The Indian Trail

The Indian Trail, so it is named, follows old Shoshone Indian trails that were once used to avoid high waters that spilled out of the canyon. Our curiosity got the best of us and lead us to this beautiful location.

Local Luxuries

Having lived in Ogden for my whole life I am ashamed to say that I have not used the Ogden Trails to their full potential, but I am determined to change that. This last weekend a friend of mine and myself decided to explore one of the trails that is right in our backyard. The Indian Trail, so it is named, follows old Shoshone Indian trails that were once used to avoid high waters that spilled out of the canyon. Our curiosity got the best of us and lead us to this beautiful location.

Location

There are several starting points to access this trail, it is part of a large trail system along the Wasatch front. The one we started from was the Cold-Water Canyon Trailhead, it is 1.5 miles up the Ogden Canyon and is easily accessible with lots of parking. The other starting point is located at the top of 22nd Street near the mouth of the canyon.

Difficulty

This trail has a grand distance of 4.3 miles from one trailhead to the other, it can be hiked one way but you will need to find transportation to make your way back to where you started. This is not an easy 4.3-mile hike, it is a moderate hike that ascends and descends the mountain through various switchbacks and ridgeline paths. It requires some previous hiking experience to enjoy the trail.

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The fun thing about this hike was the fact that there was no goal ending point, it was great to just hike without wondering, “Are we there yet?” There is however a grand look out point that extends your view up to 116 miles out. There is a small logged shelter at this lookout along with a bench to sit on to enjoy the view. From this lookout point you can see the Pilot Mountain Range, Promontory Mountains, and the Newfoundland Mountains. This is a gorgeous hike to do in the evening when it is cooler and has gentle lighting, however it also has the potential to be even better if one stayed to watch the sunset, just be sure to bring a headlamp for the hike back down. Also, if you happen to be interested in the geology of the area, there are incredible formations to be found along with trace fossils left from ancient sea creatures.

Gear list

  • Cotopaxi Luzon 15L Backpack
  • Nalgene
  • Princeton Tech Sync Headlamp
  • Clif Bars
  • Kirkland Trailmix
  • First Aid Kit
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen

 

You don’t always have to travel far distances to enjoy a fun hike or adventure, check out the local trails near you for easily accessible, fun, and safe trails for you and your family.

 

 

Brooklyn Smout; Recreation Outlet Ogden

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