Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ogden, Utah Rail Trail

This trail is accessed at 4000 N., 2000 W. just west of Smith and Edwards. Take exit 349 (Pleasant View-Far West). It makes a nice option when other trails are closed due to snow or mud. I thought it best for cooler weather riding or maybe early morning or evening to catch a sunset.  It can also be accessed from 6700 W, but it is closed from March 1 - September 1 WEST of 6700 W. for bird nesting season.  Dogs are allowed and can really get some exercise on this one.  We deemed the road a little too hard packed for cantering, but gaited horses could go lickety split and really cover the ground.

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Mileage on this ride:  6.77; Min Altitude, 4,089; Ascent/Descent=470 ft; Trail conditions= 98% packed gravel road, 2% asphalt  (30% soft dirt trail if you choose to take that option.)
Hmmmmmm.  "Does that mean me?"

Heading out....there is a soft dirt trail beginning on the left side of this road.  We missed it on the way out, but rode it on the way back.

There are several gates, but they each have a "pass thru" easily negotiable on horseback.

The view of Ben Lomond from as far as we rode on this trip.

A little off-road action.

Looking east on the way back to the trail head.

We saw a lot of wildlife...geese, herons, doves, vultures, etc.

Part of the soft dirt trail available for the first mile out from the trail head.

Back to the parking area.

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