Bonneville Shoreline (Ogden's East Bench)
Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Ogden
Rating: Easy for hikers unless you decide to take the Waterfall Canyon or Indian Trails, which are rated moderate to difficult.
Easy for bikers as far as climbing goes but technical in places.
Ogden's East Bench (Bonneville Shoreline Trial) is just 5 miles down Ogden Canyon in Ogden. When Spring comes late and Winter comes early in Ogden Valley, the trails are too wet to traverse, so the shoreline trail system can extend mt biking season for months. At the base of Ogden Canyon is Rainbow Gardens. Directly to the north, across the main road, is a place to park and ride/hike either the North Shoreline or the paved path.
The narrow singletrack to the North is great through the winter months. Snow doesn't stick for long, and if you jump on it in the morning, the frozen earth makes a wonderful surface. When the spring warms this end, it dries quickly and becomes loose and prone to erosion.
In the Southwest corner of the Rainbow Gardens parking lot is the trailhead that leads up to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. This trail system can be quite confusing. At each marker I try to stay on the trail marked "Bonneville Shoreline". This trail is very well used by bikers, hikers, and trail runners so if you get lost there are plenty of people to ask for directions.
The Shoreline Trail system is usable as an out-and-back and on the South end can offer loop options. One option climbs rocky, steep terrain to Beus Canyon and another drops you down a roller-coaster rut then returning North-bound on sandy single-track involving both climbing and descending to 29th street t.h. From here, climb a little longer and you're back onto Shoreline.
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