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Quail Hollow Mountain Biking

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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Quail Hollow Mountain Biking

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  • The trailhead sits just off Wasatch Boulevard at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon where the creek heads northwest into the city watershed. - Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • Trail entry. If you are on a bike, head around to the left to avoid the water. - Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • Head up this side trail to avoid the water buildup at the beginning of the normal trail. - Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • Watershed spillway. - Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • Flat singletrack to start.- Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • Bridge crossing.- Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • Wild rose bush.- Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • There are plenty of hikers, so be sure to yield to them. - Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • The lower section in Quail Creek Park.- Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • Continue on to the water towers.- Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • Heading back through large open areas near the end of the ride. - Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • Riding in Little Cottonwood Canyon.- Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
  • Little Cottonwood Canyon. - Quail Hollow Mountain Biking
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful views. Easy access.
Cons: 
Short. Pretty rocky at times. Hikers.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Highest point: 
5,093.00 ft (1,552.35 m)
Route Characteristics: Mountain biking: 
Trail
Net Elevation Gain: 
-143.00 ft (-43.59 m)
Year round: 
No
Open from: 
March 15 to November 15
Parking Pass: 
None
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking
Trail difficulty: 
Blue
Total Distance: 
5.00 mi (8.05 km)
Total elevation gain: 
-143.00 ft (-43.59 m)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,093.00 ft (1,552.35 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
Current Local Weather:
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Adventure Description

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The Quail Hollow Trailhead sits at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, and its trail takes you alongside the creek on the way down to a large open park with a few intersecting trails and off-shoots. This isn't an ideal mountain biking trail because of several large rocks along the tight singletrack and because its often filled with hikers. What it does offer is an easy-to-access option that doesn't require you to head up the canyon and a fun trail that starts off with the descent. After riding along the creek in a small valley you'll drop down to Quail Hollow Park. Circle it counter-clockwise and head south and then west along the long doubletrack dirt road toward the water towers. There are many places to get some speed on the descents, but the overall ride doesn't last very long without doing an extra loop around the park and heading to the water towers, which gives you about a 5-mile ride.

You can extend the length of the ride by circling the park a few more times. You will see several small trails branching off in various directions toward the nearby neighborhoods of Sandy and Granite as well as along the upper trail. It is better to ride this trail in off hours or you will have to yield to a lot of hikers. While there may be more dynamic and scenic rides in the area, Quail Hollow isn't bad if you are short on time or don't feel like driving too far.

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