Ben Lomond trail - Trail, North Ogden, Utah

Ben Lomond trail - Trail, North Ogden, Utah

DESCRIPTION

Steep climb with switchbacks, all singletrack. It is not for beginners or people who are out of shape-they can hike it. Watch out for moose and mountain lions. Snow up high until july or so.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jan 31, 2008]
Clint S
Weekend Warrior

Trail described on first posting is for north skyline trail leg of great western trail. Very aerobically challenging, very loose sections churned up by horses. Great views of salt lake and ogden valleys. Real Ben Lomond trail starts at north fork park horse corral and climbs up to Ben Lomond base on ridge where it meets with skyline trail. This is poorly maintained and is even more painful if muddy.

Customer Service

Depending on which trail you want ... Skyline or BLT.

Similar Products Used:

Maples, green pond at snowbasin. Jardine in logan canyon.

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4
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5
[Feb 18, 2005]
zimmie
Cross Country Rider

Sweet trail. As said already it not for the faint of heart. The first 4 miles can be pretty intense, but well worth it. Nothing to technical. Once you get to the ridge its a nice easyride with and amazing view out to the valley, right on the edge of the mountain. The last bit of switch backs to the peak is the steepest part of the trail. I haven't ever bothered to try and ride up it. It just loose rock. The ride back is the best. There aren't a lot of people on the trail so you can fly. The ridge is fairly straight so you can see when there is someone coming and when there's no one there its fast. The switch backs will jar you around for the first half. After that it smooth dirt through the trees and even faster. There are a couple of really good banks to hug and some little ledges. Be sure to make lots noise before the turns just incase. If you up for the challenge start at pineview, but it is extremly hot during the day and has lots ove over growth and loose rock at the beginning. Really fast down hill as well.

Customer Service

Start at north ogden pass

Similar Products Used:

Anything around snowbasin.

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5
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4
[Oct 10, 2003]
Santa-Claus
Racer

Hello Kids! I hope you all are doing good this year and you better be because I am watching. Santa is having a lot of fun during the off season on his summer sled. And my reindeer wants to stay in shape for the winter. My sled has four wheels and shocks on them. We had a lot of fun on the trails and the downhill was fun until Vixon fell and got bruised on the side. He is o.k. now. Then we flew off and Rudolf and Dixon started complaining because they wanted to go more. I thought the trail was a lot of fun and We'll come back again for more.

Similar Products Used:

Whistler, Canada. Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway, Italy, Mount Snow, California. China, Phillipines, and Kenya. All the trails there were fun!

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5
VALUE
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5
[Jun 21, 2000]
Tyson

This trail rules. The switchbacks are a killer going up, especially with a 26 lb. bike like mine. But oh are they fun going down. Really fast, but a few rocky sections. After the switchbacks it pretty much levels off so it's all good. Didn't get to go to the peak though cause it's still got snow on it. Looking forward to when it melts. Make sure to take lots of water and food cause it's a long ride. The only problem I have with this trail is the traffic it has. If you go on a busy day you could hit (or get hit) by motorcycles, horses, and hikers. So watch out.

Customer Service

My recommended route is the trail. Follow it, just watch out for horse crap and dumb hikers.

Similar Products Used:

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail System, they are fun to just go ride and can be quick and technical.

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4
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[Aug 07, 2000]
Alex Lizarazo

This trail is not an intermediate trail. It is definitely advanced level as far as the physical endurance you need. It climbs 3000 ft over 5 or 6 miles and is pretty technical throughout the ride. An advanced rider will like it and but an intermediate rider will be pushed to the limit (if you ride to the saddle). Not for beginners.
Great views, some tree cover,and lots of technical switchbacks. I've seen a moose everytime I've rode it.

Customer Service

Went up Northern Skyline to the saddle and down this trail to North Fork Park. Also started at North Fork Park and rode up to the saddle and down Northern Skyline to the North Ogden divide.

Similar Products Used:

Southern Skyline, Northern Skyline. North Fork figure eight trail.

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5
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[Nov 11, 2000]
Spike

Fairly nice trail but not that hard. The upper switchbacks are being destroyed by brain dead motorcycle riders. I'm not sure why they are allowed on the trail. A majority of this trail is open to sun exposure and it can cook you despite the elevation. Bring plenty of water.

Customer Service

Couple of things first off. Whoever started this got the name wrong. His directions are to North Skyline Trail. It does end at Ben L. but the Ben L. trail is harder and starts at North Fork Park in Liberty.
Also pal, I've both hiked and ridden North Skyline. Hiking 16 miles, all up/downhill is harder than biking it. You give it a try.

Similar Products Used:

The real Ben L. trail, Southern Skyline to Lewis Peak, Wheeler's Creek Trail to Snowbasin.

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4
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[Dec 15, 2000]
Nate Henry

The people who said this is challenging aren't kidding. The hike is definitely worse too. Once you clear the first switch backs this trail becomes all worth it. Wasatch Mountian High!

Nothing is worse than sweating for an hour to get to the top and then being passed by some fume expelling motorcycle. Those shouldn't be allowed.

Customer Service

Same as the others-go to the top or hit the saddle and down to North fork-Either way get ready for a hill climb.

Similar Products Used:

Bonneville Shoreline FUN! Wheelers to maples.

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3
VALUE
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[Sep 24, 2001]
Kelly

Trail starts out in the trees at North Ogden divide in a smoothly rutted dirt path. It then transitions into a partially barren hillside with rocky/shailly pack. There are some nice technical areas in this zone. After cresting the ridgeline you will transition back into some trees and grassy areas until you cross the real ridgeline. On your left(west) you will see North Ogden, the great salt lake, and Willard Bay. This is a bad place to start a new downhill trail, because the field that slopes steeply down towards the valley shortly turns into cliffs upwards of 500ft tall. When you reach this section the riding gets much easier with some slight climbs and descents. There are a few short climbs before you reach the summit. Always stay to the left when the trail forks, most of the trails to the right are discontinued. When you reach the 'saddle' below the peak you will see the A final trail split and the sign that gives you distances to the peak/North Fork, and Promitory Point(The next peak along the trail). The peak is about 1.5 miles tall from this point. The trail shortly becomes very technical with large rocks and steep grades. It is a great place to tax your technical climbing skills. The quality of the trail degrades rapidly as you can tell from other reviews, but I the quality of the trail is not only because of Motorcycles. The watershed from the peak causes the trail to wash out in many places because of the poor vegetation and soil quality. Bikes also help degrade the trail by sliding that back tire around all the corners and riding the washouts. I personally enjoy the condition of the trail. If you can ride the whole peak section then I applaud you. If you can ride it without stopping, you should quit your job. From the peak you can see Logan Utah to the North, Ogden Valley to the East, and Parts of Salt lake to South. If you continue on the trail you will go to Promitory point I believe, the highest point in this section of the Wasatch front.
The entire trail is single track and free from any types of civilization. If you like to downhill like me, be sure and bring your patch kit or tire liner cuz I garentee you'll pinch, no matter how much pressure you got, unless your not up to speed. Its no fun to carry your bike down the trail when you could be riding it. Also, you can ride the first section of the trail until the first ridge sometimes as early as the end of may, but once you crest the ridge you'll have to wait until late June or July. This is probably in the top three trails I've ever ridden, and its right next to home.

Customer Service

My favorate route starts at the top of North Ogden Divide and then goes up to the peak and back down where you started. Its nice to go up in the evening and catch the sunset at the top followed by a night downhill back to the bottom (with a light). If you are feeling tough, ride from the pass to the peak, then decend down to North Fork and ride the road back throught the valley and up the divide. The North Fork turn off is at the base of the peak. If you feel even tougher, then start at the trailhead just east of Ogden Canyon on the North Side of the lake. You can then follow the Skyline trail from Odgden Canyon All the way to North Fork. I would only recommend this is you are a very good long distance rider. You will probably climb 7-9K feet during the trip. Thats a good long saturday trip.

Similar Products Used:

I recommend Skyline from all directions Maples(great at night) and 22nd St trail.

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5
VALUE
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[Mar 15, 2002]
Mike

This trail is a real gem based on it's length, variety, beauty, condition, and close proximity to a metropolitan area. As most people have mentioned, it is not for the faint-hearted. It starts with some killer switchbacks but is well worth it once you endure the first 2-3 miles because then it opens up a bit more (although still a steady climb). If you make it to the peak the views will be worth it. The last mile of the trail to the peak goes up some incredibly rough and killer switchbacks that will most likely have to be walked. If you can make it all the way to the peak you can turn this ride into a great shuttle ride by continuing across the peak and all the way over to Willard Peak (all single track). Once to Willard Peak you can take the dirt road all the way down to the bottom where you can have a shuttle car parked at the start of the road just outside of the small town of Mantua. Other options for this trail include starting at the Pineview trailhead just on the north side of the Pineview Reservoir (a small parking lot for the trailhead is available and is easily identifiable by the windsurfers parked in the parking lot using the reservoir). Starting from here it adds another 9.5 miles to get to the Ben Lomond trailhead at the summit of North Ogden Divide. Once again this is all single track and going this route still provides you with a good climb but you avoid the nasty switchbacks of the Lewis Peak portion of the trail (but you still have the switchbacks going up the Ben Lomond side).

Keep in mind this is a multi-use trail. On the weekends you WILL see many hikers, equestrians, and motorcyclists (no ATVs). You should exercise appropriate trail etiquette as marked by the trailhead signs and respect other's rights to be on the trail. I enjoy both mountain biking, hiking, and riding my motorcycle on this trail. In fact, I was hiking and riding a motorcycle on this trail long before mountain bikes were ever around and from my perspective, the condition of the trail has not degraded much at all. If anything, there has been more maintenance in recent years to make it even better (water breaks, vegetation control, etc.) I would caution anyone from having an "elitist" view of their rights as a mountain biker on this trail or any others because the motorcycling community and mtn. biking community are fighting the same battles (should be fighting the same battles) to keep the trails open. Trust me, as soon as they close down the trail to motorcycles, mountain bikes are not far behind and then we all lose.

This is an epic trail that everyone should try....just make sure you're in shape before you do :-)

Customer Service

From North Ogden Pass to Ben Lomond peak and back, or from Pineview trailhead all the way to Ben Lomond and back. Can also be done as a shuttle ride starting from either Pineview trailhead or North Ogden Pass, all the way to Mantua Utah (all single track except for downhill portion from Willard Peak to Mantua).

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4
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[May 18, 2002]
Jakerdude

Trail is amazing, the climb is fun if you're in shape, switchbacks are good and the climb isn't super technical it just has some loose sections and tiny rock ledges. If you choose to start from the Pineview side it adds 9 miles more or less to the trail and it is all up hill except for when you drop down to the divide, just to head up the Ben Lomond switchbacks. The Pineview side is an equally spectacular ride but it needs more traffic, the biggest problem is that the oak brush gets out of hand and it cuts the crap out of your legs and arms, but again I say its worth it. There is also the option of dropping down from the Ben Lomond saddle into Cuttlers Basin which spits you out in North Fork, from there you would ride the road back to the top of the divide. All these trails are physically challenging, and could traumatize a first timer. Exposure is dangerous in parts so ride within your ability, and remember that horses, hikers, and bikers all frequent this trail. For best results ride on a weekday or early on weekends.

Customer Service

There are tons of options but the best is to start from the top of N. Ogden divide and ride up to Ben Lomond. Or you can start from Pineview trailhead.

Similar Products Used:

Bonneville Shoreline Trail from 22nd street or start at Rainbow Gardens.

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5
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