Snow is not yet falling, which gives students a chance to get out and enjoy a few more weekends of fall weather. Here are some fun ideas:

Get some fresh air on a hike

It’s not yet muddy on the hiking trails, and they are still clear of snow. Take this opportunity to get a final hike in before the weather turns for the worse.

Ben Lomond Peak in North Fork near the Ogden Valley is a great trail for experienced hikers. This trail gives hikers the view of the Ogden area from 9,712 feet up. Those who are lucky may even catch a glimpse of a moose.

10-4 Mt. Ogden Hike (Ariana Berkemeier)  (2 of 13)
Weber State students hiking Mt. Ogden. (Ariana Berkemeier/Signpost)

For people who prefer an easier hike I suggest the Birdsong Trail, which runs between Rainbow Gardens and 20th Street. Hikers will have the opportunity to see beautiful views from the east bench of Ogden.

Take a bike ride

Before the sidewalks get covered in snow, break out your bike and take a ride around the city.

The Ogden River Parkway offers an easy path with an amazing view of the Weber River. This trail will land riders at the south end of Fort Buenaventura, west of 24th Street. This trail is around 9 miles long.

Go to the park

Soon swing sets and slides will be cold and covered in snow. It is always a treat to take a day and act like a kid. Our lives are stressful between school, work and extracurricular activities, so take a break every once in a while and relive your childhood.

My favorite activity at the park was always the swings. I would see how high I could get, hoping to see the whole world.

Get a picnic lunch and a group of friends together and spend a few days in the park before it is too chilly to do so. But it still might be cold, so don’t forget a jacket and maybe even a blanket.

Take a walk at Beus Pond

This bird refuge is located just east of the Dee Events Center. Since the pond is nestled in an abundance of trees, you may feel as if you have stepped out of the busy city and into a little piece of nature away from everything.

You will see an assortment of ducks, geese, pelicans and sometimes even mice. There are docks that visitors can stand on and feed bread to the ducks.

Rake up some leaves

I am sure most of us remember jumping in a pile of leaves and hearing that crunching sound underneath us. Before it gets too cold to do so, rake up some leaves at your house or a nearby park and jump in them. Not only are you reliving your childhood, but you are also making a chore fun!

Remember to get out and enjoy the weather while there are still warm afternoons.


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