Access: East end of 22nd Street or Cold Water Canyon Trailhead in Ogden Canyon
Elevation: Beginning: 4,600 feet Ending: 4,750 feet
Length: 4.3 miles one-way
Use: Moderate- Hiking
Season: Spring to fall
USGS Map(s): Ogden
Other Map(s):Ogden Trail Network map of Indian Trail; Ogden Trail Network map of Ogden Front trails.
Access: 22nd Street: This portion of the Indian Trail starts just above 22nd Street. There is a paved parking lot and kiosk, but no water or restrooms. Access the road just above the reservoir and head north toward the canyon. Keep following the maintained dirt trail that climbs toward the canyon and watch for signs on wooden planks. The trail eventually narrows as it enters the oak brush on the foothills. It is an easy climb and the trail is in good shape. Because of its narrowness and steepness of the upper stretches it makes it rather impassable for horses and mountain bikes. Motorcycles are not allowed on National Forest property.
Coldwater Canyon: Drive up Ogden Canyon 1.4 miles to parking area on south side of highway. Just past the 11 mile marker. The trailhead has adequate parking and an information kiosk but no water or toilet. There is an interpretation sign describing the limestone kiln built into the hillside at the trailhead. Coldwater Canyon drains into the Ogden River from the south. The trail climbs and switchbacks up the south slope and the most difficult part of the hike. The ascent quickly levels off and the trail remains flat for the next mile and half.
The trail follows the creek on the east side, but no crossing is required. In season, there are a wide variety of wildflowers. There are a few primitive camping sites along the creek, including the remains of a Forest Service campground and a Civilian Conservation Corp camp. Camping and campfires are allowed only on National Forest System lands in Coldwater Canyon but you must camp at least 100' from the trail. Also, along the trail are obscure ruins of an old mining operation. Hikers will enjoy the rock stairs, narrow trail and low overhangs found on the trail.
The trail was built using the approximate location of a prehistoric route developed by native americans as the primary route up Ogden Canyon to Ogden's Hole (Ogden Valley). It winds high above the canyon on a steep and sometimes narrow ridge and passes through Warmwater Canyon before dropping down to meet Coldwater Canyon. In Coldwater Canyon, the Civilian Conservation Corp of the 1930's had a camp where the men lived while building the rock wall along the Ogden River. In addition, limestone was brought down Coldwater Canyon Trail to be smelted at the kiln. Coldwater Canyon had abundant limestone on the face of the mountain. Stone was blasted off the north face leaving scars legible to this day. The Coldwater Canyon was also an important source of water for early settlers. A cement box built at the mouth of the canyon split the major stream into two streams. One ran south and the other north to irrigate farms on the east and west of Mountain Road.
There are abundant birds, squirrels and lizards along the trail, not to mention rattlesnakes. It is a good idea to wear sturdy boots and long pants. Along the trail are spectacular vistas of Ogden Canyon and City. You also have a good sampling of plant and animal ecosystems found locally.
The trail crosses both Forest Service and private property. Please respect the landowners as it is only with their permission that we have this hiking opportunity.
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