The WSU Mount Ogden Hike Tradition


1) Snowbasin will not be running the Gondola durring the hike this year. Please plan accodingly for a 8.4 mile round trip hike.  
2) Experienced hikers are welcome to start at a time they feel is appropriate, or join the 8:30 a.m. hiking group to hike with the president.  

Printable WSU Mount Ogden Hike Tradition Flyer / Trail Maps

Printable Google Earth Aerial View Map

Date: Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019

Guided Hike: Leaves Earl's Lodge at Snowbasin at 8:30 a.m.
Hike with President Brad Mortensen! Please arrive early to get your T-shirt, water filled, and final bathroom break.

Event Ends: Approximately 3 p.m. (Each hiker will travel at their own pace, and end times may vary. Please note the snowbasin gondola will not be running this year so please plan accordingly.)

Location: Mt. Ogden

Price:  Free

Age: All children must be acompanied by an adult, families are welcome.

Transportation: 7:15 a.m. catch the WSU mini bus to Snowbasin at the Browning Center roundabout. Seating is limited to the first 14 people.

Equipment: 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.

Choose a trail based on your skill level:

Mount Ogden via Snowbasin

* Please stay with the hike leaders

Difficulty: Challenging. 8.4 miles round trip (Competitive Hike Route)
Elevation gain: 3,400 feet
Trailhead: Main Snowbasin 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

Mount Ogden via Taylor Canyon (unguided)

Difficulty: Very tough. 10.2 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 4,800 feet
Trailhead: 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!

Mount Ogden via Beus Canyon (unguided)

Difficulty: Long and tough. 12 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 4,600 feet
Trailhead: Top of 46th Street, Beus trailhead 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.


On Oct. 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, and was officially reinstituted 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.