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Ben Lomond trail

Average Rating:    (4.4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 10

Steep climb with switchbacks, all singletrack. It is not for beginners or people who are out of shape-they can hike it. Watch out for moose and mountain lions. Snow up high until july or so.
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Latitude
41.262727
Longitude
-111.983686
Trail Directions
drive up the North Ogden divide to the highest point before the road begins to descend, there are trailheads on either side of the road, one for Ben Lomond, and one for Lewis Peak. Ben Lomond is on the left. A parking lot is on the right.
Trail Length
8.3 miles one way
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
North Ogden
   


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Review Date
February 18, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: zimmie ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Sweet trail. As said already it not for the faint of heart. The first 4 miles can be pretty intense, but well worth it. Nothing to technical. Once you get to the ridge its a nice easyride with and amazing view out to the valley, right on the edge of the mountain. The last bit of switch backs to the peak is the steepest part of the trail. I haven't ever bothered to try and ride up it. It just loose rock. The ride back is the best. There aren't a lot of people on the trail so you can fly. The ridge is fairly straight so you can see when there is someone coming and when there's no one there its fast. The switch backs will jar you around for the first half. After that it smooth dirt through the trees and even faster. There are a couple of really good banks to hug and some little ledges. Be sure to make lots noise before the turns just incase. If you up for the challenge start at pineview, but it is extremly hot during the day and has lots ove over growth and loose rock at the beginning. Really fast down hill as well.

Recommended Route:
Start at north ogden pass

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Anything around snowbasin.



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Review Date
October 10, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Santa-Claus ,  Racer

Summary:
Hello Kids! I hope you all are doing good this year and you better be because I am watching. Santa is having a lot of fun during the off season on his summer sled. And my reindeer wants to stay in shape for the winter. My sled has four wheels and shocks on them. We had a lot of fun on the trails and the downhill was fun until Vixon fell and got bruised on the side. He is o.k. now. Then we flew off and Rudolf and Dixon started complaining because they wanted to go more. I thought the trail was a lot of fun and We'll come back again for more.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Whistler, Canada. Switzerland, New Zealand, Norway, Italy, Mount Snow, California. China, Phillipines, and Kenya. All the trails there were fun!



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Review Date
April 4, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Chad Jenkins , from North Ogden

Summary:
This is a great trail for the Large lunged rider it is a hard trail but worth the work. At first the switchbacks are hard, but once you get on top its really some good riding I would reccommend this trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
The other side to lewis peak



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Review Date
May 18, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Jakerdude , from Huntsville,UT

Summary:
Trail is amazing, the climb is fun if you're in shape, switchbacks are good and the climb isn't super technical it just has some loose sections and tiny rock ledges. If you choose to start from the Pineview side it adds 9 miles more or less to the trail and it is all up hill except for when you drop down to the divide, just to head up the Ben Lomond switchbacks. The Pineview side is an equally spectacular ride but it needs more traffic, the biggest problem is that the oak brush gets out of hand and it cuts the crap out of your legs and arms, but again I say its worth it. There is also the option of dropping down from the Ben Lomond saddle into Cuttlers Basin which spits you out in North Fork, from there you would ride the road back to the top of the divide. All these trails are physically challenging, and could traumatize a first timer. Exposure is dangerous in parts so ride within your ability, and remember that horses, hikers, and bikers all frequent this trail. For best results ride on a weekday or early on weekends.

Recommended Route:
There are tons of options but the best is to start from the top of N. Ogden divide and ride up to Ben Lomond. Or you can start from Pineview trailhead.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bonneville Shoreline Trail from 22nd street or start at Rainbow Gardens.



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Review Date
March 15, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Mike , from Ogden

Summary:
This trail is a real gem based on it's length, variety, beauty, condition, and close proximity to a metropolitan area. As most people have mentioned, it is not for the faint-hearted. It starts with some killer switchbacks but is well worth it once you endure the first 2-3 miles because then it opens up a bit more (although still a steady climb). If you make it to the peak the views will be worth it. The last mile of the trail to the peak goes up some incredibly rough and killer switchbacks that will most likely have to be walked. If you can make it all the way to the peak you can turn this ride into a great shuttle ride by continuing across the peak and all the way over to Willard Peak (all single track). Once to Willard Peak you can take the dirt road all the way down to the bottom where you can have a shuttle car parked at the start of the road just outside of the small town of Mantua. Other options for this trail include starting at the Pineview trailhead just on the north side of the Pineview Reservoir (a small parking lot for the trailhead is available and is easily identifiable by the windsurfers parked in the parking lot using the reservoir). Starting from here it adds another 9.5 miles to get to the Ben Lomond trailhead at the summit of North Ogden Divide. Once again this is all single track and going this route still provides you with a good climb but you avoid the nasty switchbacks of the Lewis Peak portion of the trail (but you still have the switchbacks going up the Ben Lomond side). Keep in mind this is a multi-use trail. On the weekends you WILL see many hikers, equestrians, and motorcyclists (no ATVs). You should exercise appropriate trail etiquette as marked by the trailhead signs and respect other's rights to be on the trail. I enjoy both mountain biking, hiking, and riding my motorcycle on this trail. In fact, I was hiking and riding a motorcycle on this trail long before mountain bikes were ever around and from my perspective, the condition of the trail has not degraded much at all. If anything, there has been more maintenance in recent years to make it even better (water breaks, vegetation control, etc.) I would caution anyone from having an "elitist" view of their rights as a mountain biker on this trail or any others because the motorcycling community and mtn. biking community are fighting the same battles (should be fighting the same battles) to keep the trails open. Trust me, as soon as they close down the trail to motorcycles, mountain bikes are not far behind and then we all lose. This is an epic trail that everyone should try....just make sure you're in shape before you do :-)

Recommended Route:
From North Ogden Pass to Ben Lomond peak and back, or from Pineview trailhead all the way to Ben Lomond and back. Can also be done as a shuttle ride starting from either Pineview trailhead or North Ogden Pass, all the way to Mantua Utah (all single track except for downhill portion from Willard Peak to Mantua).



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