Virtually every inch of the area’s 266 miles of maintained trails are open to hikers and trail runners.
Some trails are extremely popular with mountain bikers and equestrians. Most of the trails suggested below are ideally suited to hikers and you’ll find that you’re not sharing the trail with anyone but bipeds.
This is just a sample of some local favorites. Learn more about the Ogden Trails network here or visit , www.tfnu.org (Trails Foundation Northern Utah) for more detailed hiking and biking trail information. Also, visit www.snowbasin.com for information on the Snowbasin Trail system.
From either the top of 27th Street or the 29th Street Trailhead, follow the signs to Taylor Canyon. As you move deeper and higher into Taylor Canyon, the trail will switchback to the west and you’ll begin your ascent of Malan’s Peak. About halfway up, you’ll get a small taste of the view that awaits before switching back to the east for the final push. You’ll know when you’ve arrived at the peak. Soak in the view for a while before either continuing up the trail into the basin or back down to town.
Length: 1.5 miles, one way
Elevation: 4,840’ to 6,400’
There’s a reason this trail is appropriately named “Hidden Valley.” Locals want to keep this trail a secret and often place rocks in front of the inconspicuously painted boulder that serves as a trail marker. Hidden Valley begins with some quick elevation gain to get your heart pumping. The trail winds up through a canyon and the terrain evolves from rocky, rugged trail to pine forest to fern grove to a stunning view of Mt. Ogden and Taylor Canyon. The trail really gets its name from the flat valley you come into just before the summit. You’ll discover that happy moose also enjoy the sweeping view. You can also leave your mark by placing a rock on the Beehive Cairn at the top. After all, the moose need art
exhibits too. Start from the 22nd Street Trailhead and follow the Indian Trail for about one-half mile. Then, at an indistinct fork, turn sharply right and upward. (It’s marked by the words “Hidden Valley” painted inconspicuously on a rock.)
Length: 1.4 miles, one way
Elevation: 5,080’ to 6,760
Beus Canyon Trail
Beus Canyon Trail is named for the Beus family, Italian immigrants who came to the area as Mormon pioneers. They were the first to use the creek waters for their farm, and they actually got the receipt for their land from Brigham Young. The Beus Canyon Trail is probably the best choice for ascending Mt. Ogden from the west side. The trail makes its way up the bottom of the canyon before climbing the ridge to the south. Don’t be surprised when high on the ridge you find the trail petering out. The Forest Service and Weber State Recreational Center are working together to improve the trail here. But, in the meantime, follow the rock cairns that will mark the rest of your way to the top. Access the Beus Canyon trail at the Forest Service Trailhead on 46th Street (furthest east point on 46th) in Ogden.
Length: 5.6 miles, one way
Elevation: 5,100’ to 9,572’
Back before the paved highway was cut through Ogden Canyon, Shoshone Indians used this trail to avoid the high waters at the mouth of the canyon. Indian Trail is a moderate hike that ascends through lush evergreens and past stunning geology. Access Indian Trail from the 22nd Street Trailhead in Ogden or the Cold Water Canyon Trailhead in Ogden Canyon (at the Smokey the Bear sign).
Length: 4.3 miles, one way
Elevation: 4,840’ to 5,560’
This short, but strenuous hike is a rugged scramble over the rocks and through the trees, yet it has long been one of Ogden’s most popular hikes thanks to the spectacular 200-foot waterfall at the upper end of the canyon. Please respect the private property on both sides of the trail and don’t be tempted to climb the cliffs around the waterfall. It’s illegal and several hikers have fallen to their deaths from the treacherous rocks.
Length: 1.2 miles, one way
Elevation: 4,760’ to 5,800’