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Lambert Park, south end trails

The southern end of Lambert Park lies on a dry hillside consisting mostly of sage brush. There are occasional stands of oak brush -- some of it skeletons from three fires and two run-off floods in the past 20 years. This area tends to dry quickly after storms. In the spring, these trails are dry a week or two after the west-side trails (such as Middle and High Bench) are ready to ride, but a few weeks before the northern trails dry.

Climbing uphill on the Zag trail. Original review by Bruce in September 1998, with latest trail update August 1, 2022.

Lambert Park's southeast corner is being rebuilt to offer some fun flow trails, as a contrast to the rest of the park where the theme is natural narrow XC riding.

On the lower slopes of Lambert's south end, the north-south bike trails (High Bench, River, Middle) are crossed by the broad Lambert hiking-only loop trail. The intersections are open with good sight lines, but remember to yield to hikers.

Looking north toward Lone Peak on the newly-rebuilt Zag trail.

IMPORTANT NOTE!  The Lambert Park southeastern corner is CLOSED while the trails are being rebuilt. Zag, Ziggy, and the Green Flow trail are now complete. But everything south of the water tank gravel road (on the slope above the High Bench trailhead) is closed. The expected opening for the Blue Flow trail is September or October 2022. See the information near the bottom of this page.
 
Best trailhead for south Lambert Park
South Trailhead, also called High Bench or the "Church" trailhead

Very popular place to start your ride, and the best for direct access to the newer DH flow system at the park's southeast corner. On Alpine Blvd, turn left as you pass the church, then immediately left onto a narrow paved road at the back side of the church. This road will end at the gravel trailhead. Nice bathroom with running water, lots of parking, and a shaded picnic area.

High Bench trailhead, looking northeast.

 
Zag Trail
Stats
 Length: 1.1 mi. 
 Elevation change: 200 ft
 Tech: easy

The Zag Trail is a two-way multi-purpose trail that winds back and forth across the slopes of Lambert's southeast corner. It links the High Bench trailhead area to the top of the DH flow trails. The Zag trail is 1.1 miles long, with 200 vertical feet of elevation change.

Looking north as the Zag trail winds through brush and grass.

The trail is easy to ride uphill and down. It's suitable for beginning riders and makes a nice climbing route to reach the DH flow trails.

History:  Zag was rebuilt in 2022 to make the route a bit more direct. It now has replaced the White Dog and Brown Dog trails on the upper mountain slope.

Zag is a fun climb or descent, meandering at a gentle pace.

Most riders will use Zag as a climbing trail to reach the DH flow trails on Lambert's southern side. At the bottom, Zag forks off the Middle Trail just past the little bridge along the water-tank road -- just north of the High Bench trailhead. For the first 100 feet, Zag and Ziggy are combined.

Looking east as Zag goes through the old apple orchard area. There are a couple of these rock strips to roll over -- if you want to.

Zag forks to the right away from Ziggy to begin the climb uphill. From here to the top of the hill there will be no trail forks, so navigation is simple.

Looks pretty, but most of it is cheat grass, which will dry out in a few weeks.

Zag spends most of its time on a sagebrush slope. This area used to be an orchard, and a couple of almost-dead wild apple trees remain. The top of Zag was burned down to dirt by a fire (then washed over by a massive floow) a few years ago, and the vegetation is still recovering. So most of the terrain is meadow with small stands of sprouting oak brush.

Almost to the top.

I think the new Zag is a great ride both uphill and down. Most riders will climb it, because the new Green Flow trail at the top of Zag is an easy ride downhill. But young children and slow inexperienced beginners should descend Zag instead of the flow trail.

Bruce takes the rock challenge on upper Zag.

 
Ziggy Trail

Stats
 Length: 0.4 mi. 
 Elevation change: 200 ft
 Tech: easy

The Ziggy Trail was resurfaced and straightened in 2022. My understanding is that it's planned to be a hiking-only trail, although riders are currently climbing the trail to reach the top of Zag. Ziggy extends from its common origin with Zag on the Middle Trail up to the wilderness border.

Swooping through sagebrush on Ziggy back before the southern trails were rebuilt.

Ziggy covers the 200 vertical feet in only 0.4 miles, so it's a stiffer climb than Zag by far. At the top of Ziggy -- where it reaches the wilderness border -- a traversing trail heads south 0.2 miles to the top of Zag and the Green Flow DH trail.

I'll post more information on Ziggy once its status is clear.

Waiting to take trail photos of Ziggy. Meantime, here's what it looked like before the re-route.

 
Green Flow Trail

 

Stats
 Length: 0.6 mi. 
 Elevation change: 200 ft downhill-only
 Tech: easy

The Green Flow trail is a highly-engineered one-way downhill trail that descends from the top of Zag to the Middle Trail at the water-tank road. It was finished in 2022 as part of the major re-build of Lambert Park's southern trails.

Heading into a turn with Lone Peak as a backdrop. Note the generous height of the berm and the wide riding surface.

The Green Flow trail forks off of Zag just a few feet below the traversing trail on the upper mountain. There's a small "stop and wait" shelf as a staging area just above the trail entry.

An optional rock roll-over or a whoop-de-do.

The Green Flow trail is suitable for beginners. I don't recommend it for first-time riders or very young children, but that's simply because other riders will be flying down this trail. If you're going to ride slow, it's best to hit Green Flow on a weekday.

The trail is easy to ride and should be a fun time for any rider. Here's the drop-in to the trail at the top of Zag.

The Green Flow trail is 0.6 miles long, descending 200 vertical feet. The trail-cut is wide with a smooth dirt surface. Turns are highly banked. 

Rolling a banked turn.

There are a few bumps and rock ramps that offer a jumping opportunity and one nice table jump. You can easily ride around any of the stunts. Most of the trail simply herds you down the hill.

The trail is easy to ride and should be a fun time for any rider.

I recommend the Green Flow trail highly. It's well built, fun to ride, and a great confidence builder!

Taking a banked turn with speed. Note that the world is crooked.

  Loop of the new Zag uphill and the Green Flow downhill...

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Blue Flow Trail #1
NOT OPEN

According to the plan, the first Blue Flow trail will descend from the traversing trail at the kiosk. At this time, a trail that I believe to be Blue Flow #1 is being excavated at the top of Zag, just uphill from the Green Flow trail. We'll have to wait and see.

The plan is that the first Blue Flow will merge with the second Blue Flow route a little bit downhill, then split again.

From the top of Zag looking south. This entry-point should tell anyone that harder stuff awaits if you go this way.

 
Blue Flow Trail #2
NOT OPEN

If you head south on the traversing trail from the top of Zag (CLOSED at this time), you'll first encounter a nasty rock roll-over that's designed to scare away non-experts. The trail descends 1/10th mile to a kiosk. The second Blue Flow trail continues along the hillside toward the southern border of the city property, then turns downhill. As of August 1, 2022 just over 2/10th mile of this trail has been completed. The route is closed -- and it goes nowhere so it's pointless to poach it.

Looking south on the second blue flow trail. It will turn west and downhill shortly.

 
The Rebuild, explained...
Here are the plans as I understand them:
Ziggy has been rebuilt. It will become a hiking-only trail, as the walking route up to the wilderness area. At the top of Ziggy there's a connection to the wilderness trail plus a traversing trail heading south to reach the top of Zag and the DH trails.
Zag has been revised so that extra meanders are eliminated. It has also replaced White Dog. Zag will be a two-way general-use trail. Mountain bikers will use this trail to climb up to the flow trails but it's also a nice beginner descent. The name Zag will probably be retained for this trail.
The new Green Flow downhill trail is complete and is now open for riding. It occupies the space between the revised Zag and the gravel water tank road.
Two blue downhill flow trails with optional jump lines will occupy the space between the water tank road and the south border of the Alpine City property. These trails are CLOSED while construction continues.
The Indian Trail is closed. All access routes to the trails on private property (Corkscrew, Flank) have been closed. Black Dog and Wildcat will be completely replaced by the blue flow trails. There will be no through-connections to unofficial trails on private property.

In the trail plan below, the light red lines are current trail segments that will be re-wilded.

Map shows current status as of August 1, 2022.

High Bench ("church") trailhead: About 1.5 miles up Grove Drive (as above), turn right on Alpine Boulevard. Go 1/2 mile until the road turns from east to south in front of a big church. After you pass the church, fork left toward the mountains. Immediately after the church's back fence turn left onto a narrow paved road and proceed to the trailhead. (Toilet, shaded picnic area, water.)

Getting there: Take I-15 to the Alpine/Highland exit, just south of Point-of-the-Mountain. Drive straight east 5 miles towards the mountains, turning left at the stoplight in Highland (where you see the grocery store and gas station). Drive 2 miles north into Alpine to the 4-way stop at 200 North. Turn right. At the next stop sign, turn left. You'll be on 200 East, which becomes Grove Drive. Continue northeast on Grove for two miles. The road will turn 90 degrees to the right. Pass two streets on your left, then arrive at a T in the road. Turn right, across the river. At the fork in the road, go right for the Bowery parking area, left for the Rodeo grounds.

Rodeo grounds trailhead: Keep left at the fork and drive 0.25 mile on pavement, then turn right onto a dirt road and drive 0.25 mile. The trailhead is on the right side of the road, where you'll see a parking strip and a bathroom just before the rodeo arena. (Toilet.)

Bowery trailhead: Keep right at the fork as you cross the river on the paved road. Pass the High Bench dirt road on your right. About 300 feet further up the paved road, keep straight as the main road turns right, entering a smaller road. 500 feet up the dirt road,, the Bowery pavilion is on the left, with a parking lot on the right. (Toilet, pavilion, water.)

Moyle Drive:  On Alpine Blvd, turn left onto Moyle and drive to the end.

Bald Mountain Drive:  Turn onto 100 South in Alpine. Drive east until you're forced to turn at Country Manor Lane. Go left. At 300 North, turn right, then take the next left on Bald Mountain Drive. Go to the end of the road and park.

Riding resources for Lambert Park:
     Trail maps to view or print...
         Satellite view  Topo map  NEW MAPS when the rebuild is complete!
     Other Lambert Park pages...
         Lambert Park overview     North Trails    West Trails 

     GPS track files (right-click a file and select "save as..."): 
         Multi-track area file   Map datum GS84.
      Lodging, camping, shops:      Links to northern county resources

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Trail information updated August 2022