HIking Indian Creek/Cold Water Canyon Trail

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HIking Indian Creek/Cold Water Canyon Trail

We've hiked Indian Creek coming from the east, but this time, we hiked it from the North(?) This trailhead starts in Ogden Canyon. It's pretty much shaded the whole way with a few switchbacks. We actually started on Indian Creek but hiked Cold Water Canyon Trail when it splits off. We were followed by another young family who had done the hike before and they recommended we stay with Cold Water Canyon Trail. I'm glad we did. Indian Creek Trailhead has a small parking lot right next to this giant oven. I've driven by this my whole life (I can't believe how many times I say this on The Salt Project.) and we have NEVER stopped until now.

Aiko (3.5yrs) is getting to be quite the hiker. I don't really carry her anymore, she loves leading the hikes now.

We also brought 3 dogs along with us.

I was quite mesmerized by this trail. I often wish we hiked where all the pine trees were and not so much brush oak. Mind you, there was still lots of brush oak, but it's so nice to smell the pine trees.

I'm not quite sure where the trail splits, somehow I always forget to take a photo at that point, but instead of heading UP the mountain, just follow the trail that follows the mountain. You also will start hearing running water and seeing camp spots below you.

Aiko also loves taking pictures with the GoPro. I'm glad it's a sturdier camera and she has to try REALLY hard to break it. Not that she would try.

There's a bunch of ruins around. Come to find out it was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp in the 1930s and people mined the area.

Here's some of the campsites. We maybe went a mile. It would be fun to backpack in with the kids sometime so we can camp. It's near the river and has shade and is somewhat flat.

Right before the bridge is this bench. It's such a lovely spot.

We had to stop at the river. Between the dogs and the kids, they just wanted to play.

We have a few shirts in stock in our Salt Project Shop!

Before there were kids, there were the dogs. We actually have more granddogs than grandkids in my family.

We were going to hike further but the "Trail Fairy" was running low on snacks and without her, there isn't much hope left in Aiko.

Here's some photos of the switchbacks. My little Aiko hiked the whole way by herself, so I'm fairly confident they aren't that tough. She even ran most of the way down the trail. I don't know where she got her last little burst of energy from.

Dogs everywhere.

I'm excited for Aiko to learn about Smokey the Bear. I remember learning about him as a kid and being fascinated.

We had finished our hike around 12:30 or so and it was HOT. I think it was one of the hottest days yet. We stopped and got some food to have a picnic at the Dog Park in Ogden. I'll be adding a video and address in a separate post later today! Because you will want to go there.

Harmony

Visitor Info

Entrance Fee(s): 
Free
Helpful Tips: 
  • We always hike with our Ergo Baby and Osprey Poco Kids Carrier.
  • We hiked about 30 minutes to the bridge (we've done it in 20 with the kids walking.)
  • Be sure to hide valuables in car.
  • Shady
  • River
  • Camping Spots
  • Easy to Moderate Hike (3 year old hiked it.)
  • No Bathrooms
  • Dog Friendly
  • Well maintained path
  • I've seend 2.7 to 3.9 miles...I'm not quite sure how long it is, but with kids, we just go as far as we can.

"Getting there •From Salt Lake City, take Interstate 15 to the 344 exit at 12th Street. Turn right at the exit, continue on 12th Street heading east. The street will turn into Canyon Road. Continue up Canyon Road for about a mile and a half, until you reach a turn-off and a small parking lot on the right of the road just before the Smokey Bear sign."

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