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Ben Lomond Peak via North Skyline Trail
Ditch the bike and hike to Ben Lomond Peak
Hikers: moderate grade/difficulty
Bikers: intermediate skills required
Ben Lomond Peak is well worth the challenge to get there. Sweeping vistas can distract you from the ardurous grade. The surface alternates between packed, smooth dirt to deep, loose gravel. As I was climbing I thought it could be named Rock n Roll trail because of all the rock and the rolling of the ankle or bike tire over the loose surface...sometimes the rocks roll and the bike does not. If you ride up, anticipate a few dismounts. This terrain is high and should be attempted in mild weather. Much of the trail recieves enough sun that it is very dry, and accessible as early as June 1 until Nov. 1 (that would be a dry year). The saddle is 6.5 miles up, then about one mile to the peak.
Views of Ogden Valley on North Skyline Trail
Similar to South Skyline, this is best done clock-wise if by bike and in early morning during the hot months. On foot, either direction is great. Out and back is the most popular option but can be a fun shuttle (hiking) or loop (biking). Most trail users start at the trailhead parking on the top of the North Ogden Divide. If you want to start in the valley, head up toward Wolf Creek Ski Resort, but when you get to the intersection below the ski hill, head straight westward and at the top of this road, take a left up a paved driveway and watch for the unsigned entrance to the right for Spring Mountain Trail (aka Pioneer Trail). The next two miles become progressively steeper until you reach the parking lot. Cross the Divide, and criss-cross up the mountain. This effort will require much fluid/electrolytes and some energy food (amount depends on #hrs you'll be out).
Mt. Goats love Ben Lomond Peak
You've arrived on a saddle with a large sign (6.5 mi). There is an option to head to the peak. You'll ride as far as you can stand, and when walking becomes the more efficient option (and you should have packed some hiking sandals or light-weight runners/hikers), it's a fairly brief hike to the top.
Once you retrieve your bike, lower the air pressure in the tires to help cushion the bumps and grip the loose surface. Don't overdo it, you can always let a little more out along the way, but it's harder to put that air back in. On that saddle, there will be trails that lead down to North Fork Park. So, you've chosen to loop into North Fork Park. A the top of the ridge the Skyline and Ben Lomond Trail intersect. The best downhill is the Ben Lomond trail (6.5 mi) which intersects with another trail about 1/3 mile down. Take a right here. Once you arrive in North Fork Park, head out by riding down the road and through the south gate exit. Keep heading east until you get to North Fork Road, and take a right (south). Fortunately, the ride back to Eden is gradually downhill. When you get to the main HWY take a left, then continue east on River Dr. which intersects with the paved pathway and main HWY once again. If you need to loop back to the North Ogden Divide, take a left at the last intersection at the bottom of the Divide. At the top of this road, there is a 2 mile dirt trail to the right that takes you the rest of the way. It's fairly steep so hopefully you stiill have some juice in those quads.