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Richfield Race Loop

The Richfield Race trail is a five-mile loop on a bench area above Glenwood, about 6 miles east of Richfield. It was completed in May 2018. The riding is easier-intermediate, with brief mild climbs and fast descents. There are some nice views and the trail is fun to ride.

Heading north along the edge of the loop. Photos, track, and ride description by Bruce on June 1, 2018.

The riding season is late April through November. There's some clay that will get sticky after heavy rains. There's no shade on the trail, so it will be hot on summer afternoons.

Just starting out. Riding clockwise, I've just climbed away from the parking area.

The trailhead is at the Glenwood Hills OHV area, reached via Highway 119 eastbound from Richfield. There's a 0.8 mile all-weather gravel road extending north from 119 to the trailhead and race staging area. (It's right outside the northwest fence corner of the trials dirt-bike park.) At this time (June 2018) there's no kiosk or other markers at the trailhead.

Typical riding for much of the loop -- sage and occasional rock in rolling terrain.

The trail was a lot of wiggles, humps, and turns. Climbs are mellow and usually short. The loop can be done in either direction. My ride video goes clockwise, which is easier to navigate if there are no flags or other markers east of the trailhead.

Occasionally a doubletrack, game trail, or older social trail will fork away from the race loop in a way that could fool you. Flags along the race loop helped me avoid these sucker routes, but if they're not there for you...

Looking northwest. The cliffs in the distance lie just west of I-70 between Salina and Richfield.

There will be some nice views over the Richfield valley as the trail reaches its highest point on northwest side of the loop. The red and white badlands to the west are home to the Twist trail -- a very nice loop ride but with some navigation challenges.

Rolling the edge. Richfield is at far left.

From the loop's northern end, the trail turns back downhill. It will make two detours into the colorful badlands. The second one is easy to miss (I rode past it and had to go back). When the trail turns south onto the powerline doubletrack and goes over a hump to begin a blistering descent down the road, don't go too far. 0.2 miles from the top, the trails turns left into the badlands.

Making the turn at the northern corner of the loop. The drone camera is looking south.

Bottom Line:
Very nice trail that will get steadily better with bike traffic. With the other riding in the area (Twist) it's worth a visit if you're in the area.

Rockin' through badlands on the east side of the loop.

 Clockwise Race Loop ride

 If the above video does not appear on your browser/device, you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here.

Riding notes, clockwise loop:
0.0   Northwest from parking N38 46.825 W111 57.566
0.05 Cross main road to singletrack N38 46.882 W111 57.628
0.7   Briefly join DT westbound N38 47.116 W111 57.891
0.8   DT 4-way, straight and slightly L to ST
        N38 47.104 W111 58.001
        (R = DT, L = Twist return trail, DT straight = alt Twist return)
2.7   Northernmost point, avoid cheater trails to DT
3.1   Cross main road and into badlands N38 47.338 W111 57.595
3.4   Out of gully, R onto powerline DT N38 47.451 W111 57.446
3.7   Critical fork!  R onto ST N38 47.172 W111 57.439
4.3   Join DT, veer R and westbound N38 47.093 W111 57.050
4.8   Cross powerline DT N38 46.958 W111 57.385
5.0   Back at parking
Getting there:
On Main Street in Richfield, turn east on 300 North. This is Utah Highway 118, old US Highway 89. After 0.9 miles, Highway 118 turns north. Keep straight to the single lane that becomes Highway 119. Continue straight east and in about 4 miles the road will veer a bit right and climb up the hill. At mile 6.4, begin watching for a gravel road on your left. It will be just before the Glenwood Hills OHV sign. Turn left and drive 0.8 miles. Turn right toward the fenced area and park outside the gate.

Water:  none
Bathrooms:  none

Riding resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guide
GPS track files and route (right-click and "Save as..."):
    GPX Race Loop track   Multi-track area file 
Maps for printing:  Area aerial view with roads
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to Cedar City area resources   Bryce area

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