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Lone Peak Access Road

View up the trail on a dry winter's day

This road north of Alpine is a good workout during winter and early spring. Being on the south face of the foothills of Lone Peak, the trail is quickly cleared of deep snow by the February sunshine. The main trail is usually rideable again within a week after a heavy snowstorm. (The single-track is hit-and-miss during the winter.)

Early mornings, you're riding on frozen dirt and hard-crust snow, with a few spots of sheet ice for fun. By afternoon, you can descend in a sloppy slippy sea of mud, if that's your "thing." (Try it, you'll like it.)

Photo looking towards Box Elder Peak
January 15, 1999 by Bruce

After the first mile, you can slip off onto a delicious but technical little single-track. Ride it to the "Dry Creek to Deer Creek" Trail parking area at the border of the Lone Peak Wilderness and bail out to ride back on regular road, or do it as an out-and-back diversion before continuing your hill climb. The single track is around a mile in length, but most riders only do the first 3/4 mile to the gully, then head back.

The single-track is found on the right at the first 180-degree switchback just as the road begins to seriously climb the face of the hill (GPS N 40 29.191' W 111 45.344'). This trail is part of the Alpine Days Mountain Bike Race course. (The other single-track connector is just around the corner from Schoolhouse Springs, and is found by turning west -- left if you're going uphill -- at the fork about 1/4 mile back down.)

Looking across the creek at the single-track trail.
January 15, 1999

Try this trail in the summer. Short, but sweet.

View south over the valley The road rises 1900 vertical feet in 3 miles. It's a real thigh workout. During the summer, the surface gets a little loose.

On a clear day, the views are great and constantly there. During the winter inversion, you can get above the soup into pristine air.

View south, looking over Alpine. Provo and Orem are somewhere in the soup. December 20, 1998.

Let's be frank: this road isn't the greatest ride you've ever done. But it makes a nice combo event -- put the day-pack on your back and fight your way up to the wilderness border, then take a long hike in the beautiful forest starting at the First Hammagog.

The road ends at the border of the Lone Peak Wilderness at a flat area called the First Hammagog. From here, foot trails head towards Lake Hardy, the Second Hammagog, and other local attractions. You're not allowed to ride bicycles into the wilderness area, tempting as that may be. Park 'em here and hike.

Jackie plays on the granite boulders common to most Wasatch Front foothill trails. December 20, 1998.

13 inches tall, but ALL muscle

Lone Peak Access Map Getting there: Drive into Alpine from the south. At the stop sign at 200 North, turn right (east) to 200 East. Turn left and drive about 2 miles until you reach a "T" in the road. Turn left. Follow the turn up the hill (ignoring the first road on your left), then turn left at the 4-way intersection. Turn right just before the paved road turns back south and down the hill (GPS N 40 28.730' W 111 45.716'). Find a place to park. If the gate is locked, hoist your bike over the boulders right of the gate.