paddle boards, etc and play in the water! There is a campground right by the lake as well.
Little Mountaineers Rating: Easy (less than .5 mile, flat, mostly exploring not so much a hike)
This is a funny little area for kids to explore. It is near the stream and a little waterfall so just be careful with the little ones.