Jardine Juniper - TRAIL

Jardine Juniper - Trail, Logan, Utah

This trail is all singletrack and is basically a steady climb for about the first 4.5 miles, with only one break thrown in. The final 1/4 mile section drops down fast and technical. The reward at the top includes glorious views of the Cache National Forest and the opportunity to commune with a 3,200 year-old juniper tree. Bring a pen and some paper in order to take advantage of the box that has been conveniently located at the tree for you to express the deep impact that mountain biking has had on your life, and your profound gratitude that it brings you to places like this.

User Reviews (19)

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Colonel Flagg   Cross Country Rider [Jun 09, 2013]

This is a great ride. The loose rocks mentioned in previous reviews have been cleared off the trail. The trail is smooth. It's a good climb/workout with great view. I ride this every June when the hills are covered in green grass and wildflowers.
I highly recommend this ride to anyone in the Logan/Bear Lake area.

Similar Products Used: Stump Hollow is a great ride as well. Stump Hollow trailhead is just a few miles up the canyon from the Jardine Juniper trailhead.
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5
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3
XLE_biker   Cross Country Rider [May 12, 2009]

Since it has been a while since it has been reviewed, thought it might be worth revisiting. Open over the last 3 years from mid-May through November/ December, all dependent on the snow year. A cooler morning ride than afternoon ride. The sun hits the dry west facing slope in the afternoon and can get pretty hot!

Fall of 2008 the trails crew were making improvements to the route. This has helped improve the lower field portion of the trail. Much of loose rock has been removed, but gets stirred up throughout the season. (Please kick the loose rocks out of the trail if you can, it helps).

The overall condition of the trail is VERY good. Over the first two miles the field trail that approaches the switchbacks, the path is rocky, and much of it created from erosion. This makes the lower section technical, but a lot of fun coming down! The upper section of switchbacks were developed by the Army core of engineers many years ago, and still have held up extremely well. The pitch, grade and many changes in direction are well designed, and keep your heart rate up at a terrific pace that is consistent.

The mid elevation aspen groves have been hit with disease, so you'll need to watch out for dead fall trees.

At the top of the trail there is a loop around the summit, "Shady route" left, and "Sunny route" right. Either direction is a great ride. Again, keep a sharp eye out for dead fall trees as the single-track is windy on the shady side and trees in the trail can really surprise you, and send you off the cliff edge.

A huge plus on this trail is the simple fact that it is hikers, bikers, and horses only, no motorized.

Now if we could keep the horses off the surface during the muddy part of the year, this trail would stay smooth and fast.

This entire area has rocky surface trails as the norm, but overall Jardine Juniper is still one of the finest trails in the area.

I ride it twice a week in the summer, and is a terrific after work ride!

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4
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4
basharteg   Cross Country Rider [May 03, 2007]

My brother lives in Logan, and this time when I visited him I took my bike to ride the Jardine Juniper trail I had heard and read so much about. I'd read how the trail was a cardiovascular challenge ad nauseum. It is a steady climb, no doubt, but not a killer if you're in biking shape. The area is beautiful, the tree is really old, but from what I read of this trail on this site, things have changed. Many of the reviews here are 7 years old. During that time, the trail has really deteriorated. First three miles are nothing but cantelope-sized rocks covering the trail. The dirt has washed out; I even saw evidence of four-wheeler and motorcycle tracks which have hurt the trail. Some people may appreciate the rocks as part of the challenge. I'm a mountain biker who doesn't mind rough terrain, but riding over large loose rocks for 3 miles quits being a challenge and just get annoying.
Someone on this site suggested riding the trail once a year. Good idea. One things, after the descent your bike will have settled. If it's not loose after the drop, it never will be.
Yes ride the trail, but be prepared to bounce over rocks and scramble the whole way up.

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3
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4
Daniel Barlow   Cross Country Rider [Dec 11, 2003]

This a great trail and I like it. It is fun, I don't live in Logan but I ridden it a few times and it is great. Very green. I got a message for Hayduke about 3 summeries down, SCREW YOU! You know, you really got a sh*tty attitude. If you keep saying "mountain bike sucks" get out of here. Stop writing in the reviews and go to the Cake Recipe reviews or something and screw them. I've ridden bikes for years because I love the sport and being out in with a lot of fun & excitement and the beauty of mountain biking. Why don't you go do something you like to do and stop screwing other people on what they like to do.

Similar Products Used: Ride on the road just to piss on this guy. Oh, wear lycra and ride a full-suspension bike.
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4
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5
Dan   [May 11, 1999]

This trail made me fall in love with mountain biking. It taught me everything that is great about this sport, including the joy of that first glorious full-blown wipe-out.

Customer Service

Take the sunny side on way up and the shady side on the way down. You'll know what I mean when you get there.

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5
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Cary   [Jan 07, 2000]

This is an awsome trail. The trail is a single track with most of it a steady but relaxing climb.

Customer Service

Trailhead

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5
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Josh   [Apr 06, 2000]

I love this ride. The climb is pretty killer for my out of shape lungs and legs, but it makes for a sweet (and fast) ride down. The view at the top is awesome. The tree definitely was worth it. We even saw some moose on the last ride.

Customer Service

ONly one route until almost to the top and both are great.

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3
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Erik   [Apr 29, 2000]

The trail begins as a fairly steep, constant incline until you reach the switchbacks. The trail is actually steeper before you reach the switchbacks. Be prepared to encounter water during the spring. Great ride especially during the week.

Customer Service

Stay to the trail

Similar Products Used: Riverside trail
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5
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Mike Gebhard   [May 26, 2000]

This trail is a good guage on what kind of shape you're in. The first ride of the season is usually a killer if you haven't ridden all winter, but if you're in shape it's really a fun ride. Whether you're on your pedals the whole time or pushing your bike, the scenery is beautiful and well worth the trip. It's always fun to draw and write a few things in the book that's at the end of the trail at the old juniper tree. The trail is pretty narrow, so you'll encounter others on the way, please practice courtesy to keep things positive! Also, make sure your brakes are in good shape for the return descent, it can get pretty fast!

Customer Service

Just one way...UP.

Similar Products Used: There's a whole season's worth of trails in this area, if you love REAL mountain biking, this area of the world is where you have the opportunity to experience it. From May to October is the ideal time to ride here. Trail maps are free at the Forest Station on top of the hill right before you enter Logan Canyon.
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5
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jeff stewart   [Jun 04, 2000]

the ride up is ok it has some realy cool views. when you get to the top the tree sucks and then it takes 20 minutes to get down

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3
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