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High Star Ranch Trail System

The High Star trail system lies on a west-facing mountain slope northeast of Kamas. It begins at the DeJoria Center. There are 10 miles of trail starting at an altitude of 6400 feet, with a top elevation of 7750. The usual riding season is mid-May through October.

Riding every trail in the system is 14.2 miles and 2100 vertical feet of climbing, if you take the most efficient paths.

Bruce hits an uphill turn on the lower mountain. Photos, video, and ride review on May 30, 2017.

Note that in May 2017 the individual trails remain unnamed. This page will be updated. But in the meantime, study your trail map and obey the one-way indicators on the carsonite posts at trail intersections. The trails are on private property but are open to the public for riding without charge.

Trailhead parking is north of the DeJoria Center in High Star Ranch. To get there, go past all the buildings and parking lots until it looks like you're entering pure farmland. Then turn to your right to the parking area. The trail entry is at the far north-east corner.

Looking northeast from the parking lot. There were 10 cars with bike racks here on the day I rode, but I didn't see a single biker on the mountain. That's the beauty of one-way trails!

Follow the trail until it joins dirt road and turns toward the Weber-Provo canal. Just uphill from the step-over, stay to the right at the trail fork to begin your climb. (The left-hand fork is a one-way downhill trail.) All but 2.5 miles of the system are one-way trails, so take a map or you may miss your trail connections.

The step-over entry to the trails. If you're behind the buildings and wondering where to go, look ahead to the left and uphill for this fence.

From the bottom, there are two climbing choices. The first fork comes about 150 yards after the step-over. Left uphill is rated intermediate; right easy. I found these trails to be very similar in difficulty. The difference is, the left fork is one-way uphill and is a little shorter. The right fork is a two-way multi-user trail. I recommend you take the blue-level uphill-only trail for your climb.

On the blue climbing trail.

For a short quick experienced-beginner ride, take the uphill-only trail. At the uphill fork, go downhill on the two-way trail, then keep left for the intermediate downhill-only flow trail. (This is the easiest of the downhill flow trails, with nothing dangerous or tricky.) At the bottom, keep heading north back to the trailhead. See the track files below.

The climbing turns are generous in radius, with a flatter roll-in before and a recovery section afterward. You'll like climbing here.

Most riders will want to keep heading uphill. At 1.8 miles from parking, pass the northern downhill flow trail. 0.2 miles later, stay left as the upper south one-way downhill flow trail joins. What follows is a traverse to the northeast, which will bring you to the bottom of a little (one-way) loop at mile 2.7. Fork to the right -- your only option.

We're approaching the top of the two-way trail. The terrain has changed from sage and oak brush to maple, chokecherry, and squawbush.

0.6 miles later, the upper south flow trail is straight ahead. If you're done, keep right and descend. Otherwise, turn to the left and keep climbing. At mile 3.5, the left (downhill) fork takes you around the little loop. Staying right and uphill starts you on the upper (one-way) trail to the top.

Drone shot on the south side of the smaller one-way loop, heading east, just before the trail fork where you either complete the little loop, or keep climbing on the bigger loop to the top.

So you're climbing the top loop, one-way counterclockwise. When you hit a trail fork 0.8 miles later, turn hard left. The right fork just takes you over to the resort's doubletrack maintenance road.

The ride's high point comes at mile 4.5, but is unmarked. If you wanted to take a photo at the top, stop if you find yourself starting downhill into aspens. Walk back to the open area.

View of Kamas and the mountains of the Wasatch Front.

The trail descends through beautifully bermed swooping turns. Lots of turns. The trees will change from aspen to oak and maple.

The trail joins the little loop (still one-way here), then returns to the trail fork with the two-way part of the trail. I recommend you keep straight (left) and climb back uphill to reach the one-way downhill trail you passed on your way up.

Rocketing around a turn in the aspens on the upper loop. Note the high berm.

The upper southern flow trail feels different than the downhill you rode at the top. It's rockier and more open. There are periodic challenges -- little rock gardens to bang over and ledges to drop. None are beyond the abilities of an intermediate rider. But this trail is a little trickier and there's more potential to mess up.

Rock garden roll-over on the upper south flow trail.

When you rejoin the two-way trail, keep going downhill. After 1/4 mile, you'll reach the top of the northern downhill flow trail. Make a hard right to enter the trail. Descend the trail to the first trail fork just above the canal.

Either call it a day, or head back uphill to hit the parts you missed.

Fun stuff. This trail system belongs on your list.

Bottom Line:
Beautifully constructed trails. Scenic and fun to ride. The top loop offers great flow, and is certainly worth the climb.

Again, High Star Ranch is private property. So behave yourself. Respect trail closures and follow the rules, so these trails can stay open to the public for free riding.

Almost to the bottom. Heading west toward the trailhead on the northern flow trail.

 

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Riding notes, up-and-back (per track file below):
0.0  South on "hump" above parking
       N40 39.687 W111 16.511
0.2  L uphill to canal, then continue south
       N40 39.531 W111 16.470
0.3  Gate step-over N40 39.477 W111 16.418
       100 feet then keep R (L = DH return)
       N40 39.472 W111 16.398
0.4  L uphill (R = two-way)
       N40 39.411 W111 16.353
1.4  Hard L uphill (R = down two-way)
       N40 39.266 W111 16.075
1.8  Keep R (L = north DH)
       N40 39.344 W111 15.998
2.0  L (R = return upper south DH)
       N40 39.301 W111 15.938
2.7  Keep R (L = loop return, one-way)
       N40 39.459 W111 15.556
3.3  Fork L (straight = upper south DH)
       N40 39.345 W111 15.587
3.4  Keep R (L = little loop) and uphill
       N40 39.283 W111 15.445
4.3  L (R = spur to DT)
       N40 39.350 W111 15.178
4.5  Top of ride
5.7  Join little loop, keep straight
       N40 39.539 W111 15.538
5.9  Keep L (R = down two-way)
       N40 39.459 W111 15.556
       Repeat trail section
6.6  Keep R to upper south DH
       N40 39.345 W111 15.587
7.5  Join two-way, keep L downhill
       N40 39.298 W111 15.936
7.7  Hard R to northern DH
       N40 39.342 W111 16.000
8.6  Bottom fork, R for TH
8.9  Back at parking
Getting there:
From Utah Country, head to Heber and turn left on US-40. At the light below Jordanelle, turn right on SR-32. In Francis, turn left at the stop sign to stay on SR-32. Go straight through Kamas, and just as you're about to leave town, turn right at the High Star Ranch entry. Turn left at the road intersection, then head northeast until you see the sign for trailhead parking.
From Salt Lake, take I-80 to US-40, then take the Kamas exit to SR-248 eastbound. In Kamas, turn left on SR-32 and proceed to the trailhead as above.  
Riding resources:
One-page riding guide
Topo map for printing:   View topo
GPX track file for trails: 
     Download multi-track file
     Short easy loop    Up and Back figure-eight plus
Lodging, camping, shops:
     Links to Park City area resources
     Links to Heber resources

Facilities:  DeJoria Center. No water or bathroom at the trailhead itself.

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