Mount Ogden Hike Tradition Continues at WSU

OGDEN, Utah — On Oct. 4, 1922, over 350 Weber College students and faculty climbed the rough hills of Ogden with college president Aaron Tracy and planted a Weber flag on top of Mount Ogden. Almost every year since then, students and community members have continued the tradition, which will take place this year on Sept. 18.

“This hike showcases the culture of Weber State and honors the original team that hiked the peak in 1922 to announce WSU as a beacon in the local area and a symbol of the school's passion and legacy,” said Hayley Prine, Outdoor Program coordinator. “We are a part of Ogden and the surrounding area. We want to be a resource and a friend to our awesome local community members.”

Hikers are welcome to make the climb to Mount Ogden on their own from a variety of trailheads or to join the guided group, which will include WSU President Brad Mortensen. The Outdoor Program will lead the trek from Snowbasin Resort’s Moose Plaza. This group will leave at 8:30 a.m. Due to COVID restrictions, advanced registration is required here. Group participants need to arrive a few minutes early and wear a mask before departure.

Because the hike is scheduled earlier in the year than usual, participants may ride the gondola back down the hill from Needles Lodge to Moose Plaza. 

“The weather tends to be slightly more predictable and the gondola will be running to shorten the descent route,” Prine said. “We also wanted to welcome students back to campus with lots of options for meaningful experiences as early as possible. We hope students meet each other, as well as WSU faculty, staff, administration and folks from the Ogden community, and feel a sense of unity and belonging at this program.”

For trail information and registration, visit the WSU Mount Ogden Hike Tradition page.

For photos of previous hikes, visit these links.

wsuucomm.smugmug.com/Homecoming/Mount-Ogden-Hike

wsuucomm.smugmug.com/Alumni/Eric-Dowdle-Weber-State/i-CHPHVXb/A

wsuucomm.smugmug.com/Alumni/Eric-Dowdle-Weber-State/i-2zHMP7H/A

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Contact:

Hayley Prine, Outdoor Program coordinator
801-626-7905 • hayleyprine@weber.edu

Author:

Melissa Smith, Marketing & Communications
801-626-6348 • melissasmith9@weber.edu