Weber County - Willard Peak

Ogden, Utah

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Maybe it’s because a plaque sits atop Ben Lomond. Maybe it’s because Ben Lomond is more pointed, therefore more peak-like. Maybe it’s because all trails lead to Ben Lomond. Perhaps it’s because Ben Lomond served as the model for the Paramount Pictures logo. Willard is 47 feet taller, though. Named after Willard Richards, a counselor to Mormon Church leader Brigham Young, this summit is a long, flat-topped rock outcropping. It is about one mile north of Ben Lomond on the same ridge line. The Great Salt Lake sits at its front door with sagebrush desert terrain sweeping up the west face to the peak. Its east-facing back door is lush with pines, thick groundcover and 28 varieties of wildflowers. Because of the big body of water to the west, seagulls pinwheel overhead. Hikers reaching the top look down the backbone of the Wasatch, into Nevada, across Cache Valley to Idaho, and southeast to the Uintas.
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by Tom Wharton & Paula Huff (Falcon Guides)

Maybe it’s because a plaque sits atop Ben Lomond. Maybe it’s because Ben Lomond is more pointed, therefore more peak-like. Maybe it’s because all trails lead to Ben Lomond. Perhaps it’s because Ben Lomond served as the model for the Paramount Pictures logo. Willard is 47 feet taller, though. Named after Willard Richards, a counselor to Mormon Church leader Brigham Young, this summit is a long, flat-topped rock outcropping. It is about one mile north of Ben Lomond on the same ridge line.

The Great Salt Lake sits at its front door with sagebrush desert terrain sweeping up the west face to the peak. Its east-facing back door is lush with pines, thick groundcover and 28 varieties of wildflowers. Because of the big body of water to the west, seagulls pinwheel overhead. Hikers reaching the top look down the backbone of the Wasatch, into Nevada, across Cache Valley to Idaho, and southeast to the Uintas.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ogden
Distance: 14.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Wasatch - Cache National Forest
Local Maps: USGS Mantua, North Ogden
Driving Directions: Directions to Weber County - Willard Peak

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