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Holman Trail (AF Canyon)
The Holman Trail is a mean, highly technical descent from Ridge Trail 157 in the North Fork of American Fork Canyon. High-experts only! There's 3200 feet absolute elevation change, total 3900 climbing. Lower Holman (past the intersection with Trail 181 and 172) has a long steep section (25%) grade, that's loose, rough, twisting, with rocks and roots. Do NOT go down lower Holman unless you're very skilled at controlling a bike in a steep skid, expert at precise route-picking to avoid big rocks and roots, and fearless enough to maintain downhill speed to bang through the rough stuff without an endo. The ride is 18.6 miles. The loop climbs via the rocky North Fork Road, then follows Ridge Trail 157 south for a few miles before the technical descent on Holman. (There's additional climbing during the descent.) Allow several hours.
Ride Notes, loop from Tibble Fork
0.0    Go straight onto dirt North Fork road
4.3    Dutchman Flat
5.1    Keep right (left = Mineral Basin)
8.0    At Pole Line Pass. Find ST Ridge Trail 157 on R.
         N 40 31.901 W 111 34.243
8.6    Fork R (L = Pot Hollow)
         N 40 31.404 W 111 34.249
10.3  L uphill (R=Forest Lake), begin ugly section
         N40 30.347 W111 34.861
10.9  Keep L uphill at both Trail 181 forks
         N40 30.029 W111 35.182
11.8  Fork R downhill on Holman Trail
          N40 29.472 W111 34.938
         (If you get to Rock Spring, you missed it)
14.2  Keep straight as 181 joins on R
         N40 29.344 W111 36.559
14.7  Fork R for continued Holman
         N40 29.150 W111 36.740
         OR, Fork L for Old Trench Trail to Mill Canyon
15.1  Keep straight (L) at fork
         N40 29.161 W111 37.050
15.8  Begin steep plunge x 0.8 mi
16.8  L downhill on doubletrack
         N40 29.590 W111 38.088
17.2  L on North Fork Road
         N40 29.946 W111 38.167
18.6  Back at Tibble Fork
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. Alternatively, for a shuttled ride, drive up the North Fork Road 8 miles to Pole Line Pass.

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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.