||East Fork Loop
Creek, Middle Fork, East Fork Trails)
The East Fork Loop is a fast ride on broad, well-groomed
singletrack. The loop is 5.8 miles in length, with 800 vertical feet of
climbing, to a peak altitude of 6200. The surface is easy-intermediate
technical. Riders who want more of a workout can start from the Wheeler
trailhead near Pineview dam, for a 9.3 mile 1300-vertical ride that's
still pretty easy overall.
View uphill from the Wheeler Creek
Trail, the first section of this ride when done counter-clockwise. Photos
and original ride description October 22, 2003 by Bruce.
|The loop can be ridden either direction. Most riders seem to
go clockwise, taking the East Fork trail up to Middle Fork, then heading
downhill to end on Wheeler Creek.
A typical section of trail: broad,
smooth, lined on each side by a mix of aspen and maple.
||The ride alternates forest of maple and aspen (and an
occasional fir) with grassy meadows. There aren't a lot of view
opportunities on this loop. If you want to see more of Mount Ogden, try
the Maples Loop, which starts from the same
Bruce breaks out into the open. We're
looking north. Just over the nearest ridge is Pineview Reservoir.
|The trail is very buffed, with smooth wooden bridges over
every little gulch or trickling brook. The climbing never gets beyond
middle-chainring steep for the typical biker.
Some sections of East Fork and Wheeler Creek pass through meadows of
clay. These areas get very ugly when wet. I recommend against
early-season, late-season and rainy-day riding on this loop.
A bridge on the East Fork trail.
||Riding Notes, Counter-clockwise Loop:
Add 1.8 to mileage if starting from Pineview Trailhead
0.0 Art Nord Trailhead (Wheeler Creek trail)
West downhill on ST near back of
N 41° 14.017' W 111° 49.224'
1.4 Fork L for Middle Fork trail
N 41° 13.707' W 111° 50.307'
1.9 Cross road to Middle Fork trail
N 41° 13.350' W 111° 50.270'
3.3 Fork L on East Fork trail
(R goes 0.3 to road and Green Pond
N 41° 12.453' W 111° 49.995'
5.8 Back at Art Nord Trailhead
Great ride for a crisp fall day!
Getting there: From Ogden, head up the canyon
on U-39. For the Wheeler trailhead, turn R on doubletrack just before
Pineview dam (Trailhead GPS N 41° 15.168' W 111° 50.511'). For Art Nord
(recommended, bathrooms), keep straight (R) at the dam, then 2.7 miles
later, turn R on U-226. Go another 3.6 miles and turn R into the Art Nord
trailhead parking N 41° 14.017' W 111° 49.224'.
From the south, leave I-15 for US-89 in Farmington.
Turn right (east) to take I-84 up Weber Canyon. Take the Huntsville/Pineview
exit and turn left under the freeway, then right to continue up the
canyon. About a mile later, follow the signs to turn left towards
Huntsville on U-167. 6.8 miles after leaving I-84, turn left on U-226
towards Snowbasin. The Green Pond trailhead is at a parking turnout 1.3
miles from the turn. The Middle Fork trailhead is 4.7, and Art Nord is
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