One of the most popular hikes in Ogden, Utah is Waterfall Canyon. It is 200 feet high and a great reward for the effort. I know multiple friends who had this location for their proposals and it’s popular on evenings and weekends.
There are multiple trailheads, but all of them are moderately easy for the beginning and then a difficult, steep scramble at the end. Our favorite place to begin is the 29th street trailhead not too far from Weber State University.
The first part of this trail follows the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and is easy enough for toddlers. It is partially shaded. The last 1/4 mile is very steep and requires some scrambling over rocks. It’s short, and the reward is worth it, but it is a bit of a challenge, especially for young children.
The water flow varies quite a bit depending on the rain. The large photo was taken in June 2011 and the small one in June 2012, which was much drier. Either way, there is a beautiful view of the Ogden Valley from the waterfall.
Here is the view of Ogden from near the falls.
Stats: Distance – 2.5 miles there and back
Approximate hiking time – 1-2 hours
Elevation gain – 1105 feet
Difficulty – Moderate/Difficult (difficult section is short)
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks,
Bathrooms – At Trailhead
Seasons to hike – Year-Round
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes