Wardsworth Creek Trail
This single-track trail follows Wardsworth Creek up a side
canyon off the Right Fork of Hobble Creek. Most riders do the first 3 miles of trail, up
to the meadow and stock pond, for a 6-mile out-and-back. Vertical rise is 1100 feet, most
of it coming during the last 1-1/2 miles.
Looking down the canyon from the top. Rabbit brush blooms in
the foreground. August 24, 1999 by Bruce Argyle
The trail starts where the Right Fork Hobble Creek road
turns from pavement to gravel. Initial altitude is 6000 feet. Technical difficulty is intermediate overall,
but there are multiple rocky, tricky creek crossings that can be challenging.
The first section of trail is smooth as silk. Then come gnarly creek
crossings. (Note: you might consider stone-hopping the deeper creek crossings to keep your
chain dry. The trail is often very powdery. Once enough grit settles on your chain, it
will get sticky. Chain lock-up on the small ring was a problem on this trail.)
View up the trail. The trail stays fairly close to the creek,
to your right in this picture. August 24, 1999 by Bruce Argyle
Short but difficult rock-strewn climbs are common on the
way up. We share this trail with horses, and unfortunately, they tear the hell out of
steeper trail sections. Your bike handling skills and strength will be tested. The creek
becomes smaller and drier, but you'll have plenty of chances to fall in.
Eyeballing a sharp, tricky drop into the creek, over the
handlebars of the Doc's bike. August 24, 1999
|The trail climbs through spruce and aspen. Watch for fishermen along the
trail. The trail usually clears of snow in May, but the gates to the upper canyon are
closed until July. (High flow in the creek makes early riding dicy, anyway.)
As you near
the top, you'll have your first chance to get a view. And to let the dog explore.
The creek fades away to almost nothing near the top. Here a
tiny waterfall has created a bowl in the conglomerate rock. Photo August 24, 1999
At the top, the Dry Creek Canyon Cutoff Trail forks off at
the stock pond. This is where most bikers make the turn-around. The downhill run is truly awesome. You won't regret the brutal ride up.
The trail twists, dips, climbs, and plunges through the creek for a grin-inducing
A moose meanders through the meadow. For a longer ride, you
can continue on over the ridge. August 24, 1999 by Bruce Argyle
| If you want, you can
continue 4 miles further on the main trail to Halls Fork Road.
Or, you can fork left at the pond and cross over the ridge to ride down
Dry Fork Canyon on the west, completing the ride as a loop by riding back up the
road to the trailhead. The Dry Fork Cutoff Trail is narrower and much
more technical than Wardsworth. It's a great downhill if you're an
Flannel Mullein blossoms along the creek. The large
fuzzy leaves of this plant are most useful, which is why it's known among campers as
"toilet paper plant." The seed stalk makes a great flaming sword when dry --
therefore the other name, "Boy Scout torch." August 24, 1999
|Riding notes, Wardsworth to Dry Fork Loop
0.0 Through gate and up ST
N 40° 11.735' W 111°
1.5 Keep L, ignore smaller ST on R
3.0 At pond, fork L on narrow ST
N 40° 13.498' W 111°
3.5 L on DT at ridgetop (Dry Fork Cutoff)
Go 100 feet, then R on ST
N 40° 13.701' W 111°
|6.8 Join Dry Fork trail
N 40° 12.510' W 111°
7.5 Gate, L on paved road (Dry Fork trailhead)
N 40° 12.050' W 111° 25.079'
9.0 Back at Wardsworth Trailhead
||Getting there: Take the south Springville exit
I-15, turning east on U-77. Go straight through Springville. As you begin to climb the
foothills, you'll come to a 4-way stop. Turn right, following the signs to Hobble Creek.
Just past the golf course, the road forks. Keep right and drive 7.1 miles up the Right
Fork. The trail begins on your left just before the bridge where the paved road turns to
gravel. GPS N 40° 11.735' W 111° 23.505'.