Brian Head Bike Park
The Brian Head Bike Park is a series of trails served by the
Giant Steps ski lift. The lift takes you to a bench just below Brian Head
Peak. From here, you can take your pick of 16 miles of trails. The
trails are about 3-4 miles in length from lift-top to base.
View north from the Timberline Trail.
Trails in the Bike Park tend to be fairly open and straight. Photos by
Bruce Argyle, July 28, 2001.
| Trails are
easy to intermediate in technical difficulty. Although the Park rates
"Timberline" as Advanced and "Z" as Expert, I found
these routes to be relatively cushy. If your idea of downhilling is the
adrenaline rush that comes from riding to the edge of disaster, you'll
find the bike park trails to be distressingly safe and sane.
View up the slopes from the ski lift.
||The descents spend a fair amount of time traversing across
the ski slopes. Trails tend to run fairly straight, then turn and go
straight again. Compared to the twisting in-the-trees descents of the ski
resorts at Sundance and Deer Valley, the Brian Head Bike Park is pretty
tame. It's a good place for beginning bikers to cut their teeth on
downhill, or for a group of mixed-ability bikers to spend a few hours on
the same mountain.
Twisting runs in the trees are short
and rare. Most of the downhill is fairly straight traverses on ski slopes.
|You don't have to purchase a lift pass to use the Bike
Park's trails. You can shuttle yourself to the Brian Head Peak Trail, and
take different routes through the park, or you can suck it up and grind up
the hill to "earn your vertical."
View up, looking at the summit of
Brian Head Peak. The peak is formed of volcanic rock from eruptions of the
past few million years.
||Getting there: Turn off I-15 in Parowan, and head up
the canyon to Brian Head on U-143. Pass a ski lift on your right, then
watch for the next ski lift on your left. Park in front of the Giant Steps
lodge and head up to the third floor bike shop.
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