Malan's Basin Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews

Malan's Basin Trail is a 9.3 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.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,839 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

hiking
6 days ago

I’ll start by saying the view from the top is spectacular and worth it. The shade made this hike bearable mid-day in August. Tackled this hike having just moved here and not yet being acclimated to elevation. So because of that, this trail was pretty tough. It is indeed uphill the whole way, especially steep at the last mile as others noted. Took a friend and I about an hour and a half to get up, going slow and stopping often. Only 45min back down.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike! Very rewarding!

hiking
1 month ago

This trails is over grown and route finding can be difficult. After reaching the plaque the trail becomes less defined and you will due a fare amount of bushwhacking. The views are amazing once you reach the top but the Beus Canyon trail would be a much better option to get the same result

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked this from 27th Street yesterday, June 12, 2018, to the plaque and the remnants of the old boiler, total of 6.1 miles up and back. As many have said, it is a pretty steep, but fun and satisfying hike. The climbing makes you appreciate the short intervals of relative flatness. Imagining a road all the way up to a resort and cabins is mind-boggling. Not sure how one would get 9.3 miles doing this hike, I must have missed something. Hiking time: 2:51:50, distance: 6.19 miles, elevation gain: 2,475 ft.

hiking
2 months ago

just hiked it today. past the old resort it is bushwacking and it sucks. I'll never do it again. to the resort is good. I went all the way to snowbasin and rode the gondolla down (wife picked me up at snowbasin). Glad I did it, but never again.

11 months ago

The trail to Malan's Peak and farther up to the old resort sight is in great shape. However, the trail gets thin if you're trying to continue up to where the map shows as the end. In fact, about .3 after the resort site we lost the trail and tried to bushwack (we were trying to get to Mount Ogden). We gave up after searching for quite a while for anything that looked like a trail. So if you want to get to the top, be prepared.

hiking
Sunday, October 30, 2016

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.

Saturday, October 01, 2016

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

it was hard but worth it.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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.

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