Coldwater East


  • Difficulty: Intermediate
  • Length:3.6 miles to Stewart Pass, 1.5 miles farther to Stewart Peak
  • Time: 6 hours round trip
  • Best Time of Year: Jul to Oct
  • Trail Number: 038
  • GPS: N41°41.951 W111°58.621 (Beginning of FR 086)


Begin 6,200 ft
End 8,400 ft


The trail travels through maple and aspen trees and by the very small Coldwater Lake before beginning switchbacks to the ridge. The vegetation is lush, but beware of stinging nettles. As you travel the road to the trailhead, the prominent hill on the left is known locally as Mount Hughes. John Hughes and Robert Stewart were instrumental in preserving this area for posterity. The entire mountain is now a Wilderness Area. If you follow the ridge south to the Wellsville Cone, you will see numerous fossils—horned coral is the most common. Please leave the fossils where you find them so others can enjoy them too.


Take Hwy. 30 west of Logan to Junction 23 and turn left to Mendon. Turn right at 1800 South and follow roadway to FR 086 and continue to start of trail at the watering trough.

Trail Information:

There is a trail to the Wellsville Cone that bypasses the ridge. No water is available; carry your own. The trail continues south to the Rattlesnake trailhead in Sardine Canyon with spurs leading west to Coldwater Canyon and to Box elder Peak the highest point in the Wellsvilles.