From the trailhead parking lot, the trail immediately diverges either up the hill or south. The south branch is the 36th Street exercise trail which is popular with mountain bikers and joggers. This trail will take you past the golf course and to Strong’s Canyon. If you head up the hill (East), you will reach the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) in about .75 miles. If you go South on the BST, you will reach Strong Canyon in about 1.2 miles and can go onto Beus Canyon another 2 miles on the trail. If you go North on the BST, you will reach Taylor Canyon in about 1.5 miles and can go up Malan Peak from there. If you continue East up the canyon from this point, that is Waterfall Canyon and will reach the waterfall in about .75 miles. True professionals can continue by climbing the iffy trail next to the waterfall and press on toward Mt. Ogden. Finally, there is a small clearing next to the bridge at the cross road. If you look carefully at the rocks next to clearing there is a privately owned Via Ferrata route up the side of the mountain (See their Website www.facebook.com/MountOgdenViaFerrata).
The area is very popular for hiking and mountain biking. During the Winter and Fall, there aren’t very many people but during the summer the entire area is awash with mountain bikers and hikers. On some summer evenings the trail to Waterfall Canyon is a virtual conga line...avoid unless you love crowds!
There aren’t any formal camping sites in the general area, although once up the canyons there are a couple of spots for primitive camping. Use established fire rings whenever possible and practice “leave no trace” camping. Fire is a real danger in the area and campfires on the west faces of the hills is prohibited during the summer. There are a couple of streams in the area (up Waterfall Canyon, Taylor Canyon and Strong Canyon), so water resupply is possible.
TRAILS and ACTIVITIESAREA TRAILS
36 Street Exercise Trail -- Heading south from trailhead. Easy jogging trail to 36th Street. Passes the golf course with very little vertical climb
Waterfall Canyon Trail --- Head east up the hillside. Crosses Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST), crosses small bridge and then continues up into the canyon.
Bonneville Shoreline Trail -- Runs north-south along the hillside about 1/2 mile from trailhead. Go north on BST to reach Taylor Canyon, Go south on BST to reach Strong Canyon.
Jogging: BST and 36th Street Exercise Trail would be best
Hiking: All area trails are good hikes. Waterfall Canyon is the most popular
Mountain Biking: Bonneville Shoreline trail is your best bet
Snow Shoeing: Waterfall Canyon immediately after a hard snow
Rock Climbing: Looks like a good area, but don't have personal experience
From I-15, take exit 341 (31st Street), follow the signs for Weber State University/Hospital (East, toward the mountains). Continue on 31st to Harrison Blvd, go left to 29th Street, Turn right and follow 29th Street to the Trailhead.
The trails are mostly on USFS and/or city property. No fees. Dogs and horses are allowed. Campfires are restricted and fire is a real danger.
TERRAIN AND WILDLIFEThe area around the trailhead has the usual Utah wildlife including Deer, Elk, Rabbits, squirrels, and the like. It is an excellent bird-watching area. Mosquitoes are negligible but the flies can be annoying. Like everywhere else in Utah, watch out for rattlesnakes.
The west face of the Wasatch Mountains are hot and dry in the summer and covered with sage brush and dry grasses. The canyons are mostly made up of Gambel Oak, Canyon Maple, and Water Birch forests. The area gets lots of snow during the winter, the lower trails are pretty well beaten down but still are pretty entertaining places to snowshoe.