encamped at Mountain Green, Ogden's company was visited by two groups
of trappers. The first was led by Etienne Provost, and the second was
a group of "Ashley Men" from John Weber's brigade led by Johnson Gardner.
Discussion between Ogden and Gardner regarding ownership of the territory
escalated into a heated exchange. Ironically, both parties were trespassing
on Mexican territory. Gardner enticed twenty-three of Ogden's men to
defect to the American camp, bringing more than 700 pelts with them.
Fearful of additional desertion and losses, and also to avoid possible
diplomatic repercussions, Ogden gathered the remainder of his brigade
and retraced his steps to Flathead Post. Undoubtedly, had Ogden not
been forced to withdraw, his journals would have provided the earliest
and most complete account of what became the Utah Territory.
continued to lead Hudson's Bay Company brigades; however, not until
his 1828-29 expedition did he again enter the Utah area. This journey
brought Ogden south from Fort Nez Perce to what trappers called "Ogden's"
or "Mary's" River, later named the Humbolt by John C. Frémont. Pushing
east, Ogden's brigade proceeded to present-day Lucin, Utah, then north
along the east side of the Grouse Creek Range. The expedition then proceeded
eastward across Park Valley and camped near Ten Mile Spring. Ogden indicates
that at this spring he had his first view of the Great Salt Lake; whether
this meant his first view during this expedition or his first time ever
is uncertain. After observing the lake, Ogden continued north toward
Soda Springs, then south along the Bear River through Cache Valley to
where the Malad River joins the Bear. After trapping the area, Ogden's
brigade returned to Ten Mile Spring, skirting the north end of the Great
Salt Lake and retracing their route out of Utah.