Ben Lomond Peak via Ben Lomond Trail
Ben Lomond Trail is a gorgeous route to Ben Lomond Peak. The trailhead is located in North Fork Park via the South entrance. Follow the signs to the horse corrals and park by the corrals. You will spot the wooden sign and hike uphill for about five miles. The trail intersects with another leading to the ridge. Stay left here, then once you summit this ridge, head North to the peak. It's about 7 1/2 miles and 4,000 ft elevation gain to the top. On a clear day, you'll likely see several Rocky Mountain Goats grazing on lichens on the rocky face of Ben Lomond. Allow about 5 hours and more if you want to hang out along the way and take pictures.
The trail is also used in the Skyline Marathon...think about that while you hike up (some people actually run this). In years passed, the trail was overgrown and a bit of a mess but is now in great shape. I don't recommend people ride their bike up it since there would be a lot of dismounting for technical uphill, but for riding down, it's great if the brush has been cleared (it usually isn't). So if you'd like to make it a bike ride, start at the North Ogden Divide and ride up North Skyline, then down this trail from the ridge. If you aren't shuttling, just ride back to the Divide. You can ride the road until you get to the last intersection at the bottom of the Divide and head South up toward Nordic Valley and ride up 2 miles of dirt on Spring Mt Trail (aka Pioneer Trail). The Hike is outlined in our blog: 9-25-12 ben-lomond-peak.html When you click the map below and enlarge you will see the trail from its head to the flag.
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