Bear River Riparian Trail, Cache Valley, Ut

Bear River Riparian Trail, Cache Valley, Ut

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Bear River Riparian Trail
Note: This trail is toddler friendly, but likely not stroller-friendly.

A few weeks back I stumbled upon the Bear River Riparian Trail after making a wrong turn in my attempt to find the Benson Railroad Trail (which we managed to find the following week). Sprout was not in the mood to hike and having planned on a toddler-led hike, I didn’t bring the carrier so we did not get very far.

With the carrier in tow, I decided to return to the trail a few days later, hoping that Sprout would walk, but prepared if she refused. You have to cross N 3000 West to get to the trail. Cars go pretty fast on this road, but you can see quite a ways, so we had no trouble crossing safely. The very beginning involves a steep (but short ~ 5 feet) drop off from the road into what was a fairly muddy, marsh like area. I carried Sprout down to the trail and was able to walk around the mud without trouble.

The trail is relatively flat, with uneven terrain, and some branches to climb over (likely from the very high winds the weekend prior). It appears to follow an ATV road and has some ditch like dips that may be hard to navigate for the newest walkers, but should be manageable for older toddlers. Sprout enjoyed inspecting the “funny plants”, providing a great opportunity to explore different textures (based on googling, I think they were the not yet bloomed tops of Timothy grass, but I am no horticulturist). About a 1/2 mile into the trail, Sprout decided she was done and we made our way back to the trail head. It was a very pleasant spring hike.

 

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