Rain will finally leave Northern Utah alone this weekend, just in time to celebrate National Trails Day on Saturday.
Sponsored by the American Hiking Society, National Trails Day takes place on the first Saturday in June each year, aiming to bring together the general public and local, state and federal agencies together to "advocate for, maintain, and clean up public lands and trails."
As part of the celebrations, a trail clean-up of the Ogden River Parkway will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in Ogden. Volunteers will meet at Slackwater Pub & Pizzeria, 1895 Washington Blvd., and head out on the parkway to pick up as much garbage as possible. Pizza, drinks and giveaways at Slackwater will follow.
Another easy way to celebrate National Trails Day locally? Heading outside and enjoying some of the hundreds of miles of trails in and around Ogden. Below are five trail suggestions from our staff. You can check out trail conditions before you head out here.
-- Jessica Kokesh, city editor
1. Waterfall Canyon
No Ogden hiking list would be complete with Waterfall Canyon trail, a challenging 1.2 mile hike up to the 200-foot waterfall at the top. Hop on the trailhead at 29th Street or connect to it from the Bonneville Shoreline trail.
The climb is a rocky and strenuous one, so be sure to bring sturdy shoes and water along. If you're cursing your life choices on the way up, don't worry -- the view totally makes up for it. We promise.
Waterfall Canyon is one of Ogden's most popular hikes, so be prepared to share the trail with a lot of people, especially on the weekends. The trail is also located on private property, so be respectful of the area.
2. Malans Peak
If you haven't checked Malans Peak off your "Ogden Trails" hiking to-do list, it's time to try it out.
Malans Peak is a challenging 4.8 mile out and back hike up the east side of the peak, with the ending summit elevation at 6,980 feet. Hikers will gain more than 2,000 feet in elevation over the course of the hike, which offers incredible views of the Ogden Valley and beyond.
The trail is steep, so take your time to catch your breath and bring plenty of water on your journey. If you don't want to go all the way to the top of the peak, you can stop at the lookout around the halfway point and still get some pretty amazing views.
Hikers who conquer the peak can continue along the trail to Malans Basin and onward to Mt. Ogden.
3. Jump Off Canyon
Want to see a waterfall but don't want to deal with the crush of people on Waterfall Canyon trail? Try Jump Off Canyon trail just north of Ogden Canyon.
Jump Off Canyon is a moderate, 2.5 mile loop with a trailhead at East 425 N. St. The trail has north and south routes, which eventually meet at the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and leader hikers to the mouth of canyon trail.
While the majority of the hike is pretty easy, the last portion of the trail can be a bit challenging, with steep, rocky portions to conquer.
4. Weber Discovery Loop
Exercise your body and mind on this set of trails just above Weber State University. The Weber Discovery Loop is a one mile round-trip in the foothills behind the university with just enough switchbacks and inclines to get your heart pumping. Hikers can connect to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail by the loop's more rambling southern route or via the quicker, but steeper northern side.
Either way, make sure to do the full trail to take in the educational experience of the loop. Several markers along the loop explain the geology and ecology of the Wasatch Mountains in the Ogden area, and provide great resting points if you get a little winded. The loop has excellent views of Weber State and South Ogden, and plenty of wildlife and fauna.
Depending on your pace, hiking one side of the loop can take about 15 to 20 minutes, so if you want a longer hike, keep going along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to reach Strongs Canyon or connect with the Beus Canyon Trail for a bigger challenge.
5. Ogden and Weber River Parkways
If you're not interested in heading up into the mountains, taking a walk or ride along Weber County's Centennial Trails system might be more your speed.
Made up of a 27-mile loop around Ogden, Riverdale and other Weber County communities, the Ogden and Weber River Parkway trails offer a variety of river views and walks along paved, natural and gravel surfaces. Stop to play disc golf along the Weber River in Riverdale, take the Kingfisher Wetlands loop near Fort Buenaventura for a great view of the mountains, or end your walk with the dinos at the George S. Eccles Dinosaur Park.