Malan's Basin Trail is a 9.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ogden, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Malan's Peak/Basin is named for the Ogden pioneer family who built the wagon road to the basin and also operated the hotel there. The hotel was abandoned in the early 1900s and burned by vandals in 1913. Today, only a steam boiler (hidden in bushes) remains.
The trip up is a good workout, and the views of Ogden all the way out to the lake are lovely. Did it the day of the air show and got a unique view of all the planes in action! The trail to the actual basin is a bit overgrown.
We hiked from the parking area at 27th street TH. Hiked to Malan's peak 2.4 miles one way this hike is 45 degree climb in most areas there are a few flat areas to hike but mostly a hard climb , in one part of the trail your scrambling over jagged rocks for 100 yards . One on top Malan's Peak is on the right side . There were many hikers hiking to the peak , we continued a very easy hike to Malan's Basin 1.5 miles one way. We did not see any one hiking this trail but us . Then because the trail shows to keep going on (AllTrails ) we bushwhacked it about 1.5 miles .
From the sign in the basin there are several fire pits areas . The start of the trail ( if you want to call it a trail ) starts next to the creek goes threw 2 camping areas and continues threw brush and bushes over dry river beds . Following the creek bed .
There are stacks of rocks to show were the trail continues and pink ribbons or streamers showing where to go.. We hiked up until the trail petered out about 2 miles below Mt Ogden Peak. We ran out of day light .
If your going to do this hike I would suggest starting 8:00 to 9:00 am .
We hiked another 1.5 miles bushwacking it .
From the sign in Malan's Basin up I would rate as Xtreme terrain very difficult .
Also Rattle Snakes are still out Sept 30,2016
Our total hike from the AllTrails AP showed we hiked a total of 12.4 miles out and back
it was hard but worth it.
Great hike. Should be labeled as difficult due to long duration of incline in excess of 45 degrees for over 3 miles of it. Worth it to get to the peak and then a short hike to the basin to camp. Painted red rock that overlooks the pass is the halfway mark. Recommend hiking sticks.