||Snowbasin Resort Trails
Snowbasin is a ski resort at the top of Ogden Canyon. The resort offers
an excellent trail system with lift-served
biking. There's no fee to ride the trail system. You pay only if you want
to take the lift uphill.
For non-resort trails that can be accessed from Snowbasin, see the
appropriate pages on this site: Ogden Canyon
Overlook, Sardine Peak, East
Fork, Green Pond, Wheeler
That's Alex Rodriquez, age 8, enjoying
the downhill at Snowbasin. Photo by Randy Klein, September 11, 2005.
Snowbasin clears of snow relatively late. You can hit some of the lower trails (for example,
the Green Pond loop) by
early June, but it's usually July before the resort is ready for biking on
the lift-served trails.
The terrain is highly variable. There are stands of fir, groves of aspen,
and a lot of maple and oak scrub forest. Open areas let you enjoy views of
Mount Ogden and the rolling hills to the east.
Rolling a traverse area through a dry stretch of scrub
There's a one-mile
beginner loop located just north of the Snowbasin entry road. Veer to the
left as you approach the resort and park in the big lot. On the eastern
side of the parking lot is the entry to the Moose Loop.
can also ride the doubletrack (behind the metal gate at the northwest
corner) up to the Wheeler Creek trail or the Ogden
Canyon Overlook trail. Try a short out-and-back on either of these
trails to test your skill.
Racing in 2012. Almost to
the resort base on the Needles trail.
For a quick ride, I would recommend the ride past Green Pond. From the
resort base, find the Snowbasin trail heading southeast. Turn right uphill
when you reach the Green Pond trail and follow it uphill to Last Chance.
Return via the Needles trail. This loop is 8.4 miles with 800 vertical
feet of climbing (GPS track link below).
You can also connect to any of the bigger rides from the resort, such
as Sardine Peak, the Overlook, East Fork/Wheeler loop.
Alex near the top of the resort. Photo
Randy Klein, July 17, 2005.
There are two main downhill routes, Needles and Porcupine, but with a
lot of possible permutations. Needles gets you started downhill.. After
0.7 miles, you can connect north to Porcupine (which rejoins Needles). At
1.1 miles, you can hit Diamond, which bypasses a few wiggles on Needles as
it plunges downhill. And at mile 5.1 of Needles, you can hit Last Chance
down to the Green Pond trail before taking the Snowbasin trail back to the
base (see my topo map).
Go to the summer version of Snowbasin's
web site for current information on lift dates and times.
Once again, Alexander Rodriquez in a
photo by Randy Klein, September 11, 2005.
This is a compressed representation of the Snowbasin trail
map, shown for illustrative purposes only.
Riders should obtain the current official map with trail usage rules from
Snowbasin resort's web page.
PDF of Snowbasin trail map!
Lodging, camping, shops: Links to Ogden area resources
Green Pond/Maples East Fork
Track files (right-click and select "Save target as..."):
Multi-track area file (includes non-resort trails)
Loop Snowbasin-Green Pond-Last Chance-Needles
Mt Ogden 50K 2010 course GPX
Mt Odgden 50K 2011 GPX
Mt Ogden 100K 2011 Course (includes upper mountain!) GPX
2010 Intermountain Cup race loop GPX
2011 ICup course (full lap plus half-lap) GPX
High-res area topo map for printing: View
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