Monday, October 28, 2013

Ben Lomond

High above North Ogden Utah is a mountain known visually to many as Ben Lomond.  To movie viewers around the world, I'm sure, they know it too.  I've wondered many a time while seeing the title frames of Paramount Picture flicks, where is that mountain.  According to the local trail guide '60 hikes within 60 miles of Salt Lake City' those mountains are one in the same.

Bored with hiking my same trails around Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons, I chose to go for a drive and a hike.  Ben Lomond is 16 miles round trip with a bit of elevation gain/ loss at both ends of the route.  It's clean and easy to navigate.  This trail is on public land and is mix use so motorized bikes, horses, and mountain bikes are allowed.  One thing it does lack is a water source.

I found the trail traffic to be light, the views to be stretching, and the weather pleasant. Pictured is a weathered map of the area at a trail junction a mile and a bit below the summit.

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