HIKING TO CHILLY PEAK
ON BEN LOMOND RIDGE
June 2007 - 36 photos
On the 12th of June, 2007, my neighbor Don and I took a walk along the ridge that runs between North Ogden Canyon and Ben Lomond Peak. This is part of the local Skyline Trail system. The part we took runs north from North Ogden Pass over to Ben Lomond Peak and on to Willard Peak, then down into Willard Basin. Along the way it connects to other trails that come up from the North Fork area in Liberty. It's a long walk when going to Ben Lomond this way, about 9½ miles one way. People ride horses, mountain bikes, and motorcycles on this trail and some even walk it. I don't usually go this way, I like to come up from Willard Basin, a walk of about 3½ miles.
Early in the spring Don noticed that there was a long stretch of snow remaining under the ridge after all the other snow had melted. He wanted to hike up there and see if it was a road or flat ledge or whatever. He asked me to go along with him and I agreed, thinking that I had never walked up to Chilly Peak before, which was in the same area he wanted to check out. I have passed below Chilly Peak many times, but it being a lesser peak, I was never interested. In fact, it is not much more than a small bump along the ridge.
Still, this little walk took us eight hours to complete from the North Ogden Pass, but it was a very good day for a walk. According to my GPS mapper, the total distance we walked was 8.63 miles and we climbed 2,461 feet. It said the peak was at 8,631 feet above sea level. My GPS map shows some places with double lines. That's because we took a few different trails coming back down.
Ben Lomond Ridge with Chilly Peak
A hike to Chilly Peak isn't much to brag about, but since it is in the area and we had never done it before, it was a worthwhile goal for us. We never did determine why that snow line lasted longer. It didn't look very flat from up there.
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I used a Canon EOS 20D, 8.2 Megapixel SLR Camera with a Canon EFs 17-85mm wide angle to 5x zoom and a Canon EF 100-400mm telephoto zoom lens for close-up photos.
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