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I heard a rumor about a cabin in Fernwood. I can't tell you how many times I have hiked Fernwood. It has easy trails and it's just down the street from my home so we go there often. I thought I had been on every trail. When I heard there was a cabin I decided to do a little more exploring. I took a trail I hadn't tried before and on our way back to the car we passed a hiker that said we were on the right trail we just needed to go a little higher. So we tried again and sure enough... we found it!

There are no trail markers, so I have detailed pictures below for directions.

Start at the upper parking lot by the bathrooms.

Head up this trail to the north of the parking lot.

Then take a right at the top.

After a few minutes you'll see this fire pit in the middle of the trail. You can keep on this trail (it is easier, but very overgrown with plants), or you can head northeast (very steep), both trails merge further up.

The trail is very clear and easy to follow up the mountain. When you reach the third peak, you'll see this large rock formation. From here the Cabin trail in about 10 minutes up the trail and on your right. If you don't pay attention, you'll miss it. We stacked several rocks to mark the trail to turn off.

About two minutes off the main trail, you will see the tin roof hiding in the trees looking south east.

​This cabin is on National Forest Land and is available for public use. Many hunters stop here to stay the night. It was in fair condition when we stopped by, with a stove, windows and a door. There is also a stream to the south. See video below.

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Helpful Tips

Trailhead: To find the trail head take Hwy 89 north to Layton, turn right on East 1500 North road then immediately turn left on Fernwood road. Follow Fernwood road around to Fernwood park. This is the trail head parking.

  • Bathrooms and water fountain at trail head
  • Take water, sunscreen, hat, and a snack
  • Parking Lot Elevation: 5,218 ft
  • Elevation Gain: 1450 ft
  • 1.8 miles round trip
  • Hike Time: 1.5 hours
  • Difficulty: Strenuous, mostly up hill
  • Pets are allowed

Keith Thu, 07/05/2018 - 19:24

Did this hike today. The first right you indicate actually takes you to the southern trail. Need to take the first left.

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