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Mojave Trail

The Mojave Trail is located at Park City Mountain Resort. It runs from Midmountain to the Yurt on Thaynes Road at the top of Steps. The trail is new in 2013.  Around from the Yurt, you'll find Steps and Tommy's Two Step. A new trailcut extends from the top end of Mojave further uphill to Keystone.

Handlebar view of the aspens as we near the Yurt. Trail review and photos by Bruce on August 5, 2013.

Mojave is one mile in length with 380 vertical feet of elevation change, from 8260 at Midmountain to 8640 at the Yurt. The extension is 0.8 miles to Keystone, rising 240 to 8880 feet. The surface is broad and smooth, with a sustained rate of climb.

View uphill near the bottom of Mojave.

The trail has been built with some rollers and twists. This adds to the downhill fun, but it does reduce the sight lines in the trees. Let's assume you're coasting a casual 15 mph downhill and spot a 5-mph uphill rider 30 feet away. You've got exactly one second before impact. Keep your eyes up and stay at a controllable speed.

Typical downhill view on Mojave. Twists and dips.

The bottom of Mojave is on Midmountain, 0.7 miles south of the junction with CMG and one mile north of the connector to Jenni's and Johns.

The top end of Mojave is on the north side of the Yurt on Thaynes Road.

On the southbound Midmountain looking west to the junction with Mojave.

This page will feature two rides:
Point-to-point to Scott's Pass using Crescent Mine Grade (CMG) to Midmountain, Mojave as a climber, then Keystone to the Shadow Lake Trail. 8.5 miles one way, 2700 vertical feet.
Lariat loop consisting of CMG, Apex, and Keystone then Mojave dowhill, 11.3 miles, 2000 vertical feet.

The yurt at the top. We're actually looking from Steps. The entry to Mojave is to the right of this photo.

  
Sample Ride: 
Climb Mojave to Shadow Lake and Scott's Pass
Mojave offers a fairly direct climbing route uphill. This route will get you to Shadow Lake in 7.6 miles for a cool splash out-and-back. Or you use this route as an 8.5 mile climb to, or descent from, the Wasatch Crest.

Overview of the route to Scott's Pass. We start on the left with CMG, then Midmountain, Mojave, Upper Mojave, Keystone, then Shadow Lake.

From Scott's Pass, you're a half mile's climb away from a descent down Pinecone to the Midmountain. Or you can climb Pinecone and rocket down past Shadow Lake to Mojave for a nice ride. (From the top of Pinecone, drop to the left down the doubletrack of Puke hill, then it's basically the route described here in reverse.)

Entry to the Crescent Mine Grade (CMG) trail. Jenn's (180 degrees opposite) is an alternative climbing route.

Start from the northern parking at Park City Mountain Resort. Pedal toward the Alpine Slide. Between the white slides and the elevated rail car path, just downhill from the Crescent Lift, you'll see the the Crescent Mine Grade (CMG) trail entry to your left. Walk your bike through the squeeze fence and begin riding uphill. At mile 0.2, veer right to connect to Jenni's trail to begin climbing the mountain.

Heading uphill on CMG.

After a mile of climbing on Jenni's one-way uphill trail you'll reach a crossover with CMG (Crescent Mine Grade). Make a hard right turn to continue uphill on CMG. (Note that the lower portion of CMG is one-way downhill, which is why we used Jenni's for this first mile of the climb.) When CMG hits the gravel road, go uphill 20 feet and turn hard left onto the Midmountain Trail. Go east, then west. When the trail turns east again, you'll see the entry to Mojave at the turn.

We're now on the Mojave Trail, almost to the Yurt.

Just before Mojave hits the Yurt (you'll see it through the trees on your left), fork right onto the uphill extension. As of August 2013, this trail is still soft but is good riding.

On the new trailcut above the Yurt.

The trail will wind uphill and flirt with a ridgeline that offers great views. When you reach Keystone, fork to the right.

Approaching the ridge with views over the slopes of Park City.

Keystone contours around the mountain, gradually climbing toward Shadow Lake.

Heading west on the Keystone Trail, we pass above old mine tailings.

Keystone ends on the dirt Jupiter Road. If your target is the lake, drop down to the right then veer left on the doubletrack. You're there.

We're at the Shadow Lake Trail.

If you plan to reach Scott's Pass, keep straight and slightly uphill. Climb the singletrack Shadow Lake trail around the lake. When you hit the old road, turn left (west) uphill for the final climb to Scott's Pass. From here you can climb Puke Hill, from which you can either ride the Wasatch Crest or drop down Pinecone to the Midmountain.

Climbing higher above Shadow Lake towards Scott's Pass.

Riding notes to Scott's Pass
0.0   Edge of parking, looking southwest to Alpine Slide
        N40 39.172 W111 30.519
0.1   Find Jenni's and start uphill
        N40 39.023 W111 30.511
1.0   Cross doubletrack N40 38.598 W111 30.657
1.5   Fork R onto CMG
        N40 38.636 W111 30.883
3.2   Up on DT, hard L onto Midmountain
        N40 38.258 W111 31.445
3.8   Straight onto Mojave N40 38.411 W111 31.427
4.8   R onto Upper Mojave N40 37.851 W111 31.246
5.7   R on Keystone N40 37.698 W111 31.495
6.1   Cross Apex N40 37.800 W111 31.842
7.0   Straight across road N40 37.250 W111 32.432
7.3   Keep straight on road
        N40 37.025 W111 32.771
        Find Shadow Lake trail ahead
8.0   Keep straight (L = DH)
8.2   Hard L on DT N40 37.082 W111 33.186
8.5   At Scott's Pass N40 36.992 W111 33.511
        L = Scotts Bypass (ST)
        R = Wasatch Crest

  
Sample Ride: 
Descend Mojave -- Lariat loop via CMG and lower Apex
OK, there are figuratively a zillion ride options in this area. I'll list another couple of routes that include Mojave on the trail page for Tommy's Two Steps. You can mix it up, for example by climbing Jenni's all the way to the top, catching Midmountain southbound to Tommy's to reach the Yurt and Mojave. This ride goes counterclockwise climbing CMG and Apex, then descending Keystone and Mojave. It's 11.3 miles with 2000 vertical feet.

Overview of the route. Be sure to grab the GPS file and high-res topo maps below.

Climb Jenni's, then CMG from Park City Mountain Resort as above. But when you reach the Midmountain Trail, go to the right instead. The trail will descend a little then cross a meadow. Just before you leave the meadow, fork left uphill on the continuing CMG.

Cruising a beautiful meadow on upper CMG. We're now well above the Midmountain Trail.

Keep climbing on CMG until it ends on Thaynes Road. Fork hard left and climb uphill on the road. As the road crosses a ski slope, fork right onto Apex.

Apex zips across the ski slopes, in and out of aspen groves as it climbs.

Where Apex crosses the Keystone Trail, fork left on Keystone. Descend gradually until you reach the junction with the new trail above Mojave. Fork left onto this new trail.

Gettin' up there. The Keystone trail is a short traverse. Watch for the trail fork.

Descend the new trail cut. When you reach Mojave, fork left downhill.

The new trail cut (well, we're looking uphill a little below Keystone, so on this ride we'd be going the other direction).

When Mojave reaches the Midmountain trail, keep left and downhill. Follow Midmountain to the rough gravel road, then turn hard left downhill to join CMG where you left it.

A balance log with a wheelie-drop at the end on Mojave heading downhill.

Riding notes, loop CMG-Apex-Mojave
0.0   Edge of parking, looking southwest to Alpine Slide
        N40 39.172 W111 30.519
0.1   Find Jenni's trail and start uphill
        N40 39.023 W111 30.511
1.0   Cross doubletrack N40 38.598 W111 30.657
1.5   Fork R onto CMG
        N40 38.636 W111 30.883
3.2   Up on DT, fork R onto Midmountain
        N40 38.258 W111 31.445
3.4   Fork L uphill on CMG
        N40 38.192 W111 31.509
4.4   Hard L uphill on Thaynes Road
        N40 37.825 W111 32.015
4.8   L uphill on Apex N40 38.014 W111 31.755
5.4   Hard L on Keystone N40 37.786 W111 31.863
5.8   L downhill on Upper Mojave
        N40 37.701 W111 31.514
6.6   Cross Thaynes Rd to ST
        N40 37.849 W111 31.248
        L downhill on Mojave 
7.6   Keep L onto Midmountain
        N40 38.410 W111 31.421
8.2   Hard R downhill on DT, R on CMG
        N40 38.256 W111 31.442
9.2   Stay R on CMG
9.9   Cross Jenni's (straight and L)
11.3 Back at parking
Getting there:  In Park City, follow the signs to Park City Mountain Resort. As you see the first parking area, turn in and park there. Look to the southwest (toward the main resort. Pedal toward the spot where the parking lot meets the condos. As you reach a wire gate, the gravel doubletrack that heads uphill toward the Alpine Slide is the beginning of our ride. As you reach pavement again, you'll pass the entry to Jenni's Trail (to your right). Look to the left. See the log squeeze chute? That's the start of the Crescent Mine Grade (CMG) trail.

August 2013 Note: I don't know the name of the newly-cut trail from the Yurt to Keystone. So I'm calling it Upper Mojave for now.

Riding resources:
Trail guide Mojave to Scotts     Trail guide Loop Ride
GPS Track File  (Right-click and "Save as...")
     GPX Mojave only   Track to Shadow Lake / Scott's Pass
     Track Loop CMG-Apex-Down Mojave
     Park City multi-track area file
Topo maps for printing:
     Route to Scott's Pass     Loop Ride
Lodging, camping, shops:
     Links to Park City area resources

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