Intermountain Region Viewing Area

LOCATION and PHOTOS

Snowbasin cirque.
Snowbasin cirque. Photo by Teresa Prendusi.

Subalpine meadow with Penstemon and Gordon's Ivesia
Subalpine meadow with Penstemon and Gordon's Ivesia. Photo by Teresa Prendusi.

Balsamorhiza macrophylla along Old Snowbasin Road
Balsamorhiza macrophylla along Old Snowbasin Road. Photo by Teresa Prendusi.

Horsemint (Agastache urticifolia) being pollinated by a Fritillary butterfly.
Horsemint (Agastache urticifolia) being pollinated by a Fritillary butterfly. Photo by Teresa Prendusi.

Snowbasin Resort Upper Mountain Trails

Forest: Wasatch-Cache National Forest

District: Ogden Ranger District

Description: Needles Gondola at Snowbasin accesses the Glacial Cirque area with an alpine environment trail. Peak wildflower season is late July and early August on the upper mountain trails. Common birds include Northern Flicker, Clark’s nutcracker, and yellow-crowned kinglets.

Viewing Information: Once you reach the Needles Lodge summit (either riding the Gondola or hiking up Snowbasin’s well-built single-track trails), you are greeted with spectacular views of the Huntsville area and Pineview Reservoir. The nature trail starts at the Gondola terminus and leads you through breathtaking subalpine flowery bee-gardens. A profusion of wild color waits: blue lupines, penstemons, and mountain bluebells; Yellow glacier lilies, ivesia, daisies, and owl’s clovers; Red skyrockets and paintbrush; and White bistorts, Jacob’s ladder, and yarrow. The Needles Ridge trail spurs off from the Cirque Practice Loop trail, and leads you through a deep glacial cirque with snowfields remaining through the summer. Once you reach the ridge, looking west you are treated to expansive views of the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island.

Safety First: The upper mountain trails are all above 8,000 feet, so sun and weather exposure are safety concerns. Bring water, wear supportive shoes, have sun protection, and be prepared for weather change.

Directions:

  • From the South: Take I-15 northbound and exit to northbound US-89 (exit #324). Merge to I-84 eastbound and exit at Mountain Green (exit #92). Continue east on Old Highway and turn left on State Road 167 heading north (just east of the Sinclair station). Turn left on State Road 226 heading west and proceed approximately three miles to Snowbasin.
  • From the North: Take I-15 southbound and exit to I-84 eastbound (exit #340). Travel east on I-84 and exit at Mountain Green (exit #92). Continue east on Old Highway and turn left on State Road 167 heading north (just east of the Sinclair station). Turn left on State Road 226 heading west and proceed approximately three miles to Snowbasin.

Ownership and Management: USDA Forest Service, Wasatch-Cache National Forest, Ogden Ranger District, Snowbasin Resort Company.

Closest Town: Huntsville and Ogden, Utah.

Claytonia lanceolata

Spring beauty (Claytonia lanceolata). Photo by Brigid Sinram.

Ipomopsis aggregata
Scarlet gilia or skyrocket gilia (Ipomopsis aggregata). Photo by Brigid Sinram.

Monardella odoratissima
Mountain monardella (Monardella odoratissima). Photo by Brigid Sinram.