North Skyline Trail

HARD 42 reviews

North Skyline Trail is a 20.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ogden, Utah that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

20.8 miles
5,436 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

cross country skiing


horseback riding

mountain biking


trail running



North Skyline Trail is one of the access trails for hiking to Ben Lomond and Willard Peaks. Elevation gains are gradual and after a few miles of switchbacks you will hold the ridge most of the remaining trail. North Skyline Trail is a multiple purpose trail and you may come across hikers, bikers, trail motorcycles and horsemen. This trail is used year round with x-country skier's and snowshoer's using the trail in the winter months. The views along this trail are fantastic and you can see most of the valley below as you hike along the ridge line. No water sources are available so remember to carry enough water.

2 months ago

Only did 9 miles of it. I was pressed for time. Saw bobcat paw prints. Get up the switch backs quick, limited shade.

3 months ago

Be very careful of rattlesnakes! I almost stepped on two of them, one on the way up, and the other on the way down.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I did it on Father's Day, started at 5:30 am. It was a great hike even though unable to get to the peak on Ben Lomond. Was stopped by snow and ice about 850 feet from summet, tried to go around to no avail. Got back to parking lot at 12:45. I've been to the peak going up back way several times. I will try it again for sure.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Love this hike! I did it for the first time when I was 11. I've backpacked it plenty of times but my family hikes it every Memorial Day. We always leave before the sunrise and get back around 4 with plenty of breaks. A couple of us for the last couple years have hiked to the peak of Ben Lomond and then gone straight down the face. We've found a natural spring, (where we always fill up our bottles) a raspberry patch and 3 mines that are fun to explore. If you want additional details shoot me an email. Definitely be prepared with good shoes and lots of water. The views from the peak are amazing!

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

At the moment there are still some big snow patches blocking the trail in some spots, so be careful!

Sunday, November 06, 2016

This was probably the longest and hardest hike we have ever been on. We are pretty regular hikers we go on 2-4 hikes a week but this was super intense. The top and final switch backs up the side of mount Ben Lomond were brutal. Based on reviews we figured we would be okay starting at 10 but we ended up stuck on the mountain unprepared night hiking. This is not the best mountain to night hike due to mountain lions and bears but it was absolutely gorgeous seeing the sun setting on the way down. I would honestly suggest taking camping items in case you do get stuck like we did. I would have rather camped out then walked back in the dark!! Overall beautiful views of the city of ogden and eden as well as Willard bay, antelope island, and salt lake. You truly will feel in top of the world.

off road driving
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Absolutely love this trail; we will often begin at Surfers beach and ride to Lewis Peak then over to No Ogden Divide and back to Surfers Beach. Its around 22 miles but so much fun. The trails have been widened which makes it not as nerve wracking as it was in previous years.
We've discussed making a night of it a couple times, but haven't yet. There are a few spots to do this though.
Everyone is always polite, dont go on a Saturday or holiday though. We rode on Labor Day and it was very busy....still fun, just busy.

Does anyone know if its maintained by a club or if its all Forest Service? Id love to help out.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

It's a long, demanding hike but worth it!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Great Hike! Beautiful views!
Leisurely hiking, it took me about 8 hours round trip. I left the trail head at 0815 and had lunch on top.
Took a little over 5 liters of water and only had a little left over (100oz camel back and 4 frozen 20oz bottles). I froze the bottles the night before and then packed them against the bladder in my pack before I left home. By the time I needed to refill the bladder they had melted. Had cold water for the duration of the hike!
Decent level areas for camping just before you reach the second set of switchbacks. There were a few places on the backside of the peak too, but it was really windy up there.
Overall a great hike! Next time I go, I plan on leaving later in the day and making it an over-nighter so that I can watch the sun go down and see the city light up! :-)

Friday, July 15, 2016

Much less intensive than anticipated to summit Lomond, but final pitch and views from top were well worth 16+ mi round trip. Mixed use trail - motorbikes frequently need to pass on the narrow trail, but all were respectful and considerate. 5 hrs up and down with breaks.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

it was by far the longest hike I have ever been on but it was way worth the exercise.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

I was mountain biking and it was gravel and loose shake almost the entire way to the summit. It's probably a good one for hiking but I think where this is motorbike accessible they've created a lot of loose rock and due to the angle it's pretty rough to get good purchase and keep going.

Once you get on top the path is nice and the views are great. I just wouldn't suggest it for mountain biking. Come from the other side.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Fun just bring enough water

Tuesday, May 31, 2016


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Loved it!

Monday, April 25, 2016

It was nice, left at 0700 made it to the top of Ben Lomond at noon ate lunch, it was cool and windy up there. Amazing views! Headed back down to north Ogden Divide. It was great! 16 miles!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Long but rewarding trail. Not very crowded and plenty of wildlife.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Beautiful tough run, well worth it. Great trail to run to prepare for technical races

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Loved this trail. Started from the divide, and headed up the switchbacks. Made it as far as Chilly, and pushed up to the top. Plenty of mountain goats on top, and a rattlesnake that wasn't too happy I was disturbing him. I followed a smaller trail along the ridge a little to the east of the official trail before doubling back and heading home. Great views on this trail, and not too steep. Definitely watch for snakes though, besides the one I saw on top, there was another I had to wait for to move off the trail.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Great hike. Took the North Fork trailhead to the peak which is about 14 miles there and back. Bring lots of water and make use of the shade.

Friday, September 19, 2014

My friend and I hiked this a week ago and my tips are these. Bring sunscreen (or bug spray combo if possible) and lots of water. I was told there was some small streams from melted snow but there wasn't so bring at least 4-6 litres of water. It is a beautiful hike and you get killer views from the summit. We took the North Ogden Canyon trailhead and it took us about 4 hours to reach the summit and 2 hours to descend. MAKE USE OF THE SHADED PARTS!

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

I have enjoyed hiking all around here, but had never taken it all the way to the Peak. Started out when it was nice and cool in hopes of eating a nice lunch on top. The trail is in great shape and you just can't beat the views from here, unlike any of the others around the area. It is a long one from the Divide but so worth it.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

We hiked this back in June. If you want to feel a great accomplishment - hike this trail. I loved it and once you make your way past the snow patches towards the top to the summit . . . You feel like you are on top of the world. If you bring you dog put them on a leash near the top - no matter how good they are. We watched a poor hiker lose his dog when she went chasing after some mountain goats. Bring sunscreen - even when it feels cool - you get a lot if sun.

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Still a lot of snow at the top but a great hike.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

There are stunning views of Eden and Pineview Reservoir on this trail. There is a great rock outcrop near the end of the switchbacks that is a good stopping point for photo ops. The only downside is the trail is rocky and not fun when your feet start to tire. I took my 4 and 6 yr olds and we had to stop about 15 mins from the top. There was a particularly sketchy snow patch where one slip and down you go. You could hike off the trail and go around it if you must. Overall, take sunscreen, plenty of water and a change of socks!

Monday, June 10, 2013

The hike itself is great you just need to cross some fun snow patches as you head towards the final push to the peak. We went in june so the snow will probably be gone by july or august. Becareful with rattlesnakes we ran into 3 on the trail and 2 gopher snakes. It was about 2-3 o clock in the afternoon when they like to come out to get their sun bath.

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