Mount Ogden is one of the higher and more prominent peaks in the northern Wasatch range. It is also home to Snowbasin ski resort, the home of the 2002 Olympic downhill ski races. The peak offers a number of hiking routes, as well as technical rock climbing routes on it's east face. Excellent crack and face climbing can be found. Some very large radio towers and a small helicopter pad mark the summit. A nice side trip is to cross the connecting ridge to Allen Peak (elev. 9,465'), where you can visit the starting house/gates for the men's and women's downhill olympic ski races.
Of the hiking routes, the Snowbasin route is the shortest and requires the least vertical gain. The routes up Beus, Taylor and Waterfall Canyons are long, each climbing roughly 4,500 feet with sections where the trails fade.
From Harrison Boulevard, access these trails from the following streets:
Beus Canyon - east end of 46th street.
Waterfall Canyon - top of 29th street.
Taylor Canyon - top of 27th street, park carefully to not disrupt homeowners.
To get to Snowbasin:
From the south: Take I-15 northbound and exit to northbound US-89 (exit #326). Merge to I-84 eastbound and exit at Mountain Green (exit #92). Continue east on Old Highway and turn left on State Road 167 heading north (just east of the Sinclair station). Turn left on State Road 226 heading west and proceed approximately three miles to Snowbasin.
From the north: Take I-15 southbound and exit to I-84 eastbound (exit #343). Proceed east on I-84 and exit at Mountain Green (exit #92). Continue east on Old Highway and turn left on State Road 167 heading north (just east of the Sinclair station). Turn left on State Road 226 heading west and proceed approximately three miles to Snowbasin
No major problems. All trails are wide open to public, with good trailheads.
When To Climb
The routes up the front side (Taylor, Waterfall and Beus) are all generally snow-free around Memorial Day. Snowbasin holds snow well into June. You can hike all the trails well into October most years.
After taking one of the three standard approaches towards the peak camping spots can be found near the top of the porcupine chairlift or at the top of the john paul area in the bowl. Its not wilderness, but it is national forest; no permits required. check with the ogden ranger district to learn of any specific restrictions regarding fires and what not (as these things change according to water condtitions and season).
Check Snowbasin's website for current conditions (www.snowbasin.com).
Maintainence crews working for Snowbasin may be encoutered, if you simply stay out of their way and you shouldn.t have any trouble.
No horses, for purposes of maintaining the watershed.
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