(submitted by Kristin Purdy)
Description: Both trails are located in a riparian "bowl" between the
Ogden River at the mouth of Ogden Canyon and the oak foothills of the bench area
east of Ogden. The habitat includes small streams, a pond, thick willow,
chokecherry, cottonwoods, and dense scrub oak.
Directions: Take I-15 to exit 344, 12th Street/SR-39. Turn east toward the
mountains. Just before Ogden Canyon, turn right on Valley Drive and immediately
left into the Rainbow Gardens Gift Shop parking lot. The trailheads that serve
both trails is located in the far right (southwest) corner of the parking lot.
Birds: Yellow-breasted Chat, Gray Catbird, Virginia's Warbler, MacGillivray's
Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Bullock's Oriole, California Quail, Chipping
Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, hummingbirds
Other: You can walk a loop using both trails, a short section of the Bonneville
Shoreline Trail (BST), and several blocks of the nearby residential
neighborhood. Take the Rainbow Trail to the BST and leave
the trail system at the 22nd Street Trailhead. Wind north and west a couple
blocks through neighborhoods to the intersection of 20th Street and Fillmore
Ave, where you'll find the south trailhead for the Birdsong Trail. Take the
Birdsong Trail back to Rainbow Gardens. Restrooms and a restaurant are available
at Rainbow Gardens.
Yield right-of-way to mountain bikers and horseback riders.
| Birdsong Trail |
Nearby: Ogden River Parkway