Ridge Trail - TRAIL

Ridge Trail - Trail, Sundance/American Fork, Utah

About 2/3 of this trail is nice, fast singletrack through the forest and accross fields. Ths First 1/3 is up and down along a ridge and the last 2/3 is a descent to Tibble fork reservior. There are forks and splits in the trail--keep to the right. There are signs at most of the junctions. You will want a car shuttle back to the top or you can be dropped off and just ride home from the bottom. It is about 15 miles back to Provo from the end of the trail.

User Reviews (19)

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kAZ   Weekend Warrior [Jul 05, 2004]

I did what research I could on this trail and decided to ride it south to north. I wanted to go at least as far as Pole Line Pass, then turn around and come down Mill Canyon. I started at the Timpanooneke trailhead and found my way easily enough to the Ridge Trail. I then followed my intended path along the Ridge Trail. Everything was as expected, nice alpine single track, mostly at a steady incline. Beautiful views. However, things got ugly north of Mill Spring. A minor problem was that I wasn't prepared for the difficulty of finding the continuation of the Ridge Trail after it gets to Mill Spring. The trail becomes double track at Mill Spring and you follow that for a ways. Where the double track splits into paths to the east (to the Mill Canyon Trail) and west (down toward Cascade Springs) the Ridge Trail is straight ahead and a bit to the west. From there, the trail first became a loose, but somewhat do-able uphill slog. But after not very far it became too steep to ride. And then not very much farther again, it became ridiculously rocky, loose, and steep - absolutely unrideable; close to unhike-a-bikeable. But I was determined to get to Pole Line Pass, so I pressed forward. I encountered another biker going the other way, and he was walking his bike down this section. It turned out that this nasty part stretched on for over 1.5 miles. Even after the nastiness subsided the uphill remained steep and loose, so the overall uphill hike turned out to be something over 2 miles and took me easily an hour to climb - not fun. Finally, I was able to mount my bike again just before the turnoff to the East Ridge Trail (signed for Pot Hollow). From there I rode along the ridge and enjoyed some more fantastic views. I rode through a saddle where I could see the top of Alta to the north and the top of Sundance to the southwest - beautiful. But the trail started to decline and since I was going to turn around I didn't want to invest in any more climbing. I ended up turning around somewhere before the trail to Forest Lake. I rode back the way I came down to the Mill Canyon Trail. I rode down the nasty part. I had my knee pads, so I had a small amount of comfort, but really, that was not fun. The Mill Canyon Trail was fun forest single track. I ended my ride at Tibble Fork Resevoir. I'm rating this trail for north to south.

Customer Service

North to south from Pole Line Pass. I believe the North Fork road is too rough for passenger cars. Evidently, the way to do it is ride up the road from Tibble Fork Resevoir. You can come down Mill Canyon, Tibble Fork, or Pine Hollow.

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4
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3
Tom   [Nov 20, 1998]

A lot of variety in this ride. Getting from the reservoir to the pass sucks. Long dirt road section frequented by toothless inbreds on ATVs and old pickup trucks. Better leave your lycra at home. Great views, singletrack along the ridge, however. There are 4-wheel drive tracks along much of the gentler sections of the ridge, so you can get sidetracked if not paying attention. From what I remember, finding the GWT markers along one stretch was a bit difficult, but it's all good and if you stay headed generally south you'll run into the alpine loop road.

Customer Service

Park at the reservoir (Tibble Fork), ride up the dirt road at the end of it to Pole Line Pass where you can look down into the Heber valley. Ride south along the ridge following GWT markers to the top of the Alpine Loop. Ride back down the road to the reservoir and your car.

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5
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Bill   [May 21, 1999]

I love this trail. The best shuttle ride I have ever been on. Great singltrack, views and even a few decent climbs thrown in.

Similar Products Used: Park at Aspen Grove, bike up the road to the same parking area as the Ridge Trail. From there, head south to aspen grove. Great single track. I have seen several moose on this trail, so be careful.
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5
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Jason Mitchell   [Sep 13, 1999]

The trail rolls north and quickly descends into a beautiful valley, then climbs once again. This scenario is repeated once more, then as the trail splits and you go right up a challenging climb with some high erosion bars to hop. After this climb, it's downhill baby! We had a blast hiking back up some sections and taking the good drops again and again. There are some logs where you can get some serious air. Nearly everyone in our group crashed multiple times and I got a pinch-flat and busted my chain. What a hoot! The trail has some serious switch-backs as you near the reservior. More fun than should be allowed.

Customer Service

Park one car at the top of the Alpine Loop and leave one at Tibble Fork. Ride the trail from the lot at top to Tibble.

Similar Products Used: Take the old sheep trail from the last switch-back up to Silver Flats.
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5
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dave   [Sep 29, 1999]

This is a trail to eat up. I climb like crazy and then I fly down this mother shredding it. Its been chewed up by some horses in some spots, but all in all, this ride is a silly quikie that is my favorite in the area.It gets 5 stars for pure adrenalin. Throw a beer bottle at Redford's house while you're at it.

Customer Service

from provo drive to the top of sundance, till you come to the top, stop in the parking lot.

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5
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dug   [Nov 17, 1999]

This is the best singletrack ride I've ever been on. The first tenth of a mile has 4 switchbacks and a steep enough grade to make your head explode, and the next mile doesn't get much easier. After that you alternate between very steep, rooty and rocky technical pitches, and easy meadows, until the final steep push to the Ridge (about 1 mile in stay left to avoid going down to the summer homes, and about 2 miles in, go straight to avoid Mill Canyon to the left and Mud Springs to the right).

At the Ridge, you get to alternate a bit for a mile or so between gentle climbing with 100 miles views to the West and quick downhill through trees over log drops. When you hit the meadow and the sign for Mud Springs, turn right.

You get another half mile or so of strenuous climbing and cool log moves before you finally top out in a large meadow. Look South to Mt. Timpanogos and the back of the Wasatch range. Wow.

Now turn right and begin one of the best descents anywhere. The first half mile is fast and twisty through the trees, then you drop into about a quarter mile of very steep, very rough, very twisty trail before you come out past a beaver pond and suddenly it's a luge run over big log drops and barely avoidable trees.

When you finally rejoin the Tibble Fork Trail, turn left and go down the last mile (the first one you climbed). You start with a big log drop, and it just gets better, all the way back to the car.

About 8 miles in all (oh, but it feels like more), you gain about 2500 feet in the first 3, but baby, you get it all back. This ride has more big logs (both up and down), twisty endo sections, and cool embedded rock moves than any other ride around. I recommend you ride it at night (bring your good lights, leave the commuter lights at home), since the twisty trail and dense foliage can hide other riders, equestrians, and hikers (though you'll very rarely see anyone), and at night, you can go full speed without worrying about collisions.

This is not your Father's mountain bike trail.

Customer Service

Stop the shuttling madness. Ride in circles. Park at the Tibble Fork dam, ride across the dam and up the Tibble Fork trail. Climb 3 miles to the Ridge Trail, take a right and go to Mud Springs, take a right and climb about 5-10 minutes, then go downhill for all the way back to your car (taking a left when you hit the Tibble Fork Trail again).

Similar Products Used: Grove Canyon, Frank, Hog Hollow, Pole Line Pass, Timponeeke Loop, South Fork of Deer Creek. Too many to list.
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5
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Alex   [Jan 18, 2000]

Easily the most demanding and technical trail I've ever ridden. Lots of -ass behind the seat- steep descents, switchbacks, drop-offs, jumps, rocks, roots, you name it!!! The soil was nice, soft,dark, and loomy, so I was less scared of wrecking. Luckily, I didn't wreck once.

Leave the wife and kids at home, this is a ride for the guys!! It will definitely sharpen your technical skills, you don't have any choice.

Customer Service

It was a 20+ mile loop and I have no idea where I was. I was following a friend who rides it all the time. I just remember riding up some grueling jeep road until it reached a high elevation lake, and then climbing some more till we were at the single track (I think we must have climbed about 4500' in all, I nearly puked). The beginning of the single track up there was mostly hike-a-bike, then it got a lot better. I almost got runned over by several motorcycles and 4 wheelers on that main jeep road!! We rode all singletrack back down to the reservior.

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5
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Todd   [Apr 11, 2000]

this is one awesome trail and I would say go ride it just dont go to early or you will be stuck in the snow and pushing your bike instead of riding it. you will probably also get lost trying to find the trail so wait until the snow is gone and then go on the funnist ride in the canyon.

Customer Service

Start out at the Alpine loop parking lot and hit the trail from there. Follow signs you can go all over the place you go from seeing utah valley to seeing heber valley and deer creek. It is a very fun ride

Similar Products Used: corner canyon,
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5
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Rich   [May 01, 2000]

I get to the Ridge trail by going up and over Alta. you start at Albion campground and go up to Supreme lift--there you can go north on west side of small peak on single track to connect with the GWT above catherine lake. Drop down on the GWT in Dry Creek. Stay on GWT it switchbacks up to a ridge then cuts across the dirt road from American Fork--keep on the single track and it turns into the ridge trail--I have then dropped off it to Tibble Fork, down Am Fork Cyn to Alpine, up and over Corner Cyn to my house in Sandy. Definitely an epic ride. For strong riders with plenty of water and some food.

Customer Service

From Alta

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4
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John   [Sep 17, 2000]

We found this trail the night before after looking at the reviews here at MTBR. We modified the directions after seeing some riders who recommended the paved road loop. We found the views breathtaking, the singletrack to be far superior to the Wasatch Crest (which we ride all of the time) and the technical sections to be demanding. Despite warnings of leaving your wife at home, my wife managed this trail with little difficulty. However, she is an experienced rider. We did take digital pictures which can be viewed at www.mountainbikingaddiction.com/trail157. These pictures show each of the post markers that we encountered.

Customer Service

Start ride at Tibble Fork dam. Ride down paved road back to Alpine Loop road. Ride paved road to Alpine Loop until first parking lot(There is a restroom and parking as well as a map) approximately 2 miles on your right. Directly accross the street is the trailhead for Pine Hollow #47. We took this to the first junction with Trail #157 (Great Western Trail). Here we turned left and proceeded to the Mud Springs junction. We took Mud Springs trail for approximately 2 miles where we intersected with Tibble Fork trail #41. From here you blast down through some technical singletrack and open mountain meadows. You eventually spill out at the dam where you left your car. The whole ride is 14.5 miles and took us 1 hour 45 minutes lounge riding. The loop can be increased in distance by turning right at the Pine Hollow #47 and Great Western Trail #157 junction and proceeding to the Summit Trail which goes to the top of the Alpine Loop. From here you go across the street and get onto Trail #157 again (Ridge Trail) and take this to the Mud Spring or Tibble Fork junction, then back down to the Tibble Fork dam.

Similar Products Used: Mineral Fork, Jacobs Ladder, Wasatch Crest, Deer Valley Trails, Park City Trails.
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5
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