Trails in the Ogden Valley: Explore Utah Mountains!

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Ogden Valley Trails

Welcome to the exquisite Ogden Valley where wilderness trails are abundant. Whether you’re looking for hiking, biking, horseback riding, walking , or even snowshoeing trails, this community has it all. Introduce yourself to mountain living, explore the magnificent geology of Ogden Canyon or take a leisurely stroll around the manmade Pineview Reservoir. With four seasons full of recreation opportunities, the possibilities are endless. Now, everyone can enjoy access to the outdoors! Check out these adaptive trail chairs perfect for those with physical limitations.

Wheeler Canyon

Wheeler Creek Trail located in Wheeler Canyon is an old dirt road open year round for hikers and non motorized vehicles. The wide trail is perfect for hikers, mountain bikers, horses and snowshoers. It’s a moderate 3.5 miles out and back trail that follows a year round small stream. One of our favorite loops is hike up Wheeler Canyon to Icebox. Take a left and connect with Maples, then back down Wheeler for a fun 5 miles. Other options include continuing on west from Maples to Overlook Trail or Sardine Peak for expansive views of the Ogden Valley, Pineview Reservoir or Ogden Canyon. Wheeler Creek trail is great on its own or as an access point to the several trails located throughout Snowbasin. Take the kids and dogs to enjoy the cooler temps and immediately escape into the mountains.

 

Skyline Trail, North & South

 

Skyline North | Ben Lomond Peak

Ben Lomond Peak is accessed by walking north from the parking lot at the top of North Ogden Canyon Road (also known as the North Ogden Divide). Skyline North aka Ben Lomond climbs 3,500 vertical feet over approximately 8 miles to stunning Ben Lomond Peak. Open to motorized vehicles, this trail is long and steep in sections but rewarding with views over Ogden. Topping out at 9,712 feet, those unfamiliar with higher altitudes may feel the effects of less oxygen and experience slight dizziness or abnormal fatigue. Highly rated for it’s views and alpine environment, Skyline Trail North is long and difficult for some. Bring plenty of fluids, nourishment and protective layers. Keep your eyes open and look for the big horn sheep, moose, and deer. It is a great escape in the heat of summer to view blooming wild flowers on the upper saddle. There is a steeper but shorter route from North Fork Park listed below.

 

Skyline South | Lewis Peak

This trail begins on the south side of the parking lot off North Ogden Canyon Road (also know as North Ogden Divide). This can be a 5.4 mile out-and-back to Lewis Peak, or continue on to a point to point course ending at Windsurfer Beach at the edge of Pineview Reservoir. The four-season trail starts with a more vertical approach beginning at 6,184 feet in elevation. After following several switchbacks, it once again levels out as it approaches the ridge rising to 8,100 feet. The ridge line is modest and lacking vegetation allowing for panoramic views of Ogden Valley and Ogden City.

Follow Skyline Trail South to Lewis Peak for expansive views of Weber County overlooking the Great Salt Lake south to the Oquirrh Mountains and north to Willard Bay. The southeast trail head is accessible from Windsurfer Beach turnout on the west side of Pineview Reservoir. This section of trail can be used as a 14 mile point-to-point to the North Ogden Pass trail head, or as a 24-mile loop following paved roads 10 miles back down to the Pineview trail head. It’s great for hiking, mountain biking, dirt biking and horseback riding. If on wheels, the trail is technical and challenging so be prepared to have your skills put to the test.

 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail | North and South

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is popular because of its’ easy access from Ogden and includes multiple trail head access points. Named after the old shoreline of Lake Bonneville that covered much of Utah, now the Great Salt Lake is all that remains. The Ogden south section runs from Ogden Canyon south to Beus Canyon. Begin at the trail head sign at the back of the Rainbow Gardens parking lot. Take the left fork of the trail just past the map and follow as it winds and steadily climbs the hill. The trail is well marked and there are multiple diversions, however with the city flanking your ride, it’s difficult to get lost.

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail heads 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 it and continue north. The beginning is rough but once on the upper trail enjoy the views and fun cadence this trail offers runners and mountain bikers. Far less traveled than Shoreline South, this is a good bet for mountain biking. Motorized vehicles are not allowed on the Shoreline Trail.

 

Indian Trail

The Indian Trail is a moderate hiking and snowshoeing trail beginning at 4,600 feet rising to 5,600 feet that can be accessed from either Ogden Canyon (park at the Smokey the Bear sign) or the 22nd Street trail head in Ogden (east on 22nd). Named after the Shoshone Indians who used the footpath to access the Salt Lake plains, this trail ascends above Ogden Canyon 4.3 miles through evergreen forest and differing geology. This is definitely a hike everyone should do at least once.

 

Waterfall Canyon

The most popular trail on the east bench is Waterfall Canyon rewards hikers with a 200 ft. waterfall and scenic views of downtown Ogden. Accessed from the 29th Street trail head on the east bench of Ogden, the moderate-level trail gains 1,500 feet in 1.5 miles making the trek 3 miles round- trip. Summer weekends are the busiest time of year and it’s nearly impossible not to run into other hikers. It’s family friendly despite single-track width and some steeper sections. Waterfall trail is tucked in a canyon largely protected by plenty of shade. The trail can still reach high temps making the waterfall a welcome reprieve. This trail is hiker specific and leashed dogs are welcome.

 

Snowbasin Trails

 

Needles | Gondola Access

Snowbasin Resort offers over 26 miles of easily accessible hiking and biking trails including gondola service to Needles Lodge. Gondola use can be purchased for single riders or all day use. Trails at Snowbasin are well maintained single-track and maintenance roads. Enjoy elevated scenic views around every turn, from alpine meadows and groves of aspen, to pockets of pines; spring fed streams and granite crags.

Adjacent Forest Service trails accessed from Snowbasin account for an additional 50 miles of trails to explore. Helmets are required to access the gondola with a mountain bike. Needles trail begins at Snowbasin Resort and is the main artery in which multiple other trails stem. Trails from Needles include: Green Pond Loop, Porcupine, Sunshine, Last Chance Loop, Elk Ridge, Becker, Moonshine Trees, Middle Bowl and Philpot. Trail maps are available at the Grizzly Center Rental Shop at the base of the mountain. Hike above Needles to summit Mt. Ogden, Mr. Allen, DeMoisy, or Strawberry peaks.

 

Green Pond

Two access points to the popular Green Pond trail exist. One is directly off Snowbasin Road about .75 miles from Snowbasin’s upper parking lot. The other trail access begins at the upper parking lot. This 2-mile, technical single-track winds through pines, thick foliage, meadows and is featured weekly during Snowbasin’s Mt. Ogden Midweek Race Series. A 6-mile loop option is also available making for a good tour of the pond and surrounding area.

 

Maples Trail

Description coming soon.

 

Overlook Trail

Description coming soon.

 

North Fork Park Trail System

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 3300 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.

 

Cutler Trail

Travel north from Liberty toward North Fork Park, and follow signs to “Cutler Flat Campground. “ The trail head is at a dirt cul-de-sac near a red steel gate. This 5 mile hike is rated as difficult and starts at 5,800 feet ending near 8,100 feet. Cutler trail welcomes hikers, bikers and equestrian users.

 

Mule Ear and Mule Shoe Loop

The Mule Loop consists of the Mule Ear and Mule Shoe trails in North Fork Park. The roughly 5.5 mile long single track is great for hiking and biking. Rated by utahmountainbiking.com as moderately strenuous, although not technical in terms of rocks and roots.

 

Ben Lomond via North Fork

Access one of Ogden’s most iconic peak’s via it’s namesake, the Ben Lomond Trail. This trail ascends roughly 6 miles up the east side of Ben Lomond rising 3,000 feet, averaging about a 10% rate of climb. Alpine meadows with frequent thick pines and a single track, this classic trail exemplifies the Wasatch mountain hiking or biking experience.

 

Powder Mountain Trails

 

Brim Trail

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.