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Pipeline Trail

Average Rating:    (3.88 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 17

Quick singletrack with fast, technical downhill for final mile and a half.
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Latitude
40.706734045818436
Longitude
-111.69065952301025
Trail Directions
South on I-215 Belt Route to 3300 S./3900 S. Exit. Left at STOP. Right at second light heading up MillCreek Canyon. Park car at bottom and ride up the canyon to the top of road. For shorter ride stop at Pipeline Trailhead and join trail.
Trail Length
6 miles RT at top of canyon
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Salt Lake City
   


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Review Date
June 17, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: powhanna-J ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is an oustanding ride that takes you in and out of alping forests and rocky terrain. The entire ride is fun for all skill levels, because it slowly increases in difficulty as the trail slowly narrows and switchbacks are introduced (also increasing in difficulty). There are three main "exits" off of this trail over it's seven mile descent, each raising in difficulty as you extend down the trail. Only the third and final offshoot(aka, rattlesnake gulch) is technical enough to warrant mention, but it's a mile that will stick in your memories for the rest of your life.

Recommended Route:
Beginers: Park at the Mill Creek winter gate and ride 1.8 miles up the road to the pipeline trailhead. This is a good warm up with a final lung-burning 1/2 mile. Continue on the well-marked trail taking either the second exit (Church Fork) or extending the trail by passing Rattle snake Gulch and out to the Mill Creek Valley lookout (~8.5 miles from trail head), then back and down Rattlesnake. Hardcore: From Buddies house by the UofU, 5 miles to Mill Creek road, up the road for 5 miles to the Pipeline trailhead, out to the lookout (8.5 miles), down Rattle Snake Gulch, and back to the house for a couple of Coronas. Total distance (~25 miles).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dog Lake loop, Wasatch Crest Trail



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Review Date
June 17, 2005

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 0 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: powhanna-J ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail is an oustanding ride that takes you in and out of alping forests and rocky terrain. The entire ride is fun for all skill levels, because it slowly increases in difficulty as the trail slowly narrows and switchbacks are introduced (also increasing in difficulty). There are three main "exits" off of this trail over it's seven mile descent, each raising in difficulty as you extend down the trail. Only the third and final offshoot(aka, rattlesnake gulch) is technical enough to warrant mention, but it's a mile that will stick in your memories for the rest of your life.

Recommended Route:
Beginers: Park at the Mill Creek winter gate and ride 1.8 miles up the road to the pipeline trailhead. This is a good warm up with a final lung-burning 1/2 mile. Continue on the well-marked trail taking either the second exit (Church Fork) or extending the trail by passing Rattle snake Gulch and out to the Mill Creek Valley lookout (~8.5 miles from trail head), then back and down Rattlesnake. Hardcore: From Buddies house by the UofU, 5 miles to Mill Creek road, up the road for 5 miles to the Pipeline trailhead, out to the lookout (8.5 miles), down Rattle Snake Gulch, and back to the house for a couple of Coronas. Total distance (~25 miles).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dog Lake loop, Wasatch Crest Trail



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Review Date
September 17, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: BriOCon ,  Weekend Warrior , from SLC, Utah

Summary:
Initially, I loved this trail the first time I rode it. The next time I liked it a little less and by the 5th time down the trail I find it boring (with the exception of Rattlesnake Gulsh). One criteria I have for a good trail, is that it should have some arobic/cartiovasular workout. This does not provide that. It's just flat.

As for Rattlesnake Gulsh, I find it very challenging. That does not mean I can ride it sucessfully though. In fact, I feel like a lame A$$ caring my bike through it most of the time. I'm driven to someday conquer it though. There is a technical skill needed to clear RS Gulsh, and that is pulling up on your pedals (popping) when you encounter the drop offs. By doing this, you avoid your front tire dipping down. Popping your tires (with some momentim) will allow your front and back tires to clear the drop-off. This makes you land evenly an in control. RS Gulsh is the only thing I look forward to when I ride pipeline.

One other thing that sucks about Pipeline. There is rebar that sticks up all over the place. I know someone who got a flat from hitting it.

Recommended Route:
I don't care for the top section. I like to start in the middle and go to the bottom, then ride the rode to my car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Big water is so much better than Pipeline. I'm always suprised to see 4 or 5 cars parked at the pipeline trial head. Some people really like it.



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Review Date
August 9, 2003

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 1 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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

Summary:
I rode this trail to keep me off the pavement on the way back to a shuttle. It was fun, but the least fun of the 3 trails we rode. We shuttled over to Guardsman Pass and rode the Crest to the Mill Creek trail down to the parking area, took in a couple of road miles and picked up the pipeline to finish out 21 miles of riding. Pretty fun day, but Pipeline was the least fun of all. It gets heavy sun (south facing slope) and is basically flat. It still beats riding 6-8 miles of pavement though.

Recommended Route:
???

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Mill Creek and Wasatch Crest



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Review Date
July 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Hayley Kemp , from Salt Lake City

Summary:
Very flat and easy for the most part, it's a nice coast down. It gets fairly technical in Rattlesnake toward the end with a lot of big rocks in the path and small dropoffs.

Recommended Route:
Start at either Birch Hollow or Mt. Air and ride down and out Rattlesnake. If you are a very expirenced biker start at Rattlesnake but otherwise avoid going up here.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dog Lake



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