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Pahvant Trail System
Kiln-It and Cairn-Age Area

The Pahvant system lies on the hillside west of I-70 in Richfield. The singletrack trails are fun and well-built, ranging from easy to expert. For Wasatch Front riders, this system is worth the trip. The expected riding season would be mid-May through October. This page covers the trails on the lower mountain that can be accessed from the top of Kiln-It. The upper-area trails, accessed from the top of Faulty, are described on upper Pavant web page.

Bruce climbs the twisting Kiln-It trail up through the power line corridor. Video, photos, GPS and ride description September 13, 2019.

The trails are well-marked and easy to follow once you get there. It's obvious a lot of TLC went into crafting these trails, with good alignment choices and well-engineered bermed turns. You can do several loop rides of differing lengths or shuttled downhill rides. A great eight-mile starter ride is to climb Kiln-It to the ridgeline, then turn onto Cairn-Age for the downhill.

Other trails discussed on this page include Snakebite, Big Red, Telegraph, and Tank Run.

Rolling downhill on Cairn-Age.

 

The north trailhead is at 5500 feet elevation, right off the northern Richfield I-70 exit. Go west as you exit the interstate (away from the city) and the pavement will end in around 100 yards. To your right is a large gravel area, which is an ATV-unloading lot. If you park here, the smaller gravel road across from you is the path to the singletrack.

Looking southwest from the parking area just off the northern Richfield I-70 exit. On weekends, this will be your parking spot. The trail begins as gravel road just across from the parking lot.

Local riders drive down the small gravel road parallel to the freeway for 1/2 mile and park where the road splits. There's room for a couple of cars to park here on the side of the road.

There's a right-hand arrow on a carsonite post where the larger road splits into two smaller ATV tracks, directing the bike traffic to turn 90 degrees right. About 50 yards uphill, the Kiln-It singletrack connector trail drops to cross Cottonwood Creek, then meanders over to the bottom of Kiln-It at the doubletrack.

Starting uphill on Kiln-It. Unless you're doing a shuttle, Kiln-It is your best route to the other trails in the Pahvant system.

The main trailhead is on 300 North in Richfield, where you'll pass under the freeway to the gravel Forest Road 096. There you can find your way uphill on either FR096, ATV trail 70, or the Tank Run trail just uphill from the water tank on FR096. 

Climbing away from Richfield on Kiln-It. First the white dirt and next comes the red dirt.

Kiln-It Trail

Kiln-It is 4.1 miles long, with a climb of 1000 vertical feet. It starts on the doubletrack along the freeway and ends on FR096. It's two-way traffic, so you can do any portion of the trail as an out-and-back.

Kiln-It has a connector to the midpoint of Cairn-Age at mile 2.0, with a second fork to the top of Cairn-Age at 3.3 miles. If you climb to the top of Kiln-It, you can continue uphill on either FR 096 or the Faulty singletrack -- discussed on the upper Pahvant trail page.

Heading up Kiln-It in the lower white dirt.

The lower 2 miles of Kiln-It is non-technical. A strong beginner should be able to climb this first half of the trail, perhaps with a rest break or two.

Lower Kiln-It and Cairn-Age can be combined for an easy four-mile loop by taking a short connecting trail at mid-mountain. Climb Kiln-It to mile 2.0, then turn right on the signed trail fork to the Cairn-Age connector. The connector hits Cairn-Age after around 100 yards, where you'll turn to the right downhill.

Rolling a big berm while climbing Kiln-It.

Waypoints when climbing Kiln-It:
0.7   Cairn-Age joins on L (do not enter)
1.0   Cross Cairn-Age
1.4   Tank Run on L (2-way)
2.0   Connector to lower Cairn-Age R
3.0   Big Red on L (2-way)
3.2   Cairn-Age on R
3.45 Connector to lower Faulty on R
3.5   Hi Line joins on L (do not enter)
4.1   Bottom of Juniper Drop then FR096

Bruce passes the short connector trail to mid Cairn-Age.

After passing the connector to the middle of Cairn-Age at mile 2, Kiln-It gets a bit steeper and you'll hit some more-technical stretches of rock. The 1.3 miles of Kiln-It between the Cairn-Age connector and the top of Cairn-Age would rate upper-intermediate in difficulty.

Threading through the rocks on upper Kiln-It.

For a moderate XC ride, just climb Kiln-It to the top then descend via Cairn-Age for 9.1 miles with around 1050 feet of climbing.

For an expert-level ride, continue uphill from Kiln-It on Faulty then take One-in-a-Pinion and Spinal Tap to the bottom (see upper Pahvant trail page). 

Drone view as Bruce crosses from Kiln-It over to Cairn-Age, with Richfield in the background.

Down from the top of Kiln-It...

To shuttle the ride, leave one car at the bottom. Now go back under the freeway and drive into Richfield on Main Street. Turn right on 300 North. Pass the ATV parking lot and go under I-70. Now stay on the broad gravel/dirt road for 2.2 miles. Watch for the small trail sign on your right. Find a spot for your car and begin pedaling north on Kiln-It. You will begin your ride on Kiln-It, but you can hit Hi Line (with its connection to Telegraph), Cairn-Age (with option of Snake Bite), Big Red, or Tank Run on your way down.

Heading downhill into the trail fork between Kiln-It and Hi Line shortly after leaving FR096.

Hi Line Trail

When heading downhill from FR096, your first trail option is at mile 0.3. Left on singletrack is Kiln-It. Right continues ATV track for 100 feet, then you'll drop to the right on singletrack Hi Line.

Hi Line has two expert-level rock drops in the middle of easier cruising. The first drop is a bit more dangerous, and intermediates may want to walk this one. Hi Line rejoins Kiln-It after 0.3 miles.

Looking down a rock drop on Hi Line, with an initial 3-foot vertical down to the bumpy ramp.

Just over 0.1 mile down Hi Line, the Telegraph trail forks away on the right. This is an expert-level downhill-only trail. See the description below.

If you elect to take Kiln-It all the way to the bottom, it will be 4.1 miles. This is a popular shuttle option for early-intermediates and experienced beginners.

View north from the upper Kiln-It about 1/2 mile from FR096 after Hi Line rejoins. 

Cairn-Age Trail

At mile 0.9 from the top of Kiln-It, Cairn-Age forks away on your left. Cairn-Age has some expert sections that can be managed by confident upper-intermediates. It's 1.9 miles down Cairn-Age before it rejoins Kiln-It.

A paver-stone highway on the ridgeline heading away from Kiln-It.

The first half mile of Cairn-Age is the most technical. Skilled intermediate riders can manage this upper portion of the trail with a few walk-overs. This downhill is a lot of fun.

After the Snake Bite fork, Cairn-Age is a bit more tame. But watch out. Between the swooping turns are many rock-drops. Most of them have ride-arounds. Some drops you'll simply have to hit. Intermediates, keep up enough speed that you don't drop your nose over a rock and endo!

Heading into a fun and scenic ridgeline section of Cairn-Age.

Cairn-Age ends on Kiln-It. The trail fork aims you downhill, but you can whip the bike around for another trip up the mountain on Kiln-It.

Or you can coast 0.6 miles down Kiln-It to the bottom.

Hitting the banked turn just before Cairn-Age ends on Kiln-It.

Snake Bite

Snake Bite is a detour off Cairn-Age, 0.7 miles downhill from the top. Like Cairn-Age, Snake Bite is one-way downhill. It starts as a long straight rock-fest. Keep your butt off the seat and work the bike intelligently, or you will -- surprise! -- flatten your tire with a snakebite.

Handlebar view looking down Snake Bite. Lots of ledges and roll-overs.

After getting through the top rock 'n bang 'n jump section of Snake Bite, the trail settles into a blazing fast downhill dirt ribbon.

Snake Bite rejoins Cairn-Age after 0.8 miles. Keep straight and continue downhill on Cairn-Age. Your first chance to turn around and head back uphill will come at the end of Cairn-Age.

Drone shot as Bruce flies down lower Snake Bite.

Big Red

Big Red is a two-directional trail that forks off Kiln-It at mile 3.0 from the bottom. Or 1.1 miles from the top, on your right as you descend. The lower end of Big Red is on the Tank Run trail, where you can go to the left uphill to return to Kiln-It, or right downhill to FR096 and the main trailhead. 

 

When combined with the first portion of Tank Run, Big Red can be used as a climbing route uphill from the Spinal Tap trail (see upper Pahvant page), or as a downhill in a loop ride. It's 2.4 miles long with 500 feet of elevation change and is intermediate in technical and aerobic requirement.

Telegraph

Telegraph is a one-way downhill trail, 2.1 miles long with an elevation loss of 850 feet. It begins in the middle of Hi Line just off the top of Kiln-It and ends on FR096 just 0.2 miles west of the freeway. This trail is advanced in tech requirement. 

To descend Telegraph, get onto upper Kiln-It and turn onto Hi Line. Then 0.1 miles later fork right. 

When you reach the bottom of Telegraph, you'll be on FR096. The main trailhead is downhill right. To get back uphill, turn right and climb on FR096. Just above the water tank, find Tank Run on the right. It will take you to Big Red or to Kiln-It.

Tank Run

Tank Run is a traversing trail that gently climbs 150 feet over 1.5 miles. Its primary purpose is as a return trail from Telegraph, or an access trail to Big Red or Kiln-It when starting from the main trailhead at FR096. The lower end of Tank Run is on FR096 at mile 0.6 from the trailhead.

As you climb Tank Run, Big Red will be on your uphill left in 0.9 miles from FR096. You'll reach Kiln-It at mile 1.5 from FR096.

Loop ride with Kiln-It, Cairn-Age and Snake Bite...

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Getting there:
North parking:  At the north Richfield exit from I-70, turn north (toward the mountains). As the pavement ends, turn right into the ATV parking area. Start the ride by crossing the main road to the small gravel road heading southwest parallel to the freeway. After 1/2 mile, follow the trail sign by turning right on a smaller gravel ATV track. (Note there's room for a couple of cars here where the doubletrack splits.) Veer left onto singletrack after 0.1 mile.
Main parking:  From Richfield's Main Street, turn west on 300 North. As you approach the freeway, turn left into the ATV parking lot. Pedal under I-70 to head uphill on FR096 to reach the top of Kiln-It.
Shuttle:  Top of Kiln-It: Drive FR 096 2.2 miles and find DT on your right with a carsonite trail marker. Top of Faulty: continue to mile 4.1 of FR096 and find marked ATV track on the right.
Bathrooms and water: none at trailheads (businesses nearby)
Riding resources for this trail:
GPS track files and route (right-click and "Save as..."):
    GPX 9.1 mile loop ride Kiln-It and Cairn-Age    Multi-track area file 
Maps for printing:  High-res Pahvant trails
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to Cedar City area resources   Bryce area

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