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Bunchgrass-Steam Mill loop

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 2

Took us three attempts to hook this up as a loop. Most will do Bunchgrass as DH only..when it is a relatively good uphill...Wanders thru the aspen and mtn meadows on a killer piece of 1-trk. Couple of nasty uphills. Love the scenery...Some hike-a-bike envolved to get to Steam Mill(~.8m/800''). A couple of ole boys on horseback showed us the cutoff to get to Steam Mill...looked @ us like we were nuts... Actual Coords. below. The drop-in from the hike-a-b was Capitol++..squirreling thru pines, switchbacks, pine needle/rocky little drop-ins..@ the bottom of this, the tr. intersects Stm.Mll...you''ll know cause the old steam eng.is lying there just down from the Xing. We rode up from the intersect w/Steam Mill tr. to Steam Mill Lake..~1.3mi..Then down down thru the pine & aspen, creek X''s, just an overall hoot to blast down. Challenging/FUN/Singletrack +++ It''s bordering on epic .. 16+ mile loop w/~3000'' vertical..just up..heh heh..and ~3000'' down.. Bring a lunch and plenty ''o'' H2O. Camera too, No-one-no-where..best time to do this is Aug. No snow and dry enough trails.
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Latitude
41.89175
Longitude
-111.565817
Trail Directions
Dr up ~3.2 mi past Tony Gr.turn. As you dr. past T Gr..take note..~.4 mi up is the old tr.hd for Bunchgrass. On the left..an old gate hidden in the trees..remember this..behind rd.barrier..Dr up to Beaver Spring turn off..turn left off of main rd. A few hundred ft. in, park in the lot. Get on bikes and head back down rd to BnchGrs TH. N41 53.505-W111 33.949..Hd up towards Wht Pne Lk..5.4-5.5 mi from Tr.Hd. is the critical turn right..Hike-a-b to Stm Mll. N41 55.821-W111 37.642. Small nearly hidden tr. that takes off almost 180 of itself...You can tell if it's the right one as it heads straight up towards the ridge. Nasty Nasty hike ...but worth...@ the ridge..drop into Stm Mill. Fun Fun Fun...At intersect,N41 56.527-W111 37.300, go up to Stm Mll Lk another ~1.3mi..or down to Fun zone...At the bottom just follow dirt rds down and will eventually lead to the parking lot where you parked and left the Cold BEER...you'll need it..
Trail Length
16+ Miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Logan
Country
USA
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Reviews 1 - 2 (2 Reviews Total)

Review Date
July 8, 2010

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: rpalmer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
There were some good things about this trail, but overall I wasn't satisfied with it. I didn't take the exact same route as the guy above though. I rode up the Tony Grove Road and caught the singletrack from the top over to Bunchgrass, anticipating a wicked downhill. The scenery throughout was absolutely fantastic -- Wasatch scenery truly does not get any better. Elevation was way high and the lakes were stunning. I rode in July '09 and it was just pristine. There was a moose hanging out in one of the lakes and it was just postcard perfect. The climb was completely ridable, but 7 miles of road and more uphill getting to the start of Bunchgrass was a serious haul, around 2000 feet in elevation gain. I was so ready for a good downhill! But when the downhill stuff actually started at White Pine Lake, I found I was just hopping boulders on technical rocky surface. It wasn't bad, but technical slow stuff wasn't what I expected or wanted -- I just wanted to fly out of there fast as I could! The trail out was really long, and obviously it was mostly downhill, but most of it was very rocky and technical. Again, I had no problem riding it, I just was not able to "open up" and cruise nearly as much as I would have liked after the investment it took to get up there. Payback was badly lacking. There was a lot of loose rock on the long straightaways and on the curves, so I had to check my speed constantly to keep from rolling out. Again, not a bad trail, and there is a lot of downhill, its just not the type I was expecting or particularly like.

Recommended Route:
Do a shuttle or have someone drop you off at the top of Tony Grove Road. Riding the road was grueling. Scenic, but not very fun.



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Review Date
April 24, 2005

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Krit-5 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
We plotted this ride looking at old topo maps. Turned out to be one of the best...It's a tough trail..sections are...but overall is one of the best that Mtn trails have to offer. Don't go too early as the trails WILL be muddy...Aug sometime is good..Carvy 1-trk w/rocks, trees, creeks, you name it..and Cows...watch out for land mines...always come out of this one w/cow crap on me. But...so what..I can wash..give it 5 flaming stinkys on the chart. Usually don't list a tr. unless it's that good...Plan on 5 hrs. depending on your shape..e-mail me if you want to know more...

Recommended Route:
Bring a GPS and use the coords. supplied above and you'll find it. A treasure for sure..if you like challenging and tech trails..There are spots that just are picture perfect, not all hard...but still...experienced riders...you'll bonk if you're not used to the mtns and their lack of O2...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Up Ricks and down Steel Canyon, Ephraim's grave loop, Jardine is fun for a warm up to the season, Bunchgrass up to Wht Pine Lk and down..saves gas..Tr18 loop(Ogden)



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