On Sept 15th 2002, we hiked the Jardine Juniper trail, which is located in Cache National Forest, Logan Canyon, Utah. The trail runs about 4.4 miles one way, with an elevation change of 1900 feet, up to a ridge that overlooks Logan Canyon from the north-west side.
Jardine Juniper is one of the oldest living things on earth. It began life long before the pioneers entered Cache Valley, and possibly before the Shoshoni Indians inhabited the valley. It is thought to be about 3200 years old. Jardine Juniper was discovered in 1923 by Maurice Linford. In the 1870's the Juniper's growth rate slowed by more than two-thirds. No one knows the cause for sure, but whatever happened brought a premature death to the Juniper. Though dying, Jardine Juniper is taking longer to die than most humans live. If you are fortunate enough to see Jardine Juniper, you will notice a small amount of life at the very top. Many people make this hike during the summer to see one of the oldest known living things on earth.
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Jardine Juniper Hike in 2012
Jardine Juniper, 2012
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