Formed in 1995 by three concerned citizens to build a pedestrian trail in Ogden Canyon.
Concerns for private property rights in the Canyon pointed the founders down a different “path”.
Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Pineview Loop Pathway
The mission of Weber Pathways is to plan, promote, construct, and protect a network of public pathways, trails, and related open spaces for non-motorized users throughout the greater Weber County area.
The Community Impact
Trail planning and construction was relatively easy and quick in the early days
Today, each trail and pathway constructed has years of planning, advocating and fundraising before a shovel hits the dirt
Donations, sponsorship and general-use grants provide funds to leverage larger construction grants
Construction managed in 2013 and 2016 with two full-time staff and thousands of volunteer hours
19 miles of natural surface single track
2 miles of10’ wide asphalt
½ mile of 10’ wide asphalt with 8” concrete curb
2 miles of 10’ wide compacted gravel
¼ mile x 20’ to 30’ wide x up to 10’ high berm on Pineview beach
110’ x 10’ steel and concrete bridge
55’ x 10’ wooden bridge
30’ x 10’ wooden bridge
Two 10’ x 10’ wooden bridges
$2.09 million in trail and pathway facilities has been provided to the greater Weber County community since 2000.
To date, 66 trails have been constructed by Weber Pathways and its partners.
200,000 trail maps have been distributed since 2011
Natural surface: 266 miles
Paved: 33 miles
The Economic Impact on the Greater Weber County Area
Spending on trails has an economic multiplier effect
Jobs are created and sales tax revenue generated:
Goods and services sales at local outdoor recreation shops are increased.
More local restaurants and shops are enjoyed by day and overnight visitors.
Construction jobs and materials
2017 study by Weber State University Economics professors found a 1.4% to 1.9% house price premium for each ½ mile closer the house is to a trailhead.
Transient Room Tax for overnight stays
Trails and open space provide a quality of life desired by today’s workforce
Easy access to trails promotes healthy lifestyles which reduces individual healthcare costs and employers’ wage-related benefits (30% of WP’s Facebook followers are from Northern Davis County)
21% of Utah adults do not report any physical activity
Inactive adults spend an additional $1,061 on healthcare annually
Annual costs reduced by $3.07 for every mile walked and $0.75 for every mile biked
Reduced absenteeism increases output/FTE 0.8% for each mile walked/ridden
Weber Pathways is actively engaged in Active Transportation projects that are required by 2050 to meet Utah’s expectation for quality of life.
200,000 maps distributed that advertise local businesses.
WP is a qualified entity that eligible for direct distribution of Impact Fee revenue earmarked for trail construction. This relationship provides the most cost-effective method to construct new trails.