Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Ogden South Section
The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a series of trails along the slope of
the Wasatch Mountains where the old shoreline of Lake Bonneville met the hills. Sections
of trail are found from Brigham City to Payson. The Ogden south section goes from Ogden Canyon to Beus Canyon. Like
other BST sections, it's close to the city and open in early spring.
View north towards Ben Lomond Peak.
Ride review and photos by Bruce in April 2002.
Ogden's Harrison Blvd is the key to all the trailheads. You
can get to the trail from 22nd, 29th, 36th, and 46th streets by turning
east from Harrison. In most areas, the trail is a broad singletrack, but
conditions vary. Pick your entry point depending on what type of ride you
View up into Waterfall Canyon. Typical
slightly-sandy, slightly-loose, slightly-rocky trail base.
||Short and sweet for beginners:
The cutoff side trail between
29th and 36th is flat and easy for beginning riders and youngsters.
View over Ogden, with the Great Salt
Lake in the distance.
Intermediate tour: Start at the 36th street
trailhead and head north, either on the lower cutoff trail or by grinding
up into Strongs Canyon. Head north to the Ogden Canyon overlook. Round
trip is 6.5 miles, total climbing (if you take the lower trail to 29th
St.) about 500 feet -- 250 each way.
Typical trail section, winding through
the trees of a canyon. When the trail comes out westward, it's more open
-- hotter and open to sun.
Abusive Option: Start on Valley Drive near the
intersection with Highway 39. (There are several tracks that climb the
hill; the singletrack starts at the log fence.) The southernmost section
near Beus Canyon is steep and loose -- a hike-a-bike for most riders. If
you make it to the Beus Canyon trailhead as a one-way, your climbing will
be about 1800 feet, distance 7 miles. As a 14-mile out-and-back, add 1000
feet of climbing for the way back.
uphill from the trail as we cross a creek, still running from early-season
|Connecting to the North Ogden BST: At
the north end of the Ogden BST, once you've descending to the parking area
at Rainbow Gardens, work your way over to the paved Ogden River Parkway
trail. Cross under Highway 39 to the Ogden Canyon Road trailhead. Take the
trail north from there. As of 2015, the northern section of the BST is
complete all the way to Pleasant View,
with further singletrack extending to Willard.
Looking west toward south Ogden near
Getting there: Go to Harrison Blvd in Ogden.
(From the north, take the 12th Street exit off I-15 and drive towards
Ogden Canyon. From the south, get off I-15 in Farmington on US-89 and head
north. A couple of miles after you pass under I-84, turn right onto
Harrison Blvd, just as US-89 turns westward to enter Ogden.) On Harrison,
locate the street of your trailhead and turn towards the mountains. Note
that for 29th Street, you should turn on 30th then jog back north 1 block
after going around Ogden High.
Bathrooms: Most trailheads.
Camping: None nearby