Burch Creek Trail

HARD 9 reviews

Burch Creek Trail is a 2.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ogden, UT that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

2.7 miles 995 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

forest

river

waterfall

muddy

over grown

rocky

snow

washed out

Small trail following Burch Creek up the canyon. First mile of the trail is well maintained, the rest is a primitive trail with numerous stream crossings. The canyon is significantly less popular than other canyons near the city and is usually a quiet hike in the forest. The maintained portion of the trail is only about a mile up the canyonafter that, its a series of best guesses heading east toward the mountains. The trail itself doesnt obviously loop or connect with other trails and the high amount of boulders discourages bikers and horses. The forest is dense and cool for most of the hike making it a good summer hike. Fall brings pretty leaf changes and its an interesting snow shoe trail in the winter. Nordic skiing the trail after a hard snow is probably doable for the first 1/3 mileafter that, there are too many boulders to get over. During the spring runoff, the creek is flooded and an already difficult to navigate trail becomes nearly impossible. The trail up Burch Creek is like a psychotic girlfriend. It starts off nice and civilized, becomes progressively rocky and eventually digresses into a Jurassic fern forest were all trails and hope disappear. The brush is heavy, the trail is faint and people (seeing my scratched arms) asked me if I had been attacked by a rabid raccoon. From the trailhead, the trail first starts off with a level/slight incline through the forest crossing a well-made bridge. It then looks like a typical Utah canyon trail, rocky in places but not crazy. As the trail progresses and winds up the canyon, hikers have to climb small boulders and ford small creeks. After about a mile, the trail becomes iffier and iffier disappearing in places. At times you are wondering whether you on the main trail, a game trail or lost. Some say there is a waterfall near the end of the canyon, but I mustve missed it. The final part of the canyon you can climb the hillside to the north and connect with Beus Canyon trail to Mount Ogden.

2 months ago

we went as a service project for scouts. We cleaned up the trail by picking up trash. Amazingly however, it was pretty clean! We had kids as young as 5 and grandmas and grandpas! This hike was pretty easy in our opinions!

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4 months ago

The shade is excellent, makes it a nice summer hike. I really wish it was better maintained higher up, we only made it a mile before turning around.

4 months ago

I feel that the information on this trail is inaccurate. According to KSL, trail is only 1.2 miles and only 886' elevation. I'm sure it is the same trail by the map of the trail.

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5 months ago

Not too bad! Easy enough by myself with 2 kids (3 and 7) and a dog!! Bring the carrier just in case for the littles, all in all, it's a fun trail!!

5 months ago

I absolutely love this hike! Its not too hard for beginners but there are some spots where I needed a little help over! Its mostly covered in trees so it's nice because the sun isn't killing you the whole time. :)

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7 months ago

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1 year ago

Another one of Ogden's secret trails. This canyon is as good if not better than Bues Canyon. A very enjoyable hike. Like most it does turn into stone stair cases and a little bit of a scramble in places.

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1 year ago

I went a few miles up this one before heading back. You can definitely tell where Weber Pathways stops maintaining this trail, but there is still a fairly well traveled trail continuing on. A few miles in, there was a cool little rock fort right off the trail. Interesting canyon, but it is very secluded and if you go beyond the first mile, chances are you won't see anyone else even on the busiest hiking days.