Weber River and Ogden River Parkways

September 14, 2011
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Whether you are looking for an easy afternoon stroll with the family, an invigorating run or just want to relax next to the water, the Weber River and Ogden River Parkways have something for you.

This 12-mile paved trail from Rainbow Gardens at the mouth of Ogden Canyon to Riverdale is Ogden’s premier trail for all modes of transportation. Walkers, runners, skaters, bikers, babies in strollers and people in wheelchairs all enjoy the parkways.

The Ogden River Parkway has been open for more than 10 years. The Weber River Parkway was opened in the summer of 2009 with the help of Ogden City, Riverdale City, Ogden Trails Network, Weber Pathways, and with major funding from the RAMP tax. The trail is paved all the way except for 100 yards near 21st Street and Wall Avenue. Because of flood damage this spring and summer, there is a detour to the west of Serge Simmons Field near Fort Buenaventura.

The many points of interest along the parkways include Ogden Dinosaur Park, Big D Sports Park, MTC Park, Lorin Farr Skate Park, Fort Buenaventura, kayak parks on the Weber River and the King Fisher Aviary.

The Ogden River Parkway features a loop around the Goode Ski Lake and the West Haven Trail that goes as far west as I-15. The entire trail is relatively flat except for the climb over the 21st Street viaduct.

Restrooms are available at the trailheads. The Greenery at Rainbow Gardens, the Timbermine Restaurant and Slackwater Pub and Pizzeria are popular with locals for food and drink.

Directions: South Trailhead in Riverdale: Take I-15 from north or south to Exit 342 (Riverdale). Travel two miles east to 700 West (last road before the bridge over the railroad), turn right, go 200 feet, turn left past the Riverdale City building to the parking lot and restrooms.

West Trailhead on Parker Drive: Take I-15 from north or south to the 31st Street Exit. Travel east a half mile to Parker Drive or 1150 East. Turn right, travel another half mile. The parking lot and restrooms are on the left.

East Trailhead at Rainbow Gardens: Take I-15 north or south to the 12th Street Exit. Travel east on 12th Street (SR 39) to Valley Drive. Turn right on Valley Drive then immediately left into the Rainbow Gardens parking lot. Park in the southwest corner. The trail begins on the north side of Valley Drive. At the beginning of the trail there is a bridge across the Ogden River and a tunnel under Canyon Road to the restrooms.

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

Trail facts

  • Hiking time: 4-5 hours
  • Length: 12 miles one-way
  • Elevation gain: Minimal
  • Difficulty: Easy, paved trail
  • Trailhead restrooms: Yes at South, West and East Trailheads
  • Dogs allowed: Yes, on leash
  • Bikes allowed: Yes
  • Kid friendly: Very

For more information, visit www.weberpathways.org

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