October 2009 - 57 photos

On October 16th, 2009, I went hiking up to Malan's Basin. This time I went with Judy and Georgia. When we started out, much of the trail was still in the shade of Mount Ogden. In fact we were in the shade most of the morning going up Taylor Canyon. We started out with light jackets, but before long they came off. It was the first day of Deer Season, (regular hunt), so we wore bright colors, just in case. We saw one hunter, who said he saw 2 deer, but didn't get a shot. Well, our bright colors fit in fine with the bright Fall Colors. It was really colorful on this hike. Just about all of the colors one could expect to see in the fall.

The trail up to Malan's Peak is quite steep and rated difficult, so we took our time with lots of photo stops. The view from Malan's Peak is pretty great and this was a cloudless day. Of course there was a little smog in the air making the view down into Ogden a bit hazy, but not too bad. I have seen it much worse. From there we hiked on into Malan's Basin, not a long hike from the peak. The peak is really only a saddle point on the way up to Mount Ogden, and I have never really understood the title of 'Peak'. One thing for sure, a lot of people do hike to this so called 'Peak', and being a Saturday, a lot of people did.

It was a great hike, and a great day. It took us 8 hours to do it, hiking a total of 6.5 miles and climbing 2,243 feet.

New Info: Chris Peterson bought the property of Malan's Basin from the Malan family, and recently obtained all the property below including Waterfall Canyon. He is fencing the area and has put in gates. He now has rangers patrolling his property and they may require you to show ID and sign a log book to hike in the area. Todd Black, executive director of the Utah Cooperative Wildlife Management Association, said Peterson is within his legal right to use his own private rangers to enforce the laws of his land.

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From this angle, Malan's Peak really looks like a Peak, even though it isn't. - Photo by Judy Watson

Over a hundred years ago, Malan's Basin was the site of a two story hotel, 7 cabins, a club house, and a sawmill, built and run by the Malan family. There is little left now. No sign of any buildings, but there are some old metal parts, one an old boiler from the saw mill. The property now belongs to Chris Peterson, who plans on building a large resort up there. I wanted to do this hike to see the valley one more time, as it was before all the changes he plans.

Remember, Malan's Basin is private property, so treat it as such. Don't cause any destruction or leave any litter. Mr. Peterson is using rangers to patrol the area and enforce this.

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Malan's Basin is located at the top of the canyon seen in this photo, below Mount Ogden Peak.

Back in the 1860's "Tim" Bartholomew Malan, built a sawmill in the small valley below Mount Ogden's Peak to harvest lumber. Later in 1892 he built a resort there and called it MALAN HEIGHTS. Tim and his sons built a switch-back road up to this valley, where people would be taken up in special wagons pulled by teams of horses, using drag poles to keep wagons from sliding backwards. Over the years the old road has eroded away. Some of the trail follows it, but it's hard to tell that it once was a road.

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This is Malan's Basin and the memorial placed there by the Malan family descendants.

We started this hike from the 29th Street Trailhead, located at the top of 29th Street in Ogden, Utah. This trailhead is the start for a number of trails, so if you are going to Malan's Peak or Basin, you have to find the Taylor Canyon Trail as you go up. There are marker posts along the way. Taylor Canyon is to the north about a quarter of a mile after you get up to the main Bonneville Trail. As you go up Taylor Canyon another quarter mile, watch for the sign and bridge where you go to the right or south up the switch back trail. A short distance up this part of the trail is the small cave spring and waterfall. Watch for it below the trail.

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My photos were taken with a Canon EOS 40D, 10.1 Megapixel SLR Camera and the Canon EFs 17-85mm IS wide angle to 5x zoom lens. I carried a Canon EF 70-300mm IS Telephoto for close ups. Some of these photos were taken by Judy Watson with her Canon Digital Rebel SLR and additional lenses.

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