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The pink-and-gray crags of the Wellsvilles beckon the adventurous, and you can practically hike out your back door in Brigham City because the mountains rise straight up from town. But the range is one of the steepest in the world, so you must pace yourself. Although the peaks are all federal wilderness, gaining access isn't always a straightforward proposition. North of Brigham City the foothills encompass a string of private ranches. If you knock on a farmhouse door, however, the landowner will usually oblige and tell you the best place to cross his land.
Brigham City's 700 North Street dead-ends in the east at the head of a nice hiking trail. East of Honeyville the only good public access to the Wellsvilles is from 7200 North Street, 9 mi north of Brigham City on Route 38; the road dead-ends at a gate, which you can open (don't forget to close it behind you) or just climb over. Beyond it are miles of hiking trails to explore.
In spite of all that irrigated farmland you see, you're still in the desert, so bring water on any trip, even if you only plan to be gone an hour.