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 snowshoeing and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.2 miElevation gain1,952 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingSnowshoeingRiverWildflowers
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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.

Parking lot available at Trailhead

Ogden Ranger District- (801) 625-5112

Cold Water Canyon Trailhead The Cold Water Canyon Trailhead is in Ogden Canyon, about 1.5 miles up from its intersection with Valley Drive (at Rainbow Gardens). There is a Smokey the Bear sign along the highway by the Trailhead.

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Lisa Lundgren
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HikingGreat!

Nicely maintained trail, easy to follow. It’s pretty packed down right now, so we were fine with microspikes on our boots.

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Denise Bybee
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HikingGreat!Snow

We went with the intent of snowshoeing but the snow was pretty packed so we were able to just hike it in our boots. Great views and our Siberian husky was in heaven!

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Jonathan Glazer
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Nice views. A little icy right now.

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Heather Hilliker
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Great hike! Make sure you have winter gear if you’re going soon!

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Christine Kiang
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David Hill
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HikingSnow

Fun trail to hike. Nice steady elevation gain, but nothing too crazy. Clear of snow til the last quarter mile.

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Melissa van Ruiten
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Hiking

Amazing trail for leaf peeping! Good, steady incline, but not too steep. Unfortunately, once you fork to the left of the 3rd bridge, in order to continue on the Coldwater Canyon Trail, the trail gets really overgrown and difficult to follow. Still pretty, though!

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Stacy Dunham
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Melissa Waystothegrave
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely gorgeous in the fall colors!! Ended up off trail a LOT due to little signage and downed trees. Muddy and buggy at the top.

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Teri Barker
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HikingMuddyScramble

Let me tell you about this hike. It is up. Just up. From the get-go. It's not a steep incline, but it is a constant one. I'm mildly out of shape and the first maybe mile and a half had my heart pumping. And that's when the fun began. Higher up the trail gets very overgrown, very muddy in spots, and rocky. And steep. I did not go to the end because the terrain was a bit much for me and I was hiking alone. I stopped at the 2.4 mile mark. The map looked like I was close, but I didn't have any more in me, to be honest. If you do this hike, be prepared. Be prepared to scramble (over the many fallen trees and rocks). Be prepared for pretty steep climbs higher up. Wear long pants. I didn't and my legs and arms are torn UP. (Hey. Battle wounds!) The colors right now are quite pretty. Probably not a hike I'll do again, but it's worth at least one go.

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Heather Hilliker
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Hiking

Wonderful hike, a lot of up hill on the way in. All of the fall colors are just amazing.

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Stephanie North
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This route as recorded forks off onto a side trail which is considerably less maintained than the main trail. The hike was beautiful and quiet but I ended up having to turn back when there were fallen trees blocking the way. I only saw one or two other people the whole time, and none on the side trail. Shady the whole way.

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Paula .
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Jill Zdenek
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Did this hike last weekend and the canyon views were gorgeous! Pretty easy after the first half mile.

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Gabriel Cano
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Hiking

Shaded, uphill, pleasant, fairly empty on a July Sunday morning, no reason to go back.

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Jaymie Christensen
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9/2/2020 Nothing real special about this trail. A good incline for a workout, shady forest setting. Creek was dry. Some spots overgrown but the trail is still easy to see. Muddy stretch at the end. Probably prettier earlier in the year. If you are looking to be completely alone then this trail works. I really love the Indian trail and would probably stay on that trail next time.

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Heba El-Hendi
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Great hike mostly shaded with gradual incline. Watch out for snakes. Came too close to a rattle snake. It was right next to the trail. Luckily it didn’t bite us. When you get to the second bridge veer left to stay on the trail.

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James Green
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First time hiking in years (used to go backpacking a lot in Wyoming but that was 10 years ago). Granted I'm not in great shape right now but I made it about halfway before turning around. Lot of incline in the first half of the hike. Shaded about 80% and was hiking around noon. Planning on coming back to finish hike

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Joselyn Bello
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Aiko Ishigo
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After second bridge, we went off track. Came back and went left. Super over grown. Saw a snake. Last part was very muddy we stopped there.

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Denise Yocum
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Hiking to the is worth the view. There is a lot vegetation and trickling water you hike through. I'd suggest good shoes and going early in the morning.

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Jennifer Rogers
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Hiking

Really great trail! The trail is not very well marked and there are some turn off’s that you have to be careful of. I got off track twice. But it’s a really beautiful trail and I look forward to coming back.

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Romina Aguado
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HikingMuddyOver grown

it was shady along the whole trail. it was easy to miss the trailhead. go left right before the second bridge. it was very overgrown, would not recommend shorts

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Chandler Reed
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Great little hike. Don't miss the trail to the LEFT going up. I went right and ended up on the Indian trail for a good bit. Trail is maintained very well and suitable for all ages. Fun easy going trail!

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Kathryn Leonardi
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HikingOver grown

Very overgrown, wear pants to avoid having weeds irritate your legs.

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Leon Soo
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Hiking

Too overgrown. Need bushwhacker. Stopped halfway because could not see trail ahead. Very shaded though. Not hot at all.

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Audrey Ludwig
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HikingOver grown

Coldwater Canyon Trail is overgrown.

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