Wasatch Crest - Trail, Salt Lake City, Utah

Wasatch Crest - Trail, Salt Lake City, Utah

DESCRIPTION

The defacto Wasatch Classic. The official trail offers 5 miles of alpine singletrack, at elevations up to almost 10,000'. There are plenty of technical challenges, a couple gnarly sections, and gorgeous scenery of the high central Wasatch peaks. From Guardsman add 2.2 miles of steep climbing up a loose jeep road (1200' gain), before you get to the actual singletrack. From Mill Creek Canyon, once you get up to the Crest via the Great Western Trail, it is almost all uphill for 5 miles to the turnaround point. This trail is best done either by shuttling to the Guardsman trailhead (for wusses that don't want to suffer) or as a loop with massive elevation gain (4000+ vertical) using other trails in the area.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jul 15, 2010]
rpalmer
Cross Country Rider

Epic, epic, epic trail. This is the King of Wasatch Biking Trails. Nothing else comes close in Northern Utah. The options are almost endless for connected the Wasatch Crest Trail with a wicked downhill into Park City or Salt Lake. I like to ride with a shuttle, but it can be done as a loop if you've got the legs. Park at Guardsman Pass and ride up the double track to the top, then its mostly coasting (with easy climbs here and there) for miles. You can split left to Dog Lake for a shorter ride (long, boring paved road climb back to Guardsman though) or go straight until the trail splits and you can drop left into Mill Canyon and ride all the way to Salt Lake on singletrack (almost all the way -- there's a little necessary pavement thrown in there) or you can keep straight and drop into the Canyons on the Park City side. Either way is fantastic riding. The scenery is awesome, the trail is sweeeet singletrack, and the whole thing is just an epic experience. I can't recommend this trail enough.

Customer Service

Guardsman Pass, ride up Puke Hill (don't get off the bike! you can do it!), follow to split into Mill Canyon. I like this route better than into Park City simply because the downhill is LONGER. Salt Lake benches sit at just under 5000' elevation, PC is at 7500. Once the trail hits pavement, ride down the pavement until you get to the Pipeline Trail. Follow Pipeline right into Salt Lake City and your shuttle vehicle.

Similar Products Used:

Bobsled, Corner Canyon, Mid-Mountain Trail (Park City)

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 14, 2008]
jmo-ute
Weekend Warrior

This is a great trail that has plenty of trail through the trees, and some uphill on the first portion, just to keep you honest. My friend and I shuttled our cars, parked one at the Wasatch Crest beginning and one out of the trail past Dog Lake, right on the main road of Big Cottonwood.
The ride is great, we saw moose! It is now September, so at this altitude make sure you either wear long sleeves or go in the heat of the day, because by the time we finished it was 55 degrees.
Oh yeah, and if you are shuttling, don't forget your keys, I did and almost had to ride the entire way (6.2 miles) back up the canyon, but we lucked out by chance, some nice people at Silver Fork Lodge gave us a lift to our car.

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Pipeline Trail in Mill Creek Canyon is awesome.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
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3
[Feb 16, 2008]
orbiter
Weekend Warrior

Fantastic scenery. Close to Salt Lake.

OVERALL
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5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 18, 2006]
H.B. from St. Louis
Weekend Warrior

Huge amount of fun with a little bit of everything. Started at Guardsman, Scotts Pass and Puke Hill werre challenging. The rest was pure joy, miles of nice singletrack through high mountain meadows, groves. Had a nice conversation with a bobcat. The razorback just before the Spine, looking down on Park City to my right and Big Cottonwood on my left, was giddy. The Spine put me off the bike. Great rides both to the head of Mill Creek Canyon or down to Desolation Lake. Can't wait to get back to SLC to do it again.

Customer Service

Starting at Guardsman.

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Everything in Mill Creek Canyon is fun. Big Water is good. Riding up Little Water will kick your butt. Millcreek Pipeline is ok (Rattlesnake Gulch is a nutcracker to ride up).

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Sep 04, 2004]
Fischman
Weekend Warrior

Hands down the best trail I have ever ridden. Climbs, descents, smooth singletrack, rocky, technical singletrack, great views. In essence, the total mountain biking package. While riding the crest you will simply feel the pure exhilarition and joy of being truly alive. Even when the trail is crowded, the vibe is the best. You can't go wrong here.

Customer Service

Climb the Big Water trail out of Mill Creek Canyon, hit the GWT to the Wasatch Crest. Make the loop to Dog Lake(including a gut-busting climb), and descend the Little Water trail back to your car.

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If you can go here, there's no point in going anywhere else in the area.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jan 14, 2004]
BlackDiamond
Weekend Warrior

This trail is amazing. The view is great. It was a bit crouded but that did no detract from it all. We started from Big cottonwood and rode home through millcreek. Puke hill is deffinatly a 5 in the arobic catagory but the rest is just around a 3. Its good to get the big hill over at the beginning. This trail has alot of fun single track. There is at least one unridable rocky spots on the crest. I watched several people try and fall. there are different ways you can go down into millcreek. Going down to desolation lake is fun but has a narly up hill to dog lake.(not recommended). You can then take the big or little water trails once you are off the great western trail. the little water is more fun for the downhill. Big water is a great winding trail but is the primary uphill route for the dog lake trail. Just a word you can only bike in upper millcreek canyon on even numbered days of the month.

Customer Service

Big Cottonwood to Millcreek. Starting from millcreek would be insane, or for the racer.

Similar Products Used:

Dog Lake from millcreek. Also the pipeline also in millcreek.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
[Aug 05, 2003]
Michael
Weekend Warrior

This is one of the best rides I have ever done. I did it from big cottonwood. Lots of fun. There was alot of people but that did not bug me. The aerobic difficulty is a 5 up puke hill but only a 3 the rest of the way. there are some definite 5's in the technical range

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Oct 30, 1998]
Ryun Noble

The trail begins with a climb for about 3 miles and about 1500 feet. After that the trail rolls up and down for quite a while challenging in a few spots even walkable for some riders. Eventually you crest the climbing and begin a ten mile descent with almost no ups. The trail is best suited for full-suspension and disk brakes but you will have a blast even if you had to ride with coaster brakes and a bananna seat! There are a couple of very small stream crossings, quite a few places where your tires get light but no major air. Tires are best suited as a pin-spike style front and basically anything in the rear. If you are using v-brakes you can expect them to glaze on this ride. Alot of high speed into a hairpin that turns into another section of high speed downhill. This is a trail that anyone can have fun with, from the beginner to the elitist, from an Ellsworth to a Mtn Tek you can enjoy this trail. It could take anywhere from an hour to six hours. I know guys that have done it in june when they crossed over 9' deep snowdrifts so the weather has to be right to do it. When you are done, most riders will be pretty dead. If you are on full-suspension you won't be totally thrashed and the disks will help relieve the pain in your arms and hands. It is an excellent trail and if you are ever in Utah on an even day, I highly recommend it.

Customer Service

We actually ride the crest as a shuttle ride. We park one vehicle at the switchback and another at the bottom of mill creek canyon. We ride the crest trail as Scott says then follow the road down to the pipeline trail. Then ride the pipeline trail across till you decend back down to mill creek. 25 miles of downhill.

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I would highly recommend connecting this to the pipeline trail. The pipeline runs alongside the mountain along cliffs and through hallways of trees and turns that will only leave you begging for more.

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RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Oct 30, 1998]
Scott Miller

What can I say... its the BEST! One of the premier trails I have ever ridden, combining sick singletrack, with sick views, and a real sick downhill (over 7 miles uninterupted.) Unfortunately, it is only rideable for about 3 months out of the year, due to snow. End of June to Early October... in most years anyways. This past one was more like end of July to early October. I try to ride it every week when its clear of snow. The Great Western Trail downhill is equally cool, but without the views, and it is half jeep roads and half forest singletrack. Oh yeah. you can only ride upper Mill Creek trails (Great Western) on even days.

Customer Service

Hey, I submitted the trail, so I guess I should review it too... A lot of people shuttle this one, but I never have. I recommend one of two options:
1. Park at the top of Mill Creek, climb up to Dog Lake on the Big Water trail, descend into Mill D via a short and steep gravelly trail, then pump up the Desolation trail to the lake of the same name, then tackle the switchbacks to the crest. Its all downhill from here. This option only hits half of the Wasatch Crest, and involves 2500' of climbing for a good solid workout and its 13 miles. Expect it to take around 2-2.5 hours or more depending on your fitness level.
2. Park at the bottom of Mill D in Big Cottonwood, then ride up the road to the trailhead along Guardsman Pass road, and ride as described in the description, then ride down the Great Western Trail to the top of Mill Creek. Eat a Powerbar. Get back in gear and crank back up to Dog Lake, then down into Mill D, and down the highly technical Mill D trail back to your car. Around 25 miles, and over 4000' of elevation gain. You can cut it short by dropping in at Desolation lake and riding back to your car at that point (saves final 1100 feet of climbing back to Dog Lake.)

Similar Products Used:

Great Western, Mill D, Desolation, Little Water, Big Water, Pipeline, Solitude trails

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 01, 1998]
Emmanuel

this one is from far my favorite in the wasatch, you have lot of options available, and the downhill will not deveive you.. Be very carreful on the big water section which is heavily used by hikers with kids and dogs... That means slow down!!!

Customer Service

I highly recommend the same as above: shuttle from the guardman pass in big cottonwood canyon, and connect with pipeline...1500' up, 4500 down!!!

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starting from milcreek, the loop big water desolation lake, dog lake, little water is a great evening ride (during the summer)

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RATING
5
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