Pioneer Trail is a 6.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ogden, UT and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
This historic trail (see description) climbs from the Pioneer Trailhead near the Equestrian Park up to the North Ogden Divide, and then descends into Ogden Valley at 3350 N. It intersects with the Bonneville Shoreline Trail on the west section, and Skyline Trail at the Divide Trailhead. From Sons of Utah Pioneers Indian Trails Monument (SUP #i-1): In 1854 Brigham Young sent an expedition over this trail to find a shorter route to Fort Bridger for the settlers near Ogden so that they would not need to go via Salt Lake City. This expedition took the first wagon into the valley (Ogden Hole). Charles F. Middleton wrote, "The first wagon that was taken into the valley was taken by hand of man. No mules or oxen hauled that vehicle. I steered the wagon. The wheels were locked and my companions held onto the vehicle with ropes to prevent its breaking loose and dashing down the steep incline." In 1856 Ogden Hole became a summer grazing area for cattle. The next year the first herd houses were built where Eden is located. The first permanent settlers arrived in 1858 and located near the herd houses. Huntsville and then Liberty were settled soon thereafter. A toll road through Ogden Canyon, constructed in 1860 by Lorin Farr and Isaac Goodale, subsequently became the main route into Ogden Valley.
Start at top and ran out roughly 3 miles and came back. Handful of cyclists but great trail nonetheless.
The lower portion of this trail is more of a service road then a trail. The trail follows the bottom of the canyon and turns in to a single track about halfway up the trail.
This is a really nice trail to take the family on. It is shaded on the bottom and the top, the middle has very little shade and can get a bit warm in the summer. There are a couple side trails along the way that are fun to explore. It is a long gradual climb to the top not to vigorous.