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Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Ogden South Section

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a series of trails along the slope of the Wasatch Mountains where the old shoreline of Lake Bonneville met the hills. Sections of trail are found from Brigham City to Payson. The Ogden south section goes from Ogden Canyon to Beus Canyon. Like other BST sections, it's close to the city and open in early spring.

View north towards Ben Lomond Peak. Ride review and photos by Bruce in April 2002.

Ogden's Harrison Blvd is the key to all the trailheads. You can get to the trail from 22nd, 29th, 36th, and 46th streets by turning east from Harrison. In most areas, the trail is a broad singletrack, but conditions vary. Pick your entry point depending on what type of ride you want.

The BST can be part of a quickie ride for an experienced beginner (when carefully selected), or a long and brutal affair.

View up into Waterfall Canyon. Typical slightly-sandy, slightly-loose, slightly-rocky trail base.

Short and sweet for beginners:  
The cutoff side trail between 29th and 36th is flat and easy for beginning riders and youngsters. 

View over Ogden, with the Great Salt Lake in the distance.

Intermediate tour:  Start at the 36th street trailhead and head north, either on the lower cutoff trail or by grinding up into Strongs Canyon. Head north to the Ogden Canyon overlook. Round trip is 6.5 miles, total climbing (if you take the lower trail to 29th St.) about 500 feet -- 250 each way.

 Typical trail section, winding through the trees of a canyon. When the trail comes out westward, it's more open -- hotter and open to sun.

Abusive Option: Start on Valley Drive near the intersection with Highway 39. (There are several tracks that climb the hill; the singletrack starts at the log fence.) The southernmost section near Beus Canyon is steep and loose -- a hike-a-bike for most riders. If you make it to the Beus Canyon trailhead as a one-way, your climbing will be about 1800 feet, distance 7 miles. As a 14-mile out-and-back, add 1000 feet of climbing for the way back.

Looking uphill from the trail as we cross a creek, still running from early-season snowmelt.

Connecting to the North Ogden BST
At the north end of the Ogden BST, once you've descending to the parking area at Rainbow Gardens, work your way over to the paved Ogden River Parkway trail. Cross under Highway 39 to the Ogden Canyon Road trailhead. Take the trail north from there. As of 2015, the northern section of the BST is complete all the way to Pleasant View, with further singletrack extending to Willard.

Looking west toward south Ogden near Weber Canyon.

For shorter and easier rides in the Ogden foothills: See our trail page for the Par Course and Foothill Bike Trail.

Bathrooms:  Most trailheads.
Water:  None
Camping:  None nearby

Getting there, BST access:   

Go to Harrison Blvd in Ogden. It's the key to all trailheads. (From the north, take the 12th Street exit off I-15 and drive towards Ogden Canyon. From the south, get off I-15 in Farmington on US-89 and head north. A couple of miles after you pass under I-84, turn right onto Harrison Blvd, just as US-89 turns westward to enter Ogden.)

Rainbow Gardens:  At the north end of Harrison, turn east toward the mountains. Take Highway 39 to Valley Drive at the mouth of the canyon. Immediately leave Valley Drive to Rainbow Gardens. Go to the southwest corner of the parking area to find the BST.

22nd South TH:  From Harrison, take 22nd south to the edge of town and enter the trailhead. Trails climb north and southeast from this trailhead to the BST.

29th South TH:  From Harrison Blvd in Ogden, take 30th South around the school, then go north a block to 29th South. Continue east to the trailhead on the edge of town. At the far south side of the trailhead parking, go through the kiosk area and turn left on the singletrack heading east.

36th South TH:  From Harrison, turn east onto 36th South. Turn left into the 36th South trailhead just as 36th begins to turn right. (This parking area is small and will usually be full on weekends.) The Foothill Bike trail will take you to Blue Ribbon for your climb up to the BST.

Skyline TH:  This trailhead has additional parking. Pass by the 36th South trailhead and go 1/4 mile south on Skyline Drive. Turn left into parking. Take either limb of the Par Course Trail north to Foothill and climb up to Blue Ribbon.

Beus Drive:  On Skyline Drive just south of Weber State, you'll come to a round-about. Exit eastbound on Country Hills Drive, then turn right onto Lakeview Drive. At Beus Drive, turn left and climb to the end of the road. The BST alternate trail starts at the end of the road. Take either fork northbound.

Beus TH:  From Harrison, take 46th South eastbound. Just after crossing Skyline Drive, find the trailhead on your left.

Riding resources for this trail:
One-page trail guide made for printing
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
    Garmin       GPX     [ N.Ogden     GPX ]
Topo map for printing:   View Ogden topo    North Ogden BST
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to Ogden area resources

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