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Mt. Ogden – Ogden Utah
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Overview
Location

Ogden, Utah

Sights

Incredible views of the mountains, Ogden and several counties.

Distance

About 10 miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

6400 ft

Summit Elevation

9570 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

3170 ft

Time Required

5-6 hours

Pets

Allowed

Fees

None, if you hike it outside of ski season operating hours.

Water Info

There are several streams and creeks you may come across. Bring 3 liters of water

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

Shade is minimal

Trail Condition

Excellent trail; steep in several locations but overall a gradual incline.

Restrooms

At the ski resort lodge (if open).

Visitor Center

Snowbasin is open in the spring/summer/fall at sporadic times according to events and other activities.

Camping

Only on Forest Service Land not leased by Snowbasin Resort.

Food

Bring lots of snacks and even a meal

Equipment

Backpack, good hiking shoes, walking stick, sunglasses and hat, jacket.

This Trek begins at Snowbasin Ski Resort.  There are other ways to get to Mt. Ogden but I think this may be the simplest.

GPS Coordinates

Trailhead:  41.216479°, -111.856547°
Mt. Ogden:  41.200022°, -111.882255°


Trail Map


Driving Directions


The Trail:

Mt. OgdenI started about 11am on a Tuesday morning from the Snowbasin parking lot.  I really had no idea which trail I was going to take as there are so many different trails and roads to use to get to the top.  I simply took a picture of the trails map that is near the gondola lift and started up.

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The first thing to remember about this hike is that it is LONG!  I wasn’t expecting an almost 5 mile hike to the summit from the parking lot but after about 2 1/2 hours of hiking I realized that I was still about a mile away from the top.

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Mt. Ogden

I recommend hiking this in the fall.  The fall colors make this hike even better as you are walking among tall aspens changing colors.  Plus the weather is cooler and I only brought a wind breaker which was sufficient for an unusually warm fall day.

Mt. Ogden

Like I mentioned before, there are many routes to the top but I decided to mainly stick to the Needles trail which eventually met up with the Porcupine trail which eventually met up with an access road to the summit.   Just use your best judgement and always travel towards Mt. Ogden; be patient and you will eventually get there.  The trick is to make a steady pace and take breaks often.  Always make sure you are drinking enough water too!


Mt. Ogden

I was very surprised because I didn’t see any one else on the entire trail except for a few maintenance workers checking out a lift.  Other than that there were no other hikers or bikers that I could see.  It was actually nice to have the whole resort to myself.

Mt. Ogden

I eventually came to just below Mt. Ogden with Needles Lodge on the ridge to the right and a zig-zag trail on the left side of the mountain.  I followed the path to the left and slowly made my way to the top.  Along the way, I found several mule dear that were watching me but by the time I got my camera out they had already bolted up the mountainside.

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Just below the summit there are a few propane tanks with a geocache on the west side of them.   I checked it out and found that the cache was full of coupons for a retail store located in Ogden.

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I continued the several hundred steep yards to the summit and checked out the antennas and other communications equipment.  There is also a helipad on the other side too.  I didn’t want to get too close to it all as there were multiple signs warning of “No Trespassing” and even a few cameras that were watching my every move.

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I simply enjoyed the incredible views, got some nice photos, had lunch and then came back down.  It was a great hike!

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The Return:

I followed the same trail back to the bottom.


Personal Thoughts:

This hike was a great hike but it was very long.  Once at the top of Mt. Ogden, and after checking my GPS, I was surprised that I had climbed over 3000 vertical feet!  I could see into Tooele, Davis County, Salt Lake County and I could have sworn I saw the white capped mountains of the Uintahs! Such an incredible hike!

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Technicality
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Enjoyment
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Difficulty is basically the length, duration and stress of the Trek.  If the Trek is really long then it will receive a higher rating. If the Trek is short then it won't receive that high of a rating. However, difficulty rating also includes how tired we were at the end of the Trek.

Technicality is how strenuous the Trek is. If there is lots of bouldering or if there is bushwhacking involved then the rating will be higher. Technicality also includes if there are steep inclines or the need for ropes and other equipment.

Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

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Jeff Johnson
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