Gibs Loop | Hikes
Gibs Loop | Hikes
Today, we have a guest post from Kristi at Wasatch Little Explorers Club. WLEC is an awesome hikers group! It's geared towards moms and kids who are just beginning to hike. Harmony has personally hiked with them a few times. (When she was 8 months pregnant and just after having a baby.) WLEC is a great resource for hikes and meeting new people.
This fun trail is beautiful in the spring due to the gorgeous wildflowers and how lush and green it is. The trailhead starts at Mount Ogden Park in Ogden. When heading east on 32nd Street from Harrison Blvd, you’ll cross over Taylor Avenue and park in the parking lot. The park has a playground for kids to play and restrooms as well.
As the sign at the trailhead indicates, “The trail was named in honor of Gilbert ‘Gib’ Wallace, who for years surveyed and built many of the trails you enjoy along the Ogden hillside. He worked on the trails he loved almost everyday until his death in 2010 at the age of 85.”
The trail starts off near a stream and then you’ll come to another park with swings and a nice grassy area for the kids to run around. There are two options you can take on this trail. You can do the out and back version, which is 4.3 miles. Or you can do the loop, which is 3.1 miles in length. This trail is an easy hike and great for little ones just starting to hike on their own. However, I would recommend bringing a pack for them if their little legs get tired.
While comfy shoes for hiking are a must for the kiddos, waterproof shoes would be best so they can have fun playing in the water and cooling off. This was the highlight of the hike for the little ones. They loved splashing around in the water! In the Spring and Summer it can get pretty hot on the exposed portions of the trail, so be sure to bring enough water.
The trail winds casually up and around the golf course. There are other trails that intersect with this one as well. It is well marked and there are many signs to direct you on the trail. For a longer distance hike you can take this and connect with Waterfall Canyon, Bonneville Shoreline Trail and a few others.
You can bring a picnic lunch to have under one of the trees around the park or near the stream when you’re done hiking. During times of high runoff, be sure to watch the little ones around the water. Dogs are allowed on this trail as well.
Be sure to check out Wasatch Little Explorers Club Website, Instagram and Facebook for free meet-ups! There are also Mama Nights, running groups and field trips.
- There are multiple entry locations.
- Bathrooms at the park.
- Some shade.
- Dog Friendly.
- Length: Varies, depending on where you begin.
- Easy Hike.