This is an 8.3
mile mountain biking loop ride in the McCoy Flat
trail system west of Vernal. The trail climbs 650
feet from the Flat via the Jackalope Trail. From the slopes of Asphalt Ridge,
Serpendipity descends in a fun ribbon of singletrack dirt. The last two miles of the loop are
undulating singletrack on the Retail Sale trail.
Joel Quinn zips through the ravine of
Serpendipity and up the other side. Photos May 26,
2010 by Jake Weber, Gene Poncelet, Steve Winters, and Bruce.
The ride starts just south of the corral on the And
Cookies trail. Just after you start riding, keep left as you pass the Jackalope
return trail. At mile 2, leave And Cookies to fork right on
Jackalope. Now you'll start your climb.
Trailhead at McCoy Flat. Bathroom,
large shaded picnic area.
From this point on, the trail is one-way. Jackalope climbs
a dry slope among junipers, then reaches a scrub and grass ridgeline.
About 1/2 mile before the top of the ridge, Serpendipity forks
Serpendipity immediately begins to plunge down a ravine,
dipping through the bottom, then flying high up into the brush. It's a
continuous swoosh. Poetry for your bicycle.
Gene Poncelet climbs Jackalope. The
terrain here is clay with bits of rock. Occasional wildflowers sprout
among the junipers.
After 1/2 mile, the slope lessens, and the trail zooms
across the flats, heading generally downhill. The trail straightens, and
the base is smoother.
Jake Weber rocks the serpent.
As the trail hits the flat, it becomes hardpack dirt.
Grasses fill the space between the brush.
At mile 6.3, Serpendipity crosses the McCoy Flat paved
road. 1/4 mile later, it joins Retail Sale. Keep right at this fork.
Jake gets up some speed heading toward
Retail Sale dips and twists north 2 miles north to the trailhead to
complete an awesome loop ride.
Winters rolls down a slope on Retail Sale after finishing Serpendipity.
Riding notes, clockwise loop (ONE WAY
0.0 Find southbound ST on southwest side of DT
Trail = And Cookies N40 21.028 W109 34.902
0.1 Fork L (R = return trail) N40 21.022 W109 34.806
0.3 Cross DT N40 21.126 W109 34.80
1.0 Fork R onto Jackalope (L=And Cookies)
N40 21.412 W109 34.992
3.4 Fork R downhill (L = Jackalope)
N40 22.212 W109 33.127
4.3 Cross Jackalope (keep straight)
N40 21.503 W109 33.452
6.3 Cross paved road N40 20.458 W109 34.199
6.5 Keep R, merge with Retail Sale N40 20.454 W109 34.418
8.2 Right on DT, cross road
8.3 Back at trailhead
Jake takes a drop on Retail Sale while
Steve captures the moment.
While driving toward Vernal on US-40, pass mile marker 138, then turn
right on the narrow paved McCoy Flats road ( N40 23.427 W109 35.752). If
you miss McCoy Flats road, go to the viewpoint overlooking Vernal and
backtrack exactly 2 miles, then turn left into the road. Drive 3 miles.
Immediately after passing a corral on your left, turn into the large
fenced BLM trailhead parking lot.
Camping: BLM land, primitive camping allowed. No developed
Bathroom: At trailhead
Water: Bring your own.
Bike services, maps, trail conditions:
Altitude Cycle, 580 East Main, Vernal. 435-781-2595