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Orson Smith and Ralph's
Here's a little ride to visit the Bear Canyon suspension bridge on the BST. Yeah, sounds kinda lame, but you'd be surprised how many hikers and cyclists are doing this.   Trail report...    September 2016.

Hidden Valley to Gasline
The combo of Gasline, Aqueduct, and the new Hidden Valley singletrack creates a 3.5 mile corridor along the hillside, visiting the BST, Quail, Sadler, Orson Smith, and Ralph's along the way. Also makes a nice loop ride with the Draper-to-Sandy BST.   Trail report...    September 2016.

The Chisholm trail is now a major player!
Chisholm has been extended to 7.2 miles, joining the Mustang Loop to Navajo Rocks. It has its own trailheads on Highway 313 and outside the Horsethief Campground. Great as an out-and-back, but the loop ride options will <Clickbait> blow you away! </Clickbait>   Trail report...    September 2016.

New photos and fresh info on south SLC BST...
15 years after my initial BST review, I've carved up the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in the south valley into three segments, adding new photos and fresh useful information about connecting trails along the way.   Sandy to Draper BST...   Corner Canyon BST...   Traverse Mountain BST...   September 2016.

This is soooo nice. Mercer Hollow
Mercer Hollow is well-engineered and superbly cut. Nice and firm, so you'd hardly know it's a new trail. Before the snow hits you, you need to hit this trail!   Trail report...    September 2016.

Eagle Crest. The new and improved...
Traverse Mountain's Eagle Crest trail has been partially re-routed, with widening and buffing of the remaining trail. It's now a super-cruiser. Even if you think you know this trail, you should go try it again. Loop it with Ann's, or with Mercer Hollow (info coming soon).   Trail report...    September 2016.

TM and Happy Gilmor
New trails on the north end of Round Valley offer some nice loop options and tie the Trailside Bike Park to the 35+ trails of the Round Valley network. Updated Round Valley web page.   Trail report...    September 2016.

Highland Hollow trail system...
There's four miles of brand-new meandering trails in the big gulch just off the Timpangos Highway. Nice stuff and ready to ride.   Trail report...    September 2016.

24-7 has been rerouted in the area of Bob's Basin
Here's an update (with new maps and GPX track files) to the 24-7 route and the DH trails in Bob's Basin.  Trail report...    September 2016.

Valley Vista is finished!
Soft Rock, Rose, Gambel, Cowley's Curse and Fault Line make a nice 5.1-mile loop. Viking Run and Tufa are short DH plunges off Cowley's. The system is super-buff, well-marked, and a great ride. Located off the Murdock Canal Trail in Pleasant Grove.  Trail report...    September 2016.

Webb Hill Update. 
No, it's not finished yet. Webb Hill, also known as the Kentucky Lucky Chicken Trail for who knows what reason, is getting closer to being a complete loop. Right now, an out-and-back from the parking strip is a worthy 5 miles of rock-slamming technical riding. If you're ready to try it out, here's the updated information.   Trail report...   August 2016.

Ireland and the Blackbird Trails
Helping you make sense of the north-south trails in the Timpanogos foothills.  Climb Ireland then head east to the top of either of the Blackbirds for a  nice downhill.  Trail report...    July 2016.

For the adventurous, Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu
These are primitive trails in the northeast (uphill) corner of the Timpanogos Foothill riding area.  GPS tracks supplied, because these trails are tough to find as well as tough to ride.   Trail report...    July 2016.

Great new stuff at Eagles Rise in Mantua!
The Ridge Trail loop is 1.5 miles with 350 feet of climbing and a techy descent option. The Little Knoll lariat loop is a fun intermediate ride. Both of these are options off the easy main loop of Eagles Rise.   Trail report...    July 2016.

Betty!
For most Timp foothill riders, Betty is the way uphill. This page give you directions for a double figure-eight ride that includes Buckle, Altar-51, and Mouse Climb.   Trail report...    July 2016.

Shooter!   Installment 1 of the Timp foothills...
After several days of riding circles on the flank of Timpanogos above the Orem Bench (over 70 miles and 10,000 vertical feet), I spent about 20 hours messing with GPS tracks, phtos, and maps. Now I'm ready with what I hope is useful information.    Trail report...    July 2016.

The Squaw Peak circles. 
Letting the secret out. This trail system is not finished, but it's ready to ride now. There's great narrow shaded singletrack, hand-built and fun to pedal. My ride directions give you a lovely 6-mile, 1200-vertical cruise.   Trail report...    July 2016.

Updating a few old rides... 
Sometimes I look at a trail page I created 15 years ago and think WTF? Tiny JPG's compressed 25%  and chaotic layout?  So as I'm updated a couple of pages. You're welcome.
Provo River Parkway    Provo Canyon Race Loop    Provo Canyon South BST    Provo Canyon North BST     July 2016.

Buffalo Peak - Squaw Peak DH route. Why not?
OK, so I avoided putting this route on the UMB site because the parts I'd seen were wide, steep, and cobble-infested. But then I actually rode the thing and it's not horrible. There's 6.5 miles of fast riding, preceded by a pretty pavement climb up the Squaw Peak Road to 7700 feet.   Trail report...    July 2016.

Treadstone. Nice addition to the Eagle Mountain trail system!
This is a fun little trail that creates some new loop options. For example, start from town via the Hidden Canyon Trail, hit the Race Loop, then play on Treadstone before dropping back to pavement.    Trail report...    July 2016.

Ricochet.
When a bullet ricochets, that's a miss, right? Well, the Ricochet Trail is not a miss. It's a fun new route downhill from Mid Mountain -- if you don't mind sharing with the gravity jocks at The Canyons. Page includes info on Double Down, Insurgent, and Redcoat.   Trail report...    July 2016.

The first piece of Valley Vista is open!
Soft Rock, 1/2 mile long, is the first loop of this trail system. Help with the trail construction. Come dig and take a ride while you're there.  Trail report...    July 2016.

Updated page for Holly's Trail.
Much of Holly's trail has a whole new alignment compared to 6 years ago. So I've updated the page, map, and GPS files.  Now I have to track down all the other rides on the site that use "old Holly's."    Trail report...    July 2016.

Brittain's Ribbon. Wow.
Great for climbing or descending, Brittain's Ribbon takes you from the bottom of Powder Mountain up to the top. Add it to the Hidden Lake Lodge trail, and it delivers you to the Brim Loop for a monster ride.  Trail report...    June 2016.

J-Boy. A  nice techy and beautiful trail at Red Fleet!
My new favorite in the Vernal Area is J-Boy. Add it to Handsome Cabin Boy and the north side of Jazz Chromoly for a great loop ride.   Trail report...    June 2016.

The Utah Olympic Park Bobsled is now a full LOOP. And it's awesome!
Beautiful views, plush trail, satisfying climbing and fun downhill. The loop is 6.4 miles. I tell you how to ride it as a combo with other UOP trails for a 14-mile pedalfest!   Trail report...    June 2016.

High Rollas trail at McCoy Flat.
This lariat loop climbs to the top of an irregular mesa within the Milk and Cookies loop, following the mesa edge for nice views of the surrounding area. Not your first choice of the area rides, but a nice addition.   Trail report...    June 2016.

New photos and tracks from Three Peaks.
Finally Bruce is back from river running and is on the trail with a new Rocky Mountain custom build. The Outer Limits trail has been added to the Three Peaks general riding area page, with fresh photos and new details from the Big Hole Loop and the Three Peaks Loop.    June 2016.

Mahogany Mountain. 
There's some decent riding in the foothills of northern Utah County, much of it non-sanctioned like Crop Circles. Mahogany Mountain forks off Grove Creek, but you can reach it via a tangled web of foothill trails including the unmarked unofficial Bonneville Shoreline.   Trail report...   May 2016.

Kokopelli. 142 miles.
14,000 vertical feet of climbing, and riders do it in one day. But it can also be a multi-day camping bike trip. Here's the story of the route from Fruita to Moab.   Trail report...   May 2016.

Ooh, I love to dance a little Sidestep...
(For extra points, name that movie!) Great new options off Baby Steps South! Three new trails -- Sidestep North, Instep, and Sidestep South -- let you bypass the boring flats. Make it longer and techy; take a shortcut; ride a nice tech loop. This area just keeps getting better.   Trail report...   April 2016.

Gold Bar Rim. So much fun, it used to be illegal.
New photos, ride tracks, and instructions for the Gold Bar Rim. Super-techy rock with views like no other trail in Moab. <editorial> Now if only the BLM would authorize an alternate route to bypass that sucky awful crappy upper Gold Bar 4x4! </editorial>   Trail report...   April 2016.

Malachite and Azurite
Geo buffs will recognize these trail names as copper minerals. So of course these trails offer new riding options off Miner's Loop in the Klondike Bluffs mountain biking area.    Trail report...   April 2016.

Red Hollow (Cedar City version).
Link Thor's Hideout to Highway 14, with a return via the Red Mountain trails for a nice loop ride.   Trail report...   April 2016.

Cedar City's paved bike paths.
A new East Bench trail has been added to the Coal Creek trail. As the new singletrack system is developed, the paved trails will link Red Hollow to a new bike park, the C Trail and the Iron Hills system.   Trail report...   April 2016.

Webb Hill. Sneak preview. But you can ride it now.
Webb Hill has been dug from the trailhead out to the Bloomington overlook. Work continues on the full loop, but for now it's a nice out-and-back ride with some techy stone.   Trail report...   April 2016.

April 1st Edition:  The fabulous Valhalla Trail.
Ever want to go biking and never come back? That's the sort of riding you'll find on the Valhalla Trail, an adventure ride like none that you'll find in all of Utah.   Greatest trail report ever...    April 1, 2016.

Hammer Thor's to the Hideout.
This is the first installment of a major trail system in the mountains north of Highway 14 by Cedar City. Short, but nice.   Trail report...   March 2016.

Ready for a trip to the Twilight Zone?
The Twilight Zone trail at Three Peaks opens new loop possibilities, as well as giving you a direct (but fun and slightly techy) route to the "Whale Trails" on the southeast corner.   Trail report...   March 2016.

First installment of Iron Hills trail system
This loop links easy Lichen It as the climb with Lava Flow as an awesome downhill. Ready to ride and lots of fun. But don't muck up your bike and damage this brand-new trail -- ride only when the ground is frozen rock-solid. The locals think this will be a good fat-bike ride in the winter.   Trail report...   December 2015.

New Horsethief Riding area northwest of Moab
OK, here's a new area you absolutely must ride. Lots of options. Also nearby, there's a new extension of Bull Run, more miles on Getaway, and a new singletrack diversion on 7-up.   So read all about it!    Horsethief Overview page...     Mustang Loop...     Whirlwind Loop...     Wildcat and Hildalgo...   October 2015.

Horsethief Campground Trails. Good ride for kids!
There are two short easy trail loops south of Horsethief Campground (on Highway 313 northwest of Moab). The Chisholm Trail can take you from the campground to the main Horsethief trail system.  Trail report...   October 2015.

Rockport's Lakeview trail. Families and newbs...
The Lakeview trail runs on the hillside east of Rockport Reservoir in the state park. It's super-easy, suitable for newbies, significant others, and families. For hard-core riders, not a destination trail. But if you're camping there, bring the bike.   Trail report...   October 2015.

Tidal Wave!  No other trail like it.
This is the ultimate machine-built trail. Extra dirt where it's needed, table jumps, huge berms, wide track for blazing speeds. Pay for the ski lift, or pay with your sweat as you grunt uphill.  Trail report...   October 2015.

Payroll.  Fun downhill -- short laps or shuttle!
Payroll is a new downhill-only "freeride" trail in Empire Canyon west of Deer Valley. You can reach the two-mile loop via Midmountain, or hit it on your way downhill from Empire Pass on a shuttled ride.  Trail report...   October 2015.

Moonlight Meadows. Tough classic La Sals ride!
It's hard to leave Moab feeling like crap. This ride kicked my butt, and I found a lot to dislike about it. Yes, there's a nice little mini-loop. But the classic loop past Clark Lake has some very ugly segments. But of course, you'll do just fine. Really. Go ahead.  Trail report...   September 2015.

Geyser Pass singletrack. Top of the Whole Enchilada!
Nice singletrack linking Geyser Pass to Burro Pass. Makes a great start to the Whole Enchilada, or as a little high-altitude alpine loop ride  Trail report...   September 2015.

WoW (Wasatch Over Wasatch) now complete to SR 222.
Out-and-back of 18.5 miles with 2600 feet of climbing, or shuttled ride using SR 222. Your choice. Do it before the snow  hits!  Trail report...   Updated September 2015.

Making sense of Wasatch Mountain State Park. 
North of Midway at the intersection of the Snake Creek and Pine Canyon roads are 10 miles of singletrack that you can access from the Wasatch Mountain State Park visitor center. And if you wondering, it's free.   Trail report...   August  2015.

Eagle Mountain race loop.  Plus.
There's some good riding in the hills south of Eagle Mountain. The singletrack trails Jackrabbit, Road Runner, and Deadwood form the heart of the race loop. Add Hidden Canyon and Cow Tracks as a singletrack route to the race loop, starting right at the Pony Express Parkway.  Trail report...   August  2015.

Jake the Snake
This is one I've been wondering about for a while. Jake the Snake is a short but fun ride, making it a nice add-on second ride if you're in the area.   Trail report...   August  2015.

Catherines Pass trail. Where to?
The Catherines Pass trail rises steeply from the Albion Basin road to Catherines Pass. I hear some people can actually ride this thing. Connect to the Great Western Trail at the ridge line for some awesome and brutal adventure rides.  Trail report...   July  2015.

Devils Castle!
Singletrack loop around Albion Basin at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Been meaning to do this one for a while since trail crews finished a fresh dig on nice singletrack above the campground.  Trail report...   July  2015.

Marathon Trail.  Confused?
The Marathon Trail was hyped as an awesome 26-mile pedalfest from Brian Head to Navajo Lake. But it's basically a "rebranding" of dirt road as a mountain bike trail. The two former ends of the route have been abandoned, and the default ride is now to Duck Creek.   Trail report...   July  2015.

Middle of nowhere. Josephite Point.
The Josephite Point singletrack has 7 miles of trail at an altitude of around 9000 feet. It can be done out-and-back, shuttled, or as part of a  monster 28-mile, 3300-vertical epic called the Pete's Hole loop.  Trail report...   July  2015.

Road to Arcylon - Gorgoza Park trails
Bruce liar reports that he liar hit all of the man-made tech features liar on Road to Arcylon liar. If you've heard about this trail, you're probably wondering whether it's something you want to (or dare to) try.   Trail report...   July  2015.

Summit Park and the Road to WOS
This is a beautiful trail with great riding. Well-built, and worth your time for a checkout ride. At the top of Parley's.   Trail report...   July  2015.

Utah Olympic Park Trails:  RTS, UOP, Legacy
RTS is one of the nicest beginner trails in the Park City area, but it's not boring for hardcore riders. And it connects via Iron Bill to the Legacy Trails above the bobsled launch and ski jumps for a worthy climb.   Trail report...   July  2015.

Goblin Valley:  the Wild Horse trail system
Just a month ago, 7 miles of mountain bike trail opened at Goblin Valley State Park. It needs bike tires to pack it down, but it's going to give you another reason to visit Goblin Valley!   Trail report...   July  2015.

Unique ride:  The Rainbow Rim
We're kidnapping this trail from the Arizona Strip and including it among our southern Utah rides. The Rainbow Rim runs along the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, and is actually closer to Utah's riders than to Arizona's. It's a unique ride that's worth the trip.   Trail report...   July  2015.

New Brim Trail at Powder Mountain
Some of you may remember the old Powder Mountain race loop. Well, it went away. Finally, there's a great singletrack loop at Powder Mountain that's among the best rides in the state. Check out the Brim Trail.   Trail report...   July  2015.

Rocky Top!  Kamas Valley Overlook trail.
While you're in the area, this is a nice singletrack climb from Highway 32 at the Provo River up to a point overlooking the Kamas Valley. Quick and fun, 8 miles round trip.  Trail report...   June  2015.

Jordanelle Perimeter update!
As one of the first trails on this site in 1998, the Jordanelle Perimeter page had a couple of grainy tiny photos, no topo map, and no trailhead directions. So it was time to get new information.  Trail report...   June  2015.

More great stuff in the Riverview area
I may be a bit premature in publishing this information, as trail signage (and apparently the trail names) are still evolving! Hope I've made some sense of the trail system for you. But go ride this stuff. Fun trails for a quickie while you're in the Heber area.  Trail report...   June  2015.

Payson Canyon's Four Bays riding area:  NICE!
The Payson riders must be conspiring to keep this wonderful singletrack all to themselves, because you sure don't hear much about Four Bays. Nice narrow hand-cut singletrack, swooping and twisting.  A great ride!  Trail report...   June  2015.

Coldwater Canyon, North Ogden BST!
The new Bonneville Shoreline Trail section in Coldwater Canyon, there's 10.5 miles of fun BST between Ogden Canyon and North Ogden Canyon. Direct connections to the Pleasant View BST to the north and Ogden BST in the south.   Trail report...   June  2015.

WOW!   Wasatch Over Wasatch
There's around 7 miles of trail between the Phosphate Loop and trail's end, as the WOW trail moves up toward the ridge above Park City. There's parking along Highway 224 in Wasatch Mountain State Park, and you can climb the first 6-ish miles as an out-and-back.   Trail report...   June  2015.

Coyote Middle!
Here's the scoop on the new trail linking to backside of Coyote Loop with upper Riverview above the UVU Wasatch Campus. Opens up some new riding options. But first, you need to find the trail. I'll bet you Wasatch 50 racers go right past without seeing it.   Trail report...   June  2015.

Updated maps to Dutch Hollow...
There have been some changes to Dutch Hollow, with Barrel extended down to the new Sage Loop route. Prospect has new connections to the Phosphate trail. There are no trail markers on the west side, so you'll like the new printable high-res topo.   Trail report...   June  2015.

Fun loop ride north of Midway: Phosphate Hill
The new Phosphate Trail has settled well during the winter and is ready for your tires. There's a 6.3-mile lariat option from Pine Canyon at the WOW trailhead, or a fun but complex-navigation big loop from Dutch Hollow.   Trail report...   June  2015.

New tech trails at Three Peaks!
The BLM is just finishing the signage on the "whale trails" at Three Peaks near Cedar City. The pink granite gives great traction for awesome tech riding. Lots of ladder bridges and fun stuff make this a unique and worthwhile bike destination! See the updated trail map and info.   Trail report...   May 2015.

Family ride:  Candy Mountain Express
Here's a nice easy paved trail in Sevier Canyon. Ride along the Sevier River to Big Rock Candy Mountain. Take the kids to the Fremont Indian State Park after the ride.   Trail report...   May 2015.

Upper JEM is now one-way!
JEM is now downhill-only from the Highway 59 (upper) trailhead down to the Goosebumps intersection.  To climb from the valley to the upper trailhead, you can take Dead Ringer on the west, or the rediscovered JEM Doubletrack on the east.    Trail report for the JEM Doubletrack...   May 2015.

Dead Ringer is complete!
Still working on some of the support materials (like riding guides). And I need to update other trail pages in the area. But here's what I have so far on the five miles of bliss called Dead Ringer.   Trail report...   March 2015.

More Cowbell!  Nice easy ride in the JEM area.
New singletrack trail above ledges of white limestone, with Gooseberry Mesa looming to the east. Makes a nice trip for families and beginning bikers.   Trail report...   January 2015.

New Quail Overlook trail system!
This brand-new system has four loops, each visiting the top of a tooth of the escarpment southeast of Quail Creek Reservoir. This is technical riding for experts and upper-intermediates, and it's already a hit!   Trail report...   January 2015.

Rock and Roll. Zippy riding at Rhythm and Blues
At the southwest end of Rhythm and Blues is Rock and Roll, a 3.4 mile clockwise loop that's a blast to ride. I've updated the R&B page.  Trail report...   January 2015.

West Navajo Rocks. Big Mesa Trail!
With the completion of Big Mesa, Navajo Rocks now offers five sequential trails that form an 18-mile loop. Or you can do half-loops of the east or west side of around 10 miles. Here's the dope on Big Mesa, The Big Lonely, and Coney Island.  Trail report...   December 2014.

Hitting the Quail Creek trail...
Plenty of rock and roll on this Moenkopi-fest of a singletrack along the badland slopes of Harrisburg Bench. Worth your time, but definitely for expert riders.  Trail report...   December 2014.

Race report -- the UtCX season ends at the new Draper course!
If you've been wondering how Draper stuffed a 1.6 mile loop (including stairs, bumps, and a flyover) into the oak brush west of the arena, here's the info. Nice riding!   Race report...    December 2014.

The Klonzo system is finished with the addition of Gravitron and VertiGo
Here's the information for the latest trails in the north Klonzo riding area. More technical (and longer) than the other 20 trails in this trail system.  Trail report...   November 2014.

Zephyr. Here's the scoop!
Most riders won't be excited by Zephyr. But it opens some wonderful riding opportunities, both for long-mileage hammerheads and beginners looking for a cruise. And if it's not your thing, well, you should never complain about having more trail to other people to ride.  Trail report...   November 2014.

Great new trail, but it's too late!
The Jimmy Keen singletrack is 8 miles of twisting fun in the La Sals. It was just opened November 1st. But at over 8000 feet elevation, this weekend's storm will bury it. Remember it for next year! It's a super alternative to the boring Kokopelli section of the Whole Enchillada!   Trail report...   November 2014.

Klonzo Beginner Slickrock
Overweight, out-of-shape, and never been off the sidewalk before?  Planning to take your preschool kids with stroll-a-bikes? Well, now you can mountain bike on slickrock too. The Carousel area in South Klonzo (10 miles north of Moab) is open and already packed with riders.   Trail report...   October 2014.

Klonzo South!
Located on Willow Springs Road just west of Arches National Park, the opening of Klonzo South gives you 20 trails in this riding area -- worth spending the whole day. My favorites are Houdini and Topspin, which I've incorporated into a sample ride for you.   Trail report...   October 2014.

UtCX #4 at Big Cottonwood Park!
Thick grass, hairpin turns, carving turns around trees. Done under sunny blue skies, with warmer-than-normal fall temperatures making it pleasant.  Race report...    October 2014.

UMB racers at the Huntsman World Senior Games!
Wow!  Great October weather in St. George as three of our elder team racers hit the Senior Games Mountain Biking events. Read this article, because you'll be old some day.  Race report...    October 2014.

Beautiful weather for CX #2 at Weber!
Hard-pack riding in beautiful fall sunshine. Time trial type sprinting instead of tricky slippery tech riding. What a difference from lat week's race!  Race report...    October 2014.

Muddy slippery Cyclocross Fun!
The first race of the 2014 UtCX season was greated by torrential rains. The slippery grass and steep little hills made this a brutally FUN race.  Race report...    September 2014.

UMB Team results from the Draper Fall Classic!
The 2014 Draper Fall Classic race saw perfect weather on great trails. Here's the report from the UtahMountainBiking.com team members.  As usual, the race was well-run with great swag.  Race report...    September 2014.

Herriman Trails
Here's the info on the loop off Juniper Crest, the Firebreak Trail, and the ridge route at Blackridge Pond. As fall arrives, you'll appreciate more options for low-altitude riding.   Trail report...   August 2014.

North Ogden Divide to Willard
Here's a 12.5-mile route along the west edge of Ben Lomond Peak, with the Pleasant View section of the Bonneville Shoreline in the south and narrow singletrack clinging to the rugged mountainside for 7 miles in the north.   Trail report...   August 2014.

Snowbird's new Big Mountain Trail
Descend from Hidden Peak at 11,000 feet down to the base at 8000 feet over 7.5 miles of singletrack. If you've been wondering whether it's worth the tram fee (or getting up early in the morning while the trail is still two-way), here's Bruce's report.   Trail report...   August 2014.

Eagle Point trails, top of Beaver Canyon
At over 10,000 feet elevation, these trails are nicely cool on a summer's day. They're well-built and fun. There aren't a lot of miles at this time, but it's worth a side trip as you pass through Beaver on Interstate 15. Or just enjoy camping in the area and hit the trails for a couple of hours.  Trail report...    August 2014.

Utah Off Road Series, race 2 at Nordic Valley!
Great racing at Nordic Valley on Saturday August 9, as some brand-new trail greeted the Cat 1 racers. It's a fun course! Help support our developing racers by supporting this USAC-affiliated series.  Pencil in August 30 for the 3rd race of the series.  Race report...    August 2014.

New trails in the Hurricane Rim system:  Cryptobionic and Goosebumps!
These trails offer new variations on your favorite JEM rides. Alternate downhills for the big Hurricane Loop, or nice fun figure-eights from the Virgin trailhead. Finished in spring 2014, they're ready for you to explore.   Trail report...    August 2014.

ICup season finale at Solitude!
The Chris Allaire XC race at Solitude Resort was the final event of the 2014 season. The UMB race team scored a lot of wins at this event for a fine finish to the year.   Race report...    July 2014.

New Series gets off to a nice start at Nordic Valley!
The Utah Off Road Series got underway with a sparsely-attended Friday morning race at Nordic Valley in Eden. The UMB race provided almost 1/3 of the racers as riders checked out the new course and the new organization. We found both to be excellent.   Race report...    July 2014.

The Rage at Snowbird!
The second-to-last race of the 2014 Intermountain Cup season was Saturday July 5. The ranks were a bit thin on the holiday weekend, as only the hard-core racers showed up   Race report...    July 2014.

Deer Valley Pedalfest!
The 5.7-mile loop at Deer Valley was a variation on the traditional route, with 900 vertical feet of climbing per lap. The weather was perfect and the trails were in great shape.  The UMB team rocked a few first-place finishes!   Race report...    June 2014.

New singletrack on upper Ridge 157!
Now there's 2.7 miles of nice singletrack bypassing that "1000-vertical in 1 mile" north of Mill Canyon. South-to-North is now a fun option!    All-new Ridge Trail page...    June 2014.

Dugway's Desert Scorpion race!
Each 7-mile loop had 1000 vertical feet of climbing with 5 miles of narrow technical singletrack. The desert was cooled by a chilly north wind as racers received a warm welcome from the military.   Race report...    June 2014.

Draper's Stan Crane Memorial XC race!
It was a great day of racing on the awesome trails of Draper's Corner Canyon, as warm sunshine greeted riders on the 10.7 mile loop.   Race report...    May 2014.

Miner's Loop!
Miner's Loop forks off the southern end of the awesome EKG Trail in the Klondike Bluffs riding area north of Moab. Just finished a couple of weeks ago, it adds a new flavor to the many riding options here. You'll want to add this trail to your Moab plans.  Trail report...    May 2014.

Colorado River paved bike path is open!
This very expensive path hangs out over the water as it separates bikes from cars on State Route 128 along the Colorado. I've added information on this trail (and the new Moab Trail Hub) to the Old 191 page.  Moab Canyon Pathway (Old 191) report...    Page updated May 2014.

Chilkoot Pass
Yeah. This little lariat loop is the most boring bit of trail in all of Moab. Very easy beginner riding and nothing pretty to look at. But it completes a north-south route on the west side of Klondike, extending all the way up to a small parking area on the Dinosaur Tracks road.  Trail report...    May 2014.

The new Red Potato Trail.
It's amazing how many new opportunities open up with a small addition. The 0.7 miles of Red Potato really changes how you'll attack the eastern side of Draper's Corner Canyon.   Trail report...    May 2014.

Navajo Rocks!  New trail system in Moab.
Two of the planned four trails of the Navajo Rocks system are now finished, forming a nice 9-mile loop. These trails are found on Highway 313 just north of Moab.   Trail report...    May 2014.

Lambert Park! Awesome day of racing...
Intermountain Cup race number 5 was a short-track event with multiple loops on a 2.8-mile route in northern Lambert Park. The overnight rain left the trails tacky but not squishy.   Race report...    May 2014.

Five Mile Pass!  ICup race #4.
The Five Mile Pass race was originally scheduled April 26. It was postponed until May 3 because heavy rain turned the clay soil into a giant mud pot. Weather was great for the delayed race.   Race report...    May 2014.

Rumble at 18 Road
The "Rumble" was the sound of mud-caked tires rubbing on mud-crusted frames. The rain ambushed the race at precisely the wrong time. On the first wave, riders slogged through deep mud. The second wave had a lovely race on a shortened course.   Race report...    April 2014.

The Cactus Hugger!  ICup race #2.
The clouds looked cold and threatening, but the weather was perfect for a St. George race.  The UMB race team popped a few tires and broke a few bike parts on this rough techy course.   Race report...    April 2014.

Gooseberry yurt. Eco-friendly lodging on the mesa.
Got a chance to check out the yurt on Gooseberry's north rim. It's located just 1/10 mile from the singletrack, with room for a couple of carloads of your biking buddies. Bruce's photo tour will tell you what yurt-camping offers.  Yurt review...    April 2014.

Jedi Slickrock. Sandstone in the Bartlett area.
This mesa just south of Bartlett Wash is an open-riding area -- there's no official trail, and you can ride anywhere you want within the designated zone. Play on smooth Entrada slickrock.  Trail review...    March 2014.

Now 18 miles of trail at Dead Horse Point.
The trail system at Dead Horse Point has become a favorite of families and beginning riders. Last month 9 miles of new trail opened west of 313, interconnecting with the original Intrepid system. It's great stuff.  Trail review...    March 2014.

UMB results from the True Grit March 15!
Nice sunshine but a strong wind as our riders tackle this 50-mile epic race.   Race report...    March 2014.

Hymasa Trail!  A beautiful singletrack on Amasa.
My riding buddies love the brutal ledge-strewn climb on Amasa. Not me. This two-way trail bypasses most of the jeep road as you climb to the Amasa Saddle. Connecting directly to Captain Ahab, this trail just opened last week.  A big THANK YOU to the volunteers of Moab Trail Mix.  Trail review...    March 2014.

Wild Rides and Wildflowers
I loved it and I'm pretty sure my wife would have hated it. It's a four-year sequence of ride narratives, as two aging Utah professors talk about environment, botany, philosophy, and religion as they regularly ride the Great Western trail in Provo Canyon.   Book Review...    March 2014.

First Intermountain Cup race of 2014!  The Red Rock Rampage!
Many racers were spooked by the weather forecast for St. George and stayed up north. For those dedicated (or deluded) bikers who headed south, the reward was unexpected great racing weather.   Race report...    March 2014.

Review of the Trail Trainer workout series!
Anything that helps you feel like you're really riding a trail can keep insanity  away a little longer, until the snow melts and the dirt is ready for your tires again.    Read the Review article...    February 2014.

An introduction to Fat Bikes!
After exactly ONE ride on a Pugsley (1200 vertical, about 8 miles), I have the audacity to write a primer on Fat Bikes. Consider it a work in progress. Ooooh, nice picture!   Read the Fat Bike article...    December 2013.

A snowy final CX race in Kaysville!
Wow, what a great time! Riding in the snow, weaving through the trees of Barnes Park. It was like the weather was saying goodbye. And for some riders, the sidewalk and frozen ground said "Hello" or as translated into English, "Thud."   Photos and UMB team results...    December 2013.

Cyclocross #11 at Fort Buenaventura
The leaves are now on the ground, hiding roots and rocks from the eyes. This second race at The Fort had a different feel from the last one, two months ago. Here's the report on the course, and a photo of random UMB riders.   Photos and UMB team results...    November 2013.

Cyclocross #10, State Championship at Weber
A new course layout was greeted by warm sunshine at the Weber County Fairgrounds. Intermittently, the wind blasted through to show us that, indeed, it's almost winter.   Photos and UMB team results...    November 2013.

Dead Cow Loop!  Adventure ride for your bucket list.
Ride down and back up water-filled sandstone canyons along the Green River. The admission price is a long ride including some tough sand-riding. For experienced adventurers only.  Read more...  November 2013

Cyclocross #9 in the snow at Kaysville!
Wow, what an experience. Mother Nature served up cyclocross weather that made the old veterans grin. Read about the course and check out a few photos!   Photos and UMB team results...    November 2013.

Mary's Trail.  Great Entrada slickrock!
For 10 years, I've been meaning to find a way to ride Mary's Trail that doesn't require walking a mile through sand. OK, here it is. This trail has the most beautiful sandstone you'll find anywhere. But it's for experts only.  Read more...  November 2013

A heavenly bit of everything!  Red Butte to Red Slot loop.
I was trying to sneak into the White Wash area by the back door and discovered three trails that fit together into a nice loop ride. Red Butte, Red Rock, and Red Slot:  slickrock; undulating dirt; and a rock-bottomed wash run. Just 12 miles of I-70 east of Green River.  Read more...  November 2013

Cyclocrosss #8 at Weber County Fairgrounds
A new course at the Weber County Fairgrounds served up some fun and interesting challenges, such as five logs in a row. The weather was unseasonably warm as racers enjoyed bright November sunshine.   Photos and UMB team results...    November 2013.

Update to the Riverview system:  13-mile Front-side Loop!
Here's the latest on the Riverview (Sorenson) trail north of Heber. New Sheep Bones singletrack links up Lower Riverview and new singletrack ties Lower Riverview back to Coyote and Upper Riverview at the south end. Definitely worth hitting before the snow buries it!  Read more...  November 2013

Rocky Mountain Raceway Cyclocross
For race 7 of the 2013 UtCX season, the party moved to Rocky Mountain raceway on Saturday November 2. This was an interesting and challenging course, requiring mountain-biking skills as well as roadie speed for long pavement stretches.  Photos and UMB team results...    November 2013.

New riding options in east Corner Canyon: Rattler Trail. 
This new trail creates new possibilities for the unloved east side of Draper's Corner Canyon. Because this slope is sun-exposed, we're hoping this will be a winter-riding option when combined with the Corner Canyon road or the Aqueduct Trail.   Read more...  October 2013

Jurassic Trail!  Butter-smooth singletrack in Moab. 
The entire Jurassic Trail is now open for riding, and it may change your plans for the Klondike Bluffs area. There's now singletrack down the entire west side of the valley, with connectors to the east-west trails that climb the bluffs. The loop with Dino Flow is a blast.   Read more...  October 2013

Inside Passage trail - fun little bypass to boring doubletrack
OK, this little trail probably doesn't deserve its own web page, but here goes. This delicious singletrack connects the southern Klondike Bluffs parking to the road 1/2 mile later. Sadly, it's short. But it gets you away from the motos and grommets on the main trail.   Read more...  October 2013

Halloween Cross at Cottonwood Park
Saturday October 26 was the official wear-your-costume cyclocross race at Cottonwood Park. The course was again a high-speed grassy layout with plenty of tight turns and tough climbs. A favorite of the spectators was the sickest sand-pit.   Photos and UMB team results...    October 2013.

Prospector Trail in Moab 
It may take you longer to read this page than to ride this little trail along Highway 191 in north Moab.  Read more...  October 2013

Another great CX day at Weber Fairgrounds
A new course layout with more turns and a few fun tricky spots awaited racers at the Weber County Fairgrounds today. After a cold morning, the day served up warm fall sunshine.   Photos and UMB team results...    October 2013.

Huntsman World Senior Games Mountain Biking!
The UtahMountainBiking.com race team was represented by four riders at the Senior Games in St. George.. Events include Hillclimb and Downhill on Monday October 14, and Cross-country on Tuesday. Here's the story.    Photos and UMB team results...    October 2013.

Week 3 of CX at Weber Fairgrounds
The Weber County Fairgrounds served up a zippy course with a lot of tight turns that never let you rest. Here's a report on the race, with a link to more photos.    Photos and team results...    October 2013.

UtCX cyclocross! Fort Buenaventura
This was a great CX course. Fast and fun, with a bit of everything. Except snow. Well, there was frost for the first wave of racers. Go UtahMountainBiking.com team!   Photos and team results...    October 2013.

UtCX cyclocross at Draper, September 28
Goatheads! Twisting singletrack! Deep sand! Railroad tracks! 18 racers competed for the UtahMountainBiking.com cyclocross team.   Photos and team results...    September 2013.

Draper Fall Classic
Weather and trails cooperated for a perfect race in Draper's Corner Canyon on Saturday September 21. The combined USCS and ICup season for 2013 is now over. All that remains are the awards. Any bets on which raced team gets the season win?   Read about the Fall Classic...    September 2013.

Lambert Park is Fixed.   AGAIN! 
On Saturday September 7, Lambert was hit by its second flood in 16 days, exactly 7 days after volunteers completed the trail rebuild project. Less than two weeks later, the damaged trails are repaired or replaced. Thanks to our many volunteers!   The Rebuilding of Lambert Park, take Two...  September 2013

South to Alaska. 
New trails in Moab!  In the Klondike area, ride the new Alaska trail with a visit to Nome and Homer. Very much worth your time. And did you know that Dino Flow has been extended all the way north to the Dinosaur Trackway parking area? New trailhead... and the only toilet in the area.   Read more...  September 2013

Lambert Park trail rehab report! 
Zag and White Dog have been rebuilt. Obviously, the flood areas aren't the same. They're a little bit more twisty, a bit more dippy. Scroll down to the bottom of our trail rehab report for photos from our Saturday workday.   Read more...  August 2013

UtahMountainBiking.com Race Team season honors...
After a fun cyclocross clinic (thanks, Jason!) the season awards were revealed. Who did the team vote for?.    Read more...    August 2013.

Round Valley update.
I ride pieces of Round Valley frequently and do the USCS race there. After 11 years, I finally spent 5 hours and 40 miles riding around in circles, mapping (almost all) the trails. I've put together a few ride recommendations (with GPS tracks of course) for you. New color-coded satellite map.    Read more...  August 2013

Soldier Hollow -- final race of 2013 ICup season
The trail was firm and surprisingly non-dusty as racers hit the slopes above Soldier Hollow on August 10 for the last race of the 2013 Intermountain Cup season.    Read more...    August 2013.

Little Valley Loop Trail.  
Little Valley is a little trail that forks off Ann's Trail just south of Potato Hill. Experienced riders will find it a nice but very short variation on Ann's. Beginners can do a nice little loop from Potato Hill.   Read more...  August 2013

Tommy's Two Steps Trail in Park City.
Tommy's Two Steps is a new trail joining Midmountain (just south of Steps, Jenni's, and Johns) to the Yurt at the top of Steps. It creates some interesting riding possibilities.   Read more...  August 2013

Mojave Trail in Park City. Some new options...
Mojave is only a mile long (1.9 if you count the new trailcut up to Keystone), but it opens up some new possibilities for the Park City Resort area. Here's the report, with a couple of ride suggestions.  Read more...  August 2013

Murdock Canal Trail. Trailheads and stuff...
OK, I know. This is a paved trail. A trail where you can take the wife, girlfriend, neighbor, or kids and get them hooked on biking. And at 17 miles each way, it's a decent training ride for you hammerheads. And it's prettier than you'd think.  Read more...  August 2013

A little Corner Canyon housekeeping!
For those who don't like to pedal, Rush is now 0.7 miles shorter, as a section called The Trees has been bypassed. Canyon Hollow now goes through the Silica Pit over to the Coyote Hollow Trailhead. And there's a new trail connecting Ann's to Eagle Crest. August 2013.

Solitude!
A light rain fell periodically as cloud cover kept temperatures cool at Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The 8th ICup race of the season was split into two waves.    Read more...    July 2013.

Snowbird. The Rage.
After a few days of record-setting rains, Snowbird was thoroughly saturated. The lush greenery combined with the challenging wet trail to create a memorable day of cycling.    Read more...    July 2013.

Sherwood Hills. Nice trail; hot day.
With a heat wave in the valley, Sherwood Hills was toasty but tolerable for Saturday's ICup race. Attendance wasn't as good as expected, possibly because of the heat. But racers who showed up were rewarded with great riding.   Read more...    June  2013.

Round Valley USCS race report.
Temperatures were cool for the afternoon face on June 22 at Round Valley. The course was in good shape and a steady north wind kept the dust down. Here's how the UMB team fared.   Read more...    June  2013.

Wasatch Back 50!
Tight switchbacks and fresh-cut trail added to the challenge of racing 50 miles with 6000 vertical feet of climbing. The 2013 WB50 offered delicious new trail and great racer support in the mountains northeast of Heber.  Read more...    June  2013.

Coyote Canyon Loop. An instant classic!
Located northeast of Heber, the ride has endless views on epic twisting trail. The shortest version is 20.2 miles, but it's worth it. This is a great trail that will quickly become a favorite -- put it on your "Must Ride" list now.   Read more...  June 2013

Draper's Stane Crane Memorial race!
The trails of Corner Canyon were in great shape for this event, which started a bit later in the day than the typical ICup race. Riders got to sample three new trail-cuts in addition to the classics.  Read more...    May  2013.

Sundance! Sunny trails and fast bikes.
The weather was warm and sunny for the 4th ICup race of the 2013 season. The UMB team had strong performances in many categories.  Read more...    May  2013.

Klonzo Trail System is now fully built. And it rocks!
The Klonzo Trails lie just east of the Sovereign/Salt Wash trail system, on Willow Springs Road north of Moab. 8.5 miles of interconnecting loops make a gazillion riding options. Easy riding, nothing scary for intermediates.   Read more...  May 2013

Five Mile Pass! ICup race #3
The race at Five Mile had great conditions on the course and crappy conditions in the results computer. But wow, sunshine and dirt! Here's Bruces report on the race at Five Mile Pass on April 27.  Read more...    April 2013.

Lambert Park race. Great despite the rain!
The first race of the 2013 USCS series, and the third race of the combined ICup-USCS championship series, was delayed a bit by rain. Racers who held out were rewarded with some great riding.  Read more...    April 2013.

New expert-level singletrack "Captain Ahab"
Wondering when the Moab trailbuilders were going to quit creating more Ride-With-The-Kids trails and build something gnarly? Well, here it is: 4.3 miles of singletrack for hard-core riders. You'll need to ride up Amasa Back to get to it.  Read more...    April 2013.

Sidewinder Trail at the Bar M in Moab
New trail allows you to skip a portion of paved Old 191 when connecting trails in the Brand Trail area. Yeah, it's not exactly a trail that will make you load up your bike and skip work. But it adds new options.  Read more...    April 2013.

Cactus Hugger race report
Beautiful warm St.George weather greeted the UMB race team for the second Cactus Hugger at Green Valley. The mean rocks on this technical loop knocked quite a few riders out of the race.   Read more...    April 2013.

True Grit 2013. Even Grittier than last year.
On March 16, several UMB team racers hit the True Grit Epic in St. George. The 50 mile version is 100% dirt, 90% singletrack, and a lot of technical rock.  Read more...    March 2013.

Red Rock Rampage! The racing season begins...
It was a great weekend to be in St. George as the UMB team shakes the cob webs off the bikes in the first race of the Intermountain Cup season. This year, the ICup will combine with the USCS for a 14-race season with combined championships.   Read more...    March 2013.

UMB racers at the 2013 Frozen Hog
At the 11th (and last) Frozen Hog, UMB was represented by three racers who fought the deep snow.   Read more...  February 2013

UtahMountainBiking.com is a dealer
for Ridley Cyclocross Bikes

Some of the world's best cyclocross bikes are made by Belgian manufacturer Ridley. Get the jump on the 2013 CX season by pre-ordering a 2014 model for delivery in late summer.  Read more...  February 2013

Suicidal Tendencies. A new trail near Santa Clara!
Suicidal Tendencies drops from the top of Sidewinder, across the valley between mesas, then climbs even higher to a loop on the mesa south of Sidewinder. The trail is now open to riding, although some of the switchbacks need to be hiked.   Read more...    February 2013.

UtahMountainBiking Team 2012 season honors
Here are the winners of the team voting for season honors for the cross-country squad of the UMB Race Team. Also links to the ICup squad season poster.   Read more...  January 2013
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