||Gorgoza Park Trails
Road to Arcylon,
Gorgoza Trail, Up Trail
Road to Arcylon is a downhill trail with expert-level man-made
features. It's found at Gorgoza Park, just off I-80 east of Parley's
Summit. The supporting trails Gorgoza and the Up Trail are used to
access this downhill. (Note: You'll encounter connections to neighborhood
trails to the south and east. These are private trails for residents only.
Follow the riding directions below to be sure you're staying on public
Ramp with drop onto steep transition
zone, going directly into banked turn. My bike is sitting alongside the
intermediate ride-around. Photos and review by Bruce
on July 18, 2015.
|Gorgoza is just west of the Jeremy Ranch I-80 exit, on the
south side of the freeway. Take Kirby Road west 0.7 miles. According to
the trail sign, the preferred parking for mountain bikers is the big
Gorgoza Park lot. I found that lot chained off. So I parked in the smaller
gravel lot just east of Gorgoza Park.
Note: Do NOT park in the neighborhoods above or east of the
trail, and do NOT drive into these neighborhoods to drop off shuttle
riders. (This behavior is creating neighborhood opposition to expanding
View east from the smaller gravel
parking lot. The dirt trail (with the hiker) takes you to Millenium at the
far side of the pond. The OFFICIAL ride, though, is to start from Gorgoza
parking and take Millenium east past this lot.
||From either parking lot, you can backtrack to the paved
Millenium Trail and head east. As the trail turns south and skirts the
edge of a pond, the Gorgoza Trail is straight ahead as Millenium curves
back east. Use the leftmost trail. The more obvious trail to the right
goes straight up the ski slope, and while it will get you there, it's
In the gravel parking, you can also aim for the break in the fence at
the southeast corner (see the photo above). That trail will take you to
the pond, where it joins Millenium.
Looking uphill. The obvious trail
(where the hang-gliders are assembling a parachute) is not where you'll be
going. Instead, you'll be to the left in the trees.
|The Gorgoza Trail will veer off into the trees and climb
through several turns. It will pass two connectors on the left that branch
to neighborhood roads.
For local residents there are three connections to Gambel Drive (see
map) just a bit to the east. The upper trail also connects to the Sunridge
Perimeter Trail. This is a private singletrack that heads
uphill to the southwest corner of Pinebrook and is for residents only.
Climbing uphill on Gorgoza.
||Just after the Sunridge Perimeter/Gambel Drive connector
fork (private trail for residents), the ski slope trail joins on your right. Now the
Gorgoza trail widens
briefly, becoming essentially a doubletrack. At mile 1.1 from the bottom,
the doubletrack continues uphill to the ridge (joining Sunridge just 100
feet uphill), while your singletrack trail veers right and levels off.
Looking back downhill to the north.
Still quite a ways to climb.
|The singletrack Gorgoza Trail will now join the Up Trail at
mile 1.3. Fork left. (The right fork is the uphill route from the bottom
of Road to Arcylon.) Climb through a couple of turns. The climbing rate on
the Up Trail is mild, but I'd hate to do it on a heavy DH bike. At the
apex of the Up Trail, where a couple of resting benches await, you'll
enter the top of the downhill.
Rock-plated rim of a gap jump, with a
dirt jump to follow. Intermediates can roll these.
||The entry begins with a rock-garden rollover designed to
discourage tourists. That's the trickiest thing you're forced to do, as
all the remaining tech spots have ride-arounds. The downhill is closed to
hikers, dogs, and horses.
Sample of high-bermed quick turns.
|If you're stopping or slowing for any reason, swing up and
off the riding path first. Bikes and riders who are stopped in the trail
may become roadkill. The trail isn't particularly steep, but it moves
along at high speed, and sight lines are limited around turns and below
About the midpoint of the descent. The
signs warns that the wooden ramp leads to a deep gap jump. It's a good
idea to read the signs on a first run where you take the intermediate
||Most turns have high berms to maintain speed. On straight
sections, there will be frequent bumps that form low gap jumps. These are
flat enough that intermediates can simply roll them. Stunts are plainly
marked, with the ride-around route obvious.
|Most riders will want to take a test-run down the
intermediate lines to scope the transition zones below drops and jumps.
For many of them, you can't see what you'll be getting into from uphill.
Jump with a roll-out.
||Arcylon turns back into Up without an obvious marker as it
veers east then begins gradually going back uphill. If you're done, you
still have to climb back uphill to the junction between Gorgoza and the Up
A particularly nasty-looking gap jump
with a short-fall wheel-catcher. It leads into a second ramp.
|Most riders will, of course, keep heading back uphill to do
multiple runs down the tech stuff. The total loop is 1.8 miles, with 0.8
of it being the downhill.
The preferred riding attire is, of course, your best roadie lycra.
Extra points for doing it on your cyclocross bike. And if you're wondering
what bit of Utah Pioneer heritage or Native American culture is
responsible for the name of the trail, spell "Arcylon"
On the way back uphill on the Up
|Road to Arcylon riding notes:
0.0 Millenium Trail eastbound
N40 45.326 W111 35.028
0.1 East of pond N40 45.294 W111 34.942
Keep straight onto leftmost
0.4 Keep L (R goes 0.1 mile to road)
N40 45.147 W111 34.838
0.9 Keep L (R = Sunridge Perimeter,
also two connectors to road)
N40 45.016 W111 34.875
Meadow trail joins, trail
1.1 R on ST N40 44.946 W111 35.049
(Straight on DT = to Sunridge)
|1.3 Fork L (R = return from DH)
N40 44.913 W111 35.298
1.8 Begin Road to Arcylon
N40 44.771 W111 35.379
2.6 Begin Up Trail climb
N40 44.957 W111 35.488
3.1 Back at Gorgoza fork
N40 44.912 W111 35.301
R = Up Trail for another lap
L = down Gorgoza, done
From Salt Lake City, take I-80 east up Parley's Canyon. After crossing the
summit, take the Jeremy Ranch exit. Turn right, then immediately right
again to take Kirby Road westbound. After passing a small hill, you'll see
a small gravel parking lot on the left side of the road. It's preferred
that you save this little lot for hikers that are visiting the pond. Go
another 100 yards to the big paved Gorgoza Park lot. (If the big lot is
closed -- as it was on the Saturday I visited -- grab a spot in the little
lot.) Head back out to the paved Millenium Trail and follow it east until
it heads south uphill past the pond. Just above the pond, the mountain
biking trail veers uphill as the Millenium trail turns sharply eastward.
(Keep to the left of the two trails. The trail you see heading straight up
the mountainside meadow gets there, but it's hike-a-bike steep.)
Do NOT park in the neighborhoods to the east of the trails, and do NOT
use the neighborhood roads to drop off shuttle riders above Arcylon! Note
that the Sunridge Perimeter Trail is a private trail for residents and
their guests only.