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Bald Mountain - Little Dell Loop
This is a great ride for seasoned bikers with leg to spare, up the Mormon Pioneer Trail to Big Mountain Pass, south along the ridgeline on the Great Western, then dropping down the ridge above Little Dell. Altitude change is 1400 feet, starting at 5600, but total climbing will be just over 2500. This loop is 18.2 miles long. Many bikers will want to shuttle, driving to Big Mountain Pass for an 11-mile ride with about 1100 total feet of climbing. Season late May through October.
Standard Loop, Ridgeline above Little Dell
0.0   Start north on U-65
2.3   (Approx) just past Little Dell Reservoir,
        find a pullout on R, drop down trail heading to
        the Mormon Pioneer Trail, then L uphill
3.85 Trail reaches roadside parking, continuing trail
         is on your left downhill across road
4.6   Affleck Park. Straight on DT, R across creek,
        then L on DT to end of park, continue on ST
5.7   Cross road
7.3   Big Mountain Pass. N 40 49.680' W 111 39.227'
        Turn L to end of parking to find continuing trail
        (Climbs hill south)
10.8 Top of Bald Mountain, start rocky descent
12.4 Crest hill, join DT, watch for rockpile where
        ST forks R (west) - critical fork
        N 40 46.418' W 111 38.951'
        Stay on top of ridge for 2.8 miles
15.2 At 3rd pipeline crossing, fork hard L just
        before power line, go east
        N 40 45.769' W 111 41.668'
16.2 Fork R (downhill) in meadow near springs
        N 40 45.638' W 111 40.435'
        (Don't follow pipeline uphill)
18.2 Back at parking.

Shuttle Ride: Park at return trail, drive to Big Mountain Pass. Trail far southeast end of the parking area.
0.0   Climb uphill to start ride
3.5   Top of Bald Mountain
5.1   Crest hill, join DT, watch for rockpile where
        ST forks R (west) - critical fork
        N 40 46.418' W 111 38.951'
        Stay on top of ridge for 2.8 miles
7.9   Hard L at gas and power line (east)
8.9   Hard R (west)
10.9 At parking!

Getting there:  On I-80 in Parley's Canyon, take the Little Dell Recreation Area exit (East Canyon, U-65). Turn north towards the golf course. Drive about 0.1 mile. On your right, spot a gate on a doubletrack, just past a ravine and before the first hill. There's a wide spot on the right for parking. N 40 45.336' W 111 42.590'.  Start your ride by heading up highway U-65. The doubletrack will be your return trail.

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Trail conditions change, and the layout of a trail may change without notice. Use this trail guide at your own risk.