Le Tour de Forks, American Fork Canyon
For the rider who's looking for an epic ride in American Fork Canyon, the Tour de Forks hits North Fork, Mineral Fork, Dry Fork, South Fork Deer Creek, South Fork American Fork, and Tibble Fork in a monster 30-mile ride. Absolute altitude change is 3100 feet, climbing is about 4600. There's 8 miles of rocky doubletrack, 22 miles of technical singletrack. The connector from Dry Fork to Ridge 157 by the Ant Knolls is essentially a half-mile uphill hike. Consider shortening the ride by 4 miles by skipping Dry Fork and the Ant Knolls section of Ridge 157. (Instead of forking toward Mineral Basin at Dutchman Flat, just keep cranking straight up the North Fork Road to Pole Line Pass.)
Ride Notes, from Tibble Fork Parking
0.0    Go straight onto dirt North Fork road
4.3    Dutchman Flat, find DT on R behind parking
         N40 31.626 W111 36.205
5.6    Fork hard R on DT (left = Mineral Basin)
         N40 32.579 W111 35.685
6.0    Fork L to Dry Fork (R = back to North Fork Road)
         N40 32.399 W111 35.546
7.8    R onto ST (GWT), hike-a-bike climb
         N40 33.770 W111 35.098
8.4    Top of ridge, go R (south)
         N40 33.671 W111 34.777
         Keep R at all forks until you reach Pole Line Pass
10.9  At Pole Line Pass. Cross DT to Trail 157.
         N 40 31.901 W 111 34.243
11.5  Fork R (L = Pot Hollow)
         N 40 31.404 W 111 34.249
13.2  L uphill (R=Forest Lake), begin ugly section
         N40 30.347 W111 34.861
13.9  Keep L uphill at both Trail 181 forks
         N40 30.029 W111 35.182
14.8  Fork L (R = Holman Trail)
         N40 29.472 W111 34.938
15.0  Pass Rock Spring, keep R (157) at fork
         N40 29.479 W111 34.794
         Begin descent toward Mill Canyon
16.4  Cross DT to southbound DT
         N40 28.436 W111 35.276
17.0  Fork R on ST (just before end of DT)
         N40 28.071 W111 35.660
18.6  4-way, fork L on Deer Creek South Fork
         N40 27.547 W111 36.894
20.2  Cross paved road to DT
         N40 26.822 W111 36.514
         Find ST straight ahead
21.6  Cross paved road intersection to ST
21.7  Keep R, proceed to Summit parking
         N40 25.767 W111 36.804
         Cross parking to Horse Flat Trail
         N40 25.848 W111 36.812
         Fork L uphill

22.2  Fork R         N40 25.688 W111 37.109
23.4  Cross paved road, join ST=GWT         N40 26.151 W111 37.726
23.8  Keep L uphill (R = Salamander Flat)         N40 26.442 W111 37.672
23.9  Fork L across bridge          N40 26.471 W111 37.629
24.5  Keep R (GWT) at fork, trail climbs          N40 26.752 W111 37.651
24.2  Hard L at fork onto Ridge 157          N40 26.668 W111 37.018
26.1  Fork R uphill (L=Mud Springs)          N40 27.119 W111 37.366
26.8  At 4-way, fork L on Tibble Fork          N40 27.547 W111 36.894
28.2  Straight as Mud Springs Trail crosses          N40 28.158 W111 37.592
29.9  Descend, cross dam, R on road
30.0  Back at parking

Getting there: From I-15, take the Alpine-Highland exit just south of Point-of-the-Mountain. Go east towards the mountains on UT-92 and continue up American Fork Canyon. There's a $6 fee (as of 2009). About 6 miles up the canyon, turn left at the North Fork junction and drive 2 miles to Tibble Fork Reservoir. Park, then ride straight past the outhouse onto the gravel road that heads up along the river.

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