10.0 miles (round trip)
time: 7 hours
4,730 ft. gain/ loss
Malans Peak Trailhead
(start): 4,840 ft.
Malans Peak: 7,080
Mount Ogden: 9,570
There is no trail for most of the last mile. Furthermore,
this part of the route is very steep, gaining 1,600 feet
in one mile. It is a very strenuous climb.
Summer through mid-fall. The upper parts of the trail
are usually covered with snow from mid-November through
mid-June. For current conditions call the Ogden Ranger
District, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, at (801) 625-5112.
Ogden is a popular hike primarily because it is so close
to the city of Ogden. The trailhead is only a three mile
drive from Weber State University. The lower part of the
climb, across Malans Peak and into Waterfall Canyon, is
very pleasant, but beyond that the route to the top of
the mountain is extremely strenuous. There are some gorgeous
views from the peak, not only of the city of Ogden, but
also of the Snow Basin ski area and Pineview Reservoir.
Unfortunately, however, the summit is now marred by the
presence of a microwave transmitting tower. Mount Ogden
can also be reached from its east side by way of a jeep
road that ascends from Snow Basin to a saddle 0.2 mile
south of the peak.
may be some confusion near the trailhead because of the
existence of many intersecting ATV and motorcycle trails.
Just make sure that the path you choose heads east, toward
the obvious mouth of Taylor Canyon. After you enter the
canyon, 0.3 mile from the trailhead, you wont encounter
any more ATV roads.
The trail follows a picturesque
stream through the bottom of Taylor Canyon for about 0.5
mile before climbing out the south side to begin its ascent
up Malans Peak. Next, a series of wide switchbacks ascend
through a forest of Douglas fir to an elevation of about
7,000 feet, where the trail finally reaches the top of
the ridge separating Taylor Canyon from Waterfall Canyon.
As it crosses the ridge the path passes by the summit
of Malans Peak. As you will see from this perspective,
Malans is not really a peak at all, but rather just a
prominent knob on the end of the long ridge that comes
down the western slope of Mount Ogden. From Malans Peak
the trail continues south into the bottom of Waterfall
Once you reach Waterfall
Canyon turn east and follow the drainage all the way to
a saddle just south of the summit. For the first mile
you can walk on a primitive trail on the left side of
the stream, but at about the same time the water disappears
the trail also disappears. From there on it is a steep,
strenuous climb up the dry, rocky streambed to the saddle.
Once you reach the saddle, just south of the peak, there
is a good 0.2-mile trail to the top. The summit is clearly
visible for most of the last two miles. It seems so close
while you are on the trail, but so far when the trail
An alternative to the Taylor
Canyon-Malans Peak trail is to make the first part of
the hike up through the lower part of Waterfall Canyon.
To reach the Waterfall Canyon Trailhead, drive to the
end of 29th Street, then turn right onto a dirt road that
leads to a large public parking area. The parking lot
is on the east side of a highrise apartment building.
A sign at the back of the parking lot marks the beginning
of a 1.2-mile-long trail to the Waterfall Canyon Waterfall.
This is a good trail as
far as it goes, but once you reach the 200-foot waterfall
you must exit the canyon and do some steep, off-trail
climbing to get around it. About 100 feet to the right
of the waterfall there is a notch in the side of the canyon
through which you can climb out. The route is very steep
and there are a lot of loose rocks, but it isnt
dangerous if you are careful. Some hand-over-hand scrambling
is necessary in a few places. After about 600 vertical
feet of climbing you will cross over a ridge and see the
upper part of Waterfall Canyon again below you. If you
drop back down into the canyon at this point you will
find a primitive trail that leads upstream to a junction
with the Malans Peak Trail.
A lot of hikers make a loop
hike up Waterfall Canyon, across Malans Peak, and down
Taylor Canyon, with Mount Ogden as a possible side trip.
If you do this I recommend you go up Waterfall and down
Taylor-not the other way around. It is much easier and
less dangerous to climb up the detour around the waterfall
rather than down.
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