The WSU Mount Ogden Hike Tradition
Age: Families are welcome, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Please carefully select the appropriate hiking group for your abilities.
Transportation: A 15 passenger van will meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Outdoor Adventure and Welcome Center, to transport folks who are not transporting themselves to Snowbasin. The bus will return around 4 p.m. Please email Hayley Prine to confirm transportation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equipment: No equipment will be provided, but the equipment is available at the WSU Outdoor Program Rental Center.
- 8:00 a.m. Participant check in at Moose Plaza
Hike in this historic tradition! Please arrive early to leave time to fill your water and take a final bathroom break if needed.
Review and self-select an appropriate hiking group before the start!
8:30 a.m. | Leave the Moose Plaza at Snowbasin
12:00 p.m. | Guided & Individual hikers will meet at the saddle* for the traditional program.
*The saddle is just below the final steep ascent to the Mount Ogden summit.
The Saddle is where the tradition is kept, and we pay tribute to the Weber Academy hikers of 1922. Welcome by the WSU Outdoor Program, speeches by President Brad Mortensen and distinguished guests, the traditional singing of Purple and White, and our WSU Fight Song and raffle prizes.
3:30 p.m. | Each hiker will travel at their own pace, end times may vary.
All participants are encouraged to descend with group leaders to the Needles Lodge and Snowbasin gondola after the program. (There is no cost to ride down) participants wishing to descend the full hike route will be on their own, there will be NO GUIDED OPTIONS.
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Please self-select an appropriate Trail & Group Based on Your Skill Level.
Mount Ogden Via Snowbasin (guided or unguided)
You are welcome to choose to hike this route on your own or check-in at the Moose Plaza to join a guided group.
Hike the Snowbasin Service Roads to the saddle/Mount Ogden Summit.
- Difficulty: Challenging. 8.4 miles round trip (competitive hike route, when gondola is not running). 7 miles when the gondola is running for the descent.
- Elevation Gain: 3,400 feet
- Trailhead: Moose Plaza/Earl's Lodge
- 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 of steep trail to the summit.
Cost is $29 per person to ride the Gondola, then hike the trail from Needles Lodge to the saddle/Mount Ogden Summit. This option does still require a significant hike!
Hike 1/3 of Mount Ogden Via Snowbasin:
- Difficulty: Challenging but shorter. 2.8 Miles round trip (best option for those with children or simply attend the Traditional Program at the saddle).
- Elevation gain: 400 feet
- Trailhead Moose Plaza (Gondola)
- Trail: Follows a steep ascent to the ridge then traverse to the saddle before ascending the steep trail to the Mount Ogden Summit
*If selecting option two, please purchase your Gondola tickets in advance by visiting Snowbasin and select September 23 as the date.
Guided Group 1 (FREE): Meet at Moose Plaza at 8 a.m. If you like spandex and sweat and have a need for speed, this group is for you, this group will hike at a consistent, speedy pace with few rests or stops.
Guided Group 2 (FREE): Meet at the Moose Plaza at 8 a.m. If you are a good hiker but enjoy taking in the scenery this group is for you. This group will take periodic stops to regroup rest eat and drink.
Guided Group 3 (FREE): Meet at Moose Plaza at 8 a.m. If you are a first-timer or need to pace yourself slowly and want to hike the full route, this group is for you. This group will take regular stops to regroup rest eat and drink.
Guided Group 4 ($29 Fee for Gondola): Meet at the Moose Plaza at 9:00 a.m. If you are looking for the shortest route, this group is for you. This route is still strenuous and steep. After riding the gondola up you still have a 1.4-mile hike to the saddle and Mt Ogden Summit. Each participant will need to pre-purchase a gondola ticket at a rate of $29 (see below for details). Please purchase your Gondola tickets in advance by visiting the Snowbasin Hiking & Gondola Tickets and selecting September 23rd as the date. Be sure to bring your confirmation to redeem your ticket on-site. As a group, we will ride the gondola to Needles Lodge where we will stop in for a restroom break and top off the water. The 2.8-mile round-trip hiking portion is still steep and uneven but is significantly shorter than options 1-3. This trail ascends 400' to the Summit of Mount Ogden. Guests wishing to attend the traditional program and avoid the steep final ascent to the Summit are welcome to stop at the saddle where the program takes place at 12:00 p.m.
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 the ridge above Burch Creek canyon. The trail climbs steadily along and over ridges to the saddle.
**Unauthorized motorized vehicles are not permitted on the Snowbasin roadways.
The Tradition: 101 Years of The Mount Ogden Hike Tradition