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Mercer Canyon (Lake Mountain Summit)
Mercer Canyon (Lake Mountain Summit) is a narrow gravel road to the top of 7600-foot Lake Mountain. It's easy technical, but strenuous aerobic. The ride is nothing special, but there's a nice view at the top. 
There are two variations of this ride: (1) Park off U-68, as below, for a 21.6-mile out-and-back, with 3000 vertical feet of climbing. (2) Follow the riding directions in your car to mile 5.2, then turn left to park on the south end of the open-pit mine, for a 10.6-mile, 2000-vertical ride.
Riding notes, starting at highway:
0.0   Start west on dirt road
        GPS N 40 10.250' W 111 56.017'
3.1   Cross Soldier's Pass
3.2   R onto smaller road
        GPS N 40 11.968' W 111 58.184'
3.9   Fork R, N 40 12.267' W 111 58.706'
4.9   Keep R, N 40 12.781' W 111 57.997'
5.2   Keep R (L = open-pit mine)
        N 40 12.958' W 111 57.766'
(If starting from the mine, head northeast uphill
N 40 13.149' W 111 57.692',
on ST 0.3 miles to road meet road at 5.7)
5.7   Trail in from mine on L
        N 40 13.135' W 111 57.357'
10.7 Keep L
10.8 Fork R off main road
        N 40 16.645' W 111 56.254'
        uphill 100 ft, R again, up to view at ridgetop
Getting there:  From the intersection (about 5 miles west of Lehi) where U-73 meets U-68, turn south on U-68. Drive 19 miles south. (Ignore multiple smaller dirt and gravel roads along the mountain.) As you near the south end of Lake Mountain, watch for a fairly large gravel road on your right that has a stop sign, GPS N 40 10.250' W 111 56.017'. Park here and ride west on the gravel road.

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