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.