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Mineral Fork

Average Rating:    (4.33 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

The trail swiftly turns from asphalt to a steep rocky climb. You will spend most of the road in your granny gear and wish for a couple lower gears as well. The trail is doubletrack and ATV's are allowed as well. However, I have never seen an ATV on this trail. The trail rises swiftly up a number of switchbacks crossing small streams. After about a mile it levels off a bit in a beautiful forested area. After a little while the trail becomes steep again. Continue to persevere and soon you will enter a pristine alpine valley. The trail remains steep until you come to a fork. The sign says Trail and points to the left. Take the right fork instead, it is less steep and more rideable. The trail becomes a road filled with old mining tailings. It is loose and steep, but a great challenge. You will come to the Wasatch Mine. From this point on the trail becomese pretty sketchy. You can ride parts, but you will find yourself hiking much of the way. The trail continues all the way up to the old Regulator Johnson Mine. The altitude is around 10,000 ft. The total elevation gain to the R. Johnson mine from the trailhead is around 3500 ft. The elevation gain to the Wasatch mine is around 2300 ft. This is a very scenic and technically challenging ride. This ride is also not very well known by the mtn. biking community in SLC, so it is not crowded.
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Latitude
40.68063802521456
Longitude
-111.181640625
Trail Directions
Take I-215 to 6200 S. Exit. Head south to Big Cottonwood canyon. Trailhead is located near mile 8 sign on the left hand side of the road. The trailhead is marked with a large brown gate that is somewhat obscured by trees. Watch for it in your rearview mirror. If you reach Donut Falls, you have gone too far.
Trail Length
9 miles
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Salt Lake City
   


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Review Date
July 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: wiggy ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Intro:
I was looking for a challenging steep climb where i could improve my technique (balance, pace, strength, endurance etc...) and increase my aerobic capacity to boot. Well this trail is all of that and than a little more.

I went left at the trail head sign and started climbing at a fair pace, the most challenging section on the first 1.5miles imho is just trying to keep your balance and your rear tire from spinning out. Around mile 2 the trail breaks you can either go left or right. The right side as has been mentioned in others reviews is a lot less steep, so i decided to go left, the next 2.25 miles took was very STEEP, LOOSE, and TECHNICAL in this section alone there were 4spots that i had to hike a bike and push a bike. mostly because if you stop its very difficult to maneuver over the loose large ENDO (you on your way down)
rocks. I also noticed that it was difficult to get traction without spinning the rear wheel when stopped on a large grade with loose gravel everywhere.

Even with the sections of hike a bike and the constant grade that makes 1:1 gearing fill like 3:8 its a beautiful trail with one of the most spectacular views as you climb. I found it very rewarding to look out over the areas i climbed and say "damn i climbed this?"

From the start of the trail head up to mile 4.25 took 1hour:55minutes:36 seconds coming down took roughly 50minutes

My words of advice air DOWN your tires to 20-30psi it will make climbing over the rocks much easier rather than bouncing over them

cheers!!
joe a.k.a wiggy

Recommended Route:
I went left at the trail head, and than went left at the wooden sign (mile mark ~2) saying "TRAIL" wonderful climb with about 5 or 6 hike / push a bike areas

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Solitude single track
Donut falls
Guardsman pass



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Review Date
April 3, 2001

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Mikey , from Taegu, Korea

Summary:
One of my favorite places to train. It works best if you start by biking up the canyon then riding the trail. It has lots of uphill and some loose rock. It is a real pain if you have toe clips but otherwise it will go fine. Good place for technique improvement for uphill ascending on loose stuff. It forces you to keep balance as too far forward and you wheelie too far back and you spin out. Cool stuff.



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Review Date
February 21, 2000

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: SheepShagger , from Manti, Utah

Summary:
It is a relatively easy trail up to the first mine. After the first mine you can really prove what kind of climber you are. There are several swithchbacks to the upper mine and if you can make it to the upper mine without stopping you have my deepest sympathy's for being un-human.

Recommended Route:
You cant get lost. It is the only road in Mineral Fork.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mill D - North single-track, or if you like a brutal rock strewn roads Mill D - South is a nice tour to see some old mine buildings.



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Review Date
September 14, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: John Brady , from Dorchester,Ma.

Summary:
This is a great trail to get away from it all.Lots of loose rock and gravel, so just stay seated and grind away.This trail is rideable to the 1st mine.After that it is steep,loose,intense switch backs all the way to the top.I didn"t see a soul but I did see a mountain goat near the top.The ride back down from the top is an event you won't forget to soon.So tough it out and go to the top.If you do the trail again you are a remarkable person.........

Recommended Route:
UP,UP,UP,UP,UP,UP,UP,UP-and just maybe you"ll see the mountain goat near the top like I did.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Single track trail on Brighton Ski area



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Review Date
September 13, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tom , from SLC, UT

Summary:
Steep, relentless uphill, which is fine with me, but it's very loose in lots of sections, making riding the whole thing pretty difficult. More an ATV trail than anything else. Some very good long sections that would qualify as singletrack. Only complaints are that there's little variety (all uphill) and the surface is frustrating for bikers in many places. Good hiking trail. By the way, this review is written by a "true" biker. What's good and what's bad is subjective dude.

Recommended Route:
same as described



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