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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 September.

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
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 winding singletrack.

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 your right.

At the ridgeline looking west.

Woody's World
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 road.

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 final destination.

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 Lake Lodge.

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 mountain.

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.

Paper Airplane
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 northwest.

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.

Ride recommendations...
Quick Loop!
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.

Monster ride!
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.

Nicely done.

Note about the ride below:  The Powder Mountain trail system is still a work in progress. The trail alignments and connections will evolve.
Riding notes, lariat w Airplane spur, Hidden Lake, and Brim:
0.0   Intersection Highway 158 with Powder Ridge
        Pedal uphill up Powder Ridge Road
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) downhill
3.2   Keep L (R = parking on paved road)
        N41 22.141 W111 45.623
3.4   Pass lift to ST (don't follow lift path)
        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.

Riding resources:
Single-page printable riding guide
GPS track files (right-click and select "Save as..."):
     Brittain's Ribbon track only  Big lariat ride as above (18 miles!)
     Area multi-track file
High-res topo map for printing:  View map
Lodging, camping, shops:   Links to Ogden area resources