5 of the best hiking trails with beautiful views of Northern Utah

Monday , April 17, 2017 - 5:30 AM

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

Spring is in full swing, which means that everyone’s favorite hiking trails will be clear and ready for action. 

As the temperature warms up, more and more hikers will be on the trails throughout Weber and Davis counties looking for the best places to take in the beauties of the valley.

To get you started, here are just a few of the hikes that will give you spectacular views of Northern Utah. 

Elephant Rock

Starting near the Mueller Park Picnic Area on Mueller Park Road, this hike lasts a few hours round trip. The trail goes through thick forests and provides plenty of views throughout.

Views from Elephant Rock can stretch for miles, giving hikers a clear view of both the surrounding mountains and the valley below. 

Length: About 7 miles roundtrip

Difficulty: Moderate

Malan’s Peak

This peak’s summit offers views of both the valley and the Great Salt Lake. The hike is somewhat steep but is easy to find and navigate.

At the top of Malan’s Peak, hikers will enjoy a fantastic view that stretches for miles. Hikers can also continue past the peak to Malan’s Basin, a popular spot for backpack campers.

The start of this hike is found at the 29th Street Trailhead. 

Length: About 4 miles roundtip

Difficulty: Moderate

Hidden Valley

This trail is appropriately named, as the entrance for the trail is not obviously marked. Starting at the 22nd Street trailhead, this trail overlaps with the Indian Trail for about a half mile before making a sharp right turn up the mountain.

Hikers should look for the trail entrance that is sometimes marked with a rock bearing the trail’s name. The rocky trail begins to smooth out before reaching the summit, a clear view of both Mt. Ogden and Taylor Canyon.

The hike is short, but elevates over 1,500 feet in just under one and a half miles. 

Length: 2.8 miles roundtrip

Difficulty: Hard

Ben Lomond Peak

Ogden’s well-known mountain is the highest peak overlooking the area at 9,712 feet. The hike is a lengthy, full-day hike but well worth the effort.

The mountain’s views are said to stretch around 100 miles, and hikers can see as far as the Idaho border and Salt Lake City. The trailhead for this hike is found at North Fork Park near Liberty, and the sign for the trail head is found near the horse corrals at the far end of the park.

Length: 15.2 miles roundtrip

Difficulty: Hard

Beus Canyon Trail

One of the main routes to Mt. Ogden is the Beus Canyon Trail. Although this trail can be steep and difficult to navigate, the views cannot be beat. The trail starts slow and flat but gradually becomes a more difficult hike.

The trail starts at the end of 4600 South in Ogden, with the entrance marked and a parking lot available. This route can also be accessed from a Snowbasin service road. 

Length: 11.2 miles roundtrip

Difficulty: Hard

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

Contact digital producer Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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