Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Hiking Lewis Peak

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Hiking Lewis Peak, Hiking Eyrie Peak, North Ogden, Utah, Peak Bagging in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Lewis Peak (8,031 ft) is located in North Ogden, Utah and sits on the mountain between Ben Lomond to the North and Mt. Ogden to the south. This peak is usually forgotten due to it's popular neighboring peaks but it is actually a very scenic summit. Lewis Peak was named after Lewis Warren Shurtliff, who was among the first known to summit this prominent peak. At the time, he was only 16, when he climbed what would be named Lewis Peak on June 6, 1852 with some friends. On the summit, he piled up rocks and stuck a large branch in it to mark the high point. Lewis and his friends hiked here to scout out the area and help protect the settlers from the Native Americans. It's unusual for a geographic feature to be titled after a person's first name. In fact, Lewis Peak is only one of a few Ogden Wasatch Front Mountain peaks that is even named after a specific person.

Hiking Lewis Peak is perfect during Summer and Fall; it may be possible to hike here in Winter, but check the avalanche danger before heading out. In Spring the trail can be extremely muddy. This is a great trail to do with your dogs off leash. Be aware that motorized dirt bikes and mountain bikes also use this trail. The only shaded section is the first mile; after that you are hiking along an exposed ridgeline which can become very windy. We hiked this mid-November and because it was so warm I wore my tank top to hike to the summit it. Later that night, I realized I got a sunburn! You'll want to carry plenty of water and sunblock with you on this trail.


From SLC, head north on I-15 all the way to North Ogden. Take exit 349, and head East. Follow this as it turns into E 2600 N. Turn left at the light for 1050 E. Turn right on E 3100 N. This road leads you through a neighborhood where the speed limit is only 30MPH. As soon as you turn onto 3100 N, drive 3 miles up the narrow, winding road and look for the North Ogden Divide TH sign on your right. This is where you'll want to park and begin hiking. There is one restroom. Here is a driving map.

Distance: 10.4 miles RT
Elevation gain: 2,400 ft
Time: 4-6 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes, but maybe only to Eyrie Peak
Fees/Permits? None
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 Park at the North Ogden Divide TH. This is the same parking lot to hike up to Ben Lomond the "long" way. I hiked to Ben Lomond & Willard Peak the "short" way - you can read about that here.
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 The trail for Eyrie Peak & Lewis Peak starts on the south side of the parking lot by the big sign.
Hiking Lewis Peak, Hiking Eyrie Peak, North Ogden, Utah, Peak Bagging in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Starting out, you'll be hiking on the North side of the mountain. The first mile is all switchbacks, and because it's in the shade, can be chilly. 
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 Hike up seven long switchbacks.
Hiking Lewis Peak, Hiking Eyrie Peak, North Ogden, Utah, Peak Bagging in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Around 1.5 miles the view really opens up and you can see into Eden and Huntsville, Utah and Pineview Reservoir.
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 Across North Ogden Divide, you'll see the very long switchbacks heading up the mountain; this is the "long" trail to Ben Lomond.
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About 2 miles into the hike, you'll have your first view of Eyrie Peak to the left, and your destination, Lewis Peak, to the far right.
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 Reaching the trail split sign, continue straight for Lewis Peak. Only another 3 miles from here!
Hiking Lewis Peak, Hiking Eyrie Peak, North Ogden, Utah, Peak Bagging in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Working our way up to Eyrie Peak, we hiked along these deep mud trenches. 
Hiking Lewis Peak, Hiking Eyrie Peak, North Ogden, Utah, Peak Bagging in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Charlie and Ian beat me to the summit. Eyrie Peak (8,136 ft) is technically the high point on your hike. Compared to Lewis Peak, Eyrie Peak is higher in elevation by about 100 ft. If you only had 1-3 hours to fit in a hike or run, this would be a good spot to turn around. However, we had all day so we kept hiking.
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 Continue down the ridge. You can hike up, over, and down all the hills, or skirt around the base of them.
Hiking Lewis Peak, Hiking Eyrie Peak, North Ogden, Utah, Peak Bagging in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The trail splits are again, for if you want to hike over the hills. They both meet up to the same spot. We decided to get in more of a workout and hiked over them.
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 Working our way down the hills.
Hiking Lewis Peak, Hiking Eyrie Peak, North Ogden, Utah, Peak Bagging in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 The last 1.5 mile or so to Lewis Peak was perfect for trail running! We picked up the pace and turned our hike into a light jog.
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The last 100 yards to the Lewis Peak summit!
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On the summit woot woot! It took us only 2 hours 15 minutes to reach the peak.
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Charlie and I take in the view. So pretty! That's Mt. Ogden in the distance.
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 Charlie always finds a stick...
Hiking Lewis Peak, Hiking Eyrie Peak, North Ogden, Utah, Peak Bagging in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Looking out to Willard Bay and North Ogden from Lewis Peak.
Hiking Lewis Peak, Hiking Eyrie Peak, North Ogden, Utah, Peak Bagging in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
 Looking North to Ben Lomond and Willard Peak.
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Trail stats via Gaia GPS. On the way back we ended up jogging most of the trail. If you were to just hike it, it would take closer to 5 hours RT.
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Trail map for hiking to Eyrie & Lewis Peak looking South.
Hiking Lewis Peak, Hiking Eyrie Peak, North Ogden, Utah, Peak Bagging in Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs
Trail map to Eyrie and Lewis Peak looking NW.

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4 comments:

  1. Never heard of this one! Thanks for letting me relive some awesome hikes and catch up with Utah through your blog :)
    Katie @ Katie Wanders
    www.KatieWanders.com

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  2. Beautiful day! So good to see Charlie back out on the trail:)

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  4. A great trip report. Lewis peak is the first peak I did with my youngest son when he was 10--good memories.

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