Horseback Riding in the Ogden Valley - Trails Abounding

Explore miles upon miles of trails throughout Ogden and Ogden Valley while on horseback. This area has long been a favorite among equestrians, and for good reason. Stunning alpine views, awe-inspiring nature, and quiet secluded trails provide the perfect atmosphere. If you don’t have your own horse, don’t worry! Rentals and tours are available at Red Cliff Ranch in Huntsville, Utah.

Wheeler Canyon Trail is located in Wheeler Canyon at the top of Ogden Canyon, this old dirt road is open year-round for hikers, horses, snowshoers, and non-motorized vehicles. The incline is moderate and the trail is approximately 3.5 miles long, it also follows a small year-round stream. The end of the trail connects to Maples Trail in Icebox Canyon for another five miles of fun. Continue west from Maples to Overlook Trail or Sardine Peak for expansive views of the Ogden Valley, Pineview Reservoir, or Ogden Canyon. This hike is beautiful on its own or as an access point to several trails located throughout Snowbasin Resort. Dogs are allowed on the trail so you can bring your furry friend along for the adventure!

The Skyline North Trail reaches the stunning Ben Lomond Peak and overlooks Weber County at 9,712 feet. Take the North Ogden Canyon Road (North Ogden Divide) and park your car at the parking lot at the top of the canyon. Not only are the views incredible, but the trail is also challenging and climbs 3,500 vertical feet over 8 miles. The high altitude and alpine environment can cause some abnormal fatigue and dizziness so bring plenty of fluids and nourishment. Escape the heat and view blooming wild flowers and perhaps spot the native wildlife such as big horn sheep, moose, and deer.

Skyline South Trail is slightly less strenuous than the Skyline North Trail and this beautiful hike is a 5.4 mile out-and-back to Lewis Peak. The four-season trail has many switchbacks that lead to an elevation of 8,100 feet. Vegetation is sparse so panoramic views of Ogden Valley and Ogden City are not obscured. Follow Skyline Trail South to Lewis Peak for expansive views of the Great Salt Lake. The southeast trail head is accessible from Windsurfer beach turnout on the west side of Pineview Reservoir which can be used as a 14 mile point-to-point to the North Ogden Pass trail head. If on wheels be prepared for challenging terrain that will put your skills to the test!

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is named after the old shoreline of Lake Bonneville that once covered much of Utah, this trail has many access points throughout Ogden. We recommend beginning at the base of the Ogden Canyon at the back of the Rainbow Gardens parking lot. This section runs from Ogden Canyon south to Beus Canyon. Take the left fork of the trail and follow as it winds steadily up the hill. Another option is to head north at the mouth of Ogden Canyon. Park on the east side of the road in the parking lot and ascend steeply up until reaching the road. Once on the road, cross and continue north. The beginning is a bit difficult but the upper trail provides awe-inspiring views for both hikers and mountain bikers. No motorized vehicles are allowed on this trail.

Snowbasin Ski Resort offers over 26 miles of easily accessible hiking and biking trails as well as gondola service to Needles Lodge. Gondola use can be purchased for single riders or all day use. All of Snowbasin’s trails are well maintained single-track or maintenance roads. The Needles trail begins at Snowbasin Resort and is the main artery in which multiple other trails stem from. These include Green Pond Loop, Porcupine, Sunshine, Last Chance Loop, and many more. Adjacent to Snowbasin there is an additional 50 miles of trails to explore in the Forest Service Trails.

Among the many mountain bike trails at Powder Mountain, the Brim Trail has become one of the most popular with its’ gradual grade and beautiful scenery. With the stunning array of colorful wildflowers and green mountain grasses, mid June and into July is a colorful time to ride this route. With all the stunning vistas at every turn, there’s really no such thing as a bad time to explore the trail.Trail access is obtained from the Hidden Lake parking lot via the Hidden Lake to the Brim Trail connector or drive out to the “nest” to avoid the connector trail (suggested if taking young children). Once on the Brim Trail while traveling in a clockwise direction, all left turns result in the full outer loop experience. The trail is comprised mostly of packed dirt, with a few rocky sections and some fun rollers mixed in for good measure. This trail is closed to horses.

The North Fork Park Trail System utilizes Weber County public space in the north west end of Liberty in Ogden Valley. The area is accessed from 2200 E to North Fork Road by way of two separate entrances: South Gate and Middle Gate. In summer there are approximately 14 miles of accessible trails leading from North Fork Park and in Winter the park is a popular cross-country skiing destination.

To get to the Cutler Trail, follow signs to “Cutler Flat Campground” from Middle Fork Park where the trail head is located in a dirt cul-de-sac. This 5 mile hike is difficult and climbs from 5,800 feet to 8,100 feet. Hikers, bikers, and equestrians are welcome on the trail to escape the summer heat and get into nature.

The loop includes both Mile Ear and Mule Shoe trails in North Fork Park. The single-track trail is approximately 5.5 miles long and has a moderate difficulty. This ride is also a frequent destination for equestrians but the trail is wide enough to pass easily. Half of the trail is decently steep, so beware of if coming down clockwise.

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