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Stonehouse Loop

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You can go in either direction, and still there are variations on this, but my favorite way to go is to peddle up the Red Butte road past the first gate, and continue until you come to a trail on the left. Then follow this until you come to the second gate and cross the road. Head down the stairs and across the bridge and get ready for some steep climbing and some likely hike-a-biking up a rocky streambed. After a short bit, get back on your bike and head across the hills and then down through the steep rutted switchbacks. The first one comes up real quick so be ready for it. Look on the right and you will see an old stone building (the "house"). Hang on cause the steep and tight switchbacks ain't over yet as you head down into some trees and then back onto jeep road down to the Red Butte gardens and main shoreline trail.
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Trail Directions
This is not really a destination trail in itself, rather its a fun diversion to incorporate into your ride if you are nearby. The place to start is the mouth of Red Butte Canyon, or at Red Butte Gardens
Trail Length
2-3 miles depending on route
Trail Level
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
Salt Lake City

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Review Date
June 19, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Bob , from Salt Lake City, Ut.

Turn right off the end (tall gated fence) of the asphault road in Red Butte and proceed down the steps, across a bridge, then up the dirt trail, which is steep, rocky, technical and will likely require most riders to hike-a-bike/walk some sections. Before coming around the ridge to great views of the valley, the trail traverses west then begins descending down the west-facing slope of the "front" toward the stone house (this was the milling house for most of the buildings at Fort Douglas). When arriving at the "house", the trail heads up on its left and around it. Instead of turning right and descending, stay left and climb up and out of that drainage and begin traversing along the west face of the "front", heading south into another drainage. This leads down onto the shoreline trail further south, and provides more climbing and technical descending. I would suggest at least intermediate level skills and reasonable fitness as some of the climbing/hiking is intense. You'll break a sweat and it will test your brakeing/descending skills. I NEVER have come across other people on this section of trail and have been riding it since '88.

Recommended Route:
Start on the asphault road leading east on the north side of Red Butte, as reviewed by Scott.

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Review Date
May 25, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Scott , from Salt Lake City, UT

This is not really a destination trail in itself, but a good addition if you already on the Shoreline trail and are looking for something different. Be forewarned, it can be real wet and even muddy in the spring and after rainy weather. The climbing is steep and technical, and definetly not easy. There will most likely be some hike a biking for most riders. Likewise, the downhill is equally intense, with steep, technical switchbacks and plenty of opportunity to crash. I think the climb is about 600 vertical, and it comes quick. The downhill is really fun, if you can hang on!

Recommended Route:
Ride as I described above, or go in the other direction for a change of scenary although I think this is less fun.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Shoreline, Roller Coaster, Dry Creek, Bobsled, etc.

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