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Eagle Mountain
Lake Mountain west-slope trails

includes Rock-a-Billy, Cow Tracks, Jackrabbit, Roadrunner, Wile E Coyote, Cropduster, Gunslinger, plus more...

This trail page discusses the trails on the west-facing slope of northern Lake Mountain, part of the extensive Eagle Mountain trail system. Some of these trails may also be found on pages for the Eagle Mountain Race Loop, the Mountain Ranch Bike Park, and the Treadstone-area knoll trails.

Climbing away from the Hidden Hollow trailhead on Rock-a-Billy. Trail pics and review based on multiple rides by Bruce with latest update April 18, 2019.

The elevation of these trails ranges from a low of 5000 feet to a high of 5500 feet. The area tends to stay dry, so Eagle Mountain can often be biked in the winter with a standard XC bike. It also dries quickly after storms, and is the go-to bad-weather ride for Utah County and Salt Lake County riders.

On the Cropduster Trail, we're climbing the ridgeline of northern Lake Mountain. To our left we see Mount Timpanogos and Cascade Mountain above Utah Lake.

There's currently around 25 miles of trail at Eagle Mountain, with more added yearly. Most trails would be classified intermediate but can be easily done by an experienced beginning rider. A few trails have stunts such as ledge drops, ladders, and gap jumps. (These have ride-arounds.)

There are countless riding options, as the trails branch and cross over. There's no "best loop" here, although most riders consider the ride incomplete if they don't hit the prayer flags at the top of the knoll on Treadstone.

Typical stunt. On Rock-a-Billy, you can launch at speed to clear the entire downslope of the rock, or at lower speed follow the rock contour to do a simple drop from the far end.

Riders can enter the trail system from the Mountain Ranch Bike Park, Hidden Canyon trailhead, rockpile (race loop) trailhead, or from the primitive roadside parking between the northern ends of Creed and Nirvana. Most riders currently park at Hidden Canyon.

"Rockpile" trailhead where a high school race is being staged. In 2019, access to this trailhead is dicey because you must drive through an active construction area.

Hidden Canyon Trail

The Hidden Canyon trail starts at the northeastern corner of the Hidden Hollow parking area. It climbs the hill to the area above the Mountain Ranch bike park, connecting to Rock-a-Billy, Ridgeline/Cow Tracks, and Golden Eagle. From the trailhead, there's an initial stiff climb, then a traverse around the north side of Lake Mountain toward the bike park where there are nice views to the north and east.

Looking northeast from Hidden Canyon.

Hidden Canyon is 0.7 miles in length, with 200 feet of elevation change. There will be a couple of man-made tech features to roll over (or roll around). The trail has a few rock outcrops, but overall it's intermediate in tech requirement. The grade on the initial climb is 200 vertical in 0.4 miles, which is very manageable by an intermediate rider.

View from Hidden Canyon as we pass above the homes of Eagle Mountain.

Behind the Boathouse

Behind the Boathouse a smooth trail taking you to the north end of the Treadstone knoll. It forks to the right from the Hidden Canyon trail just outside the parking lot. It then contours the flat spot where the valley meets the hill before crossing over to the knoll.

Note that in 2019, Behind the Boathouse has been affected by construction and you'll find yourself in the middle of freshly-dug subdivision roads. For now, I suggest using Rock-a-Billy to reach the rest of the trail system.

Bruce climbs Behind the Boathouse in early spring 2018.

Rock-a-Billy

Rock-a-Billy forks to the right (south) from Hidden Canyon after 0.2 miles of fairly stiff climbing. It rolls up and down, but generally climbs, as it traverses the western slope of Lake Mountain. The trail ends on Cow Tracks just above the Rockpile trail parking area.

Southbound early on Rock-a-Billy. Junipers occasionally obscure the sight lines, so be cautious about riders coming the other way!

From the Hidden Canyon origin to its end on Cow Tracks, Rock-a-Billy is 1.1 miles long. From north to south it gains 200 feet elevation, but with a climbing total of 300 vertical feet. The ride is easier-intermediate, with nicely banked turns and a few jumps that you can ride around. There will be nice views in both directions.

View south as little yellow flowers fill the meadows.

Ridgeline to Cow Tracks

When climbing Hidden Canyon, at mile 0.7 you'll cross a doubletrack. 100 feet later take the right fork, then cross the doubletrack again, going over the wooden entry bridge. You're now on the combined Ridgeline and Cow Tracks trail. Start climbing southbound, then after 0.2 miles keep right to stay on Cow Tracks as Ridgeline climbs uphill. (You can also reach Cow Tracks from the Mountain Ranch Bike Park. See the map.)

The entry bridge to Cow Tracks remind us that there's some slightly more tech riding ahead -- especially if you decide to do a little lap around the Ridgeline Flow trail.

Cow Tracks is 0.8 miles long, contouring the hillside on its way to the Rockpile parking area. When southbound, the trail will get steep for a while, but it's still a very ride-able pitch. The rocks ride nicely, so a strong intermediate should have no problem grinding right up. The trail then levels out and rolls along the west face of the hill as you head south. It joins Rock-a-Billy as it descends to the east side of the Rockpile parking area.

The steepest spot is the climb just before the Ridgeline trail fork. There's both embedded and loose rock, but it's very do-able.

Road Runner

From the Rockpile area, Road Runner can be reached by taking a doubletrack to either end (see the map). Road Runner is 0.8 miles long, but with only about 60 feet of overall elevation gain. My description will assume you started the downhill southwestern end, as is done for the race loop. Head south down the valley from the Rockpile on dirt road 0.3 miles to turn left on the Road Runner singletrack.

Wile E Coyote will fork to the right (southbound) just 1/10th mile uphill. Further on, Road Runner will cross both Cropduster and Gunslinger as it heads northbound.

We're passing through a juniper grove on Road Runner, temporarily northbound.

Road Runner will turn back northbound as climbs gently. When it reaches doubletrack, turn right uphill. As you reach a wide treeless area on the ridgeline, you'll see the Jackrabbit trail turning back southbound to the right. Take a detour here to ride forward and enjoy the view, then backtrack a few feet to Jackrabbit.

We've gone up to the ridgeline to take in the views. We're looking north, with Traverse Ridge standing in front of the mountains of the Cottonwood canyons east of the Salt Lake Valley in the center.

Wile E Coyote

As mentioned above, Wile E Coyote forks away from Roadrunner just 150 yards from its southern end. From the origin on Roadrunner the trail runs south 0.9 miles before ending at a dirt-road fork just across from the southern end of Deadwood. (To connect to Deadwood, follow the doubletrack around to the right so you're heading northwest. Spot the singletrack on your left after around 50 yards.)

View back to the north at the Oquirrh Mountains as Bruce rides Wile E Coyote.

 

When ridden north to south, Wile E Coyote is generally uphill, but has some up-and-down that make it a bit tougher. It's a much harder bit of riding than the doubletrack. While it gains only 150 feet in absolute altitude as you progress south, the rolling hillside makes it seem like more.

A bit of late spring snow persists under the cedars on Wile E Coyote.

Deadwood

Deadwood is discussed on the Race Loop page, but is mentioned here because it connects to the southern end of Wile E Coyote.

Deadwood climbs away from the road heading westbound. After it skirts the low hill at the southern end of Hidden Valley, it will drop down and cross a dirt road. It will climb a bit up the opposite hillside before turn north. Deadwood ends on dirt road across from the southwestern end of Treadstone.

Traversing west on the first section of Deadwood.

Jackrabbit

Jackrabbit starts high on the ridgeline, about 0.3 miles from the Rockpile and 0.1 mile from the top of Roadrunner. Jackrabbit is 1.4 miles long with almost no overall elevation change, but with a fair amount of up-and-down. The first portion of Jackrabbit follows (approximately) the ridgeline ATV route southbound. It's a bit of a maze through the trees, as every clearing seems to have branching tracks. Just keep heading south on what appears to be the main path. The interweaving tracks should rejoin before you hit the singletrack.

Finding our way through the junipers. The race-day markers won't be there when you ride, so just keep meandering south.

You'll emerge from the trees to cross a doubletrack (FYI, this is the route to a shuttled run of Flintstone). Now you're on Jackrabbit proper, a narrow winding non-motorized singletrack. 

The scenery is inspiringly desolate and has its own ugly Great Basin type of empty beauty. There's plenty of very nice riding surrounded by a unique landscape. Jackrabbit will cross Cropduster, Gunslinger, then Wile E Coyote before it connects to Deadwood.

Looking south as we enter Jackrabbit. The sign says "no motorized vehicles."

At the southern end, 1.4 miles from the ridgeline, Jackrabbit drops rapidly through a series of smooth banked turns. Jackrabbit will cross the Wile E Coyote singletrack shortly before joining a doubletrack on the edge of the valley.

If you're heading for Deadwood, you can either turn left onto Wile E Coyote, or drop down to the dirt road. If you go for the road, keep left and heading south to reach Deadwood. Take a right on the dirt road at the road fork, then left on singletrack.

View back to the north at the Oquirrh Mountains.

Cropduster

Cropduster forks away from Backspacer as southbound Backspacer crosses a dirt road. Veer to the left and turn east along the edge of the ravine. Cropduster will give you a gentle but sustained climb to the top of the ridge on Lake Mountain. It's 1.3 miles in length with 300 feet of elevation gain.

Shortly after forking onto Cropduster from Backspacer, we're heading southeast along the ravine.

The trail surface is fairly smooth, but there are a few jumps built in. Although most riders use Cropduster as a climber, it's a two-way trail and you can expect to encounter riders going the other way at high speed. Downhillers, stop and move aside for climbers!

At mile 0.7 from Backspacer, you'll reach a trail fork. Cropduster goes left. The right fork is Gunslinger.

A gap jump on Cropduster, for riders who are descending. Note the prominent ride-around.

Cropduster will cross both Roadrunner and Jackrabbit on its way to the top. It ends at a dirt road on the ridgeline at around 5450 feet elevation. Across the road is the Shooting Gallery trail, which is CLOSED. (Unsafe conditions due to poorly-controlled illegal shooting on a daily basis.)

The Oquirrh Mountains make a beautiful backdrop for Cropduster.

Gunslinger

As a downhill, Gunslinger starts right where Cropduster ends. The trail drops to the west before turning back north to rejoin Cropduster 0.5 miles later. The vertical drop is 200 feet.

Gunslinger heads west across the ridge at the fork with Cropduster.

Turns are banked and the riding is fairly easy. There are a few engineered jumps that intermediate riders can simply go around.

While most riders use Gunslinger as a downhill, it's a two-way trail. So yield to climbers on your way down.

Heading north during the descent.

NOTE!  East-side Lake Mountain trails are closed...

Flintstone Trail. Closed at this time. (CLOSURE IS ENFORCED!) 
Found via a doubletrack spur from Jackrabbit. 
Shooting Gallery. Closed. Found across the doubletrack from 
the top of Cropduster/Gunslinger.
Bottom Line

Lots of great riding in this area, good for experienced beginners but satisfying for experts and hammerheads. Conditions allow riding almost all year, even when everything else is closed.

Getting there:
Take the I-15 Lehi Main Street exit and turn west. Continue west on SR-73, crossing Redwood Road (11600 West). Continue westbound uphill. Just after climbing the hill, turn left at the stop light onto The Ranches Parkway. At Pony Express Parkway, turn right. The road will veer a bit south (left), then back west (right) as you get one mile from Ranches Parkway. After you pass a large hill on your left, just before Hidden Hollow Elementary, take the next left. There's primitive parking along the east side of the road. This is the launch spot for Hidden Canyon, Treadstone, Creed, and Nirvana.

Behind the Boathouse (Treadstone) and Hidden Canyon trails:  The paved trail eastbound directly along Pony Express will take you to singletrack. Keep right for Treadstone, left uphill for Hidden Canyon.

Creed:  Cross the road and go to the sidewalk along the parkway heading west. In 0.25 miles, spot the trail on the hillside to your left and cross the decorative patch of chunk rock to get there.

Race Loop (rockpile) Parking:
Note 2019! May not be possible to drive through construction area! Use Hidden Canyon trailhead!  At Hidden Hollow Elementary, continue past the parking area and drive a mile up the dirt road, keeping straight at road forks to continue generally southbound. After you reach the top of a small rise and see another valley in front of you, there's a big rockpile on the left. The parking is the primitive open space south of the rockpile.
Riding resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guide to Race Loop
GPS track files and route (right-click and "Save as..."):
      Race Loop alone     Multi-track GPX area file
High-res area topo map for printing:   View topo
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to Provo area resources

Bathrooms:  None. Porta-Potty at the Mountain Ranch Bike Park.
           A full-service trailhead is planned for Hidden Canyon.
Camping:  No developed or designated campgrounds. Flat spots can be found in the race staging area near the rockpile.
Bike services:  UtahMountainBiking store in Lehi.

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