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by Bill Schneider Edited by Ann Seifert (Falcon Guides)
A moderately demanding hike and scramble located east of Ogden in the Wasatch Mountains, featuring spectacular views of Ogden, the Salt Lake Valley, and a 400-foot waterfall. Beginning just east of Ogden, this 5.5-mile loop hike follows Waterfall Canyon to the Malans Basin high country.A gradual climb from there brings you to Malans Peak overlooking Ogden and the Great Salt Lake. Finally, a well-developed trail on the north side of the peak leads to within a few blocks of the trailhead. You gain plenty of elevation—more than 2,300 feet from the trailhead to Malans Peak. The loop is an ideal day hike, but it’s a good choice for an overnighter also.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Salt Lake City
by Greg Witt (Menasha Ridge Press)
In just under 2.5 miles, you go from city neighborhoods to brushy bench to a deep canyon and spring-fed creek. Ascending the steep slope, you’re rewarded with one of the best views in the area.The trail leads through sage and Gambel oak into the mouth of Taylor Canyon and up a dry creekbed. At 0.6 miles from the trailhead, the path crosses a bridge to the north side of the creekbed. Soon after, you’re engulfed in a beautiful canyon with conifers lining the side slopes. While you may see mountain bikers along the bench trails and even up into Taylor Canyon, few make it into this lush section of the canyon.
The trail is shrouded in lush pines. The view from the peak makes the steep ascent worthwhile.
Beautiful trail. A short, steep (but mostly very well graded) climb through gorgeous woodlands. I live under Malan's Peak, and enjoy looking up at a friendly mountain.
A fantastic little loop hike. I was in the Ogden area on vacation and did this trek. The falls are impressive but due to the time of year were very low. I plan on coming back in May or June to see the falls in full force.
I did this loop and had a great time but the trail gets a little confusing once you've scrambled up the waterfall canyon. This is an intense but amamzingly beautiful trail that I highly reccommend.
The enterance into the waterfall canyon is not as descridbed by the guide, it is the first canyon you come to heading south from the 29th street parking, you may have to hunt for the trail in, don't stay on the dirt road, work towards the canyon from the start. The trail up to the falls is ok, after that there is quite a bit of scrambaling and climbing to do. Beware of rattle snakes, we saw 2. The hike down from the peak is easy- a good trail with a series of steep cutbacks. I would recommned that the loop be done in reverse, going down through waterfall canyon. This way the trail is easier to follow and the assent is less steep although it is still a failry long steep hike, just no scrambling or loose footing to deal with. Given the nature of the final part of waterfall canyon I would not hike this in the rain as the rocks would be very slick making for treacherouse footing in dangerous spots.
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