Cold Water Canyon Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews

Cold Water Canyon Trail is a 4.2 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.

DISTANCE
4.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1971 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

river

wild flowers

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.

hiking
16 days ago

After climbing quickly near the canyon road, the trail leveled out some and became quiet. it was a nice trail and we only saw a couple people.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Fun ride!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Easy to go into Indian Trail. Had to backtrack after looking at the map. Lots of coverage from the sun and it wasn't too hot. I like that the trail is dog-friendly and we hardly saw anyone while hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very pretty hike. Definitely the road less traveled the same trail head goes into Indian trail. The trail is overgrown and places and I never did get to a place that was open nice in the heat of the day.

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hiking
4 months ago

only a small trek today, as far as the Indian Trail cut off. ..Lots of fun

4 months ago

6 months ago

READ PHIL HUNTS REVIEW!!
Stunning view, but almost impossible to trek in even late March because of the snow. The trail map currently on Alltrails as of March 26th is wrong, and stops half way though. I'm not sure if the trail was actually difficult, or I wasn't on the trail. There's no trail markers except right at the beginning.

For that reason, I give this trail 4 stars. I'd honestly give it 3 stars, but I could have been wrong.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

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!

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

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 ..

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Visiting from Nevada, was a great trail with a great view of the city! air is defiantly thinner up here hahaha!

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

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 .