Cold Water Canyon Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ogden, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The trail takes you through the bottom of Cold Water canyon and through an old Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The trail is used to access Indian trail and campers frequent the area. This canyon stays cool during the summer months making it a popular place to escape the heat. As you follow the trail, you can see old foundations of the Civilian Conservation Corps camp from the 1930s. This was one of the base camps for the workers during the depression who built the walls along the Ogden river. In addition, the mountains in the area were heavily mined until the 1950s.
I gave this hike 4 stars instead of 5 because it's difficult to find the "end", easy to get lost bc there are no trail markers and the last half mile or so could only loosely be referred to as a trail. You should definitely read Phil's review below. He did an awesome job describing the hike and what to expect. The hike itself is absolutely amazing. I'd love to do it with someone who knows where it goes and ends. This is a perfect hike for an autumn day. The environment is majestic and I only saw a few people and that was near the trailhead during the last 10 minutes or so. I hiked up about 3.3 miles and found a large rock in the drainage ditch to sit and have lunch on. The view of the canyon was spectacular and completely took my breath away. I loved this hike. If you aren't comfortable unless you're on a well defined trail, I would choose another hike. But if you're looking for a robust hike with amazing views and a bit of scrambling up rocks and a little bush whacking, do this hike. It is well worth it!
To get to cold water canyon drive up Ogden canyon to the Smoky Bear sign , parking lot is on the South side. Hike .8 miles up Indian Trail the Trail Head to Cold Water is the left fork.. Continue climbing upward the trail comes to a "T" turn left at the "T" to continue up cold water canyon .. Turning right at the T takes you to a few camping spots with fire pits . Soon you will arrive at the old Mill , there will be old steel parts left from the mill ( please leave them there)
Turning left the trail continues to climb upward finally turning into a muddy drainage .. Continue threw this for about 69 ft back on a trail then going into a drainage wash . Continue scrambling up and over the rocks , logs & branches until reaching the top . Some bush whacking..
Total mileage from parking lot to top of trail is 3 miles . Stunning views from up the drainage .
Please pack out what you packed in ..
Visiting from Nevada, was a great trail with a great view of the city! air is defiantly thinner up here hahaha!
Good trail at the start stay to the right where it splits with Indian trail . It's a pretty hike and is all shaded . At the top Ithe gps trail stops but the trail continue s it's a bit of bush whacking and I went quite a bit up , would like to see where the trail leads to but it will have to wait till some other time .
Really nice trail, we ended up connecting to Indian Trail and going to the top!! Really good trail, slight incline, and in some places on the path there's rocks. It was me and my 3 & 7 yr old and I only had to carry my 3 yr old part of the way back down. Lots of shade, but I wouldn't take a dog past where the water ends unless you bring enough for them too!!
Really pretty hike and nicely shaded. I'll definitely be doing this one again! It stays steadily steep on the way up which was a little rough with my out-of-shape self, but going down is easy.
Absolutely beautiful trail. It will leave you wanting more. Going again ASAP!
Beautiful area. Gonna be going again next weekend great hike.