The Ben Lomond trail is located near Liberty in Northern Utah. The trail is a very long and sustained climb almost 3000 vertical feet. It is also quite narrow and somewhat overgrown in places. The trail begins in North Fork Park and is very popular with equestrians. I have not biked this trail, but I have hiked it a few times.
The lower section of the trail is the worst of it. There are many open stretches without much shade to protect you from the heat of the sun. There are many soft sand and loose rock sections as well. As you reach the upper part of the trail it becomes more tree lined and covered.
Ben Lomond is a popular hiking trail so be sure to watch for hikers as well as other cyclists and horses. Most bikers will only go as far as Bailey Cabin Spring as the final approach to Ben Lomond Peak is very steep and very rocky. If you decide to go to the top, you will likely end up walking your bike more than riding it. Once there, get a pic of your bike at the top and be sure to sign the peak register.
You can ride the skyline trail to the North Ogden Divide from Bailey Cabin Spring. From the North Ogden Divide you can ride the road back to your car or shuttle if you park a second car at the North Ogden Divide Trailhead.
Many riders will prefer to ride down this section and ride up from the North Ogden Divide. You will have less climbing and the climb is more gradual. If you opt for this you may want to park a car at the Ben Lomond trail and shuttle. Otherwise you get to climb back up the North Ogden Divide road, which is narrow and sees a fair amount of car traffic.
Max elevation: 8694 ft
Min elevation: 5679 ft
Total climbing: 3406 ft
Total descent: -394 ft
Directions to Trailhead
From I-15 take the 12th Street Exit in Ogden and turn East.
- Continue on 12th street as it enters Ogden Canyon.
- Proceed up the Canyon until you reach Pineview Resevoir
- Turn Left and cross the Pineview Resevoir Dam (State Road 158)
- When you reach the intersection of State Road 158 and 162 turn left
- Stay on 162 until 4100 North in Liberty. Turn Left.
- Turn Right on 3300 East
- When you reach the fork in the road continue left
- Turn left at the North Fork Park sign
- Turn left toward the stables, then continue until you see a metal horse corral on your right
Additional Trail Info, Obstacles, Etc
This is a popular trail so be sure to watch your speed and keep in control of your bike, especially when coming down from the top.