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||Ben Lomond Trail
This is a six-mile climb (or descent) up the east side of Ben Lomond,
rising 3000 feet. That's about a 10% average rate of climb, folks. Add the
narrowness of the trail, some areas with loose rock, and a bit of brush
overgrowth, and you've got a ride that's only for strong skilled bikers.
It's a beautiful ride with great views. It can be done as an out-and-back
as a 12.2 mile round-trip. Or do a shuttled ride: From the North Ogden
Divide, it's 2500 vertical up the Northern Skyline, then 3000 feet descent
to North Fork Park, with a total distance of 12.6 miles.
|The loop ride is 19.3 miles: 6.1 for Ben
Northern Skyline, and 6.7 on the road. Total vertical is 3500, with the
low point on the paved road at 5200 feet elevation. Clockwise, there's
1000 feet of paved-road climbing, then 2500 up the Northern Skyline. The
Northern Skyline is a much easier climb than Ben Lomond.
Counterclockwise, you only suffer 500 feet of paved-road climbing, then
3000 on singletrack.
Riding notes, Ben Lomond climb:
0.0 Start from North Fork Park TH
0.1 Straight (R) uphill
5.1 Hard L uphill (straight = Cutler Spring)
6.1 Top of ridge. R=Ben Lomond Peak
L = Northern Skyline descent.
||Getting there, Ben Lomond trailhead: Go up
Ogden Canyon. (From the north on I-15, take the 12th South Ogden exit and
head east on Highway 39. From the south, exit I-15 on US 89. Pass I-84 and
climb up the hill, then turn right on Harrison Blvd. Continue on Harrison
until you hit U-39 and turn R toward Ogden Canyon.) Turn left across the
dam at Pineview Reservoir. At the stop sign in Eden, turn left. Turn left
at the stop sign in Liberty. After about 1/4 mile, take the next right.
Turn left toward North Fork Park just after you cross the river. Turn left
again at the North Fork Park sign. Stay on the main road past a couple of
camping loops. Turn left toward the stables, then keep
generally straight until you see parking and a metal horse corral on your
right. Park just north of the horse corral, and you'll see the trailhead
|Getting there, for loop starting at North Ogden Divide: From the Ogden 12th Street exit, drive
east (towards the mountains). At 400 East (Washington), turn left (north)
and drive 5 miles. After the street narrows, veers slightly east, and
enters a residential area, turn right (east) at 3100 North. Drive 4.1
miles to the parking area on your right, at the highest spot of the North
Ogden Divide. The trail begins right across the road from the turn-in to
the parking area. Alternate, via Ogden Valley: Drive straight into Ogden Canyon from the 12th Street exit.
At Pineview Reservoir, turn left across the dam. At the stop sign in Eden
(shopping center and gas station), turn left. Turn left again at the
stop sign in Liberty, then go straight west until the road begins climbing
up to the Divide.
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