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East Mountain Wilderness Park

The East Mountain Wilderness Park (EMWP) in Kaysville has a system of singletrack trails surrounding the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST). The trails are relatively easy to ride, with only a few very short spots that beginners might need to hike. The area is at 4900 feet elevation, with an expected riding season of mid-April through November. The trails are almost completely shaded by old-growth trees.

Looking north from the parking lot entry. The singletrack to the right of the smaller sign is the official entry. GPS tracks, photos, and ride review by Bruce on April 8, 2019.

The trails are popular with local hikers as well as bikers, with the preferred riding direction being counterclockwise. The trail system has over 4 miles of trails within an area that's merely 1/2 mile by 1/3 mile. There are also campsite trails, some of which are being used by cyclists shortcutting between routes. So things can get a bit entangled.

"Howard Campsite." There are many picnic tables and rest areas, as well as camping spots that have major trails serving them.

The 3 major trails are Kays Crest, Graveyard, and Bamberger. Most intersections above the Bonneville Shoreline (BST) doubletrack trail are fully marked with carsonite posts. The lower trails have fewer signs and might be somewhat more confusing. The trails are well-designed, well-built and fun to ride.

Post on Kays Crest indicating the preferred riding direction and helping with navigation.

Kays Crest

Most riders will start with the upper side of Kays Crest. You'll find it on your right shortly after you enter the park on the doubletrack. If you start on the singletrack connector on the north side of parking, it will take you to Bamberger. If you follow this trail uphill, it will deliver you to the Kays Crest loop connector on the opposite side of the broad BST.

Looking uphill from EMWP at Thurston Peak.

If you follow the signs for Kays Crest, you'll eventually cross the doubletrack again, then loop around back uphill. Note that in 2019 there's an unmarked intersection at the loop's northwest corner where you need to turn right to climb back. (The left fork takes you past Johnson Campsite over to the Bamberger trail. Go ahead and take the wrong turn. It will only take 100 yards for you to figure it out.)

A mini-loop extends from Kays Crest to the Connector Trail (which takes you to the BST and Graveyard).

Most of Kays Crest is smooth easy riding. There are some modestly-tight bermed turns that will challenge true beginners, and a couple of spots where you need to bang over some roots. There are a couple of wooden stunts that are fun to hit, but beginners can simply ride past.

Avoid the BST connector trail on Kays Crest (see topo map). The trail seems prominent, because a lot of riders have turned uphill here before turning back. The connectors are very steep, and the official BST is just a little bit further north. 

A wall turn on lower Kays Crest.


The Graveyard trail can be reached via a marked "Connector" trail from the northeast corner of the Kays Crest loop. The first portion of Connector is also the return from the Kays Crest loop. Keep level and northbound until you join doubletrack, then pass the BST and find Graveyard on your right.

Entry to the Graveyard trail from the doubletrack BST.

You can also get there by riding the BST doubletrack, but continuing another 100 feet on DT after the singletrack BST forks uphill.

Graveyard is signed as an expert-level trail, but 95% of the riding surface is easy. The areas of rock garden stunts are short and easily walked by beginning riders.

Northbound during the first portion of Graveyard. Gneiss rock.

Graveyard initially heads northbound on smooth riding surface. Then it turns west and starts to descend. Here it gets a little tougher. Finally, Graveyard turns back to the south and ends on the main doubletrack. The trail that continues straight across is Bamberger.

A very roll-able boulder bile.


The Bamberger trail runs north-south on the lower side of the park. It's rated "easy" and for the most part it is. But the final climb will be difficult for true beginners. And there are a couple of short rocky spots where beginners and kids will get off and walk.

Looking south on Bamberger.

At the south end, Bamberger climbs uphill to the BST doubletrack at the Kays Crest loop connector. There are two routes. Most riders will fork left uphill at exactly mile 0.5 of the trail and climb through a series of turns.

An alternative is to keep straight and downhill, then take a sharp left turn at the next intersection. (If you reach the fence and road, you missed it.) This route will join the other trail just before it reaches the doubletrack.

There are a few unmarked trail forks on the lower trails.

  A lariat loop ride around Kay's Crest...

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Ride recommendatons:
Start out northbound on the Kays Crest loop connector, but then just explore everything. The park is not that big. Pay no attention to the "Expert," "Intermediate," "Easy" designations. The spots you'll walk are very short, and easily spotted before you can get in trouble.

Getting there:  
Exit I-15 onto US-89. Zero your odometer as you go under the first overpass on the exit. Drive north 3.3 miles to a stoplight at 200 North in Kaysville. There's a small "Kaysville" sign on the right side of US-89. Turn right, then immediately left. Follow the road as it turns uphill and drive to "East Mountain Wilderness Park," parking in the gravel area just before the sign. The doubletrack just past the sign is the main doubletrack trail. There's a connector trail on the north side of the parking lot that will take you over to Bamberger.

Facilities:  bathroom at trailhead

See the topo map (link below) for higher detail on these trails.

GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
      GPX multitrack file
High-resolution topo map for printing:   View map
Lodging, camping, shops:     Links to Ogden area resources