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Wasatch Crest

Average Rating:    (4.88 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 32

The defacto Wasatch Classic. The official trail offers 5 miles of alpine singletrack, at elevations up to almost 10,000'. There are plenty of technical challenges, a couple gnarly sections, and gorgeous scenery of the high central Wasatch peaks. From Guardsman add 2.2 miles of steep climbing up a loose jeep road (1200' gain), before you get to the actual singletrack. From Mill Creek Canyon, once you get up to the Crest via the Great Western Trail, it is almost all uphill for 5 miles to the turnaround point. This trail is best done either by shuttling to the Guardsman trailhead (for wusses that don't want to suffer) or as a loop with massive elevation gain (4000+ vertical) using other trails in the area.
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Latitude
40.61786163731156
Longitude
-111.5603256225586
Trail Directions
There are a couple options: Either drive to the top of Mill Creek Canyon, and pedal up the Great Western Trail to the Crest, or start from Guardsman Pass, and park at the switchback where you see a logging road lead off on the west side of the switchback, park and start riding from here.
Trail Length
10-20 miles depending on route, trail itself only 10 (out and back)
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Salt Lake City
   


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Review Date
July 15, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: rpalmer ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Epic, epic, epic trail. This is the King of Wasatch Biking Trails. Nothing else comes close in Northern Utah. The options are almost endless for connected the Wasatch Crest Trail with a wicked downhill into Park City or Salt Lake. I like to ride with a shuttle, but it can be done as a loop if you've got the legs. Park at Guardsman Pass and ride up the double track to the top, then its mostly coasting (with easy climbs here and there) for miles. You can split left to Dog Lake for a shorter ride (long, boring paved road climb back to Guardsman though) or go straight until the trail splits and you can drop left into Mill Canyon and ride all the way to Salt Lake on singletrack (almost all the way -- there's a little necessary pavement thrown in there) or you can keep straight and drop into the Canyons on the Park City side. Either way is fantastic riding. The scenery is awesome, the trail is sweeeet singletrack, and the whole thing is just an epic experience. I can't recommend this trail enough.

Recommended Route:
Guardsman Pass, ride up Puke Hill (don't get off the bike! you can do it!), follow to split into Mill Canyon. I like this route better than into Park City simply because the downhill is LONGER. Salt Lake benches sit at just under 5000' elevation, PC is at 7500. Once the trail hits pavement, ride down the pavement until you get to the Pipeline Trail. Follow Pipeline right into Salt Lake City and your shuttle vehicle.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Bobsled, Corner Canyon, Mid-Mountain Trail (Park City)



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Review Date
September 14, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: jmo-ute ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This is a great trail that has plenty of trail through the trees, and some uphill on the first portion, just to keep you honest. My friend and I shuttled our cars, parked one at the Wasatch Crest beginning and one out of the trail past Dog Lake, right on the main road of Big Cottonwood.
The ride is great, we saw moose! It is now September, so at this altitude make sure you either wear long sleeves or go in the heat of the day, because by the time we finished it was 55 degrees.
Oh yeah, and if you are shuttling, don't forget your keys, I did and almost had to ride the entire way (6.2 miles) back up the canyon, but we lucked out by chance, some nice people at Silver Fork Lodge gave us a lift to our car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Pipeline Trail in Mill Creek Canyon is awesome.



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Review Date
February 16, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: orbiter ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Fantastic scenery. Close to Salt Lake.



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Review Date
September 4, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Fischman ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Hands down the best trail I have ever ridden. Climbs, descents, smooth singletrack, rocky, technical singletrack, great views. In essence, the total mountain biking package. While riding the crest you will simply feel the pure exhilarition and joy of being truly alive. Even when the trail is crowded, the vibe is the best. You can't go wrong here.

Recommended Route:
Climb the Big Water trail out of Mill Creek Canyon, hit the GWT to the Wasatch Crest. Make the loop to Dog Lake(including a gut-busting climb), and descend the Little Water trail back to your car.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
If you can go here, there's no point in going anywhere else in the area.



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Review Date
January 14, 2004

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: BlackDiamond ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
This trail is amazing. The view is great. It was a bit crouded but that did no detract from it all. We started from Big cottonwood and rode home through millcreek. Puke hill is deffinatly a 5 in the arobic catagory but the rest is just around a 3. Its good to get the big hill over at the beginning. This trail has alot of fun single track. There is at least one unridable rocky spots on the crest. I watched several people try and fall. there are different ways you can go down into millcreek. Going down to desolation lake is fun but has a narly up hill to dog lake.(not recommended). You can then take the big or little water trails once you are off the great western trail. the little water is more fun for the downhill. Big water is a great winding trail but is the primary uphill route for the dog lake trail. Just a word you can only bike in upper millcreek canyon on even numbered days of the month.

Recommended Route:
Big Cottonwood to Millcreek. Starting from millcreek would be insane, or for the racer.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Dog Lake from millcreek. Also the pipeline also in millcreek.



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