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Bald Mountain Backside Loop (Parley's Great Western)
This loop ties the Great Western Trail from Big Mountain Pass to Jeremy Ranch east of Parley's Summit, using the East Canyon Road and the Mormon Trail in Little Emigration Canyon to complete a 19.4-mile loop. This loop is for strong, experienced riders who can handle some stiff climbs and descend in occasional loose rock. Many bikers ride a portion of the Great Western, starting at Big Mountain Pass, as an out-and-back. Peak altitude 7900 feet, total climbing around 3500. Season late May through mid-October.
Ride notes, counter-clockwise loop from Big Mountain Pass:
0.0   At the far end of the parking lot, trail heads uphill
0.8   Crest ridge and begin first descent
1.5   Cross broad meadow of Mule's Ear
2.0   Crest ridge, 7900 ft, start descent to 7500
2.3   Stiff climb up to Bald Mountain
3.5   Top of Bald Mountain, 7900 ft, N 40 47.547' W 111 38.924'
        begin steep loose rock descent
4.5   Climb up from 7400 ft
5.0   Briefly join fire road, descend
5.1   Pass branching trail on R (descends ridge towards Little Dell)
        N 40 46.418' W 111 38.951'
6.0   Cross game trail on saddle, start climbing up again
6.5   At crest of hill, keep straight (L goes 0.2 to viewpoint)
        N 40 45.783' W 111 38.238'   Alt 7800
7.6   Microwave towers, singletrack goes to R of structures
        Joins gravel road
7.7   At first turn in road, hop singletrack on L, heading east
9.0   Fork "Main"gy Moose, turn R onto Switchback Trail
        N 40 45.789' W 111 36.009'
9.4   Go L as ST joins doubletrack
        N 40 45.754' W 111 35.898'  Alt 7000
9.8   Trail hits paved road at Moose Hollow gate (Saddleback)
        Find continuing trail across road on your left
         N 40 45.777' W 111 35.559'  Alt 6750
10.2 Fork hard L N 40 45.713' W 111 35.419'
10.8 L onto paved bike trail on Jeremy Ranch Road
        N 40 46.000' W 111 35.015'  Alt 6250
10.9 L onto gravel East Canyon Road
14.8 L into parking area for Mormon Trail
        Lift bike over fence, trail crosses creek
19.4 Arrive back at Big Mountain Pass
Getting there, Jeremy's or Little Emigration Trailhead: Take I-80 eastbound from Salt Lake. Just after Parley's Summit, take the Jeremy Ranch exit and turn north (left) under the freeway. Turn left, then right onto Jeremy Ranch Drive and continue until the road turns sharply around to the right, where you'll see the dirt East Canyon Road branching the left. You can park here, or drive 4.9 miles up the dirt road until you see the parking area for the Mormon Trail (and picnic tables and a bathroom) on your left. GPS N 40 48.944' W 111 35.080'.
Big Mountain Pass Trailhead:
  On I-80 in Parley's Canyon, take the Little Dell Recreation Area (U-65) exit. From the exit, drive uphill 8 miles to the top of the pass, then park on the right side of the road at GPS N 40 49.687' W 111 39.244'. The trail begins on the far side of the parking area, heading uphill.

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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.