This is a great mountain. Why don't more people climb it?
I climbed with Madsjim. The Taylor Canyon trail was good, but not very exciting. Getting to the top is a bit anticlimatic because you can see the road to the top.
We summited via Malans Basin, which near the top is really steep with no trail. The trail kind of disapears once you climb up into the Basin. We found one of the covers from the towers on the summit nearly 2 miles down the mountain, which attests the the high winds that come off the summit and carried all the way down there.
Trail easy to follow, great scenery. Low-lying oakbrush harsh on the shins if not protected. Roundtrip in less than 4 hours with time for pictures.
Ate some raspberries along the trail that were ready, and had a great time. The growth along the trail is TALL immediately before the trail turns West as you head up the canyon. The Helipad and all the equipment blows at the top. =(
I think mountaineer1080 is my pussy climbing partner in the summit post below. He is right, in that the south shoulder is not the best idea unless you are out to torture yourself. We pushed straight up from Malan's basin, trail not so obvious, and then lost the trail completely further up. Staggeringly beautiful scenery from the top. P.S. if you plan to climb with mountaineer1080, prepare for unending complaining, slow climbing, and a guy who will drink all of your beer in the dark of the night. Don't believe anything he says, and if you have to camp with him, sleep on your back and with one eye open.
We had originally tried the the shoulder to the south in January, but it turned out not to be the best idea and headed down about 1500 ft below the peak. This time we went up along the north side of the stream from Malan's Basin. Then scrambled up to the top. It was a lot easier then I thought it would have been. The view from the top was incredible though and well worth it. ....High country by the way is so full of it his eyes are dark brown, and I packed my own beer, even gave him one. So what now "highcountry"?
Taylor Canyon - The trail goes up the canyon and gradually gains elevation. It then meets up with the trail to Malans Basin. There is a nice overlook up this switchback. After six long switchbacks the trail ends up on top of Malans Peak. It then descends down towards Malans Basin. The route from here to the top of Mount Ogden involves a lot of steep off-trail hiking and is probably one of the more strenuous routes up the mountain.
Waterfall Canyon - This is my favorite route up Mount Ogden. The trail up to Malans Falls is short and steep. The best time to see the falls is during spring. The route then goes up a gully with some fun scrambling. After that is a steep hike up a long talus slope that eventually ends up near the top of the falls. There is some bushwhacking and off-trail hiking that you must do in order to get to Malans Basin where you can take the regular route up the west face.
Beus Canyon - The easiest route up the mountain from the west side. There is a maintained trail that goes all the way to the summit. It is a nice hike that has over 4,000 feet of elevation gain. It also gives access to DeMoisy and Strawberry Peak.
Snowbasin - The road leading to the summit is simple to follow and it makes a nice half-day hike. This is the easiest route up the mountain. The equipment on top is quite an eyesore. You do get a nice view of the east face of Mount Ogden from the trail.
Taylor Canyon by far is the hardest and steepest route, and probably the most scenic. Be prepared from some bush-wackin' after Malin's Basin. Good peak to summit, even though you can drive to it!
Climbed several times...probably the most interesting peak in the northern Wasatch. The trails from Snowbasin are the easiest. Routes from the SL Valley (Beus, Taylor) are longer and steep, but still nice. Ridge traverse to/from Allen Peak is interesting, and offers a chance to visit the start gate for the 2002 olympic downhill ski race.