Cody and I were talking about our favorite runs in Cache Valley recently. Here is my list:
1- Jardine Juniper- great all around run. Close enough and short enough for after work, with a nice loop at the top. Very runnable- fun to try to break the speed record. It's been my favorite since I first ran it 9 years ago.
2- Green Canyon- this was an enjoyable route when it only had 1 mile of singletrack, and now it has 4+. Close to home, runnable year-round (once the skiers pack down the trail), shaded. Just fun. If I could live anywhere, it would be at the mouth of this canyon.
3- Steel Hollow, either as Ricks-Steel loop or Ephraim's Grave. I like the Ricks-Steel loop more- all runnable, great downhill, shaded, though I don't like the road miles. Close enough for an evening run. And the Steel Hollow downhill is fabulous.
4- Stump Hollow- It's too far away, which is why I've only done it twice. But it is the nicest, most runnable trail in all of Cache Valley. There is a 2-3 mile stretch that is pure singletrack heaven.
5- Richard's Hollow- the lower portion is ok, but the upper meadow portion is a joy to run. Meandering stream crossings, beavers, and very gradual climb make for a fun experience. It would be higher on my list if you didn't have to drive 4 rough miles to get there.