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|Paradise Canyon Trail
The Paradise Canyon Trail is one of the more technical rides at Brian Head. It includes the toughest section of the Dark Hollow Trail, then heads off on its own advanced-tech downhill course as it branches away from Dark Hollow. It can be done by an upper-intermediate rider with a few hike-a-bikes, but is more appropriate for expert riders. The trail has 6 miles of singletrack and 6 on dirt road, with a vertical drop of 3500 feet. Paradise Canyon is a lush, green, deeply forested area, making this ride one of the most beautiful in the Brian Head region.
0.0 From the parking lot on the road to Brian Head Peak,
go uphill slightly and across the road to start east on ST
1.4 4-way fork, go L down the Dark Hollow Trail
Vicious tech rock ahead...
2.2 Fork right in a meadow area do drop steeply downhill
off the Dark Hollow trail onto Paradise Canyon
5 Keep straight as the Dark Hollow trail rejoins on L
6 Sharp L onto the Second Left-hand Canyon Road
12 At U-143. To loop, turn left uphill.
|Shuttle service is available from the bike shops at Brian Head. Cost
per rider (summer 2001) is $12.
Getting there: Leave your shuttle car on U-143, anywhere below Second Left-hand Canyon (the canyon is the second gravel road on the left after entering the canyon above Parowan). GPS of the intersection of U-143 with the Second Left-hand Canyon road is N 37° 47.931' W 112° 49.350'. On U-143, head up the canyon from Brian Head to the summit. Just 1/4 mile past the summit sign, turn left on a gravel road (N 37° 40.136' W 112° 50.350'). Drive 1.8 miles to a parking area on the left. The trail starts on the singletrack slightly uphill and across the road from the parking area. (NOT the singletrack heading west directly from the parking lot, which takes you back into Brian Head.) Or, you can continue another 0.7 miles to the peak of the mountain to start your ride at GPS N 37° 40.904' W 112° 49.827'.
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