||Powder Mountain West Trails
Brittain's Ribbon, Woody's World, and Paper Airplane
As of fall
2017, Powder Mountain is still adding to its trail system. See the Brim
and Hidden Lake pages. This page
covers the western trails, consisting of (from north to south): (1) Brittain's
Ribbon, (2) Doctor's Dozen doubletrack, and south of Powder Ridge Road (3) Woody's
World, and (4) Paper Airplane. The riding season is mid June through
View southeast, with a bit of Pineview Reservoir
sneaking into view. Photos and ride review of Woody's World June 2016 by Bruce.
Updated for new trails September 2017.
||Brittain's Ribbon runs from the Powder Mountain Lodge to the
Hidden Lake Lodge. It can be either a climbing or descending route. Both
ends can be reached by car, so a shuttled downhill is a viable option. The
trail is 2.0 miles long, starting at an altitude of 8250 feet and climbing
to 8850. When climbing, there's a bit of descending and traverse, bringing
the total vertical closer to 700 feet.
Early in the ride climbing up Brittain's Ribbon,
we're traversing the steep hillside through stands of fir.
|The trail begins to the left of the lower lodge. Take the
doubletrack (which is the bottom of Doctor's Dozen), and as the DT turns
to the right at the upper corner of the lodge, turn to the right onto the
The climbing turns through the steeper areas tend to be wide in radius,
requiring a bit of leg and momentum. In the other direction, they're
swooping bermed rail-em's that area a lot of fun. That's why most riders
use Brittain's Ribbon as a downhill.
After a set of climbing turns, at mile 1.0 we're
crossing a ridge and heading in a long traverse over to the cross-over
with Doctor's Dozen.
||Brittain's Ribbon crosses the gravel-road portion of
Doctor's Dozen at mile 1.4 from the bottom, 0.6 miles from the top. Just
west of the crossover is a doubletrack connector down to Powder Ridge
Road. 100 feet downhill on the paved road is a spur over to Woody's World.
Most of the terrain here is low scrub and flowers,
with tiny patches of fir and aspen. The views are constant. Here we're
looking north into Wellsville Creek Canyon.
|The top 0.1 mile of Brittain's Ribbon is a steep doubletrack
at this time. If you're starting from the uphill end at the Hidden Lake
Lodge, go to the right (east) of the building. The doubletrack will fork.
Go left and pass between the lift and the lodge going westbound. Find the
singletrack on your right 1/10th mile downhill.
Beginning the final grunt up to the top. You can see
the lift on the ridgeline at upper right. (The lodge itself is just out of
sight to the right of the lift canopy.)
Doctor's Dozen Doubletrack
||The western end of Doctor's Dozen begins on the left side of
the Powder Mountain lodge as doubletrack. Veer to the right after passing
the lodge, then climb the dirt road. There's little to recommend on this
end of the trail, so you could be forgiven if you take Brittain's Ribbon
uphill to where it intersects Doctor's Dozen. The doubletrack portion of
Doctor's Dozen is 1.3 miles long and boringly straight. You'll climb 350
vertical feet then descend 250 vertical before hitting the singletrack
near Hidden Lake.
View southwest to Mount Ogden.
|Climb 0.7 miles with 350 vertical feet of elevation gain. On
the ridge, a doubletrack heads down to the paved Powder Ridge road. (This
spur allows you to connect to upper Woody's World. Jog downhill on
pavement about 100 feet, then cross to the downhill side of the road to
find the spur to Woody's.)
Just as the gravel road begins to go downhill, Brittain's Ribbon
crosses. Go straight downhill on the gravel road for 0.5 miles, losing 250
vertical feet. The road will curve at the southern border of Hidden Lake.
Just after passing the lake, the Doctor's Dozen
singletrack forks away on
At the ridgeline looking west.
Woody's World runs parallel to Powder Ridge road -- the road to
the upper Powder Mountain ski lodge and Summit Village. Woody's is 1.8 miles long with excellent
riding either as a climbing or downhill trail. It can be combined with
other Powder Mountain trails such as Brim
and Doctor's Dozen for a longer ride. The starting altitude is 8200 feet with
a top of 8800.
Climbing through rollers on a straight-away
section, shortly after leaving the Powder Ridge Road.
|Woody's World makes a good climbing trail, either as a
stand-alone out-and-back or as a climb-intensive start to a large lariat
loop that includes Brim and Hidden Lake. The entry to the trail is 1/10 mile up Powder Ridge
Road -- the road to the upper (Hidden Lake) lodge -- on the right side of
The four sets of switchbacks make the grade more tolerable
as you gain 600 vertical feet. The trail has been constructed with rollers
that give your climbing legs a bit of change-up, check downhill speeds,
and reduce trail erosion. I found the surface butter smooth.
Taking a break.
The trees are mostly aspen with occasional fir. Chokecherry,
fern, and currant fill the understory. The shade (and the elevation) keep
things fairly cool even on this sun-facing slope. Although the trail is almost 100% forest-covered, there will
be an occasional break in the trees that give nice views. To the west is
Eden and the Ogden Valley, with Lewis Peak on the opposite side. Mount
Ogden lies southwest and Ben Lomond to the northwest.
There are two trail forks. When climbing, you'll hit the
first one at mile 1.2 from the pavement at the apex of a switchback. Turn
right. Going straight takes you about 40 feet to the Powder Ridge ( upper lodge) road.
Almost all of the trail lies in dense forest. Once in
a while, it breaks out.
The next trail fork is the Paper Airplane trail, on
your right. To continue uphill, stay left. The trail to Paper Airplane Point
angles somewhat downhill
0.3 miles, where you'll find a giant steel "paper airplane."
Worth doing as a quick out-and-back even if the Paper Airplane Trail isn't your
The "paper airplane" lies on its side down
the ridge. In 2016, the trail beyond the airplane is still under
construction and is subject to closure. See the little white spot near the
nose of the airplane? That's a trail worker, for size comparison.
||As you reach the top (mile 1.8, or 2.5 if you went to the
airplane), the trail will end on paved road next to a guardrail. If you go
left uphill, you'll be at the lodge road in about 60 feet, even though it
might not be obvious from where you stand. This can take you to the Hidden
If your objective is to get to the Brim trail as fast as you
can (without taking the Hidden Lake trail to get there), turn right.
Follow the paved road to a T intersection, then go right under the
underpass. Stay on what appears to be the main road, generally straight,
as it arcs around gently toward the south. It will be 1.8 miles of
pavement to the Brim trailhead.
Another look over at Mount Ogden from higher on the
|As a downhill, the major challenge of Woody's World is
simply FINDING it. There's a plan for a connector from the lodge. But at
the time of my ride (June 2016) you wouldn't find the upper end of Woody's
World unless you'd ridden it uphill (and remembered right
where you left it).
From the lodge parking, coast down the gravel entry road. Keep straight
as you hit the pavement, retracing a tiny bit of the drive uphill. At the
first opportunity, turn left downhill. About 60 feet later, find the trail
just past the end of the guardrail. See the photo.
Little Rocky rests against the guardrail. The worn
spot is the top of Woody's World.
||The Paper Airplane trail is 1.8 miles long. West to east,
there's 150 feet of descending followed by 200 feet of climbing.
When climbing uphill on Woody's World, the Paper Airplane trail forks
to the right at mile 1.4 from the bottom of the singletrack. Paper
Airplane will descend through aspen forest for 0.3 miles before breaking
out into low scrub at Paper Airplane Point. This part of the trail is
smooth and easy with gentle grade.
Starting downhill toward Paper Airplane Point.
|Of course, the "paper" airplane is the highlight
here, certainly worth a photo or video session. I don't know if you're
officially allowed to do a "wall hit" on the airplane sculpture,
but many riders do that and the steel hasn't broken yet.
Little Rocky rests on the paper airplane. Looking
||At Paper Airplane Point, there are views to the south and
west. Hang out and take a few pictures of the scenery as well.
View to the west.
|The trail now reverses direction to head east. The gentle
descent will continue for about 1/2 mile. Then the trail starts a slow
climb along the canyon above the south fork of Wolf Creek. You'll climb 200
vertical feet over one mile.
While the trail is signed as a beginner route (and most of it is
appropriate for beginners),
there are some rock gardens on the eastern end. Beginners and even most
intermediates will bounce out of control and hike through a couple of
short sections of embedded bounders.
Eastbound on Paper Airplane through little stands of
aspen and fir.
||The trail ends on the Summit Village road just east of the
village. To head for the Brim loop, fork right on the paved road.
To climb to the Hidden Lake Lodge to descend Brittain's Ribbon, fork
left. Keep straight for 0.9 miles, then after crossing the summit make a hard left on the gravel
road to the lodge parking area.
Meadows with young aspen.
Start at the main lodge parking. Woody's up, plus or minus Paper Airplane.
Pavement link to Hidden Lake Lodge. Brittain's Ribbon downhill.
Looking west at Eden, you can see the North Ogden
Divide Road, and the Great Salt Lake in the distance.
Start at the main lodge parking. Woody's up to Paper Airplane, then
pavement past Summit Village to do the Brim Loop counterclockwise.
Doctor's Dozen around the mountain and down to Hidden Lake. Climb
doubletrack to the ridgeline. Fork right on Brittain's Ribbon for the
descent to parking.
|Note about the ride below: The Powder Mountain trail
system is still a work in progress. The trail alignments and connections
|Riding notes, lariat w Airplane spur,
Hidden Lake, and Brim:
0.0 Intersection Highway 158 with Powder Ridge
Pedal uphill up Powder Ridge
0.15 R on Brittain's Ribbon
N41 22.648 W111 46.876
1.3 Fork R (L = to road)
N41 22.379 W111 46.266
1.6 R on Paper Airplane
N41 22.198 W111 46.211
1.8 At point, turn around
N41 22.090 W111 46.440
2.1 R to continue Brittain's
2.5 L uphill on road
N41 22.067 W111 46.140
2.55 R on Powder Ridge Rd
N41 22.101 W111 46.152
2.7 L uphill on gravel
N41 22.085 W111 46.008
3.0 Far end of parking N41 22.181 W111 45.856
DT north, turning east (right)
3.2 Keep L (R = parking on paved road)
N41 22.141 W111 45.623
|3.4 Pass lift to ST (don't follow
N41 22.218 W111 45.436
Hidden Lake trail
3.6 Keep straight (R = up to lift path)
N41 22.265 W111 45.344
4.5 Cross DT (R on DT = bailout route)
N41 22.367 W111 44.419
6.0 Hard R N41 21.424 W111 44.335
Go 100 ft to DT and keep R
N41 21.424 W111 44.335
6.4 Cross DT to ST (Brim Trail)
N41 21.635 W111 44.678
9.5 Keep L (R = Brim Cut)
N41 20.707 W111 44.275
10.7 Cross DT as Brim Cut rejoins on L
12.5 Keep R to Hidden Lake trail
N41 20.628 W111 43.949
Now retrace outbound route
16.3 Keep straight (skip Paper Airplane)
N41 22.198 W111 46.211
17.8 Back at Hwy 158-Powder Ridge intersection
||Getting there: From I-15, take Exit 347 to
Ogden Canyon. Drive 7 miles up Highway 39 and turn left across the Pine View dam
onto Highway 158. Four miles later as you pass the gas station in Eden, keep straight at the stop sign.
Drive steep uphill 7 more miles to Powder Mountain. Pass the lower lifts
on your left as you follow a turn in the road. The next road on your right
is Powder Ridge Road. The bottom of the trail is 1/10th mile up the road,
on your right.
There's a bit of parking on the shoulder of Powder Ridge Road, presumeably
legal. Pedal uphill until you see the trail on your right.
To start from the main lodge parking, keep straight on Highway 158 for 100
yards. Park at the main lodge and backtrack to Powder Ridge Road and pedal
uphill to the trail.
To start from the top, drive up Powder Ridge Road. Go 1.2 miles uphill then fork left uphill
on gravel road to reach to the upper lodge parking. To find the trail,
backtrack on your bike to the paved road and continue 1/10th mile
downhill. Turn left on paved road and find the trail on your right at the
bottom of the guardrail.