||Dead Dog Loop
The Dead Dog Loop is a series of singletracks in the mesa
area between Price and the Book Cliffs. Brief sections of dirt road join
the singletracks together. It's around 8.5 miles total, but there's only
about 400 vertical feet of climbing. Most of the trail is intermediate
technical, but there's one short section (Dead Dog Spine) that requires
very advanced skills. All but elite riders should walk this 1/4 mile.
View north from the top of Ben's Switchbacks at mile
3.5. Half a mile and 250 vertical feet ago, we were on the dirt road you
see winding around at the base of the mesa. Photos by Bruce, June 30, 2005.
|If you start the ride from Pioneer Park in Price, you'll do
16.5 miles. Of the extra 8 miles, half will be paved city streets and half
is dirt road. There won't be much additional climbing. Most bikers will
want to drive out to the trailhead described below.
Looking down Wild Bunch Wash, a fast
and fairly non-technical downhill cruise.
||The riding area is soft dirt with occasional rock, with
singletrack trail winding between pinion, juniper, sage, and bitterbrush.
A few prickly pear will keep you on the trail. You'll see rabbits and
The rock is from the Cretaceous, around 80 million years ago, when the
seashore was moving back and forth across the eastern half of the Utah.
On Dusty's Detour, the terrain is
fairly flat. In areas where the dirt might make the trail hard to follow,
you'll find the route well-marked.
|Wild Bunch Wash is a rapid fun downhill cruise, not too
technical. From here you link by dirt road to Ben's Switchbacks, which
climb to the top of the mesa. The turns on the upper portion will be a bit
challenging. At the top, Dusty's Detour is relatively easy singletrack,
with a few views from the edge of the mesa.
We're on the top of Dead Dog Spine,
approaching one of the stunts. Look inviting?
||Dead Dog Spine connects to another mesa to the south. This
is a narrow rocky spine that's quite a challenge to ride. The trail uses
some narrow bridges and ladders to span boulders. This is extreme and
dangerous terrain. Sane riders will walk their bikes through this section.
On the day of my ride, I lost the trail as it approached the
north end of the mesa (to the west of where you enter the mesa from Dead
Dog). The trail has since been rebuilt through this area. If you're lost,
head for the pump pad that lies just below the north end of the mesa. (And
from the pump pad, you ride back via dirt roads.) You can also backtrack
across Dead Dog Spine and drop down to your left (west) below the power
lines, then turn right when you hit the dirt road.
Roll carefully down the plank, pop up
onto the rock, then throw your front tire out onto the downhill ramp. It's
around 15 feet down from here. High-experts only!
|Riding directions, Dead Dog Loop:
0.0 N (straight the way you came) on road
N 39° 38.626 W 110°
0.8 R at "Y" fork in road
N 39° 39.309 W 110° 46.949
1.1 Just after 90° R turn, spot ST on R
N 39° 39.475 W 110°
ST follows Wild Bunch
2.1 Water trough, go R uphill on DT
N 39° 38.728 W 110°
2.2 Gate, go across
N 39° 38.710 W 110° 46.978
L on ST on L 50 feet past
2.3 ST joins DT, go L on DT
N 39° 38.658 W 110° 46.966
2.8 Fork L on DT
N 39° 38.523 W 110° 46.714
2.9 L uphill on ST (Ben's Switchbacks)
N 39° 38.474 W 110°
3.5 Top of switchbacks, L on DT
N 39° 38.397 W 110°
3.6 ST on L (don't go up to pump pad)
N 39° 38.455 W 110° 46.522
(Bruce's Crevase, Dusty's
|4.1 Through opening in
N 39° 38.708 W 110°
4.7 ST ends at pump pad, go straight onto DT
N 39° 38.928 W 110°
4.8 R on DT at "T" intersection
N 39° 38.852 W 110° 46.396
5.0 Cattle guard, go 20 ft, L on ST (Trent's Rock)
N 39° 38.711 W 110° 46.483
5.6 Join DT, go L downhill.
N 39° 38.358 W 110° 46.577
5.7 Keep L at utility pole, uphill onto ST
N 39° 38.711 W 110° 46.483
Dead Dog Spine. Extreme
5.9 Onto mesa, trail follows edge of mesa clockwise
6.6 Trail becomes hard to follow...
7.0 Continue north to edge of mesa
trail off northern edge of mesa
7.? Arrive at pump pad, cross to dirt road
7.? At road intersection, continue straight
N 39° 38.523 W 110° 46.714
(Same fork as at mile
2.8, going opposite direction)
8.? Back at original intersection
|Getting there: Eastbound on US 6, take the
first Price exit. Turn left and enter town on 100 North. About a mile
after leaving the freeway, turn left (north) onto 300 East. Go five city
blocks to 800 North and turn right. Drive 1.5 miles on 800 North to the
end of the pavement, as you pass Cliffview Cemetery. Turn left on the dirt
road. After 1/4 mile, veer L as the road forks just below the hill. Now
keep straight at all intersections. Two miles later, you'll pass a large
building, with a settling pond on the north side. The trailhead is the
intersection where the next dirt road joins on your right (the
intersecting road is the return path). N 39° 38.626 W 110°
47.089 You'll begin riding by continuing up the road in the
direction you were driving.
Alternate trailhead: starting at Pioneer Park
About a mile after leaving the freeway, turn left (north) onto 100
East. Go four city blocks to the far end of Pioneer Park, turn right onto
500 North and find a parking place.
Begin your bike ride from heading east (away from water tank).
At 300 E, turn L.
At 800 N, turn R.
Continue on 800 N about 1.5 miles until pavement ends just past Cliffview Cemetery on
0.0 L on dirt road, ZERO odometer N 39° 36.819 W 110° 46.839
0.2 Veer L towards water tank area, keep straight at intersections
1.9 Pass large building with big fans, pond
2.2 Stop where road joins from R (return path).
(S side: large rock, pipeline
marker. N side: square of pipe.)
ZERO odometer again here! Ride continues straight the
direction you were going.
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