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Powder Mountain Scenic Drive – Utah
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Overview
Location

Ogden Valley, Utah

Sights

Mountains, Fall colors

Parking Lot Elevation

4,900

Summit Elevation

8,200

Pets

Yes

Fees

No

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

Well paved road

Restrooms

Yes

Visitor Center

No

Camping

Nearby at North Fork Park

Family Friendly?

Yes

GPS Coordinates:

Powder Mountain:41.37722 N, 111.78731 W

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The Trail: 

Powder Mountain is a small ski resort located in the Ogden Valley near Eden, Utah. Obviously most people visit in the winter but this area makes for a beautiful scenic drive in the other seasons of the year, especially the fall when the many Aspens are on fire. Its a perfect spot for an afternoon and there are also hiking options in the area to make a full day. These photos were taken October 1st 2016 but the peak will vary year to year. The drive up the canyon toward the resort is very pretty as you climb high into the Bear River Range. S.R. 158 is one of the steepest anywhere as it averages a 14 percent grade the last 5 miles.

The higher you climb the more the views will open up until you see the ski lifts near the top. The fall was spectacular!

At the top of the road there will be more great views of nearby peaks including Mount Ogden

Ben Lomond and Willard Peaks

The nearby peak right in front of you is James Peak. It is the highest in the southern portion of the Bear River Range at just over 9421 feet. It would be a reasonably easy hike for peak baggers from the resort. The very pretty Bluebell Mine is located on the opposite side of the peak.

Personal Thoughts:

This area is a great place to visit and can be combined with several other areas to make a longer drive. This would make a great companion to a drive at Monte Cristo. We highly recommend an evening visit to Powder Mountain!

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Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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