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Germania Pass

Average Rating:    (3.67 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 3

Singletrack, steep climbs, fast, rocky descent.
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Latitude
40.59101388345591
Longitude
-111.63070678710938
Trail Directions
I-15 to 90th South, head East and keep going all the way up Little Cottonwood Canyon to the very end.
Trail Length
8 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Alta
   


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

Review Date
March 28, 2004

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: eotwpro ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This is a great ride, esspecially during peak flower periods. There is little if any single track, unless you stray from any of the route description thus posted. This ride is an amazing grunt up ski area service roads. Which means steep grades on loose rocky terrain. Couple this with stunning views and cool temps and you've got great way to earn some turns . Alta is at 8,300', and Germania Pass is over 10,500'. Heady stuff if your lungs aren't acclimated and your legs are unwilling. This is not a technical ride, but the climbing is steep and sustained. About an 8-mile loop, roughly 4 up then 4 down.

Recommended Route:
You'll find some single track starting at the ATO (Albion Ticket Office), near the Cat Shop. Climb up the service road and bear left when you see a short section of ST that will bring you to an iron gate that seperates Albion Camp Ground road from the serice road that cuts below Sunnyside and Albion Lifts. There are other short burst of ST in the area near Alf's. Pick up Mountain Biking Utah's Central Wasatch, the first ever MTB DVD tour guide and it will fill you in.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Alta up Catherine Pass down to Brighton. Spin up to Guardsmans Pass. Ride the Crest Trail to Millcreek. Drop down through Big Water and glide the road to Elbow Fork. Abort at Snake Creek down to Millcreek road (paved) to Oly Cove Park 'n Ride. Car shuttle back to Alta. 37-miles, alot of it down hill



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Review Date
May 27, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Josh Sanders , from Salt Lake City

Summary:
Amazing ride, if your lucky you'll see some moose! Lots of wild flowers if you're riding with a lady friend. Great view of american fork canyon from the top. Very tiring on the legs and a reasonably safe downhill, on a wide ski trail and fast at the same time.

Recommended Route:
Start at the parking lot when your asked to stop before driving toward the trailhead to cecret lake. Their is a parking lot next to the guard/ranger checkpoint. This trail goes down toward the ski resort and then you procede toward cecret lake, before getting there you will reach a turn off to germania pass, but don't take this, find the small, windy and steep single track through the thick green areas for the most challenging ride. Eventually you will get to the cecret lake trail, but don't start from that trailhead. Instead, you will eventually merge into it. If you've ever hiked to secret lake, you will know that once you get close to the lake, it gets very steep and rocky, we rode most of it, but its quite difficult. Once we got to cecret lake, we walked our bikes around, jumped on another trail and headed to the top of the resort. From the top you can see Timpanogas and the back side of the resort. When you ride down your going to cat track it all the way, eventually you'll ride down germania pass. Be careful, there are some wicked dips that can tear you up if your not ready for them. And its true, the altitude does give your lung's the workout of a lifetime! We sort of made this route up, as it was our first time, but it was worth not taking the traditional germania pass and then riding the same trail down.



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Review Date
August 18, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Zeepster , from Salt Lake

Summary:
Very steep climbs. If you're not used to high altitudes, you may be huffin and a-puffin before getting very far up the hill. The views from the top are spectacular, and the descent is very loose and rocky, lotsa fun for the technical types. If you have a vehicle shuttle, enjoy the blazing descent down the canyon road.

Recommended Route:
Start up Albion Basin Road towards the campground, then branchto the right and headup the mountain.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
White Pine, Little Cottonwood Pipeline.



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