Skyline (Ben Lomond Loop) - TRAIL

Skyline (Ben Lomond Loop) - Trail, Ogden, Utah

Combines three shorter rides which are actually respectable endeavors in themselves - South Skyline, North Skyline and Ben Lomond - total of about 30 miles of singletrack, 10 miles on road back to the parking area. Here's what many won't like: 6000 vertical feet of climbing. Tough-nuts only. If you want to pose go take a lift ride at Deer Valley. Attractions: huge views, long rolling ridges, a REAL test of one's endurance. South Skyline begins as a climb to the ridge (follow great western trail markers) and takes the rider along the ridge to a moderately technical descent to North Ogden Pass. At North Ogden Pass cross the road and begin the North Skyline trail. Start climbing again till you reach the ridge and ride it to the base of Ben Lomond peak. You now bear right and ride down a trail slightly more primitive than what you've been on but it is downhill all the way for a long way. Very rocky towards the bottom. You are spat out onto the parking area for what I think is called North Fork Park (?). It's pavement from here on out. Ride to Eden and from there back to your car or truck. Go to Ruby River and have a big fat porterhouse steak. You deserve it.

User Reviews (13)

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specializedrider25   Cross Country Rider [May 31, 2009]

I work near Pineview Dam and ride the lower skyline trail weekly. IT is not for the faint of heart! It's a steady climb all the way to the ridgeline. as you descend to the North Ogden Divide you need to check your legs and think twice about continuing up to the base of Ben Lomond. If you're up to it, this is a trail you're sure to ride over and over again. With a rewarding and fast downhill, you forget how much it hurt to get to the top. Take lots of water on a summer day, There's almost no shade the whole way through. Have fun and make sure your breaks work for the downhill back...it can get pretty hairy around some of those ridges and switchbacks!

Customer Service

Park a half mile above Pineview dam on the right and cross the road up the trailhead.

Similar Products Used: Wheeler Canyon below Pineview dam, Bonneville shoreline trail.
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Fischman   Cross Country Rider [Sep 04, 2004]

Hope you like to climb! Each of these trails offers some of the longest, best sustained climbs you will ever see. The Southern Skyline trail, starting from the Pineview Reservior trailhead is relatively smooth. A great place to take your hardtail and crank up your aerobic capacity. Halfway up, there is the most amazing view of Mt Ogden. Go in June when the trail is lush, but the mountain snowcapped, for a class A photo op. The Northern Skyline trail runs about the same relentless grade, but is rockier and you will feel it more. Ben Lomond trail is the toughest yet, and best saved for the downhill unless you are a serious hammerhead.

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5
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Ned Abbey   Cross Country Rider [Sep 01, 2003]

I did the North Ogden Pass to Ben Lomond segment. Don't let anyone fool you, the trail is a tough lug. This segment starts with two or three miles of switchbacks and then a few miles along the backside (east side) of the ridge until you get to the base (base, mind you) of Ben Lomond peak. Get there and then you decide if you want to do it. The best thing about this trail are the endless views. Go on a nice, clear day and enjoy.

Similar Products Used: Wasatch Crest, Pipeline, Mueller, and the Double Secret Trail.
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4
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4
Ken Blades   [Nov 13, 1998]

The fist 3 miles is pure torture but it gets better. coming down to North ogden devide is for experts only. going up to ben lomend is a lot nicer than the climb up southern skyline or if you want you can head to Ogden from the devide as well.

Customer Service

Start at the parking lot about a mile past pineview dam. The trail head is well marked.

Similar Products Used: The ogden area has to many trails to be able to tell about em all here. Some of the better ones are bonneville shoreline, wheelers canyon, maples trail and the snow basin ski area.
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3
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Ron Wheeler   [Jan 08, 1999]

Great if you love the feeling of lactic acid buildup in your legs as I do. The trail is all up hill and goes on forever. The trail intersects North Ogden Pass road before it heads on up to Ben Lomond Peak. If you decide to take the road down you better make sure you have good brakepads. It's only a 2.5 mile descent but it is one of the steepest mountain roads in all of Utah. A brutal climb on a road bike and one of my favorites. Skyline is not one of the best mtb trails for those of you who are downhillers. It's narrow for much of the trail and can not that exciting if you are a thrill seeker.

Customer Service

It's Pineview not Pinehurst res. as the intro states. There is only one route and that is straight up.

Similar Products Used: If you want to let it loose down the hill then cruise down the road a few miles to Snowbasin. They aren't running lifts for mtbers yet so you'll have to climb there too.
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4
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Alex Lizarazo   [Feb 12, 1999]

Great trail for working on hill climbing endurance. Medium Technicality but very physically demanding and great speeds coming back down. I really like the rawness of this trail, or it's lack of damage. Since it's a difficult trail, it's hardly has that much traffic (at least when I've gone).

Customer Service

Start at pineview reservior and work your way up to either the fork to Lewis Peak, or just all the way to the peak.

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Kirk   [Jan 09, 2000]

This rout is a much more practical endevor because the majority of us don't have a whole day to spend on a 40 mile ride. Skyline is some of the best single track I have ever seen and even if you don't have all day, you can at least make it an enjoyable 2 hour ride after work.

Customer Service

Start at Windsurfer beach (one mile from Pineview dam)
Ride to Lewis Peak and turn around.

Similar Products Used: Another trail that is quite enjoyable is the Maples trail that can be accessed by way of Wheeler Canyon (directly south of the dam).
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5
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Vaughn Martinez   [Jan 23, 2000]

Start slow ..Its all up hill all the way..Take your time on the down hill because it is open to motercycles ..And it sucks to hall some off the trail if there is a head on with a motorbike...

Customer Service

Windsurfer beach to the water shed sign for a short ride or to Lewis peak for a longer ride..

Similar Products Used: North fork figure 8 loop ...or wheeler canyon to Snowbasin...
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4
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Tyson   [Apr 10, 2000]

Rocky at first, then gets to the smooth singletrack. Lots of steep terrain. Great fun for the whole family (hope you catch the sarcasm).

Customer Service

I like starting at the North Ogden Divide and heading up to Ben Lomond. It's a great climb at first but you're rewarded with coming down it. The views are great. Make sure you bring lots of water. It's a hot ride. The Lewis Peak side is fun also, but a little more technical and steeper. Make sure you bring food too. My first time I thought it'd be easy so I just took some pop-tarts. Big mistake. If you go from the North Ogden divide to Lewis Peak then down to Pine View Dam you get a short, steep climb, followed by a steady climb, followed by 10 or so miles of downhill.

Similar Products Used: The bench. Start at the eastern end of 22nd, 29th streets and ride around. Make sure you don't go on the hiker's trails.
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5
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Big Al   [May 20, 2001]

It was absolutely awesome!!! Hard climbs (3000 ft) and fun descents (2500 ft dirt, 500 ft pavement) . The descend was an absolute riot!! Takes about three hours if you're an advanced rider. Experts can do it faster, intermediates slower. And best of all, absolutely no hike-a-bike required (like when you go south from North Ogden Divide).

Customer Service

Found a new Loop!!! Some guy told me about this on the trail.

Similar Products Used: Northern skyline, ben lemond trail, north fork park trail, powder mountain x-country race course, wheeler creek-maples trail, etc. etc........so many
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