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The WSU Mount Ogden Hike Tradition


This year, to ensure proper COVID procedures, we encourage pre-registration

Participants will be divided into samller groups and start times will be staggered to encourage distancing. 


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Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021

Guided Hike: Leaves the moose plaza at Snowbasin at 8:30 a.m.
Hike in this historic tradition! Please arrive early to leave time to fill your water and take a final bathroom break if needed.

Event Ends: Approximately 3 p.m. (Each hiker will travel at their own pace, and end times may vary. The Snowbasin gondola is scheduled to be running this year, and this should make the descent quicker!)

Location: Mt. Ogden || Snow Basin, Earl's Lodge parking

Price:  Free

Age: All children must be accompanied by an adult, families are welcome.

Transportation: No transportation will be provided. 

Equipment: No equipment will be provided, but equipment is available at the WSU Outdoor Program Rental Center. 

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Choose a trail based on your skill level:


Mount Ogden Via Snowbasin

* Please stay with the hike leaders

Difficulty: Challenging. 8.4 miles round trip (Competitive Hike Route, when Gondola is not running) 6.2 miles when the gondola is running.
Elevation gain: 3,400 feet
Trailhead: Main Snowbasin parking lot
Trail: Follows ski area access roads to the saddle.
Top of Wildcat lift = over 1/3 of the way. Top of “Porky” lift = 3/4 of the way. Saddle = another 20 minutes to summit

Mount Ogden via Taylor Canyon (unguided)

Difficulty: Very tough. 10.2 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 4,800 feet
Trailhead: Top of 27th Street
Trail: 1 mile up Taylor Canyon - turn right to “Malan’s Lookout.” Malan’s Peak = about 1/3 of the way. Malan’s Basin = 1/2 way + Last mile + (Basin to Saddle) not well defined in places. Steep!

Mount Ogden via Beus Canyon (unguided)

Difficulty: Long and tough. 12 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 4,600 feet
Trailhead: Top of 46th Street, Beus trailhead parking lot
Trail: Two miles up Beus Canyon (1/3 of the way) trail climbs right, to ridge above Burch Creek canyon. The trail climbs steadily along and over ridges to the saddle.


The Tradition

The Mount Ogden Hike, from the original Weber State Newspaper, The Acorn.

Weber has long dwelt in the peaceful valley surrounded by the splendor of the Wasatch Mountains, and overshadowed by its glorious peaks. But being ever restless with desire to rise, she burst the bands of lo-land seclusion and with one mighty aunty of purpose established herself on that magnificent peak, Mount Ogden. 

The morning of October 5th was clear and cool. Four o’clock was the time set for the gathering at the mouth of Taylors Canyon. From all directions came the eager hikers. The roads and paths leading to the meeting place were flecked with the lights of automobiles, in most cases those of anxious parents, reluctant to sanction such a hazardous undertaking. 

“The dawn! The dawn!” cried one. 

Just at that instant into the still morning air came the old yet much loved “Star Spangled Banner”, and after that the “Purple and Whire”. The band was in splendid form. It played as it had never played before. Its echo bounded from cliff to cliff until it became lost in the broad expanse of the hillside. 

To the Sophomores fell the responsibility of carrying the sand, cement, and water; the Juniors were to bring the flagpole; the Seniors were to set the pole; the College were to procure and raise the flag, while the Faculty were to help wherever needed. 

The hike to Malan’s was not difficult, as the course lay over a well-beaten trail. At the cabin site a halt was called, where breakfast became the most important proceeding. One hour of rest and again the steady climb upward. From the cabin site to Mount Ogden the trail is steep, rugged, and poorly defined. Especially did the last thousand feet test the mettle of the little band. On all sides and in every direction were hikers, leg-weary and sore, pulling themselves up by every possible bush and shrub. 

However, while the larger group were pulling the tugging to make the summit, a small group was manfully bearing the responsibility of bringing up the flagpole. This was in four sections, and as the horses refused to work, it had to be carried most of the way. As it was made of steel and weighed three hundred pounds, those carrying it had no easy job. 

At two o’clock p.m. the last weary hiker, the last bag of cement, sand and water, the last length of flagpole reached the top. Lunch baskets were soon emptied and real rest enjoyed by the foot-sore climbers. 

A group of students soon joined the lengths of the post together and put it into the great hole which had been blasted by the pioneer hikers some few days before. At the base of the pole was burning a glass bottle in which was placed a scroll bearing the names of those who took the hike. The pole, twenty feet in height, was set three feet into solid rock and closely cemented. 

The pole set, the call to the colors was given and three hundred seventy-five loyal Weberites came to attention while slowly and dramatically the two grandest of flags were flung to the clear autumn breezes. The “Star Spangled Banner” and “Purple and White” were sung as they have never been sung before. A never-to-be-forgotten program followed, with that honored and beloved Weberite, David O. McKay, as the chief speaker and enter of interest. After appropriate remarks, Brother McKay offered the dedicatory prayer, one which will live long in the memory of those who heard it. 

At five o’clock began the journey homeward. Being much freshened by the long rest the hikers soon reached Malan’s Heights, and the cabin site became a scene of bonfires and rapidly disappearing lunches. A clear sky and full moon added much to the thrill of the mountain descent. 

As the curfew called forth the hour of nine, the last weary hiker trudged into the city. Thus ended the most momentous day in Weber’s history.


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