The popular hike to Mount Ogden from Beus Canyon

Tom’s Experience Climbing Mount Ogden from Beus Canyon:

Mount Ogden is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Ogden.

Ogden Hiking Trails

There are four main routes to the summit, Beus Canyon, Waterfall Canyon, Taylor Canyon and Snowbasin. This will describe the route up Beus Canyon. With a shuttle, you can make it a loop hike from any of the other trailheads. From Beus to the summit is 6.6 miles one way.

Hiking in Ogden

The route up Beus is fairly steep but easy to follow. The trail intersects with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail but is well signed for directions to the summit. You will hike next to a stream up the mountain and pass a small waterfall.

Ogden Mountains

The canyon here can be in the shade most of the morning which is very nice in the summer. You will come to some fern fields where you may have to cross over the stream a few times, you shouldn’t need to get wet, but the trail can be muddy.

Ogden Summit

This will lead to the trail heading south and traversing around the mountain. Eventually you will reach the saddle and the radio towers will come into view. The final bit of the trail is following a very steep road up to the summit. From the summit you have good views of both Lewis Peak and Ben Lomond.

Ogden Summit Trail

Be careful on the trail, we saw one rattlesnake but it left us alone. You may also want to wear pants because the trail is over grown in a few spots. Dogs are allowed on this trail.

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Trail Info: From Harrison Blvd in Ogden, Utah, turn east towards the mountains on 4600 S. Follow this road up the mountain until it starts to bend south and the destination will be on the right. Parking is limited and there are no facilities at the trailhead.


Beus Canyon Trailhead:     41.177213,-111.929446

Summit:    41.199923,-111.882421

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Explore the beautiful Lake of the Woods

Tom’s Experience hiking to Lake of the Woods:

Lake of the Woods is about 11 miles round trip from the Echo Lakes Trailhead, and is a very large lake.

Lake of the Woods Desolation Wilderness

Camping is limited around the lake due to restoration projects but it is still a great place to spend the day.

Hike to Lake of the Woods

The trail to Lake of the Woods is on the way to Lake Aloha and past Tamarack Lake.

Lake of the Woods Tahoe

Dogs are allowed on this trail.

Lake of the Woods Hike

The trail starts out making its way around Echo Lakes and then it starts to climb. There will be a sign pointing the way towards Lake of the Woods at the top of the steep climb.

Trail to Lake of the Woods

Climb a little higher and then you will drop down into the lake. Total elevation change is about 1000 ft.

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Trail Info: To get to the Echo Lakes Trailhead from South Lake, head southwest on the 50. Turn right onto a very small paved road called the Lincoln Highway that starts heading up the mountain. There are a few signs on the paved road. Follow that road until you turn right on Echo Lakes Road. Follow Echo Lakes Road until you reach a parking lot. If you drive into Echo Lake you have gone too far.


Echo Lakes Trailhead:   38.835141,-120.044515

Lake of the Woods:     38.852442,-120.118117

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