Hiking To The Wind Caves
In Logan Canyon

Wind Caves From Below

If you're seeking a memorable outdoor experience in Utah, you might want to consider hiking to the Wind Caves in Logan Canyon.  This trail promises a surprising combination of magnificent scenery, challenging terrain and fascinating geological features.  It is a top destination for hikers who happen to live in or be visiting the Logan Utah area.

Trail To The Wind Caves

Trail Overview

We just hiked this trail in mid-June of 2024.  The Wind Caves trail covers approximately 4.25 miles round trip (according to my Apple Watch).  It offers a significant challenge without being overly daunting.

Classified as a moderate hike, it took us 2 hours and 20 minutes up and back although we had several small children with us.  Two of those had to be carried quite a bit of the way so plan on that if you’re taking kids. 

It is not suited for small ones unless you’re planning on carrying them a lot of the way.  It is perfect, though, for those who want to enjoy a challenge while being rewarded with stunning vistas.

Logan Canyon From Below Wind Caves

Elevation Gain and Duration

As you make your way up the trail, you'll gain around 1,000 feet in elevation.  This climb offers not only a great workout but also progressively more breathtaking (literally) views as you zig-zag your way up the mountainside.

The time it takes to complete the hike will obviously vary depending on how many times you have to stop and how much time you spend at the top.  We snapped several photos along the way and even paused at the top for a bit.  It still took just over two hours. 

Getting There

Getting to the trailhead simply involves driving your vehicle up Logan Canyon from the city of Logan.  Head northeast on Highway 89 for about 5 miles.  Look for the Guinavah-Malibu Campground sign.  The parking lot is conveniently located right across the highway on the north side. 

There are two small lots just off the road divided by a small group of trees.  When this trail gets busy, you may have to park on the side of Highway 89.  Arrive early especially on weekends and holidays to ensure a parking spot as it tends to fill up quickly.

Wind Caves Sign

Starting the Hike

Once you’ve parked, be careful if you have to cross the highway.  It’s a busy one.  You’ll find the trailhead leading directly up the mountain from both parking lots.  It is clearly marked with an informative sign making it easy to locate.

Before you set off, make sure you are adequately prepared with water, snacks and sun protection as quite a bit of the hike is unshaded.

Seasonal Conditions

Trail conditions can vary considerably with the seasons.  In spring, you'll be treated to a lush, vibrant landscape dotted with wildflowers.  They were still in bloom even in mid-June.  Summer brings hot and dry weather so start your hike early in the day. 

Logan Canyon From Wind Caves Trail

We started at about 10:00 AM and the temperature reached the high 70’s F. by the time we got back to our vehicles during the noon hour.  Later that day in Logan, it reached 90 º F.   We just happened to be up there on the two hottest days of the year so far.

I’ve been in Logan Canyon in the fall many times and this spectacular season showcases a compelling array of colors.  The surrounding foliage turns into a spectacle of reds, oranges and yellows.  I’m sure this hike is spectacular in the fall. 

For the more adventurous, winter transforms the trail into a snowy paradise and I’m told that people still make the hike then.  Being a south-facing slope, I’m sure there is less snow accumulation than the opposite side of the canyon.  Even so, be sure to have the proper gear and experience to handle potentially icy conditions if you’re winter hiking.

China Wall Logan Canyon

Scenic Views

As we ascended the trail, we were rewarded with breathtaking views of Logan Canyon below.  The panoramic vistas are nothing short of spectacular making each step worth the effort.  The sight of the canyon below as you climb higher and higher is a truly rewarding experience.

View From the Wind Caves

The Wind Caves

The Wind Caves themselves are the crown jewel of this hike.  These fascinating geological formations consist of a series of natural arches carved out by wind and water erosion over countless years.  They are a unique destination for photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Safety Tips

Safety is paramount on any hike and the Wind Caves trail is no exception.  Ensure you are well-prepared by carrying plenty of water to stay hydrated especially during the warmer months. 

Even though it was only in the high 70’s F., it seemed a lot hotter due to the altitude and energy expenditure.  Dress in layers to adapt to the changing weather conditions.  The temperature can vary significantly along the trail and inside the caves.

It was actually a little chilly when I sat in the caves to take some photos after sweating our butts off making the climb up.  Sturdy hiking shoes with a good grip are essential as some parts of the trail are rocky and uneven.

As I walked into the caves to take some photos, I realized the dirt floor sloped downwards at a significant angle and then simply dropped off the edge.  A little creepy. 

Getting too close to the front of the caves and the drop-off was something I left to younger thrill-seekers.  Several members of our group who don’t like heights didn’t even go down into the caves. 

View From Wind Caves


Sun protection is advised even on cooler days as the sun's UV rays can be intense at higher elevations.  I would also recommend a hat especially for those … like me … who are follicly-challenged. 

Keep an eye out for wildlife including rattlesnakes.  There are rattlesnakes on these trails although not as many as there used to be.  One woman even asked us if we had seen any rattlers as if we should expect to. 

They are a natural part of this environment.  While they usually avoid humans, it is wise to be cautious and give them a wide berth if encountered particularly near rocks and shaded areas.

And remember that not all rattlesnakes make a noise with their rattle.

I just watched a Jim Shockey hunting show where he was hunting elk somewhere in Utah.  He got close to a rattler that never made a sound or a rattle even when coiled up ready to strike.  He had never seen that either but said it is obviously a thing.

Essential Gear

We never had cell service in Logan Canyon so the only thing you can do with your phone is take photos.  A map of the trail might be a good idea but we didn’t need one as the trail is well-marked.  It would be a good idea to inform someone of your hiking plans and expected return time especially if you’re alone or in a small group. 

Packing the right gear is a good idea for any hike.  Along with water and sunblock, pack snacks like energy bars, fruit and trail mix just in case.  A small first aid kit, including band-aids and a multi-tool, can be handy in case of minor injuries. 

Use a lightweight backpack to carry your essentials keeping your hands free for better balance on the steeper, rockier sections of the trail.  My wife took a spill near the bottom at the end of the hike but it was probably due to her hand-holding my 12 year old granddaughter.  Luckily, her injuries were minor.   

Wind Caves Panorama

Planning Your Hike

To plan your hike effectively, consider your fitness level and what you hope to gain from the experience.  While categorized as moderately challenging, the breathtaking vistas and unique geological formations make it suitable for enthusiastic hikers of all fitness and skill levels.

Trail Navigation and Environmental Respect

Navigating the trail up the mountainside is relatively easy.  There is at least one sign about halfway up the trail.  There are smaller game trails leading off in all directions but the main trail is well-trodden. 

It zig-zags back and forth right up the mountainside.  If you’re worried about an accidental detour, a trail map might be a good idea.  I had never been there and led our group to our destination with no problems and no map.

Being aware ahead of time as to how long this hike normally takes allows you to plan accordingly.  My wife and I like to keep up a good pace turning our hikes into our daily workout.  That’s just us.  I recommend that you pause to appreciate the ever-changing views of Logan Canyon below and capture plenty of photos.

Entrance to Wind Caves

Staying Safe

Hiking along with at least one other partner will ensure you can watch out for each other.  The path near the caves can be uneven and slippery so watch your footing and avoid the edges of drop-offs.

Do respect the environment.  The trail was trash-free and in great shape.  Practice the "pack it in, pack it out" principle by carrying all your trash with you.  It’s crazy that I even have to mention this but if you’ve been anywhere in the outdoors, you know that it is necessary.

This will help preserve Logan Canyon's natural beauty and keep the Wind Caves hiking trail in good shape for future visitors.  It looks like people have been following this principle for the most part especially with the trail being so well-traveled.

Final Thoughts

Understanding weather and trail conditions will significantly enhance your experience.  Check weather forecasts before you leave.  Wet or icy conditions can impact the hike's difficulty and your safety.  Storms up here can be nasty.

The Wind Caves in Logan Canyon offer a wonderful hiking experience and breathtaking natural beauty.  Whether you're a seasoned hiker or just someone looking to explore, this trail is one you should do at least once if you’re in the area. 

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