On a recent trip to Logan we visited Tony Grove. If you drive up Logan Canyon, you can access a small lake that has a short, beautiful hike around it.
The lake itself is about 7 miles off of the main canyon road, but the side-trip is paved, and Tony Grove is a beautiful place for a picnic. There are even restrooms and a large parking lot. There are other trails that leave from this parking area, so make sure you stick by the lake. If you begin the trail by the bathrooms, you will see a nature sign and the lake is just a little ways in front of you. If you begin on the other side of the parking lot, you will see a sign that labels the Tony Grove nature hike. This trail will take you into the woods a little before looping back around to the edge of the lake.
The hike goes around the lake and you can see all the way to the bottom of the crystal clear water. Friends have told us that they’ve seen moose here many times, but we’ve been twice and haven’t managed to see one. There were lots of people fishing here even in the cool October weather.
We saw something even better than a moose, though. As we rounded the far side of the lake, we climbed a big rock. On the next rock up the trail our oldest boy spotted a weasel! It was a long-tailed weasel, which our boys had never seen before. They were so excited! Mom was sad she wasn’t quick enough to catch a picture. In honor of the sighting, we dubbed the area “Weasel Rock.”
The trail is flat all the way around the lake. Parts of the trail are wide and easy to walk, while other times it narrows to single file and can be slightly rocky. Our 3 year-old walked easily around the entire lake.
Along the trail there are different nature signs to help you learn more about the area. The signs are old, and some are falling apart, but we had fun reading the ones that were still readable.
If you’re in the Logan or Bear Lake area and you’d like a beautiful alpine hike, try Tony Grove! (Drive 19 miles up Logan Canyon and turn left when you see the sign. It is 7 additional miles on this side road. From Bear Lake to Tony Grove it is 25 miles or about 45 minutes.)