Trails in the Ogden Valley: Explore Utah Mountains!

Trails in the Wasatch Mountains/Cache National Forest

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 Creek Trail / Icebox Canyon

9.2 Miles | Moderate | Highly Trafficked | Hiking | Biking| Horseback Riding | Dogs Welcome | Getting There

Beginning at the top of the Ogden Canyon, this moderate 9.2 mile loop features a year-round stream perfect for hikers, mountain bikers, snowshoers, equestrians, and dog lovers. The canyon offers scenic views of high cliffs and plenty of greenery. The hike begins with 2 miles of shaded terrain with a wide section of trail following a stream. This portion can be used as a simple out-and-back trail. It then connects to either Maples or Icebox trails, so watch the signage closely.  Following Icebox signage will take you the full 9.2 mile loop. Incredible views, wildlife sighting opportunities, and 1,587 feet of elevation gain make this hike a must-do. Be sure to bring plenty of water as the trail gets less shaded and hot after the first 2 miles. 

 

Skyline Trail, North & South

 

North Skyline Trail | Ben Lomond Peak

20.8 Miles | Moderate | Moderately Trafficked | Hiking | Motorbiking | X Country Skiing | Horseback Riding | Dogs Welcome | Getting There

Head up the North Ogden Divide (North Ogden Canyon) and park on the right. The trail is a 20.8 mile out-and-back adventure with some of the most spectacular views you can get in Utah. Many make this an over-night trip because of the length, but the elevation gain is gradual. 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. Bring plenty of fluids, nourishment and protective layers. Keep your eyes open and look for the big horn sheep, moose, and deer.  

South Skyline Trail | Lewis Peak

10.2 Miles | Difficult | Moderately Trafficked | Hiking | Motorbiking | Biking | Horseback Riding | Dogs Welcome | Getting There

This trail begins on the south side of the parking lot off North Ogden Canyon Road (also know as North Ogden Divide). It’s a beautiful 10.2 mile out-and-back trail in a forest setting for the majority before hitting the ridge line which lacks vegetation. 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. Bring plenty of water, bug spray, and sunscreen!

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.  

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

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.

Bonneville Shoreline Trail | Mt. Ogden

5.8 Miles | Moderate | Moderately Trafficked | Hiking | Biking | Snowshoeing | Dog Friendly | Getting There

Begin at the Rainbow Gardens parking lot at the base of the Ogden Canyon. This section of the trail follows the east bench of Ogden City and provides views of the city and Great Salt Lake. 5.8 miles out and back, it’s a moderate trail with few steep spots and tons of wildflowers, perfect for families. Beware: this single track trail is a favorite for mountain bikers and frequent switchbacks can cause low visibility. 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail | Ben Lomond

4 – 8 Miles | Moderate | Moderately Trafficked | Hiking | Biking | Dog Friendly | Getting There

This portion can be used as a 4 mile point-to-point or an 8 mile out-and-back trail. Begin at Pioneer Trailhead at 2750 N Mtn Road and continue along the mountain ridge. Towering above is the beautiful Ben Lomond Peak and there’s plenty of wildflowers on the trail to admire. 

Indian Trail

8.2 Miles | Moderate | Moderately Trafficked | Hiking | Dog Friendly | Getting There

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

2.5 Miles | Difficult | Heavily Trafficked | Hiking | Dog Friendly | Getting There

The most popular trail on the east bench is Waterfall Canyon. The trail 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 1.25 miles making the trek 2.5 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 | 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/Maples Loop

5.3 Miles | Easy | Moderately Trafficked | Hiking | Biking | Dog Friendly | Getting There

There are two access points to the popular Green Pond trail. 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 5.3-mile loop option is also available making for a good tour of the pond and surrounding area. 

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

3 Miles | Difficult | Lightly Trafficked | Hiking | Getting There

This is a very difficult ascent that connects after 3 miles to the Ben Lomond Trail. Lovely views, rough terrain, and over 3,000 feet of elevation gain make this trail one for the experienced. Dogs and horses alike would have difficulty doing this hike without proper foot attire. 

Mule Ear and Mule Shoe Loop

5.5 Miles | Moderate | Lightly Trafficked | Hiking | Mountain Biking | Horseback Riding | Dog Friendly | Getting There

This North Fork Park loop trail combination is approximately 5.5 miles with some sharp turns and only a slight elevation change. Wildflowers, woodland scenery, and some views of the Ogden Valley make this a spectacular, family-friendly trail. It’s popular among local equestrians and mountain bikers alike, so beware. 

Ben Lomond via North Fork

6 Miles | Moderate | Lightly Trafficked | Hiking | Biking | Horseback Riding | Dog Friendly | Getting There

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.

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