SNOWSHOEING to OGDEN OVERLOOK
Snowbasin Maples Area
January 2011 - 54 photos


Saturday the 1st day of 2011, I went snowshoeing with my Daughter Cheryl, Marlene, and Don. We started out from the Snowbasin lower parking lot and went north through the Maples Picnic area, then took the Ogden Overlook trail up to a ridge where you can see down into Ogden. We had plenty of snow this time, about 3 feet at the lower end and at least 4 feet up higher. The snowcrest on the ridge was probably 8 to 10 feet deep. Even though it was a sunny day, it was very cold. I think about 10 to 15 degrees. I know that the water we carried in our packs froze. I was bundled up pretty good, with double socks and three layers of clothing, and was never cold, but the others said if they didn't keep moving they were a little cold.

We had lunch just beyond the Maples, and then Cheryl and Don decided they had had enough at about the half way mark. We talked it over and they decided to go back to the car, but Marlene and I would press on to the Overlook.

I never did find the main summer trail, as no one had gone that way, and the snow was too deep to find it. We followed the path made by others and ended up on the Power Line trail, the one we really didn't want to take, as it's quite steep. Very hard to go up with snowshoes on, but with lots of rest stops, for me, we made it. That brought us to the first ridge, which was as far as most people had gone. It looked like two others had been to the Overlook and back, but the trail was narrow and not packed much. We continued on and reached the top about 4 hours from leaving the car. The view was well worth the climb, and the day was the clearest that I have seen from up there.

I have been doing this hike every winter since I started snowshoeing. Both Don and Marlene have also done this one. Coming back down Marlene and I came straight down the mountain side saving a lot of time. We made it back to the car in one hour and 15 minutes. The total hike was 4 miles, climbing 992 feet.


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The trailhead in the Maples, that leads to the Ogden Overlook.

On the way up, while we were stopped for lunch, a younger couple came up on snowshoes, and said they were going to Sardine Peak. They said that it had an even better view down into the canyon and into Ogden. Sardine Peak is to the northeast of where we were headed and quite a bit higher. I think one day I may try that one. When we had reached the Ogden Overlook, I noticed two people coming back down from the top of Sardine Peak, and they were really moving. At first I thought they were on skis, but with my camera set for full zoom, I saw that they were snowshoeing. Later we met them on the way down and they confirmed that the view up there was marvelous.

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Marlene and me at the Ogden Overlook, above Coldwater Canyon and Ogden Canyon.


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