Gib’s Loop is a nice hiking and biking trail in the foothills above Ogden. When combined with a short walk on city streets, this route creates an easy 3.0-mile loop. The trail was once known as the Mount Ogden Exercise Trail, but was renamed Gib’s Loop after Gib Wallace, who was instrumental in shaping the Ogden trails system. This trail is suitable for children and adults of all skill levels.
Gib’s Loop begins at the 29th Street trailhead on the east bench of Ogden (41.210712,-111.931926):
- Drive east on 30th Street until it ends at Polk Avenue.
- Turn left onto Polk Avenue and drive two blocks.
- Turn right on 29th Street and continue to the end of the road.
- Turn right into the trailhead parking area on Buchanan Avenue.
Gib’s Loop may also be hiked starting at the 36th Street trailhead (41.197108, -111.937781) or from the 32nd Street trailhead (41.205918, -111.939955) at Mount Ogden park.
From the parking area, begin hiking south through the covered gateway. Follow the signs for Gib’s Loop. There is a separate trail for hiking or mountain biking. If you are hiking, continue on the trail to the right.
The trail skirts along the east side of Mount Ogden golf course and occasionally utilizes parts of the paved golf cart path. Continue hiking south, following the well-signed route. Soon the trail begins to descend into the Strong Canyon drainage. After about 1.2 miles, the trail arrives at the 36th Street trailhead where the trail turns north.
Continue hiking north as the trail follows the west side of the golf course. After 2.0 miles, the trail ends at the 32nd Street trailhead on Taylor Avenue. To complete the loop, follow Taylor Avenue north to 29th Street, and then follow 29th Street east back to the trailhead. Total round trip hiking distance is just short of 3.0 miles.
Rules and Regulations
- Dogs allowed on leash.
- Clean up after pets.
- No littering.
- Bikes allowed only on designated bike trail.