Trails: Ben Lomond Peak

One thing all the locals need to do at least once in their life is hike Ben Lomond Peak!

 

Our office decided to take on this challenge for a fun group activity. There are a few things we learned along the way. Definitely go with a buddy. It is a difficult hike and it is safer with a friend. Wear sunscreen. Bring plenty of water. Wait until the snow melts to take this journey.

We started our adventure at the North Fork Park trailhead in Liberty. This route is about 12.2 miles roundtrip… if you can see the trail. There was still a lot of snow, and we ended up blazing our own trail straight up to the peak.

Once we reached the peak the views were spectacular and the sense of accomplishment for conquering Old Ben was pretty amazing as well.

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When we headed down the mountain we took the North Ogden divide route via the North Skyline Trail, and it had very little snow on the trail. If you are heading up early in the season this is the trail we would recommend. It starts from the North Ogden Divide Trailhead and follows the ridge most of the way. It is about 16.4 miles roundtrip.

Another trail you can take starts from Willard Basin. This route is about seven miles roundtrip, goes to the top of Willard Peak and then traverses the ridgeline over to Ben Lomond Peak. This is the shortest and easiest way to make it to the peak, but there is a long drive on dirt roads south of Mantua.  Another group attempted to take this route to meet us at the peak, but there was still too much snow.

 

You better believe there will be another Ben Lomond adventure this summer for those of us who didn’t quite make the trek through the snow this go around.

Don’t be afraid to push yourself to do something hard and remember to have HAPPY TRAILS along the way.

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