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Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail

Salt Lake City, Utah

Central Wasatch Mountains, Utah

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Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail

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  • Trailhead at Guardsman Pass.- Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
  • Quaking aspen grove along the Wasatch Crest.- Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
  • Riding the Wasatch Crest Trail.- Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
  • Climbing Puke Hill on the Wasatch Crest Trail.- Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
  • Climbing Puke Hill, singletrack continuing straight.- Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
  • Meadows and pine along the Wasatch Crest Trail.- Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
  • On the second climb.- Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
  • On the second climb.- Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
  • Vista on the top of the second climb.- Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
  • The Spine on the Wasatch Crest Trail.- Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
  • Deep forest on the Great Western Trail.- Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
  • - Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Huge vistas. Long ride. Fast descents.
Cons: 
Often busy.
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Region:
Central Wasatch Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
850.00 ft (259.08 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
11.40 mi (18.35 km)
Trail type: 
Shuttle
Trailhead Elevation: 
9,732.00 ft (2,966.31 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Wasatch Crest Mountain Bike Trail near Salt Lake City is consistently ranked among Utah's top mountain bike trails, but it also easily measures up against as one of the America's best mountain bike rides. You won’t get very far down the trail before you realize why.

There are a multitude of ways to ride this trail, and you won’t regret any way you choose. However, the standard approach is to begin at the top of Guardsman Pass. You can leave a shuttle vehicle at the Mill Creek Park and Ride in Salt Lake City, or leave a vehicle at the Big Water parking at the top of Mill Creek Canyon. Also, the ride is popular enough that you can find paid shuttles to take you and your bike to the trailhead. Be aware that this route includes the upper trails of Mill Creek Canyon, which are only accessible to mountain bikes on even numbered days.

From there you can access the Scott’s Bypass singletrack. Ahead of you lies endless twisting, flowing trail with indescribable vistas. You spend almost the entirety of the ride around 10,000 feet with views in every direction. After a few miles, however, you’ll hit the infamous “Puke Hill” fireroad. Despite the threatening name, it is a steep but relatively short climb before you get back onto the singletrack. Then the climb is quickly forgotten as you fly through some of most beautiful scenery on the planet.

After one more quick climb you drop onto the “Spine,” a sharp, rocky section of the trail that may be a bit much for beginner riders. It’s easy enough to hike down and move on to miles and miles of fast and flowy descents through aspen groves and deep pine forests.

The truth is that words fail in describing the sheer beauty of this trail both in scenery and the pure ride experience itself. Whatever type of riding you do, wherever you are in your abilities, this trail should be on your immediate “to-do” list. You will never forget it.

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