Naomi Peak hike

A little info. from utahtrails.com: Naomi Peak (9,980 feet) stands higher than everything else in the Bear River Range and the Mount Naomi Wilderness. For the first quarter mile, the trail to White Pine Lake and Naomi Peak are the same path. At a junction of trails, a sign points west to Naomi Peak. Entering a predominantly coniferous forest--pine, spruce, fir--the trail gains altitude, eventually breaking out into open meadows. At 1.25 miles, the trail reaches a rocky ledge overlooking a subalpine basin, and continues to a saddle, then up a rocky ridge where, at about two miles, the summit of Naomi appears. Trees now are stunted by harsh living conditions. At about the three miles, the trail tops out at the divide of the Bear River Range, a sign marks the boundary of the Mount Naomi Wilderness, and the peak is not far to the north. Not blatantly obvious, the path does reach the summit, and the route, if not the trail, in almost all circumstances, is plain to see. As with, it seems, all "highest points," the rewards of being there are worth the effort.

Scott and I decided to hike to Naomi Peak - the highest point in the Mt. Naomi wilderness area of Cache National Forest.

We started at Tony Grove Lake - about 30 minutes up Logan Canyon. Tony Grove is one of my favorite places - just walking around the lake or up the gentle slope beyond it is hike enough for me.

But I've always wanted to make the trek to Naomi Peak - and Tuesday was a perfect summer day. Scott had the day off and everything worked out - so we were on the trail before I could think twice.

Scott is getting ready for a BIG hike next week - hiking the "Grand" in the Teton mountains. So this was a good warm up for him. He's in such good shape that he practically ran up the trail. It took him about 3 1/2 hours round trip - me, 5 1/2. (I sent him ahead and he waited on top - then I left the top before he did and he passed me on the way back.) We had stretches of time here and there where we hiked together.

I absolutely loved the wild flowers. They are a bit past their prime, and it was pretty dry on the mountain, but the fields of flowers were still breathtaking.

Yea, the wildflowers and spending the day with Scott made the exhausting 10 miles worth it. I know the sign says 3.8 miles one way. But I think someone miscalculated. It's really more like 10. And the trail back is actually longer than the trial up. And, I don't know how Mother Nature does this, but it truly was uphill both ways. I'm just sayin'.
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