Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hiking Waterfall Canyon

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Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
Waterfall Canyon is located in Ogden, UT and is a gorgeous 200 ft waterfall. This short but sweet hike will definitely get your heart pumping - the trail climbs just over 1,000 ft in 1.25 miles. Waterfall Canyon is accessible year-round, but I find it prettiest in the winter when the waterfall is frozen. I can't help but sing to myself, "Let it go! Let it go!" from the movie Frozen.

Although this trail is dog friendly, every time I have gone at least one person has told me to grab Charlie aside. Not sure why it's only this trail that people aren't as dog friendly, but they are allowed off leash. There were was also a large incident of vandalism in Waterfall Canyon in 2015, which is on private property. The owner tried to combat this by requiring the public to hike with their ID (read the article), but nobody was asking for an ID when I hiked it in December 2016.

The last 3/4 mile of this trail is rocky and steep, so hiking poles are very helpful, especially for hikers with bad knees or hips. It's also advised that you don't climb any of the surrounding cliffs - a few people have died in the past attempting to do so. In summer this trail can get pretty hot, but the stream does flow year-round and dogs can easily drink from it.
From SLC, head north on I-15 then follow HWY 89 north. Turn right on Harrison Blvd. Drive another 4 miles, and turn right on 30th street, left on Polk Ave, and an immediate right on 29th street. Drive to the very end of the road and turn right into the large parking lot. There are no restrooms. Here is a driving map.

Distance: 2.5 miles RT
Elevation gain: 1,083 ft
Time: 1-3 hours
Dog friendly? Yes, off leash
Kid friendly? Yes
Fees/Permits? None
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
 You'll know you are at the correct TH when you see this little pavilion marked, 29th Street TH. After hiking under this, immediately turn left following the signs for Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST).
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
 Continue following the BST signs uphill.
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
 Once on the BST, you'll hike for another few minutes and hike under/past The Guest Ranch sign. You are now on private property so please be kind and follow Leave No Trace rules, just as you would anywhere else outdoors. If the vandalism continues or too much trash is left behind, I can see the owner easily closing off the gates to hikers/runners. Let's keep it pristine :)
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
 Eventually the trail turns East and you'll get your first view of Waterfall Canyon. The waterfall itself is still tucked around the cliffs.
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
 Cross bridge #1. This is also the first spot where dogs can easily get a drink of water from the stream.
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
 Right after bridge #1, take an immediate left. Don't miss the sign - otherwise you'll hike in the wrong direction.
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
 Cross bridge #2 - just after this bridge is where the trail begins to get even steeper. Have your 4 Must Have Items for Winter Hiking with you!
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
 Copper, a Blue Tick coonhound, leads the way.Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
 Don't forget to look back down the canyon - you will have a great view of Ogden, UT.
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
 Ahh, the first view of the waterfall!
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
 Charlie and I strike a pose in front of this massive frozen waterfall!
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
As you look around the waterfall area you'll see a bunch of cables hanging across each side of the canyon walls. These are for the newly developed zip line. In my opinion, this is probably contributing to the vandalism and crack-down on rules in this canyon. My vote is to take down the cables and leave the canyon in its natural state.
Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
This photo was taken February 2015 - it shows just how dry of a winter we had that year. Crazy the difference!

Hiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in UtahHiking Waterfall Canyon in Ogden, Utah, Hiking in Utah with Dogs, Frozen Waterfalls in Utah
My trail stats via Gaia GPS.
Waterfall Canyon trail map
 Trail map looking East.
Waterfall Canyon trail map
Trail map looking North.



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