The Wasatch Mountains stand like giants, looming over Salt Lake CIty. We’ve been riding north along their base for a few days, wondering how we are going to get over them on our way northeast to Yellowstone National Park.
With no easy way around them, we decide to go over by way of Ogden Canyon. We were duly warned by Chris and David that the canyon is narrow, winding, with no shoulder. Their descriptions were accurate.
Fortunately the grade in the canyon was gentle, with little elevation gain, which made it seem like we were sneaking into the Wasatch Range through a crack in the wall, rather than having to climb over them as we had initially expected.
We emerged through the canyon to the open valley of Pineview Reservoir, with a Forest Service campground and a beach.
Though we had only gone 19 miles, we saw many reasons to stay and few reasons to continue biking. We decided to call it a day. We spent the afternoon lazing about on the beach and even braved the chilly water to take a dip. The reservoir is supplied by the recent snow runoff. Brrr!