Celebrate Autumn with WSU's Annual Mount Ogden HikeOGDEN, Utah - On the final weekend of summer, Weber State University invites hikers of all ages to participate in a university tradition that began 80 years ago. Enjoy this season's hues of red, yellow and orange from an elevation of nearly 5,000 feet during the Mount Ogden Hike this Saturday (Sept. 21).
In 1922, nearly 400 students, faculty and staff climbed Mount Ogden to place a 20-foot, 300-pound, steel flagpole to fly the school's colors. 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 is 10.2 miles round trip starting from the top of 26th or 27th Streets at 7 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.
Hikers are encouraged to wear layered clothing and bring food and plenty of water. Participants should plan to arrive at the saddle of the mountain (just below the peak) by noon for a 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.