HIKING INDIAN TRAIL
September 2014 - 71 photos


September 13th we did our second hike of the summer. We had talked about going to the Uintas again, but not everyone wanted to do that, so we decided on a local hike. We chose to hike Indian Trail in Ogden Canyon. Bill and I last hiked it 5 years ago, but Cheryl and John had never hiked this one before.

Some people hike this trail both ways, which makes it close to 9 miles long, but we elected to do it one direction only. We left a car at the Ogden Trailhead, located at the east end of 22nd Street, then took another car 1.5 miles up Ogden Canyon to where the old Lime Kilns are located. This is the other trailhead for Indian Trail. One of the old kilns has been rebuilt to show what they were like, located at the place where early settlers made their first lime for plaster and cement.

Indian Trail begins there heading up the canyon for a short way, then south into Cold Water Canyon. The Cold Water Canyon trail is a dead end trail, but close to the upper end there is a fork to the right that climbs over the west side of the canyon and continues westward in Ogden Canyon. A couple of miles up the trail there is a small log shelter, just above Warm Water Canyon. We usually stop there to eat lunch. It was built for protection from storms.


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Crossing the ridge above Cold Water Canyon

Most of this hike was in the shade, being on the south side of the canyon with a heavy growth of Utah White Oak, (called Scrub Oak here), lots of Scrub Mountain Maple, and various types of pine. It's a good place to hike in hot weather. Being September I can't say it was really hot, but it did get up to 80 by the time we finished our walk. When we started out it was quite cool, but within a few minutes of climbing the steep trail we were plenty warm.


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Looking east in Ogden Canyon from 1000 feet up, along Indian Trail

For those that don't know, Indian Trail really was created by the Indians, many years ago. When the first settlers came to the area the Shoshone Indians lived here, and one of their favorite hunting areas was up Ogden Canyon. Back then the river pretty much filled up the narrow canyon just before it burst forth into the valley, so the Indians made a trail up high above the cliffs to get past the narrow part of the canyon. That trail has been in use now for almost two hundred years.

For us, this hike was 4.6 miles in length, and we climbed a total of 1421 feet, according to my GPS. It took us about 5 hours, but my GPS said we were actually moving less than 3 hours, so I guess we stopped a lot for pictures. Speaking of pictures, I took over 200 of them, and have many more from the others in our group. With so many, it's difficult to choose which ones I want to include here.

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Some of the fall color along the trail

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My photos were taken with a small Canon Powershot, SX280, 12 Megapixel Camera which has Image Stabilization and a lens going from wide angle to 20x optical zoom. Cheryl's photos were taken with her cellphone, which takes pretty good photos. Bill took his photos with a Canon PowerShot S110, which has 5x zoom.

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