New to hiking? Here are the best Northern Utah trails for beginners

Sunday , April 16, 2017 - 10:51 AM

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

Spring is here for Northern Utah, which means sunny skies, warm temperatures and plenty to do outside. 

The arrival of spring also means that many trails will be clear and ready for visitors.

If you’re new to hiking and want to get better acquainted with the local trails, here are a few routes to ease you into Northern Utah’s hiking scene. 

Birdsong Trail

Located along the east bench in Ogden, Birdsong has plenty of sights to see, including several springs and many different kinds of birds. The trail is perfect for beginners and is only about a mile from start to finish.

Trailheads for Birdsong are located in the northwest corner of the Rainbow Gardens parking lot, and another is located at Fillmore Avenue and 20th Street. 

Length: About 1 mile roundtrip

Difficulty: Easy

Indian Trail

Shoshone Indians used this trail to navigate around high waters at the mouth of Ogden Canyon. Nowadays, the trail that winds through thick forests and provides a great view of Ogden. The trail stretches over four miles one way, but only ascends roughly 700 feet, making it a longer, yet gradual hike for beginners.

The trail has three trailheads: one at the top of 22nd Street and two in Ogden Canyon near Cold Water Canyon and Warm Water Canyon

Length: 4.3 miles one way

Difficulty: Moderate

Rainbow Trail

This Ogden trail is another quick jaunt for beginners. Starting near Rainbow Gardens, the trail briefly overlaps with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail before moving up the mountain. The trail ends with a viewpoint at the entrance of Ogden Canyon. 

Length: 2 miles roundtrip

Difficulty: Moderate

Deuel Creek Trail

The Deuel Creek Trail near Centerville and has plenty of places to stop and sit along the way. The trail is roughly two miles and ascends around 1,000 feet, but campsites, a waterfall and a rope swing allow hikers the opportunity to stop and take a break if needed.

This trail starts on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in Centerville on Firebreak Road. 

Length: About 2 miles roundtrip

Difficulty: Moderate

What’s your favorite hike in Northern Utah? Tell us in the comments below.

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