Contributed by Charles and Hilary Hipkin
Country: United States
Location: Bear River Mountains, Utah
Round trip: 10 km
Start elevation: 2424 m
Final Elevation: 3024 m
Maps: 1:24,000 USGS Naomi Peak
From Logan, go about 22 miles along US 89 in Logan Canyon and look for a left turn onto to a good paved road which ascends westwards for 7 miles to the Tony Grove Lake car parking area. The trailhead to Naomi Peak (and White Pine Lakes) is on the north (right) side of the parking area. The car park fills up quickly on weekends.
The trail to Naomi Peak, the highest point in the Bear River Range (Cache County, UT), is rocky and moderately steep in places but relatively easy. Allow yourself at least 4 hours. Early in the hike, you must take the left fork for Naomi Peak (the right fork will take you to White Pine Lakes).
Initially the hike goes through colourful subalpine meadows interspersed among wooded areas with Subalpine Fir and Engelmann Spruce and some Limber Pine. Among a large number of conspicuous meadow plants you will see Agastache urticifolia, Delphinium barbeyi, Erigeron speciosus, Eucephalus engelmannii, Geranium viscosissimum, Helianthella uniflora, Heliomeris multiflora, Orthocarpus tolmiei, Polemonium foliosissimum, and Rudbeckia occidentalis.
More open, calcareous areas are saturated with the yellow flowers of Linum kingii and trail-sides become pungent with the scent from photogenic, lavender-pink clumps of Monardella odoratissima. On the slopes to the summit, stunning displays of Penstemon compactus, Phlox pulvinatus, Erigeron ursinus, Tetraneuris acaulis and Linum lewisii await you.
The rocky ridge of Naomi Peak has great views and in the summit community you’ll find Anemone multifida, Petrophyton caespitosum, Physaria multiceps, Viola purpurea and others. Claytonia lanceolata, Ranunculus adoneus and the dark purple-blue flowering cushions of Synthyris pinnatifida are also found here in soils moistened by melt-water from late laying snow.
MOUNT NAOMI GALLERY.
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Delphinium barbeyi (occidentale)
Dieteria (Machaeranthera) canescens var. canescens
Eucephalus (Aster) engelmannii
Eurybia (Aster) integrifolia
Pedicularis parryi var. purpurea
Symphyotrichum (Aster) foliaceum var. apricum