Mineral Fork - TRAIL

Mineral Fork - Trail, Salt Lake City, Utah

The trail swiftly turns from asphalt to a steep rocky climb. You will spend most of the road in your granny gear and wish for a couple lower gears as well. The trail is doubletrack and ATV's are allowed as well. However, I have never seen an ATV on this trail. The trail rises swiftly up a number of switchbacks crossing small streams. After about a mile it levels off a bit in a beautiful forested area. After a little while the trail becomes steep again. Continue to persevere and soon you will enter a pristine alpine valley. The trail remains steep until you come to a fork. The sign says Trail and points to the left. Take the right fork instead, it is less steep and more rideable. The trail becomes a road filled with old mining tailings. It is loose and steep, but a great challenge. You will come to the Wasatch Mine. From this point on the trail becomese pretty sketchy. You can ride parts, but you will find yourself hiking much of the way. The trail continues all the way up to the old Regulator Johnson Mine. The altitude is around 10,000 ft. The total elevation gain to the R. Johnson mine from the trailhead is around 3500 ft. The elevation gain to the Wasatch mine is around 2300 ft. This is a very scenic and technically challenging ride. This ride is also not very well known by the mtn. biking community in SLC, so it is not crowded.

User Reviews (6)

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wiggy   Cross Country Rider [Jul 27, 2007]

Intro:
I was looking for a challenging steep climb where i could improve my technique (balance, pace, strength, endurance etc...) and increase my aerobic capacity to boot. Well this trail is all of that and than a little more.

I went left at the trail head sign and started climbing at a fair pace, the most challenging section on the first 1.5miles imho is just trying to keep your balance and your rear tire from spinning out. Around mile 2 the trail breaks you can either go left or right. The right side as has been mentioned in others reviews is a lot less steep, so i decided to go left, the next 2.25 miles took was very STEEP, LOOSE, and TECHNICAL in this section alone there were 4spots that i had to hike a bike and push a bike. mostly because if you stop its very difficult to maneuver over the loose large ENDO (you on your way down)
rocks. I also noticed that it was difficult to get traction without spinning the rear wheel when stopped on a large grade with loose gravel everywhere.

Even with the sections of hike a bike and the constant grade that makes 1:1 gearing fill like 3:8 its a beautiful trail with one of the most spectacular views as you climb. I found it very rewarding to look out over the areas i climbed and say "damn i climbed this?"

From the start of the trail head up to mile 4.25 took 1hour:55minutes:36 seconds coming down took roughly 50minutes

My words of advice air DOWN your tires to 20-30psi it will make climbing over the rocks much easier rather than bouncing over them

cheers!!
joe a.k.a wiggy

Customer Service

I went left at the trail head, and than went left at the wooden sign (mile mark ~2) saying "TRAIL" wonderful climb with about 5 or 6 hike / push a bike areas

Similar Products Used: Solitude single track
Donut falls
Guardsman pass
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3
Kenny   [Jul 26, 1999]

This is a great trail for Saturday mornings when everyone and their brother are riding the Wasatch Crest Trail. This trail is not for the rank beginner or out-of-shape weekend warrior. True riders will enjoy the challenge and pristine beauty (except for the mines) that surrounds this trail.

Customer Service

See my review

Similar Products Used: Day's Fork (Sweet,Steep, and Unknown to most), Mill D N. Fork, Solitude Singletrack
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5
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Tom   [Sep 13, 1999]

Steep, relentless uphill, which is fine with me, but it's very loose in lots of sections, making riding the whole thing pretty difficult. More an ATV trail than anything else. Some very good long sections that would qualify as singletrack. Only complaints are that there's little variety (all uphill) and the surface is frustrating for bikers in many places. Good hiking trail. By the way, this review is written by a "true" biker. What's good and what's bad is subjective dude.

Customer Service

same as described

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John Brady   [Sep 14, 1999]

This is a great trail to get away from it all.Lots of loose rock and gravel, so just stay seated and grind away.This trail is rideable to the 1st mine.After that it is steep,loose,intense switch backs all the way to the top.I didn"t see a soul but I did see a mountain goat near the top.The ride back down from the top is an event you won't forget to soon.So tough it out and go to the top.If you do the trail again you are a remarkable person.........

Customer Service

UP,UP,UP,UP,UP,UP,UP,UP-and just maybe you"ll see the mountain goat near the top like I did.

Similar Products Used: Single track trail on Brighton Ski area
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5
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SheepShagger   [Feb 21, 2000]

It is a relatively easy trail up to the first mine. After the first mine you can really prove what kind of climber you are. There are several swithchbacks to the upper mine and if you can make it to the upper mine without stopping you have my deepest sympathy's for being un-human.

Customer Service

You cant get lost. It is the only road in Mineral Fork.

Similar Products Used: Mill D - North single-track, or if you like a brutal rock strewn roads Mill D - South is a nice tour to see some old mine buildings.
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4
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Mikey   [Apr 03, 2001]

One of my favorite places to train. It works best if you start by biking up the canyon then riding the trail. It has lots of uphill and some loose rock. It is a real pain if you have toe clips but otherwise it will go fine. Good place for technique improvement for uphill ascending on loose stuff. It forces you to keep balance as too far forward and you wheelie too far back and you spin out. Cool stuff.

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