North Ogden divide over Mount Ogden to 29th T/H 26 miles


Apr 11, 2012
Wow we had some fun weather over Memorial Day weekend; it made backpacking a little more interesting. We were going to start this trip on Saturday but due to weather we waited until Sunday to start. We tried to get out a few times Sunday afternoon, the first time we got of the he put our packs on then no later then 30 seconds, a big lighting strike and boom, we had the thunderstorm right on top of us. The packs came off pretty quickly and back home to try and wait it out. After we did not see or hear any lightning or thunder it was round 2. We started out our hike from the North Ogden divide trail head. He hiked up and caught the Skyline Trail where we encountered some very strong wind on top of the ridgeline.


I had to tighten up my pack a few times as the wind was blowing it and pushing my pack all around. We made it about 6 miles on the Skyline trial when the hail starting coming down. The combination of hail and strong wind made it a little painful at times. Once the hail stopped it turned to rain. So to say the least I got to really put my gear (silnylon jacket and rain wrap) to the test.

Once we hit the end of the Skyline trail that exited just south of the west marina at Pineview. We then walked on the street for probably little over a mile to wheeler canyon. We had a lot of cars going by us as we were walking on the road in the pouring rain. I wonder what they thought as Lance (my brother in-law) had a poncho on that looked like it was made for a 5 year old. It went down to his waist, and me with my rain wrap on, what a picture that was. After 12.5 miles we made it to wheeler canyon after fighting high wind rain, snow, and let’s not forget mud. From here we have a 5 mile hike to Maples area by Snowbasin. We started out on the trial but found we were hiking through some very sticky mud and just would not come off our boots, it was as if we were carrying an extra 5 pounds a foot. We then decided to make our way to old Snowbasin road where we walked up that road until he hit Snowbasin. After about 17 miles of hard hiking and 6 straight hours it was time to set up camp, and try to get some rest for the big climbing day that will follow. We got camp all set up ate and went to bed. The nights rest was going great until I realized about an hour later that my pad has small hole in it and I was laying on the ground. AHHHHH I get sick of inflatable pads, I had pumped it up a few days before and no leaks that I could see. So I spent the night on the cold ground trying to find anything left in my pack to insulate me, like dirty socks wet pants my pack liner. Morning could not have come fast enough.

Packed up camp was hiking by 7am, boy that morning was cold, especially with boots that were wet from the day before. We started the long hike up Snowbasin with Mount Ogden in our sights. The further we went up the deeper the snow got, the deepest point was calf deep. Every foot step was a mind over matter thing for us, the legs were burning some cramping going on but we came to far to just turn around. We would take 20 to 30 steps through the snow up the never ending incline and rest for 3 min, and we just kept doing that routine over and over. With each step Mount Ogden looked so close yet so far away. Step after step we finally made it to Mount Ogden.

We are on our down hill slide now, but going down deemed to be just as difficult in the snow and with weary legs. We made our way down on the West side of Mount Ogden to Malans Basin. We were home free, nice trails from here on out. After 7 hours of straight hiking the truck that we had dropped off Sunday never looked so good. So we started out at 1 pm Sunday and ended our little journey 2 pm Monday with somewhere between 25 to 26 steep, snowy, muddy windy and wet miles hiked.

Map of hike below

Sorry about the picture quailty all I had was my phone camera, did not take the nicer camera due to weather.

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Feet on the ground, head in the clouds
Apr 11, 2012
Hell ya, I used to live right where North Ogden Divide comes out into North Ogden. I have done this sucker a few times and actually used the first climb as a conditioning trip for backpacking. That sucker goes upppppppp. Going the other way up to Ben Lomond is a pretty fun trip, lots of great pictures to take from the highest point in the Ogden area. Plus there are a ton of mountain goats up there as well.

One time in High School, we rolled a keg up to the top in a wheelbarrow and camped at the first camp spot at the top of the climb. It was the hardest hiking I have done. 8)
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