The WSU Mount Ogden Hike Tradition
Date: Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022
Pre-Hike Festivities: We will have some quick breakfast options available for purchase at 8 a.m. in Earl's Lodge
President Mortensen will make a welcome address at 9 a.m. and the WSU band will play us out at 9:45 a.m. you wont want to miss this recreation of the original 1922 Hike send off!
Guided Hike: Leaves the Moose Plaza at Snowbasin at 10 a.m.
Hike in this historic tradition! Please arrive early to leave time to fill your water and take a final bathroom break if needed.
Review and self-select an appropriate hiking group before the start!
Traditional Program: Guided and Individual hikers will meet at the saddle* at 1:30 p.m. for the traditional program.
*The saddle is just below the final steep ascent to the Mount Ogden summit.
This is were the traditon is kept, and we pay tribute the Weber Academy hikers of 1922. Welcome by WSU Outdoor Program, speeches by President Brad Mortensen and destiguished guests, the traditional singing of Purple and White, and our WSU Fight Song, raffel prizes and a few special suprizes for the 100th Anniversary of the hike.
Event End: At approximately 3:30 p.m, each hiker will travel at their own pace, and end times may vary. All participants are encouraged to descend with group leaders to the Needles Lodge and Snowbasin gondola after the program. (There is no cost to ride down) participants wishing to descend the full hike route will be on their own, there will be no guided options.
Location: Mt. Ogden || Snowbasin, Earl's Lodge parking
Age: All children must be accompanied by an adult, families are welcome. Please carefully select the appropriate hiking group for your abilities.
Transportation: A charter bus will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Outdoor Adventure and Welcome Center, to transport folks who are not transporting themselves to Snowbasin. The bus will return around 4 p.m. Email to confirm transportation: email@example.com
Equipment: No equipment will be provided, but equipment is available at the WSU Outdoor Program Rental Center.
Choose a trail and group based on your skill level:
Please self-select an appropriate group based on your abilities
Mount Ogden Via Snowbasin (guided or unguided)
* you are welcome to choose to hike this route on your own or check-in at 10 a.m. at Moose Plaza to join a guided group.
Hike the Snowbasin Service Roads to the saddle/ Mount Ogden Summit
Hiking group options are listed below
Difficulty: Challenging. 8.4 miles round trip (Competitive Hike Route, when Gondola is not running) 7 miles when the gondola is running for the descent.
Elevation gain: 3,400 feet
Trailhead: Moose Plaza/ Earl's Lodge
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 of steep trail to the summit
Pay $15 per person to ride the Gondola, then hike the trail from Needles Lodge to saddle / Mount Ogden Summit
Hike 1/3 of Mount Ogden Via Snowbasin
Difficulty: Challenging but shorter. 2.8 Miles round trip (Best option for those with children or simply attend the Traditional Program at the Saddle)
Elevation gain: 400 feet
Trailhead Moose Plaza (Gondola)
Trail: Follows a steep ascent to the ridge then traverse to the Saddle before ascending the steep trail to the Mount Ogden Summit
Group 1 (FREE): Meet at Moose Plaza at 10 a.m. If you like spandex and sweat and have a need for speed, this group is for you, this group will hike at a consistent, speedy pace with few rests or stops.
Group 2 (FREE): Meet at the Moose Plaza at 10 a.m. If you are a good hiker but enjoy taking in the scenery this group is for you. This group will take periodic stops to regroup rest eat and drink.
Group 3 (FREE): Meet at Moose Plaza at 10 a.m. If you are a first-timer or need to pace yourself slowly and want to hike the full route, this group is for you. This group will take regular stops to regroup rest eat and drink.
Group 4 ($15 Fee for Gondola): Meet at the Moose Plaza at 10:30 a.m. If you are looking for the easiest least committed route, this group is for you. This route is recommended for children or veterans. Each participant will need to purchase a gondola ticket on-site for the WSU group rate of $15 (see Outdoor Program check-in table for details). As a group, we will ride the gondola to Needles Lodge where we will stop in for a restroom break and top off water. The 2.8-mile round trip hiking portion is still steep and uneven but is significantly shorter than options 1-3. this trail ascends 400' to the Summit of Mount Ogden. Guests wishing to attend the traditional program and avoid the steep final ascent to the Summit are welcome to stop at the saddle where the program takes place at 1:30 p.m.
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 the ridge above Burch Creek canyon. The trail climbs steadily along and over ridges to the saddle.
**Unauthorized motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Snowbasin roadways.