Rich County UtahI left home in Medford, Oregon on Thursday, August 17, 2006 and headed to Utah. I had a goal of completing the county highpoints of Utah during this trip. I tagged Box Elder County that evening and found a place to car camp for the night in Snowville.
Friday morning I moved on to Naomi Peak in Cache County and then headed up State Highway 89 to Rich County. The turnoff is at virtual milepost 402.8 onto a good gravel road heading north. In 3.3 miles you come to an open area with a few campsites on either side of the road. I parked here since no one was camped there. The elevation here is about 8,340 ft.
I could see across a ravine to the east an ATV trail heading up the hill. This looked like the place described in my research. The ATV trail is blocked off and signed for no motor vehicle traffic. I put on my pack and headed out. The ATV trail looks like it goes straight up the opposite side of the ravine.
The trail was very steep and it was covered with hoof prints from deer and elk. It looked like herds of the animals used the trail everyday. The trail climbed steeply and soon entered an area that was covered with aspens. At about 8,900 ft the road started heading south and I followed it for a ways until I could see up above a way through a rock band.
I left the trail and headed up cross country, picked my way through the rock band and found the top of this hill to be generally wooded but easy to walk through. I turned north and followed my GPS heading towards the summit. It didn’t take long to find the tall summit cairn. I signed the register and rested a few minutes before walking east a little ways to get a better view of Bear Lake. I was surprised at how big the lake was. Beautiful shade of blue also.
Soon, I headed back following my GPS tracking to find where I came through the little rock band and then headed down the trail. The trail seemed to be steeper going down and I had to take care not to slip on the loose dusty trail. I got back to my tuck 1.5 hours after I started and had covered about 2.75 miles. There was about 1,000 ft of elevation gain for the hike.