(East Fork, Green Pond, Snowbasin, Wheeler Creek trails)
The Maples Loop is a beautiful singletrack ride on the base
of Mount Ogden. It incorporates the East Fork Trail, Green Pond Trail,
Snowbasin's Strawberry Express connector trail, and the Wheeler Creek
Trail. From any of the three trailheads on the loop, it's 11.6 miles
with 1600 vertical feet of climbing, rising to a peak altitude of 6900 on
the slopes of Snowbasin resort.
View towards Snowbasin from Green
Pond. The pond isn't directly on the trail. You must watch for a small
connector foot trail. If you see the pond through the trees from above,
you missed it. Photos by Bruce, October
| An alternative is to start at the Wheeler
trailhead opposite the Pineview dam: the Wheeler trail adds an easy 3.5
miles plus 500 vertical (15.1 miles total, total climbing 2100 ft). The
track has easy-intermediate (East Fork), intermediate (Snowbasin), and
upper-intermediate (Green Pond) sections.
|There are three main trailheads: The Art Nord
trailhead is most-used. Starting here lets you finish with a nice
downhill. It has the added advantage of bathrooms! The Green Pond
trailhead sits in the middle of the climb on the south end of the
loop. This is the quickest trailhead to get to for riders south of Ogden.
The Maples Campground trailhead is near the top, just north of
Snowbasin resort. Camp here and spend an extra day riding Snowbasin.
You can ride either direction, but it's easier to navigate through
Snowbasin if you go clockwise. I like starting from the Wheeler
Pineview trailhead and doing the 15-mile lariat loop.
Bruce heads up the East Fork Trail.
Over the ridge to the north is Pineview Reservoir. The draw in the more
distant mountain contains the Southern Skyline
trail. Photo snapped by a 69-year old mountain biker, while his 73-year
old riding partner was napping 1/4 mile below. Thanks!
The East Fork trail is machine-cut and smooth, with a few
gentle switchbacks and about a dozen wooden bridges spanning the gulleys.
The Green Pond trail is a fairly easy slope, but twisty and containing
rocks and a few sharp roots to skewer your tire (my tire, anyway). The
Wheeler Creek (Maples) trail has been reworked in recent years, and is
mostly broad and easy to ride. The Snowbasin Strawberry Express to Base
trail has quite a few switchbacks, but they're broad, bermed, and easy to
View up towards Mount Ogden.
|Some sections of East Fork and Wheeler Creek pass through
meadows of clay. These areas get very ugly when wet. I recommend against
early-season, late-season and rainy-day riding on this loop.
From the Strawberry Express connector
trail, we're looking down towards the lodges and parking areas of
||Riding Notes, Clockwise Loop:
Add 1.8 to mileage if starting from Pineview Trailhead
0.0 Art Nord Trailhead, right on paved road
N 41° 14.017' W 111° 49.224'
0.1 L on ST (East Fork Trail)
2.5 Fork L uphill
N 41° 12.453' W 111° 49.995'
2.8 Cross paved road (Green Pond Trail)
N 41° 12.412' W 111° 50.124'
3.2 Faint foot trail branches left uphill to Green Pond
N 41° 12.185' W 111° 50.189'
3.6 Fork L N 41° 12.313' W 111° 50.414'
4.8 Cross gravel road, turn north N 41° 11.951' W 111° 50.606'
5.3 Keep R (Snowbasin Trail system) N 41° 12.139' W 111° 50.717'
Rolling under a lift at Snowbasin.
|5.7 Cross dirt road at gas line, go
(If riding reverse, keep L downhill) N 41° 12.377' W 111° 51.020'
Pass W side of lodges and parking
(don't drop directly down to lodges)
7.7 Gravel road at NW corner of parking area
Turn L on gravel road (Maples CG
N 41° 13.118' W 111° 51.795'
8.2 R on ST at Wheeler Creek Trail sign
N 41° 13.539' W 111° 51.817'
10.2 Keep L (R = Middle Fork trailhead)
N 41° 13.707' W 111° 50.307'
11.6 Back at Art Nord Trailhead
View down the Wheeler Creek Trail, riding the loop
Getting there: From Ogden, head up the canyon
on U-39. For the Wheeler trailhead, turn R on doubletrack just before
Pineview dam (Trailhead GPS N 41° 15.168' W 111° 50.511'). For Art Nord,
keep straight (R) at the dam, then 2.7 miles later, turn R on U-226. Go
another 3.6 miles and turn R into the Art Nord trailhead parking N
41° 14.017' W 111° 49.224'.
From the south, leave I-15 for US-89 in Farmington.
Turn right (east) to take I-84 up Weber Canyon. Take the Huntsville/Pineview
exit and turn left under the freeway, then right to continue up the
canyon. About a mile later, follow the signs to turn left towards
Huntsville on U-167. 6.8 miles after leaving I-84, turn left on U-226
towards Snowbasin. The Green Pond trailhead is at a parking turnout 1.3
miles from the turn. The Snowbasin turnoff (which leads to the Maples
Campground) is 3.0 miles, the Middle Fork trailhead is 4.7, and Art Nord
Single-page riding guide
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
(includes Middle Fork, Wheeler, Coldwater)
Specialty track files (right-click and select "Save target as..."):
Mt Ogden 50K race Loop
2010 Intermountain Cup race loop MPS
High-res topo map for printing: View
Lodging, camping, shops:
Links to Ogden area resources
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