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Mt Ogden Peak (Ogden)

One of the three most popular routes attempting Mt. Ogden is from the west via Beus Canyon. This non-technical route is 6.5 miles from Beus Trailhead on 46th Street in Ogden to the top of Mt Ogden. The route is mostly YDS Class 1 and 2 hiking but can go up to Class 4 depending on how you decide to scale the hillside from the trail to the Ogden Saddle. Slower hikers require 9+ hours roundtrip while hardcore, fast hikers have recorded doing it in 4-5 hours. 

The route is part of the Great Western Trail System and continues down the Snowbasin (east side) of the mountain and north toward Ben Lomond/Willard peaks (~10 miles to the north). 

During winter and spring, you can expect most of the trail to be covered in snow. Snow patches on the upper trail/traverse may be present from October into July. 

In the spring, you have to ford the creek 4 times and it may be swollen with snow melt. The creek isn't very wide (jumpable in most places) but it may require some minor wading. The lower trail also gets a couple of small mud quagmires in the fern feilds during the spring. 

During the summer, the lower trail is well shady but humid. The traverse and above are exposed. Finally, this is a 13 mile round trip with 4400 gain. Causual hikers can take upwards of 10 hours to complete the climb/descent so plan accordingly. Late starts and poor planning can leave you waterless, exhausted and finding your way through a dark forest.

 Getting There 

From I-15, take exit 341 toward 31st St; follow signs for Weber State University. After 1.2 miles merge onto UT-79 E/31st St. Turn right at US-89 S/S Washington Blvd. Turn left at 40th St. Continue onto Country Hills Dr. Turn right at S 1200 E St/Harrison Blvd. Turn left at E 4600 S. E 4600 S turns slightly right and becomes S 1900 E. Destination will be on the left. 

In general, you head toward Weber State, get on Harrison Blvd, head south until you reach 4600, turn east toward the mountain, Beus Trailhead is at the top of 4600. 

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  • Nick

    Sorry, was in a car accident where the car started on fire and I was injured from the impact. Unfortunately I won't be able to make it tomorrow, although I was really looking forward to it. Will have to hike up there another time!

    June 20, 2014

    • Will

      Sorry to hear that. Hope you are going to be ok

      June 20, 2014

  • Will

    Bring at least 2 liters of water and lunch we will be out most of the day. Contact me at[masked] if you need more info. Text is best

    June 20, 2014

  • Nick

    One point of view as far as pants go, I found a comment posted on saying that in his opinion the Beus Canyon route to Mount Ogden is the most scenic of them all. However he also said, "The trail is now easy to follow all the way to the top. I would recommend wearing pants as the low-lying oakbrush encroaches on the trail and wreaks havoc on unprotected shins!"

    June 13, 2014

  • Will

    Not sure of trail conditions. I will be in shorts.
    And make sure to bring water and lunch this is going to be a all day hike and difficult!

    June 13, 2014

  • Travis H.

    Will there be any bush-wacking involved? (shorts or pants)

    June 9, 2014

  • Wendy P.

    Going to be a good hike! See ya all there.

    June 5, 2014

  • Tracy W.

    I would love to do this! I hope I can make it. It sounds like a good prep before my Spartan Beast race the following weekend. Aroo!

    April 9, 2014

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