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Mud Spring - Mill Canyon Loop
The Mud Springs - Mill Canyon Loop, in the North Fork of American Fork Canyon, gives you a solid tough climb, fantastic views, and a rockin' tech downhill. But it demands good climbing skills, strong legs, great aerobic capacity, and advanced downhill skills. This 13-mile loop has over 3000 vertical feet of climbing, with a peak altitude of 8350 feet, and is for advanced riders only. Trail surface can be loose due to horse traffic. Season is mid-June through early October.
Clockwise Loop (recommended):
0.0   Pass bathrooms onto gravel road along river
        N 40 28.98' W 111 38.68', alt=6050'
0.4   R to bridge across river
        N40 29.127 W111 38.286
0.6   Keep left to begin climb in canyon
        N40 28.985 W111 38.318
1.5   Keep straight (L) to Mill Canyon
        N 40 28.655' W 111 37.695', alt=7020
2.4   Keep straight (Old Trench Rd Tr on L)
        N40 28.578 W111 36.709
5.4   Ridgeline with views
5.8   Straight onto DT N40 28.439 W111 35.440
6.0   Fork R on DT (GWT) N40 28.433 W111 35.318
 
6.5   Fork R on ST (GWT, Ridge 157)
        N40 28.073 W111 35.674
7.4   Keep straight (faint descending trail on R)
8.1   Keep straight (R=Tibble, L=Deer Creek SF)
        N40 27.544 W111 36.862
8.8   Hard R on Mud Springs Trail
        N40 27.124 W111 37.378
9.6   Keep R in meadow (L= Overlook)
        N40 27.505 W111 37.819
11.0 Cross Tibble Fork Trail N40 28.160 W111 37.593
11.7 L to descend Mill Canyon
        Retrace path
13.2 Back at parking
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. Go past the dam and park in the long parking area north of the lake N 40 28.98' W 111 38.68', altitude 6050 ft. On your bike, head up past the bathroom, and continue straight onto gravel road as the paved road turns left.

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