||Robs to Hollys Loop
Includes portion of Midmountain Trail
The loop ride described here is 13
miles long, with 2000 vertical feet of climbing. There are two shorter
options using alternate trails. It's a strenuous climb, and the top
altitude of 8400 feet will bother some riders. There's a section with
tricky rocks on the descent via Hollys, but otherwise it's easily done by
an intermediate rider.
View up Robs Trail as we begin our
climb. Photos by
Bruce, September 29, 2010.
|The riding options from Robs trailhead are:
Out-and-back: Robs to Ambush, 4.4 miles, 800 vertical.
Robs up, Ambush down loop: 8.7 miles, 1200 vertical.
Robs up, Hollys down, ST return: 9.7 miles,1300 vertical.
Robs-Hollys, pavement, Sunpeak up: 12.6 miles, 2000 vertical.
And of course, you can add miles with out-and-backs on Hunter toward
Pinebrook, up to the top of Millcreek via the Crest Connector, or on the
southbound Midmountain Trail. Or you can climb Ambush to return from the
bottom of Hollys.
Just getting started. We're about a
half mile up Robs Trail, looking northeast over Bear Hollow.
If you want "downhill
and done", loading all your climbing
into the front of the ride, start at The Canyons. Ride your
"return" route up to Robs first. I'd discourage you from parking in
the residential areas (such as the recreation center where the DuBois
trail starts) unless you're riding with a resident.
Starting at Robs trailhead puts
600 vertical into two miles of climbing right at the end. I like one
last grunt to finish off a ride, but many don't.
uphill on Robs as we near the fork with the return singletrack.
|Starting from Robs trailhead, climb a couple of switchbacks,
then pass Collin's Trail, which is the return route for the big loop.
About 1/3 mile later, turn right to continue on Robs westbound as you
reach the fork for the alternate ST return route.
At mile 2, the forest will open up on a ridge, with views to the south
as you head west. At 2.2, you'll reach the junction with Ambush. For a
shorter loop, fork left here. (To continue on to Hollys, keep left and
View to the south as we approach the
junction with the Ambush Trail.
||For the shorter Ambush loop option, turn left. Keep left at the
next trail fork. When you hit the dirt road, turn R downhill for a short
distance, then catch the ST again on your left. As the ST hits a
switchback turn of another trail, go uphill and climb back to Robs.
On to Hollys. From the Ambush junction, it's about 1/2 mile to the
Midmountain Trail. Fork left. The Hunter Trail, on your right, can be
ridden as an out-and-back (it goes mildly downhill, so you'll have to
climb back). The trail goes to Pinebrook, but there's no public easement,
so don't use this as a return from Midmountain unless you're riding with a Pinebrook
View through the fall colors between
the Ambush junction and the Midmountain Trail.
|The Midmountain Trail will give you a couple of switchbacks
worth of climbing at first. After a short traverse in gambel oak and
maple, you'll be in deep fir and aspen forest, breaking out onto an
occasional ski slope.
At mile 3.7 of your ride, pass the Crest Connector. If you want, it's
1.3 miles (and 450 vertical) from here to the junction at upper Mill
We'll be climbing through the dense
fir forest in mid-right of this photo.
||The Midmountain Trail is pretty smooth here. The climbing is
sustained, but not hard. You'll spend three miles and gain 500 feet on the
Typical view on the Midmountain Trail.
|At mile 4.4, the trail breaks onto a gravel road on a
ridgeline. This is
the junction with Hollys.
It you want to add some miles, you can keep
going south on Midmountain, then return later. It will be mildly uphill
coming back. Red Pine Lodge is about a mile south.
View of the Midmountain after the
junction with Hollys.
||To find Hollys Trail, turn left on the gravel road where the
Midmountain crosses. Go about 150 feet and turn left downhill. Watch for a
singletrack on your left, going slightly uphill, about 100 feet after the
turn. This is Hollys Trail. There was no trail sign on the day of my ride
(September 2010), and the trail is easy to miss.
Hollys starts out smooth, but there are some technical sections in the
middle. You'll need to deal with big rocks and roots. It's all fun. If you
don't think so, walk your bike for a few feet, then get back on.
Early on Hollys Trail.
As Hollys nears pavement at The Canyons, find your return route:
pavement to Collins for the bigger loop, or ST via Rosebud.
For the ST loop option, find a trail heading northwest along the edge
of the construction site (2010). Depending on which of two trails is open
-- above or below the construction fence -- when you hit a dirt road in the bottom of the canyon, you may be either
above or below the return singletrack. Use the GPS track, or scout around.
I can't get more specific, because the trail bypass has changed in the
past month, and will certainly change again. Climb Rosebud to Robs, then
View on Hollys as the afternoon
For the big loop, take the paved road, down almost to
Highway 224. The route can be confusing. Bring our one-page guide, and bring your Google
road map or ride
with the GPS track loaded on your display.
Find the Sunpeak trail on the left about 50 yards before the end of
Sunpeak Drive. (2010: no trailhead parking, not even a sign!) Alternate: The DuBois trail starts at the north end of the parking for the
recreation center on Bear Hollow Drive 1/3 mile away. For either trail,
just keep heading uphill. When you hit Robs, head R downhill 0.6 miles to parking.
View through the Aspens as we climb
back toward Robs Trail.
|Robs Trail to Hollys, counterclockwise loop:
0.0 Begin climb on Robs N40 41.952 W111 33.963
0.6 Keep R and uphill on Robs
N40 41.824 W111 34.005
0.9 R on Robs (L=ST return) N40 41.810 W111 33.693
2.2 Keep R (L=Ambush, short loop)
N40 41.857 W111 35.050
2.6 L on Midmountain N40 41.729 W111 35.345
3.7 Keep straight (hard R = to Wasatch Crest)
N40 41.483 W111 35.135
5.5 L on DT, sharp L downhill, find ST on L
Hollys N40 40.969 W111 34.721
7.2 Keep R as two ST's join near ski lift
N40 41.213 W111 34.690
8.7 For ST return (shorter) L on ST
For big loop, downhill on paved
N40 41.142 W111 33.495
9.1 Main road, L (north)
at stop sign.
N40 41.042 W111 33.210
Road veers back east.
9.6 L just after Ambush parking on Summit Drive
N40 41.257 W111 32.904
9.8 R (northeast) at traffic circle. Cooper Lane
N40 41.398 W111 33.009
10.1 L at stop sign. N40 41.640 W111 32.863
Sunpeak Drive. Follow
10.3 L uphill to Sunpeak Trail
N40 41.719 W111 32.956
(Alternate turn R on
Bear Hollow Drive
Recreation ctr parking, trail north end.
N40 41.781 W111 32.826
12.0 R and downhill as you reach Robs
12.6 Back at parking.
|Getting there: Take I-80 eastbound out of Salt
Lake City and cross Parley's Summit. Take the Park City exit and turn
right. For Robs Trailhead, drive 2 miles on 224 toward Park City. Turn
right on Bear Hollow Drive. Head uphill 1.2 miles. The trailhead parking
is on the left, just before a hairpin turn in the road.
Bathroom: At The Canyons. None at Robs.
Water: The Canyons, plus convenience stores 1/2 mile away from
Camping: None in immediate area. Nearby at Rockport, Echo, or
Bike Services: Multiple shops in Park
|Canyons trailhead: Exit I-80 onto 224 as above. Pass
Bear Hollow drive, then turn R into The Canyons at mile 2.8 from the
freeway. Follow the main resort drive uphill. Go straight at the
roundabout. As the road splits in front of the big hotel, veer left (south).
Now turn R uphill just past the big buildings. Look for a gravel parking area
on your right, just before the road turns north again. Park here. Exit the
far end of the parking lot to a paved path that goes north between
commercial buildings. Keep going until you pass the gondola. Ignore the
smaller trails crossing the lawn (those are downhill routes). Drop
slightly to the left onto a broad path in the canyon bottom and begin
going uphill to reach Holly's and Rosebud's Heaven.