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    Horseback Riding in Ogden!

    The trails in and around Ogden will give you miles of riding pleasure. Using horses responsibly in the backcountry will increase your enjoyment of the area. The next person, and generations of people after you, will appreciate your efforts.

    Here are a few things to keep in mind. Keep groups small and carry lightweight equipment. Avoid marshy areas since the environment is easily disturbed and vegetation is not highly nutritious. Remove or scatter manure and remove excess hay and straw. Hobble horses where they can be watched. String a pack rope between two trees to prevent damage to roots and bark.

    All feed, hay, straw, or mulch taken onto National Forest system lands must be certified to contain no noxious weeds. And most of all, respect the rights of others to use the trail. Be a good representative of the sport of horseback riding.

    Skyline
    This trail runs along the spine of the mountains to the east of North Ogden. One end of the rail is on the west side of Pineview Reservoir near the parking area 1 1/2 miles from the dam. The other end of the trail is at the summit of North Ogden Pass. Elevation starts at 6,184 feet and climbs to 8,100 feet and the length of the ride is 22 miles. Difficulty is moderate and the trail is also used by hikers, mountain and motor bikes.

    Lewis Peak
    This trail branches off from the Skyline Trail runs west for 2.7 miles to the Lewis Peak. The shortest route to the trail is from the North Ogden Pass parking area. Difficulty is moderate and rises from 7,950 feet to 8,031 feet. Hikers, mountain and motor bikes also usee this trail.

    Beus Canyon
    Access this trail from the top of 46th street. It rises from 5,760 feet ending at 6,500 feet and is 7 miles long and is also used by hikers and mountain bikes. This is part of the Great Western Trail and a more difficult climb to make than some of the other trails.

    Ben Lomond
    Go to North Fork Park Campground and park near the corrals to accesses this 7 mile long trail. Beginning at 5,760 feet and ending at 8,010 feet, it is also used by hikers and mountain bikes. This is part of the Great Western Trail and the difficulty is moderate.

    Culter Basin
    Travel north from Liberty toward North Fork Park. However, instead of turning left toward North Fork Park, continue straight until you pass Camp Lomondi and a dirt road turns right and uphill. Follow signs to "Cutler Flat Campground" and drive through the campground field to its north side and turn right then immediately left just before the East Bowery Area. The trailhead is on County property at a dirt cul-de-sac near a red steel gate. This 5 mile ride starts at 5,800 feet and goes to 8,100 feet. Hikers also use this trail.

    Maples
    This trail is accesses at Art Nord Drive below Pineview Reservoir or at Snowbasin Road. For 4.5 miles this path rises gently from 5,000 to 5,600 feet and is considered an easy climb. A part of the Great Western Trail, if is also used by hikers and mountain bikes.

    Green Pond
    Go left as you enter Snowbasin Ski Area upper parking lot and begin a 2 mile ride from 6,600 down to 6,500 feet. Also used by hikers and mountain bikes, the trail includes private property nearby which must be respected.

    Skullcrack Canyon
    You'll find this trail at the south end of Causey Dam and in spite of the ominous name, it rises only 100 feet from 5,800 to 5,900 and is rated as a moderate climb. It is 2 miles long and also used by hikers.

    Wheatgrass Canyon
    Park at the entrance to Camp Kiesel at Causey Reservoir and begin a 10 mile hike that rises from 5,720 to 6,800 feet. The trail is also used by hikers and is rated moderate to difficult. Please respect private property at the Boy Scout Camp.

    For more information contact:
    Ogden Ranger District (801) 625-5112 or
    Union Station Information Center (801) 625-5306

    Utah Hiking Links

    Utah Horse Directory
    Back Country Horsemen of Utah
    Utah Quarter Horse Association
    Utah Horse Council
    Antelope Island Tours
    Red Rock Ranch and Outfitters
    Hondoo Outfitters





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