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Wheeler Canyon

Wheeler Canyon

Wheeler Canyon, Utah is great spot within short distance of Ogden.  This is the location of the Wheeler Canyon Trail.  In order to reach Wheeler Canyon one must make the drive up 12th Street to where it converts to Ogden Canyon road. There is about a 20 minute drive up the canyon.  The hike begins at the periphery of the damn on the west side of Pineview Reservoir. It is a popular hike with a reasonable amount of traffic both from mountain bikers and hikers.

Despite the initial traffic, this does thin out somewhat as you make you way your way u the hike. The hike starts out as more of a dirt road than trail that runs up a canyon and has a river running along the side.  There is moderate shade on either side but in most segments the road is exposed to the sun.  Therefore, I would not recommend this hike necessarily in the extreme heat of summer.

This is also a great early morning or late afternoon hike. The preliminary segment of this hike is reasonably straight and runs for about a mile and a half where it breaks off into a separate trail for Icebox Canyon.  This is the more scenic stretch of the trail and it is heavily shaded.

While the dirt road for Wheeler Canyon continues on, the Icebox Canyon Trail, drops off from the road.  You will have no trouble finding the access to Icebox Canyon trail as it is marked with signage and after a short switchback will lead you across a wooden bridge.

I highly recommend discovering and enjoying this hike.  The stream that runs along its edge is great watering source for any pets. It is also very quiet save the sound of the running water and the songs of the birds.  The temperature is always cool in Icebox Canyon and it is a gentle grade.

This is always a scenic and relaxing hike. I recommend this hike for hikers of all ages. 

This hike is also especially memorable in the fall with the rich abundance of fall colors with all the Aspen and Cottonwood trees.

Ogden Trail Network

Ogden Trail Network

There are a series of scenic short hike along the Ogden Trail Network in Ogden, Utah for the less experienced hiker. These are all easily accessible from downtown Ogden.  There is always plenty of free parking at the trailheads and most trails are lightly populated. In particular, one can choose various spot to jump on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

This segment of the trail runs north to south and is typically a very easy segment of the trail network. In the spring they are also a great spot to go birdwatching and the area has been a frequented destination for bird enthusiasts. However, my suggestion is to explore the trails that run east into the various canyons such as Taylors Canyon and Waterfall Canyon.

One of my favorites is the Indian trail which runs along the canyon slope well above Ogden Canyon Road. There is also the waterfall hike which leads to an impressive 100 ft waterfall which cold mountain snow melt that cascades off of the granite spire at the top of the hike.  You will be pleasantly surprised by the size of the waterfall and the incredible views.

In the last couple of years, they have also built a zip line that runs above the waterfall.  While the zipline is a short one, I have been told it is a fun time for kids and adults alike.  As mentioned elsewhere in my blog, be on the lookout for wildlife including deer, porcupine, skunk, and rattlesnake. These creatures are all non-aggressive and will generally turn tail at the sign of humans.

Even the rattlesnakes have no interest in humans but have been known to lunge at dogs if they feel threatened.  Please be respectful of all wildlife and be sure to clean up after yourselves.  There are miles of fantastic trails ready for discovery for those willing to get outside and explore them.