Trail gems attached to the river parkways

(RICHARD S. WHITE courtesy photo)
The 21st Street Pond trail in Ogden is a paved, one-mile loop around the...
Story by Richard S. White
Special to the Standard-Examiner
February 1, 2012
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This month we feature two small loops that are reached by the Weber and Ogden River parkways. Both are easy to hike, even when snow-covered.

The Kingfisher Wetlands Loop is a lovely, secluded and partly shaded trail connected to the Weber River Parkway. It features many birds of multiple varieties, wetlands, beautiful vistas and an occasional turtle.

It is unpaved and currently snow-covered, but easily walked. It also includes two bird blinds for easy observation of wildlife. It accommodates walking this time of year and biking in warmer weather.

The 21st Street Pond is a small lake large enough for water skiing and is used by the Goode Ski Co. for ski demos and competition. It is not open to the public for boating. A large area of the shore is open to the public for fishing and ice fishing has been observed this winter. There are numerous benches around the pond and two picnic areas. The paved trail around the pond is one mile long.

Directions to Kingfisher Loop: From Ogden, starting at Washington Boulevard, drive one mile west across the viaduct on 24th Street. Turn left on A Avenue and follow the signs to Fort Buenaventura. Follow the Weber River Parkway south to the Kingfisher Loop sign (one half-mile). The loop is one half-mile, so the total is 1.5 miles from your car and back.

Directions to 21st Street Pond: From Ogden, starting at Washington Boulevard, drive west on 22nd Street for 1.1 miles. The parking lot entrance is between two small brick private homes and is therefore not easy to locate. From I-15/84 take the 21st Street exit and travel east for .8 miles. The parking lot is on the north side of 21st Street.

Both of these loops are kid and pet friendly (pets on leash). The nearest restrooms are at the Rainbow Gardens and Parker Drive trailheads.

Some Take a Hike content comes from the “Outings Guide Ogden Area,” a hiking guide offered by the Sierra Club, Ogden Group.

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OGDEN NATURE CENTER

The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th St. in Ogden. For more information, visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org or call 801-621-7595.

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