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Ridge Trail

Average Rating:    (4.32 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 19

About 2/3 of this trail is nice, fast singletrack through the forest and accross fields. Ths First 1/3 is up and down along a ridge and the last 2/3 is a descent to Tibble fork reservior. There are forks and splits in the trail--keep to the right. There are signs at most of the junctions. You will want a car shuttle back to the top or you can be dropped off and just ride home from the bottom. It is about 15 miles back to Provo from the end of the trail.
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Latitude
40.430746304509185
Longitude
-111.61422729492187
Trail Directions
Drive to the top of the Alpine Loop (from Provo or AF) and park you car at the trailhead lot.
Trail Length
8-10 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Sundance/American Fork
   


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Review Date
July 5, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: kAZ ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I did what research I could on this trail and decided to ride it south to north. I wanted to go at least as far as Pole Line Pass, then turn around and come down Mill Canyon.

I started at the Timpanooneke trailhead and found my way easily enough to the Ridge Trail. I then followed my intended path along the Ridge Trail. Everything was as expected, nice alpine single track, mostly at a steady incline. Beautiful views.

However, things got ugly north of Mill Spring. A minor problem was that I wasn't prepared for the difficulty of finding the continuation of the Ridge Trail after it gets to Mill Spring. The trail becomes double track at Mill Spring and you follow that for a ways. Where the double track splits into paths to the east (to the Mill Canyon Trail) and west (down toward Cascade Springs) the Ridge Trail is straight ahead and a bit to the west.

From there, the trail first became a loose, but somewhat do-able uphill slog. But after not very far it became too steep to ride. And then not very much farther again, it became ridiculously rocky, loose, and steep - absolutely unrideable; close to unhike-a-bikeable. But I was determined to get to Pole Line Pass, so I pressed forward.

I encountered another biker going the other way, and he was walking his bike down this section. It turned out that this nasty part stretched on for over 1.5 miles. Even after the nastiness subsided the uphill remained steep and loose, so the overall uphill hike turned out to be something over 2 miles and took me easily an hour to climb - not fun.

Finally, I was able to mount my bike again just before the turnoff to the East Ridge Trail (signed for Pot Hollow). From there I rode along the ridge and enjoyed some more fantastic views. I rode through a saddle where I could see the top of Alta to the north and the top of Sundance to the southwest - beautiful. But the trail started to decline and since I was going to turn around I didn't want to invest in any more climbing. I ended up turning around somewhere before the trail to Forest Lake.

I rode back the way I came down to the Mill Canyon Trail. I rode down the nasty part. I had my knee pads, so I had a small amount of comfort, but really, that was not fun.

The Mill Canyon Trail was fun forest single track. I ended my ride at Tibble Fork Resevoir.

I'm rating this trail for north to south.

Recommended Route:
North to south from Pole Line Pass. I believe the North Fork road is too rough for passenger cars. Evidently, the way to do it is ride up the road from Tibble Fork Resevoir. You can come down Mill Canyon, Tibble Fork, or Pine Hollow.



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Review Date
October 20, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Clark Smith , from Salt Lake

Summary:
This ride gave me a partial woody it was so good. The route suggested above will give you killer downhill but will still work your fat buns with the uphill encountered in beginning. This trail is the perfect jumbalaya of techincal downhill, fast areas, some uphill, roots, rocks, and horse poop (trail is often used by horses). Advanced for the most part. Guys will love it as well as hardcore lesbians from Sugarhouse that you may see with their Subaru Outbacks. I give 'er five stars. Takes about 1.5 hours as recommended. This has real dirt you can dig your tires into around corners and not the slippery sandy crap you find on some trails. I would make sweet love to this trail if I could....or if nobody could see me I'd go ahead and give it a few thrusts.

Recommended Route:
Leave a car at the bottom of the canyon right where road forks (left fork going to Tibble Res.) and shuttle up the right fork. Park at the top of the Alpine loop in a small lot w/ a bathroom and map. Ask someone up there which trail heads back to Tibble Res. as there are a few. You'll come to a marked 4 way intersection where you'll go left down to Tibble. At the couple other unmarked insections you come to....stay right. You'll come out at the resivoir where you ride the road back down to your car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Wasatch CRUST trail.



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Review Date
July 23, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: spence , from utah

Summary:
Great fun. This is my local so I know it like the back of my hand. If you ride it the easy way then there is minimal climbing. If you ride it how I recommended the plan on adding 10-20 minutes on to your climb. There are a lot of loose areas especially on the descent. The descent is kind of steep and semi-technical. If your riding it for the first time plan on taking the descent a little bit slower Than you usually descend. Last of all I'd ask the guys that wrote the reviews bringing down the trail and those that ride it, whats their problem?(read lower reviews) If thats all they've gotta say then then maybe they should stick to the roads. Leave the hard man sports to those who enjoy them.

Recommended Route:
There are so many combos of this trail. The easy way would be on the route listed at the top. My favorite is to start At the Mt. Timp trail head, ride up the great western trail, ride that till the trail forks. If You take the right fork you will go to the summit of the alpine loop. If you go left you'll ride up pine hollow directly to the ridge trail head. If you go on the summit trail(known as salamader flats) after you reach the summit just ride it like it says above.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Buy a trail map and make up your own combos.



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Review Date
May 21, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Johnny D , from Draper

Summary:
This trail is the perfect example of mother nature and humans coexisting. No litter, polite riders, hikers and horsebackers, gorgeous views of God's earth, trees, flowers, single track that you could die for. Speed, speed, speed, and all the mountain biking you can ever hope to do in your lifetime. Magazines, and other trails be damned, this is the biking mecca on this planet. Travel here once, ride Ridge trail 157, wreck, die and forever remember the crisp mountain air flying across your face, the sun peaking through the mountain. You will never feel cheated again, about anything. This trail changes everything. You cannot

Recommended Route:
Park at the top of American fork canyon go SouthEast not North, do the ridge trail in reverse.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Yellowfork, corner canyon, slickrock, Fruita sucks



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Review Date
May 11, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Warren , from Draper, Ut

Summary:
You last two reviewers have a truely Sh##y attitude. "We own this trail, dont tell anyone. We are cool soul riders, everyone else sucks". Got news for you this is public land, and you damage it as much as anyone else who rides it. I ride roads,full suspension and have shaved my legs a time or two. I have ridden trails from east to west coast for the last 12 years and I hear the same crap from local"soul riders" every where. "Dont tell anyone about this trail" Then I see you somking dope and riding in the mud tearing up the trail, building new iilegal trails etc... Well screw you! Everyone has a right to ride where they want on public land. Get a life! Regards
Warren in Draper

Recommended Route:
Up Alpine Loop to the top and catch the GWT then back to Tibble Fork.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Any other local trails around this area, just to piss these two guys off. Oh and shave your legs and ride full susupension in Lycra.



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