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Wardsworth trail to Dry Creek

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No. of Reviews: 8

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Latitude
40.19618358202498
Longitude
-111.39218330383301
Trail Directions
If heading south on I-15 exit at the second springville exit (Chevron and Cracker Barrel are visible). Head east through town until you come to your first stop sign(not stop light but stop sign). Take a right and follow the road into hobble creek canyon. After 5 miles or so you will come to the golf course, just after the golf course you have the choice of going up the right fork or the left fork of hobble creek, go right. You will now head approximately another 7-8 miles up a twisty, tight, paved road. About 1 mile after passing Balsam campground the paved road turns dirt. Right where the pavement ends there is a small area to park on your left. Do not cross the bridge or you have gone too far! You will see the green gate and the trail head sign. This is Wardsworth trail. You begin with about 200 yards of easy single track and then come to the first stream crossing. You can either get wet or take the high hike-a-bike route to your left. Either way you will be heading up next to the stream(which by the way has some awesome fishing despite its small size) for another mile or so. The trail then turns left away from the stream and starts a steeper ascent to a man made watering hole. It's actually a small pond and it is the first one you will come to. This about 2.5-3 miles from the parking lot. Stay on the left side of the pond and you will see a steep single track going up the valley on your left. Take the track to your left. There is also another trail that continues heading up the valley on the other side but you want to go left. After a short but steep climb you will come to another man made pond. It is almost always dry. Follow the trail around the dried pond clockwise and follow the trail under a tree about 20 yards off to the right. COntinue past the tree and in about another 30-40 yards you will see an ATV trail. Turn left and go for about another 20-30 yards. This is where people get lost and have had a terrible time finding the Dry Creek Canyon connecting trail. after going 20-30 yards look on your right for a fain trail. If you go much further you have gone toooooo far. Take a right and the trail will become more clear after another small distance. You wil basiclly steer right and start down a small ridge. You will come across natural salt blocks that the cows love. If you find these you know you are in the right place. Continue past and follow the trail down a steep canyon laden with aspens that are laying across the trail (90% of the descent is rideable but a few logs are difficult to get over). When you come to the bottom of the small canyon you come to an open pasture and the trail disappears. Just continue across the pasture and you will inevitably come to Dry Creek Canyon trail. You now have a choice. If you take a right and head up the canyon you will enjoy a nice climb that will eventually take you to the left fork of hobble creek. I prefer to take a right and ride to the top of the trail then turn around and enjoy the 4 mile trail down dry creek. Heading down the canyon will hook you up to the left fork of hobble creek again. You will come out about 1.5 miles below where you parked. ride your bike back to your car and wipe the smirk off your face that remains from the sweet ride you just completed. Note: I do not reccomend coming down dry creek canyon until june. There is heavy runoff and you will be soaked (I even once got swept down stream by the strong current)_after the twenty some creekbed crossings. You must try this loop if you have never done it before.
Trail Length
12
Trail Level
Trails for all skill levels
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
springville
   


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Review Date
June 13, 2013

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Clint Eagar ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great, fun and a nice technical trail! The scenery is beautiful. I've ridden the trail several times in the last year and never had any problems with cows, not one cow.

Recommended Route:
I STRONGLY recommend the out and back. The dry creek trail is so blasted, just rocks and tons of really severe washouts. Having ridden the out and back and the loop, I definitely prefer the out and back.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hobble creek canyon is largely undocumented with trails. If you follow the dirt road past the trail head you will join up with Ray's Valley road and the three forks area and there are lots of great riding options over there.



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Review Date
September 7, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: Silentfoe ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This trail needed an updated review and I figured I'd write one after having just ridden the trail today. No need to worry about finding the trail anymore, it is well worn and even has "diamond" markers to help you find it. Sometimes the trail splits and the markers tell you which way is more difficult but if you are there to ride the Wardsworth trail then you need to follow the markers. As measured today, the ride up is 3.25 miles and gains 1014 vertical feet. The ride down (the loop) is 3.45 miles. The road back up to your car is 1.70 miles. The trail is starting to show wear from the horses and all the cows. Several trees are across the trail and you will have to hike many sections unless you are a Hans Rey protege. This is one of the best trails in the Utah Valley area but not for a beginner or the faint of heart.

Recommended Route:
Start at the Wardsworth trail head, go up past the two ponds and continue on down the other side. Really kind of lame to do an out and back since Dry Creek is such a better downhill ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Not too sure of others in the area but I'd love to find them.



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Review Date
January 3, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tom , from Provo, UT

Summary:
It's a pretty tough climb. If it's hot and dry, the loose dirt/dust will making climbing some spots difficult to impossible. Try to ride it the day after a rain storm. You'll get better traction, and you won't be filling your lungs with your buddy's dust. The ride down is a blast. Leave a change of clothes in your car, because you may smell like cow poop at the bottom. You can wash up in the creek if you need to.

Recommended Route:
I've only done the "Wadsworth 2nd pond, up-n-back", so I can't comment on the Dry Creek portion of the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Maple Canyon (Whiting Campground), for a similar, but easier and shorter, ride



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Review Date
May 6, 2002

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Steve , from Anchorage, AK

Summary:
(Only rode first half to the ponds and then turned around)This one of the many trails in the Salt Lake/Utah Valleys that makes me wonder why those chuckleheads from BIKE Magazine left either Salt Lake or Provo off the top five mountain biking cities. I just rode this trail for the first time this past weekend and had the time of my life. I will echo the words of other reviewers and say that this climb (and later descent) is not for beginners, unless they're beginners that would rather hike than bike. I consider myself an intermediate rider and found myself stepping off more frequently than on any other trails (including Rock Canyon)that I've ridden in the area. this was do in part to the 2 hours of soccer I played just before riding, but probably due more to lots of loose dirt on the uphills - thanks horses (I can't imagine what the traction is like in July when its all dried out. Anyway, it was a technical climb that truly tested my desire to bike that day. Still the arduous climb (only to the ponds - remember) was well worth the downhill which quickly reminds you of how technical the climb was. I rode most of the downhill at a furious pace which made for lots of nice little airs and a couple of two to three foot drops. Just as they were on the way up the make shift foot bridges made for some fun manuevering without having to worry too much about a big wet fall. The overall experience was incredible -great scenery (as usual on Utah trails), intense workout, technically challenging, and a scream to descend. Bring lots of determination, energy, agua, and a light bike and you'll have a great ride.

Recommended Route:
Original Description is perfect

Other recommended trails in the same area:
South Fork loop in Provo Canyon



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Review Date
February 14, 2001

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: rob , from payson

Summary:
When you reach the ATV trail after the ponds turn right instead of left! Go for 1.5miles on the atv trail until you find a set of cairns on the right side of the atv trail. Look to your left and there is a trail that goes up into a small clearing (very small maybe 100ft wide) the single track you see on the other side of the canyon is dry creek canyon!!! You know have an incredible 4 mile journey all downhill to your car. The first 1.25miles of ATV trail is all uphill but is extremely mild the last .25 miles is flat to barely downhill. BE CAREFUL do not turn right at the cairn or you will be in for a bad day. GO LEFT.

Recommended Route:
I FOUND A BETTER ROUTE TO CONNECT DRY CANYON!!!!!



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