The High Star trail system lies on a west-facing mountain slope
northeast of Kamas. It begins at the DeJoria Center. There are 11 miles of
trail starting at an altitude of 6400 feet, with a top elevation of 8000.
The usual riding season is mid-May through October.
Riding every trail in the system is 16.5 miles and 2600 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,
Note that in May 2017 the individual trails remain unnamed.
Additional trails are being added and 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
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
The climbing turns are generous in radius, with a
flatter roll-in before and a recovery section afterward. You'll like
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
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 for a return ride.
The right fork takes you on a one-mile loop further up the mountain. This
upper loop (purple on the map) will rejoin the blue loop at the highest
point of the blue loop.
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 upper loop trail joins the north side of the smaller lower loop (still one-way
here, so keep to the right). In about 1/10 mile, as you approach a yurt at
the bottom of the upper loop, there's a side lariat loop to your right. A
short spur takes you to a one-mile loop with about 200 feet of extra
climbing, then returns you to the spur. You'll rejoin the little loop
going counterclockwise, southbound.
Rocketing around a turn in the aspens on the upper
loop. Note the high berm.
The little loop returns to
the trail fork where you climbed uphill to join the loop (the two-way
climbing/descending trail. I recommend you keep
straight (left) and climb back uphill to reach the one-way downhill trail
you passed on your way up.
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.
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
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 = high loop)
N40 39.350 W111 15.178
4.5 Straight (R = return high loop)
N40 39.415 W111 15.166
5.7 Join little loop, keep straight
N40 39.539 W111 15.538
5.8 Keep L (R = optional 1.2-mile loop)
N40 39.535 W111 15.574
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
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
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