Tom’s Experience climbing Ben Lomond from the North Ogden Divide:
Ben Lomond is one of the most prominent peaks in northern Utah and possibly the most popular peak in Ogden.
The name Ben Lomond comes from Scottish settlers that said the mountain resembled a similar mountain back in Scotland, east of Loch Lomond.
There are four different trailheads that lead to the summit. We took the North Ogden Divide trailhead, which is the longest route to the summit, with a total round trip mileage about 16.4 miles and a total elevation gain of 3600 feet. It is also the most popular trail to the summit.
This trail is also known as the North Skyline Trail and is part of the Great Western Trail. The trail starts out climbing steeply up the side of the mountain with some long switchbacks. Eventually you will make your way to the ridge that overlooks Ogden city and has some wonderful views of the city as well as Ben Lomond.
That overlook will lead to the bottom of another steep section. There is a little bit of loose rock here and the trail is very steep with numerous switchbacks leading to the summit. Depending on the time of the year there might also be snow at this point. At the summit there might be a register to sign as well as great views of the Ogden and Huntsville areas, Mount Ogden, Willard Peak and Lewis Peak.
Dogs are allowed on this trail as well as mountain bikes, dirt bikes and horses. From Ben Lomond it is about 3 miles round trip to get to Willard Peak, the highest point in Weber County. There is a herd of mountain goats that live around the peaks which are usually easy to see, especially if you have binoculars. We have also seen moose along the trail. There are a few places to camp along the trail if you would like to do an overnighter.
Trail Info: Take North Ogden Canyon Road to the top of the North Ogden Divide. There is a parking lot on the south side of the road. Park there and take the trail that is north of the parking lot and across the street. It will start to climb the mountain with some switchbacks.
North Ogden Divide Trailhead: 41.320684,-111.898963
Top of Ben Lomond: 41.363187,-111.96075
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