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Bennie Creek Cutoff Trail
This awesome downhill romp has a few tricky spots requiring advanced riding skills, but the typical intermediate rider will have a great time, dismounting to walk the bike over these few rock or root tricks. The downhill section itself is 2.5 miles. The short loop is 8.1 miles (4.4 of which is on pavement), there's 1500 vertical of climbing (1400 on road and100 on the trail). Long loop from the ridge above the Blackhawk Campground (7 miles of singletrack, 1700 vertical descent, road portion 6.7 miles).  Some bikers ride from the Blackhawk Campground itself. Shuttle option. Season late May through mid-October.
Ride Notes, Long Loop:
0.0  Start from the pullout (near Maple Dell)
       N 39 57.126' W 111 40.480'
7.5  Turn left onto Blackhawk Campground Rd
7.7   Just past the turnout (R), go L on ST
        N 39 54.541' W 111 38.348' Alt = 8400
9.0   Join Blackhawk Loop, in from R
        N 39 55.147' W 111 37.617'
9.3   Fork R (straight) (L = up to road)
        N 39 55.410' W 111 37.574'
11.4 Gate, fork R (L = up to road)
        N 39 56.497' W 111 38.499'
12.2 At corral, keep L (R = downhill to Bennie Creek Road)
        N 39 57.122' W 111 38.454'
12.3 Fork L (R = Loafer Mountain)
        N 39 57.190' W 111 38.534'
14.9 Back at vehicle
Ride Notes, Short Loop:
0.0  Start from the pullout (near Maple Dell)
       N 39 57.126' W 111 40.480' Alt = 7850
4.4  Turn off road onto Loafer Mountain Trail
       N 39 56.598' W 111 38.515'
4.6  Fork L (R through gate = to Blackhawk Trail)
       N 39 56.497' W 111 38.499'
5.4  At corral, keep L (R = downhill to Bennie Creek Road)
       N 39 57.122' W 111 38.454'
5.5  Fork L (R = Loafer Mountain)
       N 39 57.190' W 111 38.534'
6.3  Faint trail in from L, keep straight and slightly uphill
8.1  Back at vehicle

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

Getting there: Going south, take the Payson exit 250 from I-15 and turn left. Head into Payson on U-115 to the traffic light, then turn left (100 North, U-198). About 1/3 mile later, at the top of a small hill, turn right at 600 East. Drive up the Nebo Loop Road. Look for a small turnout on the left at mile 7.3, with a sign "Bennie Creek Cutoff Trail." If you're doing a shuttle, this is the trail's end. GPS N 39 57.126' W 111 40.480'. If you're doing the loop, park and start riding uphill on the road.
Short Loop:
At mile 11.7, there's a small turnout on your left at GPS N 39 56.598' W 111 38.515', with a sign "Loafer Mountain Trail." This is the trailhead for the short loop. Long Loop: At mile 14, you reach the fork to Blackhawk Campground. Turn left. About 1/10 mile down the road, there's a turnout on the right. You want the trailhead across the road, slightly downhill -- not the trail heading directly west from the parking area. GPS N 39 54.542' W 111 38.373'. Blackhawk: Go to the campground, 2.5 miles further down the road. Keep left, going into the group picnic area. The trailhead is on the left corner of a small parking area, just before the loop around the bathroom. GPS N 39 53.568' W 111 37.203'

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