The WSU Mount Ogden Hike Tradition

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Date: October 3rd, 2015
Registration: 7:30am-9:30am Snow Basin Resort
Event Ends Anticipated Ending 4:00pm (Keep in mind that each hiker will travel at thier own pace and end time may very per person)
Location: Mt Ogden
WSU Price:  Free
Non WSU Price:  Free

Skill Level: Choose a trail based on your skill level.

1) Mount Ogden via Snow Basin
Difficulty: Challenging hike - 8.4 miles round trip (Competitive Hike Route)
Elevation gain: 3,400 feet.
Trail head: Main Snow Basin parking lot
Trail: Follows ski area access roads to the saddle.
Top of Wildcat lift = over 1/3 of the way. Top of “Porky” lift = 3/4 of the way. Saddle = another 20 minutes to summit

2) Mount Ogden via Taylor Canyon
Difficulty: Very tough hike - 10.2 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 4,800 feet.
Trail head: Top of 27th Street
Trail: 1 mile up Taylor Canyon - turn right to “Malan’s Lookout”. Malan’s Peak = about 1/3 of the way. Malan’s Basin = 1/2 way+Last mile+ (Basin to Saddle) not well defined in places - Steep!

3) Mount Ogden via Beus Canyon
Difficulty: Long, tough hike - 12 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 4,600 feet.
Trail head: Top of 46th - Beus Trail head parking lot
Trail: Two miles up Beus Canyon (1/3 of the way) trail climbs right, to ridge above Burch Creek canyon. The trail climbs steadily along and over ridges to the saddle.

Fitness Level: Low to moderate.  Hike at your own pace.
Age: Any
Transportation: This year we will provide a bus from WSU to Snow basin.  The bus will pick up participants at University Village at 7:15 am and the Browning Center at 7:35 am. (The bus is first come first serve) Participants riding the bus can expect to return to WSU at approximately 4:00 pm.
Equipment Provided: No equipment will be provided but equipment is available at the WSU Outdoor Program Rental Center. Register the morning of and receive a WSU T-shirt.


Join the Tradition “The Mount Ogden Hike Tradition”

On October 4, 1922 a group of over 350 Weber College students, faculty and administrators hiked to the summit of Mount Ogden to erect a 20-foot steel flagpole. David O. McKay, noted Weberite, dedicated the site accompanied by a chorus of “Purple and White”. The Mount Ogden (and later “Flaming W”) Hike was held intermittently through the years, but was officially re-instituted in 1987. The trek to the top of the Peak has continued every year since—sometimes in wind, rain and even snow, but most often in beautiful Fall weather.

 This year the tradition continues. We encourage WSU affiliates, families, and general public to come get involved. We extend a special welcome to WSU students, faculty, staff. There are three designated trails to choose from: Beus Canyon Trail, Taylor Canyon Trail, or Snowbasin Trail. Hike leaders will be available on the Snowbasin trail only. Guided hikes will leave the registration table area at 8:00a.m., 9:00a.m., and 9:30a.m.  A WSU bus will be provided for transportation from the WSU University Village at 7:15a.m.) and the Browning Center at 7:35a.m. to Snowbasin resort. Recreational hikers may select a starting time at any one of three trailheads. Suggested starting times are listed below. Hikers should aim for a summit arrival by 11:00a.m. and return to the Saddle for the traditional program at 12:00 PM. Bus will leave Snowbasin at approximately 4:00p.m. Participants riding the bus are strongly encouraged to ride the Gondola down from Mt Ogden so they do not hold up other participants riding the bus home.


Pre-Registration is not required before the hike. For additional information Call or stop into the Outdoor Program. 626-6373

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