On the Jump-Off Canyon loop trail

Story by Dave Stuart
Special to the Standard-Examiner
April 4, 2012
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Just east of Harrison Boulevard, on the north side of Ogden, Jump-Off Canyon Trail has north and south sections that connect to a section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to form an easy loop with fantastic views of Ogden.

The trail gets its name from Jump-Off Canyon, located northeast of the trailhead.

Along the trail you might see deer, red foxes, quail, turkey vultures and even an occasional eagle higher up the mountainside. The trail is mostly in open country but passes through groves of scrub oak.

This easy, 1.8 mile-long loop trail is popular with families, hikers, mountain bikers and runners.

The trail offers wonderful views to the west, north and south, along with great views of Ben Lomond and colorful sunsets.

It crosses three bridges that keep the trail open during spring runoff. From April to late May the stream can get quite full, depending on snow pack, and the waterfall east of the two upper bridges becomes an attractive spring time goal for many visitors.

Just north of the upper bridges you will see a rock formation that locals call “Indian Rock.” It closely resembles the Indian on the old Indian head or buffalo nickel. The formation is about 18 feet tall.

Dogs and children should be kept under control when crossing near the open canal from spring to fall when there may be water in the canal.

Directions: Take Harrison Boulevard to 450 North. Turn east into the Jump-Off trailhead parking lot. If you are coming on I-15, take Exit 344 (12th Street) and go east toward the mountains. Turn left (north) at Harrison Boulevard and go north past 2nd Street to 450 North. The trailhead is across Harrison Boulevard from the driveway entrance to St. James Catholic Church.

Take a Hike is contributed by Weber Pathways and the Ogden Trails Network.

Trail facts

  • Hiking time: 1 to 2 hours
  • Length: 1.8 miles
  • Elevation gain: 300 feet
  • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
  • Trailhead restrooms: None
  • Dogs allowed: Yes, on leash
  • Bikes allowed: Yes
  • Kid friendly: Yes
  • For more information about local trails, visit www.weberpathways.org
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