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
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
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
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
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.
Stats Length: 1.1 mi.
Elevation change: 200 ft
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
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
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
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
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.
Stats Length: 0.4 mi.
Elevation change: 200 ft
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
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.
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
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
Loop of the new Zag
uphill and the Green Flow downhill...
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Blue Flow Trail #1
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
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,
Moyle Drive: On Alpine Blvd, turn left onto Moyle and
drive to the end.
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.