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Epic Crest to Mid-Mountain

Average Rating:    (4.75 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

Start with a climb up Spiro. Pick up Comstock Mine and keep going up. Go left at the base of Jupiter lift, and circle around Shadow Lake. Look for the small single track on the left. Climb this steep 1/4+ mile trail. When you reach an intersection, go right up the steep double track (you are now climbing on the Wasatch Crest Trail). Follow the Crest several miles (staying right at the Mill Creek trail turn off). Continue on the Crest looking for a sign for Mid-Mountain Connector. Follow the connector down a ripping downhill until it ends into the Mid-Mountain trail. Go right. Stop for lunch at the Red Pine Lodge, and continue on the Mid-Mountain. The Mid-Mountain will cross Spiro but it is not marked. (this will be the first trail crossing after a long rocky downhill about 28 miles into the ride). Turn left (downhill on this trail. It will take you back to your car. Total elevation gain 7000, total Mileage 31
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Latitude
40.653489926715665
Longitude
-111.51294708251953
Trail Directions
Park near the base of the Spiro Trail (pick up the trail map at Jans or Colesport).
Trail Length
31 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Park City
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
August 17, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Leonnolen ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Sarted at Spiro and went to the all the way to the crest as descrided in other reviews. Rode the crest to conector that drops to Red Pine Lodge. Had a light lunch at the lodge the head back on Mid Mountain to Spiro.

The climb up from the end of Spiro to Puke hill is tuff but very doable if you ride your own pace. The Crest is easy. Hardest part of the whole ride is the middle section of Mid Mountain, rocky rocky rocky.

Spiro can get crowded so don't bomb it on the way back down. There are other option to get back down. I predict Sprio will be a one way soon.



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Review Date
October 21, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Joeboater ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great loop. The climb from the bottom of Spiro to the ridge is about 3000'and, except for the 1/4 mile steep climb off of the shadow lake loop section, is a moderate climb. The MoFo section to the ridge is really steep, also. Most of the rest is rolling climbs and descents and downhill. From Red Pine back to Spiro is almost 15 miles on a very slight uphill on the midmountain trail aka the 8000' trail. Riding time is 3 to 3.5 hours...add an hour for taking in the sights. On the ridge you'll have opportunities to take short hikes to overlook the runs at Park City and The Canyons.



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Review Date
September 2, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Chicksdigsize ,  Racer

Summary:
Awesome ride. Pretty long but do-able. Crest is fairly smooth, but the mid-mountain trail will make you work; you're always pushing the pedals, no coasting downhills on Mid-mountain; but you're never anaerobic on the climbs. Spiro can be busy, be careful descending it.

Starting from Park City is definitely the best way to do the Crest Trail. You avoid shuttling which is a big pain in the ass, avoid all the road riding of the Big Cottonwood Climb option, and also avoid the Big Water trail access with the even-odd day access for bikers and the crowds there.

Take water and food. Some cytomax as well. Be prepared for at least a six hour ride. Red pine lodge sells some Gatorade's, great place to stop, eat, use restroom, etc.

My wife broke her derailleur and had to single speed the end of this ride. Good thing it happened at the end!!!!

Recommended Route:
Same as above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Tour de Suds, TG1, TG2, Deer valley stuff; Park city is definitely a mountain bike mecca that's close to home.



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Review Date
August 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Cedar Hills Terry ,  Cross Country Rider , from Cedar Hills, UT

Summary:
This route combines two of the Wasatch ranges best trails into one major epic loop.

This ride will test the mettle of even the most skilled riders.

There is tons of climbing to start, followed by great rides on the Crest, Connector and Mid-Mountain Trails.

Bring Lots of water (I downed 100oz water and 32oz Gatorade and still came home 6 lbs lighter than when I left).

Recommended Route:
See Trail Listing

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Solamere Loop & Tour Des Suds



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