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By the students of the Utah State University
Bear Lake shimmers
in the distance in this view from
the top of Logan Canyon. / Photo by Nancy Williams
LOGAN -- Eddie, a gray-and-black Catahoula leopard dog
with yellow eyes and webbed toes, has trotted about a thousand miles
in Logan Canyon. That's pretty amazing for a 2-year-old.
At least once a day, and usually twice, he demands a
trip to the Jardine Juniper Trail, or the Crimson Trail, or the Temple
Fork Road, or the River Trail, or Spring Hollow. There are slopes of
red conglomerate to climb, arctic-cold snowmelt streams to jump into,
hikers and bikers to sniff, and things to chew that probably are best
A U.S. highway makes access to the canyon easy for dogs
such as Eddie and the people who love them. Perhaps too easy. As northern
Utah grows, more and more travelers, commuters and recreational users
pour into this rocky wrinkle of trees and streams, and they marvel at
nature's beauty. But their need for a safe route from Point A to Point
B must be weighed against the need to preserve the special qualities
of the canyon.
A Utah State University news-feature print journalism
class, COMM 3110, "Beyond the Inverted Pyramid," has
turned its attention to Logan Canyon in a series of stories, which you
can read by clicking the hypertext links below. Their assignment was
to gather information through interviews, observation and research.
The class hopes that by reading these stories and examining the accompanying
photographs, you will come to have a greater understanding of what makes
the canyon a special place.
Maybe you'll want to visit the canyon soon. Say hi to
Jim Bridger, Brigham Young and FDR shape the human imprint on the canyon
The human history of the Logan
River and Logan Canyon starts with Native Americans hunting buffalo
and mountainmen trapping animals for their furs. Somewhere along time's
journey are a giant grizzly bear, a red velvet cushion, a guy named
Logan and a DeSoto car engine. By Valerie Vaughan.
HISTORY: Think of the canyon as an ancient aquarium turned to stone
Cache Valley was once at the bottom of Lake Bonneville, a freshwater
inland lake that formed about 70,000 years ago. That's when Mother Nature
started to get creative. By Emily Parkinson.
HIGHWAY 89: Hard to satisfy everybody with road construction
construction in Logan Canyon is a hot topic and opinions are strong.
"Damned environmentalists," fumed Elwin Allred. "Use them for a fill
in the low spots," he suggested with the laugh. By Kathryn Summers.
CANYON COALITION: Can Logan have its cake and eat it too? Balance of
a river and highway is at issue
A group called the Logan Canyon Coalition is afraid that the proposed
U.S. 89 improvements will jeopordize the Logan River's chance of gaining
Wild and Scenic River status. By Emily Jensen.
LIFE: "I could graze for a while" at nature's salad bar .
. . but watch out for death camas
choke cherries make a tangy jam and wine, and they helped keep 19th
century explorers alive. Tea can be brewed from rose hips. But don't
just graze on anything you see. By Sally H.N. Wright.
BIKING : "You can see forever" atop the Jardine trail, but
first you must climb
In all, 19 mountian biking trails wind through various parts of the
Logan River Canyon. The Logan Ranger District rates the difficulty of
each trail, ranging from easy to very difficult. Old Ephraim's Grave
and Logan Peak are two of the canyon's most difficult trails. The Jardine
Juniper Trail is shorter, easier and has an eye-popping view. By Casey
Hobson. Click here for a look at getting
started in mountain biking.
CLIMBING: It's sort of like bungee jumping . . . in the other direction
Some people climb rocks to sharpen the mind. Others go for the thrill
of it. Some just have to have a challenge. And Logan Canyon is home
to some of the most challenging climbs in the world, including the China
Wall. By Melissa J. Bloyer. Click
here to learn more about the terms and methods -- belaying, bolts and
avoiding the bottom -- of climbing.
AND CAMPING: Moose, rainbow trout and "tony" campers and anglers
all the places to visit, Tony Grove Campground, 27 miles into the canyon,
is perhaps the most popular. "It's the prettiest area in the entire
district," says Ann Judkins of the Logan Ranger District Visitor Center.
Tony Grove got its name not from someone named Tony, but because the
early residents of Logan who visited were called "tonies." The nickname
described the "high-toned, uptown set" of people. Today, you can see
some uptown moose or catch some fancy trout. By Jodi Mitchell.
IN THE CANYON: These jobs are short on crowds and plumbing, but looong
on sweet silence
If you worked or lived in Logan Canyon, you might not see the sun from
mid-October until February, but you could have the Logan River as your
office or front porch. By Suzanne Stevens Galloway.
RIVER DAMS: They mean wildlife, electricity and the occasional duck-junkie
"Aaaaah! A duck!" squeals 3-year-old Kylie Ray. "Where?!" asks
Ty Ray, her cousin, who is almost 4. Actually, there are ducks and geese
everywhere, and they've been here a long time. By Doug Smeath.
WITHOUT WALLS: The bugs have "hairy arm pits" and the fifth-graders
are deer and wolves
wind rustles the trees, pushing just hard enough to break a yellow box
elder leaf from its death grip to the branch. The leaf rides the currents
of the wind to settle feathery light on the gray, compact soil at Guinavah-Malibu
Campground. The box elder leaf goes unnoticed, for now, by the bunch
of fifth-graders, on their knees. But they'll come back to it in a minute.
By Esther Yardley