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White Pine

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 6

The White Pine trail is consistently steep and extremely rocky in places, but well worth it for the incredible views and great downhill. This trail is traveled far more by hikers than mountain bikers due to the rocky terrain. The Wasatch Crest Trail is like a freaking freeway compared to this trail. The trail begins with several steep rocky switchbacks. About 1/2 mile the trail forks take the left fork to continue on White Pine, DO NOT TAKE THE RIGHT FORK. The right fork is Red Pine trail and runs through wilderness area (no bikes allowed). Take a break on one of the switchbacks to enjoy the incredible views of the Wasatch range. White Pine continues up several switchbacks and then levels out in a beautiful forested area. The trail doesn't stay level long, and begins climbing again through mountain meadows filled with wildflowers during the springtime. Unless, your handling skills and fitness are at the elite level you will be walking every once in awhile. After 2.5 miles the trail enters on open bowl area above the treeline. The trail continues on a rocky path that eventually leads to White Pine Lake. White Pine Lake is crystal clear and very cold. Congratulate yourself on completing an elevation gain of around 2700 feet. Now it is time for an extremely fast, rocky descent. Hang on as the boulders try to throw you at every turn. If your arms don't feel numb at the bottom you have been going too slow.
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Latitude
40.57523905892171
Longitude
-111.67963027954102
Trail Directions
Trailhead is located 7 miles up Little Cottonwood Canyon (1 mile before Snowbird Ski Resort) and is well marked from the road. Access Little Cottonwood Canyon by following Snowbird & Alta Ski Resort signs from I-215 or I-15.
Trail Length
3.5 miles each way
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Salt Lake City
   


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Review Date
June 18, 2007

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Hemetrider ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
This was a tough, but fun ride. The first part was quite difficult with the rocky terrain. Lots of creek & stream crossings in June. Made for a dirty bike, but lots of fun. The downhill and views made it a worthwhile ride. Not for beginners!



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Review Date
October 4, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Kristi B. , from Los Alamos, NM

Summary:
This is one of the most beautiful rides I've ever taken! We stumbled on this ride with the luck of the draw...got the Snowbird summertime map, and picked the ride with a lake at the end. Little did we know that this would be such an amazing ride! Fun single-track over to the trail-head (if you leave from Snowbird parking lot), ups and downs, and whoah! Watch out for the bridges! Then nice, consistent climbing up a rocky, fairly wide trail. Climb up through the different alpine zones and enjoy the awesome scenery! Then continue up the scree-trail where the views only get better. At the top, a quick descent to the lake makes all the work worthwhile. Find a nice spot in the sun, kick back, and just be... Then for the downhill! The downhill on this ride is stellar! Lots of hikers down on the lower portions of the trail. I just leaned back, hung on, and said, "Excuse, me, pardon me, excuse me, pardon me, excuse me..." and never even dabbed! Talk about fun! Wrap up the day with an excellent meal at one of the resort restuarants, and some micro-brewed beer...ahhh...can't get much better than that!

Recommended Route:
Just follow the trail...



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Review Date
September 22, 1999

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Brian Morris , from Salt Lake City

Summary:
Fun, technical climb. Don't let the first few miles fool you. The last mile and a half is much tougher. It's almost all rideable, though. One of the best aspects of this ride is the amazed looks and comments from the hikers. Very entertaining! The downhill is really wild. I rode it quite conservatively and still managed a few minor mishaps. I think that the mileage is closer to 5 miles than 3.5. Overall, this trail is highly recommended if you like to climb and are looking for a good challenge.

Recommended Route:
same as above

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hidden Peak, Germania Pass



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Review Date
September 4, 1999

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: Kenny , from Salt Lake City

Summary:
I have been enjoying this trail all summer long. This is still my favorite trail by far and I have ridden all of the local trails. This trail does not have any singletrack. Don't get me wrong I like single track, but I prefer a real challenge. White Pine is rocky. It is steep. It will challenge you technically and physically. The views at the top are mind blowing. The descent is wicked, crashes are frequent for most. If you have protective gear, wear it. This trail is not for everybody, but for those who like sick rides - look no further. There is not much mountain bike traffic up this trail because it is hard, it is covered with rocks, it is so sweet! Ride it and you will understand my enthusiasm for this trail. It rules!

Recommended Route:
This is an up and back with only one route.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Hidden Peak (this is steeper, but less technical than White Pine). It is not nearly as scenic.



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Review Date
March 17, 1999

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Tom , from Salt Lake

Summary:
It's a grunt. The trail has more than it's share of technical, rocky climbs but there are, midway up, a few places where one could catch a breath. As stated in the intro, it's rocky up, rocky down. No real buffed out singletrack on this ride. For me to rate a ride very high the singletrack has to be ultra sweet. However, combining the challenge this trail offers with the surroundings (the views) makes for a great ride. Just be ready to work if you want to get to the lake.

Recommended Route:
same as described



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