This month’s featured Take-A-Hike article focuses on Strongs Canyon located at the 36th Street trailhead just above Weber State University. The trail is within minutes of downtown Ogden and provides varying levels of exercise.
One of the unique features of the Wasatch Front is the variety in geologic phenomena that you encounter along the mountain front. At Strongs Canyon, hikers and bikers travel up the gravels of the ancient Lake Bonneville shoreline and travel back in time more than two and a half billion years as they enter the Farmington Canyon Complex. This is a collection of metamorphic rocks that are the basement rock for the Wasatch Front.
The trail system in Strongs Canyon allows you to personalize your journey by offering connections to Ogden City’s Par Course Trail, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, and the Taylor Canyon Trail.
The main trail toward Strongs Canyon provides a moderate gain in elevation and rocky terrain. The trail provides a relaxing experience as it follows a gentle stream and has shady foliage that is beautiful in any season.
The Strongs-Taylor Canyon loop is about four miles long and is a great afternoon hike that takes you through a section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and back in front of Mount Ogden golf course. The loop provides some spectacular views of Ogden City and a glimpse of Great Salt Lake. A sunset hike will be well worth the work.
The Par Course Trail offers a relatively flat and scenic trail that takes you through the brush above Weber State University. You also have the option to use the exercise stations that are placed at regular intervals to help you experience a more invigorating workout.
For any type of hiking experience, Strongs Canyon offers a diverse and interesting trail system.
Take a Hike is coordinated by the Ogden Trails Network. It appears monthly online at www.xploreutah.net. The Ogden Trails Network is now on Facebook. Share your favorite hikes and photos there.
- Difficulty of trail: Easy to Moderate
- Hike time: 35 minutes round trip
- Distance: ½ mile one-way
- Trailhead restrooms: No
- Bikes allowed: No
- Kid friendly: Yes
- Animal friendly: Dogs on leashes