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Bunchgrass Trail
(White Pine Lake)

The Bunchgrass Trail starts at Tony Grove Lake in Logan Canyon. This very pretty singletrack trail is 11.2 miles long (if you do the little loop at White Pine Lake). With the shuttle option, it's suitable for intermediate riders, although some might struggle on the rocky areas. Expert riders will hammer this one and love it. There's a moderate amount of climbing, but the ride offers miles and miles of not-too-technical high-speed downhill singletrack.

Bruce heads up toward White Pine Lake on October 1, 2008. Trail review based on rides in 2008 and 2009. Photo by Gene Poncelet.

The ride can be done as a shuttle by leaving a car at the bottom of the Tony Grove road, or as a 19-mile loop by riding the bike up the 7-mile paved road to the lake.

The singletrack trail starts from the Tony Grove Lake parking lot and climbs 800 vertical feet over 2.5 miles -- a fairly pleasant rate of climb. There are a few spots of embedded rocks for a little line-picking practice but most of the climb is on buff trail.

Gene picks his line to attack a turn in a rocky section of the climb.

You'll be riding through a fir and aspen forest with many small meadows. The ride has a bit of everything: Grand vistas, a pretty lake, a few slightly-tech uphill spots, some slightly tech downhill spots, and a lot of straight-ahead warp-speed cruising.

View west toward the mountain above Tony Grove Lake.

Once you reach the peak altitude of 8800, you'll descend a couple of switchbacks toward White Pine Lake. There are a few rock challenges here, but each one is short, forgiving, and very doable. A fun start to the downhill.

Riders roll over the ridgeline to begin the drop toward White Pine Lake at the foot of Mount Gog.

As you reach the 4-way near the lake, go left down to the lake then loop clockwise along the lake and around the camping area. You'll see a few trails -- and these may change based on camper and cattle traffic -- but just mosey up and east from the north end of the lake and you'll find yourself on a southbound trail that returns you to the 4-way. Now go left.

Bruce cruises the loop trail at White Pine Lake. In the background limestone and dolomite cliffs tower above the lake.

Soon after leaving the lake, you'll drop a moderately steep area with plenty of round river-rocks. Just keep your brake action light and surf your way down.

The trail crosses White Pine Creek, then begins a long smooth singletrack descent. Sage meadows alternate with wooded areas. At mile 7.5, keep right at the fork where the White Pine trail goes downhill and Bunchgrass turns a bit uphill.

2500 vertical feet of downhill - just getting started.

Now come two stiff hike-a-bikes, the 2nd worse than the 1st. At the top of the second, you'll drop a steep loose section then begin a high-speed cruise toward the bottom of Bunchgrass Creek. One of our riders hit 29 mph. The singletrack is narrow, straight, and smooth.

This bottom two miles just flies by: whiz through a meadow, wind through the trees, into another meadow. Very pretty; great fun.

Even this late in the year, there's plenty of water in White Pine Creek. Wet feet for the rest of the ride.

Riding notes, from Tony Grove Lake:
0.0    Northwest corner of parking, pick correct trail
         N41 53.705 W111 38.552    Elevation 8000 feet
         (Check sign! White Pine Lake)
0.3    Fork R   N41 53.900 W111 38.558
0.9    Fork R   N41 54.351 W111 38.647
2.6    Top of ridge 8800 feet, descend
3.5    4-way: L=lake loop, R=descend
         N41 55.381 W111 39.008
4.2    Back at 4-way, go L to continue
7.5    Fork R (L=Pine Creek)  N41 55.269 W111 35.861
7.6    1st of 2 stiff hike-a-bikes
11.1  Fork R   N41 53.545 W111 34.074
11.2  At road N41 53.505 W111 33.948, go R (down) on 89
11.7  Turn R then L onto Tony Grove Rd
         Elevation 6300 feet

Gene flies down the soft smooth trail in the lower canyon.

Getting there:  In Logan, turn east at 400 North on US-89 towards Logan Canyon (about 2 miles). Drive 21 miles from the canyon mouth. At the sign for Tony Grove Lake, turn left, then immediately turn left again. (Right goes to a campground.) Now drive 7 miles uphill to the end of the pavement at Tony Grove Lake. There are bathrooms and camping at the lake. The trailhead is at the northwest corner of the parking loop N41 53.705 W111 38.552.

Riding resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guide
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
    Garmin        GPX
High-res topo map (1.2 MB):   View
Lodging, camping, shops:   Links to Logan resources

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