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. This area is gorgeous no matter what season you visit.
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.
There is a day-use fee for visiting Logan Canyon. It is $10. Make sure to bring a few dollars to put in the envelopes. Your National Parks pass works in this area, so you can hang it in the window for your fee. These fees help keep our canyons beautiful.
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 many times and haven’t managed to see one here. We have seen moose many times in Logan Canyon, though. On one occasion we did spot a weasel, and that was very exciting. We always see chipmunks, squirrels, and different types of birds when we visit.
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. There are also benches along the trail for those who might need a small rest.
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. There is even one section of board walk, but this is not a wheel-friendly trail. Our 3 year-old walked easily around the entire lake.
You can also bring your kayaks or paddle boards up to Tony Grove. This is also a popular fishing spot. Our boys love to throw rocks into the lake. There is one section of the trail where you can walk right down by the water, so we always stop and throw a few rocks. We have been in both summer and fall, and it is a great stop no matter when you visit. The middle of July there are gorgeous wildflowers surrounding the lake, especially on the far side, so make sure to walk around so you can enjoy them.
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 to Tony Grove. From Bear Lake to Tony Grove it is 25 miles or about 45 minutes. For other fun stops in Logan Canyon, check out our post on Things to Do in Logan Canyon.