Bicycling Magazine Ogden, UT: Ben Lomond Peak via North Skyline Trail 

Climbing nearly 4,000 feet to a Wasatch summit overlooking Ogden, this 16-mile out-and-back challenges with multiple switchbacks and a mix of steady and steep exposed terrain.


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Author: Bicycling Magazine
Date: 24 Jun 2008 5:59:51 PM
Activity: Mountain Biking
State: Utah (UT)
Distance: 16.05 mi  (Change units)
Survey Elevation: Total Gain: 6461 ft
Total Loss: 6461 ft
Net Change: 0 ft
Difficulty: 7 / 10
Tags: North Ogden, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Utah, Wasatch Range
Rating: Unrated   Rate it

This route begins at the North Odgen Divide Trailhead, 6,170 feet above sea level and about 2.5 miles east of the city along North Ogden Canyon Road.

The first stretch of trail has sections of small, loose rock and traverses 10 switchback corners—a few of them technically challenging—in its first three miles. The grueling 9 percent grade continues for another mile before the trail crosses to the western side of the ridge. There the climb eases and the mountain falls away for exceptional views of Ogden and the Great Salt Lake. The exposure here isn’t vertical, so although it makes for a thrilling ride, it isn’t scary.

If you're feeling tired, turn around at the North Skyline Trail’s highest point, a marked junction below Ben Lomond Peak. Those looking to extend their ride can hike-a-bike the steep 1.5-mile trail 1,100 feet to the summit before retracing their route to the trailhead.

-Mapped by Gene Poncelet

Position Format: Datum:
Tracks

Skyline North to Ben Lomond Peak

Distance: 16.05 mi Points: 2198
Total Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi
Active Time: none Speed: 0.0 mph Pace: 0:00 / mi

Points of Interest

North Ogden Divide Trailhead

Location: 41.320075, -111.899185
The trailhead is just across the highway to the north from the large parking lot.

Trail Views

Location: 41.325908, -111.898499
Looking south towards Pineview Reservoir. You don't have to climb very high for the views.

7th Switchback

Location: 41.325651, -111.895967
By this 7th switchback, the trail is already above a low-flying airplane.

Rocky Trail

Location: 41.327069, -111.900559
The first 2.5 miles of loose, rocky trail precede smooth, fun sections to come.

Trail Fork

Location: 41.328205, -111.906738
Just after the 10th switchback the trail splits below a small peak. The tracks rejoin less than 0.25 miles away. Tip: For the best ride, stay right going up, and stay right going down.

East Facing Slopes

Location: 41.332354, -111.914120
This eastern side of the mountain sees heavy winter snowfall.

Respite

Location: 41.341711, -111.923246
The climb eases as the trail crosses to the west side of the ridge. Don't forget to check out the excellent views of Ogden and the Great Salt Lake.

Below Chilly Peak

Location: 41.348142, -111.929741
The trail below Chilly Peak smooths out before another short climb.

Ben Lomond Peak

Location: 41.353425, -111.934547

Views

Location: 41.356260, -111.937122
Take time to look at more than your front wheel.

Saddle

Location: 41.360383, -111.945276
This saddle marks the end of this route. The trail flattens as it approaches the saddle below Ben Lamond Peak.

Turnaround

Location: 41.362380, -111.949310
The southeastern view of Ogden from the turnaround point. From the marked junction where this route ends, the trail continues to climb 1,100 feet to Ben Lomond Peak.

Ben Lomond Peak

Location: 41.363180, -111.960727
Ben Lomond Peak (9,712 ft.): Take a breather at the top of this Wasatch peak before retracing your route to the trailhead. Still not tired? Check out the trails that continue north from this peak.


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