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Chop'd Coyote Trail
(Coyote Middle)

This trail is located north of Heber in the Riverview and Coyote Canyon riding area. This 4.9 mile trail links the middle of Upper Riverview trail to the backside of the Coyote Loop. You'll need to climb 1.6 miles from the UVU Wasatch Campus trailhead to reach Upper Riverview, then head south 0.4 miles to find Chop'd Coyote, also known as Coyote Middle. As an out-and-back, that's 13.8 miles with 1700 vertical. Other rides may include some combination of the Lower Riverview trails.

View of the Heber Valley from Coyote Middle on June 5, 2015.

This new trail is struggling to find its identity and purpose. It's not on the trailhead map. There are no trail signs (as of 2015). Few riders know it exists. The upper end is impossible to find if you don't know exactly how to get there. And although the lower end should be obvious, it isn't getting enough bike traffic to knock down the weeds. So riders fly past without seeing it. Vicious circle.

So here's my job -- to help you find this trail so we can get some tires on it.

Terrain on the west side of the hill -- mostly sage, a bit of oak, and cactus on the lower altitudes.

Chop'd Coyote's reason-for-being is to split the Coyote Loop into two shorter rides. But they won't be as short as you'd think, and you really won't skip much climbing.

Below, I describe a southern half-loop that goes from the UVU trailhead up Chop'd Coyote, southbound and down Coyote and returning via the sagebrush singletrack near the canal. It's 17.3 miles (compared to 24 for the full loop). Climbing is 1900 vertical.

The northern half-loop is from the Riverview trailhead on highway 32, going clockwise to drop Chop'd Coyote, then back via Riverview. This route is 16 miles with 2100 feet of climbing.

Handlebar view from the ridge, looking west toward Cascade Mountain and Timpanogos.

The terrain is mostly sage brush with small stands of short gambel oak. The slope is sun-exposed after early morning, and tends to get hot in summer. As the trail zigzags cross the mountain face, there are constant views of the Heber Valley.

The trail track is machine excavated, so it's broad and flat. It will be a plush ride once it sees some love.

After crossing the first ridge, we're approaching the doubletrack, which lies at the bottom of this valley.

As of 2015, many of the turns have been worked so they're smooth and flow well. But there are a lot of switchbacks that are too tight or that don't have a decent run-out, and have no sensible riding line yet. The ride is worth doing now, but it will get better as more riders find the trail. 

It's not ALL oak brush and sage. There's one, yes one, grove of aspen and maple.

Here's your uphill navigation instruction at the top:
In this photo, you've just pulled out of the singletrack onto uphill-bound doubletrack. Pedal uphill until you've passed a cattle pond on the left. In a flat area 0.2 miles after leaving the singletrack (before the main road heads steeply north up the hill), turn right on fainter doubletrack. Pedal uphill a bit over 1/10 mile. Watch for an open area on the left. The singletrack Coyote Loop is about 80 feet from the road on the edge of the ridge.

Use this for the southern half-loop immediately below.

Southern Half-Loop clockwise from the UVU TH:
0.0   Step-over gate at kiosk, up ST
        N40 32.782 W111 24.752
0.1   Uphill over canal, immediate left
        N40 32.837 W111 24.615
0.4   Straight across DT Lower Riverview
        N40 32.935 W111 24.533
1.6   Right on Upper Riverview  N40 33.207 W111 24.238
2.0   Hard L uphill on Coyote Middle (Chop'd Coyote)
        N40 33.064 W111 24.042
6.5   Join DT (Coyote Lane) uphill
        N40 34.206 W111 23.733
6.7   Right (dirt road) N40 34.313 W111 23.854

6.8   L 80 ft N40 34.352 W111 23.779 to Coyote
        Go R on Coyote N40 34.368 W111 23.773
7.3   Cross dirt road N40 34.290 W111 23.473
14.2 Fork L (R = to Riverview) N40 32.364 W111 23.405
15.2 Cross DT (Coyote Lane) N40 32.184 W111 23.741
15.4 Fork R N40 32.121 W111 23.816
15.6 Fork R N40 32.128 W111 23.928
15.8 Fork L (R = Freefall) N40 32.158 W111 23.983
16.1 Join dirt road northbound N40 32.387 W111 23.921
16.2 Veer L onto ST N40 32.405 W111 23.990
17.1 L across bridge N40 32.837 W111 24.615
        Immediate R to ST, descend to TH
17.3 At parking

And now, how to find this trail from Coyote and get downhill:
Clockwise on the Coyote Loop, after climbing three miles from crossing the doubletrack near highway 32, you'll descend in sagebrush with a ridge to your left. You'll hit an open area where the brush is gone, and notice a dirt road 80 feet away to your right. Go there. (There were ZERO tire tracks during my ride.) Turn right downhill on the road. After 1/10 mile, turn left downhill at the main road. 0.2 miles later, watch for rockpiles on your right that mark the singletrack entry.

Use this for the northern half-loop immediately below.

Northern Half-Loop clockwise from the Riverview (Highway 32) TH:
0.0   Trail at downhill end of parking
        N40 34.404 W111 25.215  Take stairs over fence
0.3   Keep L for Coyote (R = return) N40 34.430 W111 25.062
4.5   Cross DT N40 35.353 W111 23.617
4.55 Fork R (L = to highway 32) N40 35.329 W111 23.601
7.6   Unmarked, R 80 feet to DT N40 34.366 W111 23.772
        R downhill on DT

7.7   L downhill on Coyote Lane N40 34.314 W111 23.853
7.9   Veer R on Chop'd Coyote ST N40 34.205 W111 23.733
12.5  Hard R on Upper Riverview N40 33.064 W111 24.042
12.9  Keep R (L = to UVU TH) N40 33.205 W111 24.240
14.6  Keep R (L = viewpoint)  N40 33.704 W111 25.007
15.7  Keep R (L = Sheep Bones) N40 34.321 W111 25.058
15.8  Fork L  N40 34.432 W111 25.066
16.1  Back at parking

Getting there, UVU Wasatch Campus Trailhead:
From Salt Lake City, take I-80 eastbound to Silver Creek Junction (just past Park City). Go south on US-40, past the Jordanelle reservoir and descend past the dam to the traffic light. One mile south of the junction of Highway 40 and 32 (a couple of miles north of Heber), turn east (toward the mountain) at the UVU Wasatch campus. Go to the uppermost level of parking behind the UVU buildings. Look for the duck-under and kiosk N40 32.798 W111 24.735. A singletrack trail climbs 1.5 miles to the Riverview Trail.
From Utah County, drive up Provo Canyon to Heber. At the traffic light on US-189/US-40, turn left and drive north through Heber. A couple of miles north of Heber, spot the sign for the UVU Wasatch Campus on your right. Drive to the parking area as above.
Riverview Trailhead:
From Salt Lake, go to the traffic light at mile 14.2 from I-80 (see above). Turn left on 32 and climb 1.1 miles. When you see the second entry into Riverview on your left, note the gravel parking area on your right N40 34.403 W111 25.214. That's your spot.
From Utah County, drive north through Heber as above. 4.7 miles from the from the intersection of US 89 and US 40, turn right on Highway 32 and climb 1.1 miles to the parking area as above.
Alternate trailheads:

(1) Coyote Trailhead. Two miles south of the junction of Highway 40 and 32, turn east (toward the mountain) on Coyote Lane. Just after the road crosses a canal, turn left into the parking lot. The singletrack starts at the northeast corner at the step-over, where you'll also find a repair stand and a kiosk with a trail map. The Coyote singletrack takes you uphill. After merging with the gravel road to cross the bridge, veer left onto singletrack then keep generally right and uphill at the trail forks.
(2) 32. As of 2013, there's no formal trailhead here. Drive up Highway 32 four miles. Look for a gravel road on the right side N40 35.430 W111 23.389. You can park along the road and clamber over the fence near the (locked) gate. Ride uphill on doubletrack and find the singletrack on your left about 100 yards uphill. You'll reach the fork that starts the loop 1/2 mile from the highway.
(3) Canal.  Just uphill from the light on highway 32, watch for the canal crossing. Park along the road. Start riding south on the doubletrack just uphill from the canal.
Riding resources:
Single-page, printable trail guide
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
     Multi-track GPX area master file
     Northern half-loop    Southern half-loop
Maps for printing:   H-Res topo map 
Lodging, camping, shops:   Links to area resources

Bathrooms:  No public restrooms nearby.
Water:  Gas stations in Heber, campgrounds.
Camping:  Hailstone campground at Jordanelle on US-40, about 6 miles away.
Bike services:  Slim and Knobby's bike shop, Heber

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