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Mountain Ranch Bike Park

The Mountain Ranch Bike Park in Eagle Mountain offers the best stunt biking in Utah County -- and rivals the best in all of Utah. There's a skills park, a pump track, a jump line, and several technical trails featuring man-made stunts. The park can be your entry to other rides such as the Race Loop or Flintstone.

Just one of the many ramps in the skills park. Photos and review December 1, 2009 by Bruce. Updated map information August 2015.

The riding ranges from beginner on 110 Trail to double-black diamond on the Ridgeline Flow.  Most climbs are broken up and not too tough. The climb up Ridgeline Trail at the top of the trail system is quite strenuous. You can pick the type of riding you're up for.

A banked turn on Ridgeline Flow.

The park is located on the south end of The Ranches in east Eagle Mountain, where the power line corridor hits the mountain.  The skills park, pump track, and jump lines lie under the power lines on a very gentle slope. The XC and DH trails are on the juniper-covered hillside to the south.

Ramp route incorporates a rock tabletop. Ride over it, or take a wheelie-drop. Or do rock-to-rock hopping, hop onto a rock, and other trials stuff.

The skills area offers a dozen ramps of varying difficulty, from beginner to expert. It includes some drop-offs. There's an area with large flat-top rocks for trials hops.

There are three picnic tables in the area.

The 220 and Juniper trails end at the skills park. We're looking southwest over the last jump of the DH trail, with a corner of the skills area in the background.

Just south of the skills area is the pump track. It's a large track with multiple riding lines through bumps and semi-circle banks. If you don't know what a pump track is for, show up on a Saturday and ask somebody to teach you.

Looking south, we're seeing about 1/4 of the pump track area.

Depending on the snow situation, you can ride this area much of the winter. Ride only when the ground is dry or frozen. Please don't rut the dirt when the surface is muddy!

The jump line, seen in the upper right, connects to the pump track. Note the temporary bathroom facility behind the jumps.

South of the pump track along the power-line corridor is a jump line. You can pedal directly to the top of the jump line, or hit it by forking off the 220 Trail during your descent.

Alex Rodriguez (age 13) launches on the jump line. Photo courtesy of Randy Klein, April 2011.

The DH trails cover the mountainside south of the stunt areas. The area is designed to be ridden counter-clockwise. Access to the DH trails is via a broad cindered path that goes gently uphill along the west border of the park. (This trail is a continuation of the trail you rode from the kiosk to the stunt area.)

Typical view of the hillside trails. The routes twist through the juniper with occasional rock outcrops.

The hillside trails were built with the idea that riders will be doing small loops -- uphill to the far south end, then pick a route that will put you back at the bottom. 

Alex Rodriguez takes one of the jumping ramps on the many trails. Photo Randy Klein 2011.

The trails tend to be a combination of relatively long traverse sections with up and down riding, then downhill plunges with banked turns built for speed. I lost count of the number of jumps and technical features. For the intermediate rider, there are ride-arounds past most of the tech stuff on the lower mountain. Some wooden features, such as those on the Ridgeline Flow trail, have no ride-arounds and are do-or-die.

Higher on the mountain, we're heading north on the Golden Eagle Trail.

New trails have created tougher and longer ride options. It can be confusing for the first-timer, with multiple unmarked trail forks. Expect to put in a few miles getting aquainted. The trails immediately above the park connect on the west to the Pony Express Parkway via the Hidden Canyon trail (see the Eagle Mountain Race Loop page). To the south, the Cow Tracks trail connects to the Race Loop and on to the Flintstone Trail.

View of Timpanogos and Cascade Mountain to the east, from Golden Eagle.

110 Loop
110, 220, under the power lines. Voltage. Get it? 110 is an easy cruiser for beginners. Offers practice at bermed turns and little dirt hops for intermediates.
0.0  From the west side of the skills area,
       ride uphill southwest on the cinder path
0.3  Fork L on gravel DT
       50 feet later, fork L on ST downhill
0.7  Back to skills area

Jackie trots behind the bike. We put in 8 miles to catch all the mountainside trails in 2009. There are many more miles of trail now.

220 Loop
220 has a spooky drop-in, then flies down to dirt jumps. The drop-in has no obvious ride-around, and is designed to keep people like me off this trail so we're not in the way of the big-air guys.
0.0  Uphill on cinder path as above
0.3  Fork L on gravel DT, keep straight past 110 entry
0.4  As DT turns R and west, find ST on your L
       50 feet later, fork L, climb 100 feet north
       At 220/Juniper fork, go L over drop
0.7  R to join Juniper (L for jump line)
0.8  Join Juniper
0.9  Drop into Skills Park

At the trail fork, this is the ramp to the drop-in on 220.

Juniper Loop
Good stuff. Stunts and drops.
0.0   Uphill on cinder path as above
0.3   Fork L on gravel DT, keep straight past 110 entry
0.4   As DT turns R and west, find ST on your L
        50 feet later, fork L, climb 100 feet north
        At 220/Juniper fork, keep straight
0.45 Either way (L=easier)
0.5   Keep R uphill (L=cruiser)
0.6   L downhill
0.7   Trails rejoin
0.85 220 joins on L
1.0   Drop into Skills Park

Stunt on the Juniper Trail. This one spooked me. Wood-o-phobia.

Golden Eagle Loop
Ridgeline. More of an XC flavor. Some unfinished business here. Connections and forks will likely change in the future.
0.0   Uphill on cinder path as above
0.3   Fork L on gravel DT, keep straight past 110 entry
0.4   As DT turns R and west, find ST on your L
        50 feet later, fork R and climb up the hill
0.6   Fork L
        (R=to unfinished trail SW and DT to Flintstone trail)
0.8   Keep straight (uphill) at 2 forks
1.0   Trail turns 180 -- foot trail forks off on R
1.2   R downhill to join Juniper
1.6   At skills park

Teeter on the Juniper Trail.

Note that the above trail directions will become outdated as the trail system evolves. 

Bottom line:
Nice bike park, still one of the best in the state. Very nice trail system with its own rugged beauty. Good option for early- or late-season riding!

View of the jump line.

Getting there:  Take the I-15 Lehi Main Street exit and turn west. Continue west on SR-73, crossing Redwood Road (11600 West). Just after climbing the hill, turn left at the stop light onto The Ranches Parkway. Stay on that road as it narrows and begins to wind around. When you come to a T intersection at the end of The Ranches Parkway, turn right on Golden Eagle Road. Drive about 1/3 mile and watch for the trail kiosk on your left. Park by the trail kiosk and begin your ride by climbing up the trail heading south.

Bathrooms:  port-a-potty near jump line, BR in city park west of trail head
Picnic tables and trash cans in skills and pump track areas.

Riding resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guide
Website:  www.mountainranchbikepark.com
GPS track files and route (right-click and "Save as..."):
      Multi-track GPX area file
High-res area topo map for printing:   View topo
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to Provo area resources

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