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Stay Active This Summer with Group Hikes Hosted by Ogden Clinic

Introducing OCFIT, Ogden Clinic’s new community wellness program. OCFIT hosts community activities that promote health and wellness—all led by Ogden Clinic providers! Everyone is welcome to participate in our events including group hikes and bike rides. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come.

Group Hikes with Dr. Brian Powell

WHAT: Monthly group hikes through some of Weber and Davis County’s most exciting trails. The Hiking Club is led by Dr. Brian Powell, Foot and Ankle Orthopedist. There will be a prize raffle each week for hiking swag and gift cards!

WHEN:  The 2nd Wednesday evening of each month at 5:30pm (April through September). Dr. Martindale will also host a clinic at GEAR:30 on Thursday, July 12th. Come ask questions and check out GEAR:30’s great hiking gear.

WHERE: Participants will meet at each trail head, see chart below for location information.

WHO: Everyone is invited! Feel free to bring children and well-behaved pets on leashes. Note each trail difficulty and plan accordingly.

 

Week 1: Birdsong Trail

The Birdsong Trail is a 2.6 mile loop trail that is good for all skill levels. The Birdsong Trail offers wonderful views along the east bench in Ogden. It goes by six springs, a pond, and deep forest where you can see an abundance of birds (hence the name). This trail connects the neighborhoods around Fillmore and 20th Streets to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

Week 2: Gibbs Trail

Gibbs Trail is a fantastic place for a short hike or a daily workout. It’s a great trail for kids and seniors with plenty of shade. This trail offers nice views of the valley below including a beautiful golf course and park. You will also find creeks, bridges, and abundant wild life on Gibbs Trail. The trail is considered moderate and is about 4 miles in length.

Week 3: Beus Canyon Trail

Beus Canyon Trail is a peaceful hike that’s lightly trafficked and considered difficult due to the distance (7.1 miles). The Beus Canyon trail runs from the east side of Ogden City up to a saddle just south of Mt Ogden Peak. The lower part of the trail is easy as it climbs to the mouth of Beus Canyon, where it intersects the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The trail continues along Beus Creek until it reaches a small meadow where the canyon forks called Fern Valley. From there, the trail continues along the south fork of the stream and then climbs the ridge between Beus Canyon and Birch Canyon to the south. The trail continues to climb at a steep pitch as it goes north to the head of Beus Creek. From there, follow rock cairns to the saddle just south of Mount Ogden Peak.

Week 4: Waterfall Canyon Trail

Waterfall Canyon was ranked as the #1 hike of the Mount Ogden Park trail system. It’s a great hike for people of all ages. There are a few places where there are loose rocks, but most people in fair physical condition should be able to navigate this trail. The view of the waterfall and the valley makes it well worth it.

Week 5: Adams Canyon Trail

Adams Canyon is rated #3 in the Uintah-Wasatch-Cache area for its gorgeous views and waterfall access. It is a 5.2 mile hike that is rated as moderate due to the sandy switchbacks at the beginning and the steep climbs toward the end. The waterfall is stunning and you can hear it flowing throughout the hike—a huge payoff at the end of this trail.

Hiking Etiquette

  • No smoking
  • Leave no trace
  • All pets on a leash
  • Bikers yield to hikers
  • Respect private property
  • Avoid using wet or muddy trails
  • Do not disturb plant and animal life
  • Downhill traffic yield to uphill traffic
  • Stay on the trail, do not cut switchbacks

For questions about OCFIT or the hiking club, email cyd.heatherly@ogdenclinic.com.

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