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Vernal Area
Mountain Bike Trails

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Cabin Boy  See "Handsome Cabin Boy" trail below.
Can You Moo?  [Check current trail status!] Desert singletrack loop near Vernal, intermediate technical with some short advanced-technical sections, around 11 miles. Mild climb and descent, mostly smooth undulating narrow dirt singletrack. Narrow trail with soft shoulder; good bike-handling skills recommended. Season March through late-December.
Corkscrew. Desert singletrack loop near Lapoint, just northwest of Vernal. Intermediate to advanced level, with moderate climb and long descent. Shares trailhead with Racetrack. Season April through December.
Dinotrax DH trail (Jumps and Ladders). DH trail with man-made stunts near Red Fleet. Access across from Jass-Chrome Molly trailhead.
Dowd Mountain. 10.5-mile loop climbs Dowd Mountain overlooking Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Mostly doubletrack with about three miles of singletrack. Easier technical, mild climb. View of Flaming Gorge, on into Wyoming. Season June through September.
Elk Park. Located just southwest of Flaming Gorge. Combination of ATV and dirt-road riding for beginners and families, plus a challenging loop ride for experts.  Season July through September.
Fire Sale  Technical singletrack trail as alternate 2.5 mile section within Retail Sale trail west of Vernal at McCoy Flat. Described ride is 9.2 miles, 800 vertical total climbing. Option of shorter (5 mile) shortcut after completing Fire Sale section. Season late March through November.
Flume Trail. Check current conditions! This ride, in Vernal's Dry Fork Canyon, offers options for short or long, tech or easy. The epic out-and-back is 20 miles with 1600 feet of climbing. June through October.
Handsome Cabin Boy Trail  Scenic singletrack near Red Fleet north of Vernal, advanced technical with a brutal slickrock climb. More technical of the Red Fleet area trails. Handsome Cabin Boy itself is 2.5 miles, loop ride options 3.2 to 6 miles. Season April through November.
High Rollas  Desert singletrack lariat loop in McCoy Flat near Vernal, advanced technical due to rock challenges and rough riding surface. Reached via other area trails. Around 5 miles, minimum ride 8 miles. Season April through November.
Jackalope  Singletrack loop west of Vernal at McCoy Flat. Climbs to ridgeline at moderate pace. 8 miles. Intermediate technical. Season late March through November.
Jazz Chromoly  Dirt singletrack loop near Red Fleet Reservoir north of Vernal, intermediate technical, 6.5 miles. Up-and-down climbing, fun descent. Highly recommended. Narrow trail with soft shoulder; good bike-handling skills recommended. Season March (between storms -- avoid when soil soaked) through early-December.
J-Boy  Very fun and scenic technical trail in the eastern side of the Red Fleet trail system. Interconnects with Handsome Cabin Boy and Three Amigos. Short but stiff climbs, technical rock. Season May through October.
Jumps and Ladders. AKA Dinotrax DH. Tech downhill trail with man-made stunts near Red Fleet. Access across from Jass-Chrome Molly trailhead.
McCoy Flat.   Trail System Overview
Singletrack trails about 10 miles west of Vernal. 35 miles-plus. Season February (between storms) through late-December.
Milk and Cookies Loop (Got Milk? And Cookies. Plus Combo Trail). Desert singletrack loop on McCoy Flat near Vernal, easier both technical and over effort. Loop 6 miles with Got Milk? plus And Cookies. Option of very easy 3.5-mile loop with Combo plus And Cookies. Narrow singletrack. Season February (between storms) through late-December.
More Hoes. Technical singletrack loop near Vernal, reached via Retail Sale trail at McCoy Flat. Most of trail is upper-intermediate technical with some advanced-technical sections. A few short climbs, one big climb to a mesa with nice views. Season March through November.
Racetrack. Desert singletrack loop near Lapoint, just northwest of Vernal. Easier trail, 4.5 and 7-mile loop options.  Shares trailhead with Corkscrew. Season April through December.
Red Fleet Riding Area   Trail System Overview
Trail system includes Jazz Chromoly, Dino DH, Handsome Cabin Boy, J-Boy and Three Amigos. Highly variable terrain creates different ride styles in a small area.  Season May through October.
Red Mountain DH. ATV-track descent down a cuesta about 10 miles north of Vernal. Two descent options, approx 5 miles each, 1700 vertical. Option of strenuous XC loop for advanced riders. Season April through November.
Red Canyon Rim (The Rim Trail). Nice singletrack, with some tech sections, along the rim of Red Canyon at Flaming Gorge. 9.6-mile out-and-back, a little climbing. Great views.
Retail Sale. The classic heart of McCoy Flat's system. Desert singletrack loop near Vernal, upper-intermediate technical with some advanced-technical sections. A few short climbs, mostly twisting, up and down riding. Trail surface can be a bit bumpy for hardtail bikes. Narrow trail with soft shoulder; good bike-handling skills recommended. Season February (between storms) through late-December.
Rojo Trail. Technical slickrock singletrack on a sloped cuesta called Red Mountain, just north of Vernal. Usually done as a 6-mile loop with the climb on the Red Mountain DT trail. Very strenuous, advanced riders only. Season April through November.
Serpendipity. The Serpendipity loop is 8 miles with 650 feet of climbing. From McCoy Flat, the loop consists of a climb via Jackalope, descent on Serpendipity, and a return on Retail Sale. Intermediate technical. Season March through November.
Slippery when Wet. Slippery When Wet is an upper-intermediate loop trail, reached either directly from the McCoy Flat trailhead, or via Retail Sale. The loop itself is about 5 miles. Season March through November.
Swett Ranch.  Cruiser dirt-road scenic ride on the south side of Flaming Gorge Reservoir at 7400 feet elevation. 700 feet elevation change.  Season June through October.
Three Amigos.  Undulating desert riding in red and white dirt through sage and juniper. Length 6 miles. Moderately strenuous with quick climbs and wash plunges. 2016 note: Although still an official route, subject to closure due to blasting in the area. Check current status before riding. Season April through November.
Upper Moo.  [Check current trail status!] Extension loop off the tip of Can You Moo, around 8 miles. Desert singletrack loop, easy-intermediate technical, less-used than Can You Moo. Mostly smooth undulating narrow dirt singletrack. Option of shuttled downhill of Upper Moo and Can You Moo?.  Season February (between storms) through late-December.

Vernal-area trails I've heard about but haven't mapped (and some of them may not exist any more):
Go to Altitude Cycle in Vernal for information on these trails. (A local trail book is available for a few $.)
McCoy Area Holy Grail - Longish dirt-road loop in McCoy Flat, from Retail Sale trailhead
Dizkneeland - Longish dirt-road loop just south of McCoy Flat
Squat Drop - Easy dirt-road lariat loop from Dizkneeland trailhead.
Jensen area Blood Donor - Scenic ride along the Green River, reportedly discovered and torn up by ATVs.
Other Cedars and Sidewalks

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