OGDEN, Utah – In honor of the final weekend of summer, Weber State University is holding its annual Mount Ogden Hike this Saturday (Sept. 20).
In 1922, more than 350 students, faculty and staff climbed Mount Ogden to place a 20-foot, 300-pound, steel flagpole to fly the school's colors. Former Weber Academy principal David O. McKay dedicated the pole, accompanied by a chorus of “Purple and White.” The hike was held intermittently through the years until former Weber State President Stephen Nadauld re-instituted it in 1987 as an annual event.
Hikers can choose from three trails. The Snowbasin trail is 8 miles round trip starting from the lower Snowbasin parking lot at 8 a.m. The Taylor Canyon trail (the route used in the original 1922 hike) is 10.2 miles round trip starting from the top of 26th or 27th Streets at 6:30 a.m. The Beus Canyon trail is 12 miles round trip starting at the top of 46th Street at 6 a.m. Suggested start times are guidelines for moderately experienced hikers.
Particpants are encouraged to hike in groups, wear layered clothing and bring food and plenty of water. Participants should aim for a summit arrival by 11 a.m. and return to the saddle of the mountain (just below the peak) by noon for the traditional program, celebration and prizes.
The Mount Ogden Hike is sponsored by WSU's Wilderness Recreation Center and the Health Promotion and Human Performance Department. For more information call (801) 626-6373.
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