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OPINION: From the bottom of campus to the top

Weber State Universtiy bell tower seen from the top of a staircase near the Center for Interprofessional Education Health Care building.

Since Weber State University’s Ogden Campus is built on the side of a mountain, a bit of hiking may be a part of your daily commute as an in-person student.

While hiking to class can be a chore for many students, walking around campus for fun is another story. From the “Flaming W Rock” to the hiking trails just above the campus, there are many worthwhile views at WSU.

Starting at the lowest section of campus, the Ada Lindquist Plaza and Pond is worth seeing for any student or visitor. This pond is best known by students as the “Duck Pond” because of the many waterfowl seen in the area.

Next on our list is the OGX bus line. This bus can bring you to all of the fun and interesting places in Ogden, including Ogden’s Historic 25th Street. Anyone can park for free at the Dee Events Center parking lot to begin the scenic ride on the OGX. The view from the bus stop at the Shepherd Union is pretty amazing during sunset hours as well.

Right above the Weber State Central OGX bus stop is a rock called the “Flaming W Rock,” better known to most students as “The W Rock.” This is a great place to take photos and watch the sunset.

Near the center of campus, you’ll find my favorite spot to view — the Stewart Bell Tower. This spot can be found at the top of a staircase in between the Stewart Library and Tracy Hall Science Center. The highest point of campus offers a couple places to begin a hike off the paved path above Weber State. There are two hiking trails: the Discovery Loop Trail and the Fitness Trail.

About a mile away from campus (15 minutes), is the Bonneville Shoreline Trails. This includes access to Beus Canyon Trailhead, Bonneville Shoreline Trail, 29th Street Trailhead, 36th Street Trailhead, Strong’s Canyon and Waterfall Canyon. With hikes varying in difficulty, there is something for all nature lovers.

This is a free activity for college students that can help reduce stress caused by school. The hikes are scenic from beginning to end. This allows hikers to enjoy any portion of a hike, in case you need a short break in between classes. We are so blessed to receive an education by the mountain so we can go on hot girl hikes.

Take caution when exploring these trails and watch out for rattlesnakes. Lastly, remember to have fun!

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Kennedy Camarena
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