Wardsworth trail to Dry Creek - TRAIL

Wardsworth trail to Dry Creek - Trail, springville, Utah

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Clint Eagar   Cross Country Rider [Jun 13, 2013]

Great, fun and a nice technical trail! The scenery is beautiful. I've ridden the trail several times in the last year and never had any problems with cows, not one cow.

Customer Service

I STRONGLY recommend the out and back. The dry creek trail is so blasted, just rocks and tons of really severe washouts. Having ridden the out and back and the loop, I definitely prefer the out and back.

Similar Products Used: Hobble creek canyon is largely undocumented with trails. If you follow the dirt road past the trail head you will join up with Ray's Valley road and the three forks area and there are lots of great riding options over there.
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Silentfoe   Cross Country Rider [Sep 07, 2008]

This trail needed an updated review and I figured I'd write one after having just ridden the trail today. No need to worry about finding the trail anymore, it is well worn and even has "diamond" markers to help you find it. Sometimes the trail splits and the markers tell you which way is more difficult but if you are there to ride the Wardsworth trail then you need to follow the markers. As measured today, the ride up is 3.25 miles and gains 1014 vertical feet. The ride down (the loop) is 3.45 miles. The road back up to your car is 1.70 miles. The trail is starting to show wear from the horses and all the cows. Several trees are across the trail and you will have to hike many sections unless you are a Hans Rey protege. This is one of the best trails in the Utah Valley area but not for a beginner or the faint of heart.

Customer Service

Start at the Wardsworth trail head, go up past the two ponds and continue on down the other side. Really kind of lame to do an out and back since Dry Creek is such a better downhill ride.

Similar Products Used: Not too sure of others in the area but I'd love to find them.
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NormC   [Jul 27, 2000]

This trail is great. Even if you can only ride a PART of this trail,you'll like it. Especially if you start at the Wardsworth trailhead.

WHO WILL LIKE IT

- - - N O T for newbies.
- - - Wardsworth up-n-back portion is OK for beginners if they are confident, capable & in decent shape, not potatoes. It takes 1.5 hours - 2 hours for that leg.
- - - Most beginners will find themsleves hopping off a lot, but there's still TONS of fun riding.
- - - Unless you're in excellent condition, there will be some walking. It's worth the walking if you have time for it.

Having said that, let me point out some of the trouble spots, and clarify some of the directions that were given in the trail description above.

WARNING:
Don't even TRY the full loop until you've done the two halves (each is an up-n-back) and you have an idea of how they should hook together. The full loop is 3 - 4 hours, and you need to have confidence that the two trails actually connect, because the trail disappears completely for about 100-200 yards.

The 1st (top) half (Wardsworth trail) is a 1.5 hour ride. This up-n-back starts at the green livestock gate at the Wardsworth trailhead (where the road is about to turn to dirt). Take it all the way to the second pond. When you get to the second pond, DO NOT continue staight up the mountain. That trail is a falsie and will die out in a bunch of deadfall within about 350 yards. Instead, follow the faint trail that starts to circle clockwise 1/8 of the way around the pond, then heads off (slight up) toward the ridge to your right. The ridge (about 250 yards from that pond) has an ATV trail you can't miss.
Just remember, the original trail description above is perfect for this entire piece of the ride. You'll find the singletrack continuing faintly on the other side of the ATV trail, (remember, first follow the ATV trail towards the left about 25-40 yards, otherwise you'll never see the singletrack start up again on the other isde of the ATV trail.)

IF YOU'RE JUST DOING THE Wardsworth up-n-back,
This is where you turn back.
You've just done the 1st half of the loop.
Now get familiar with the bottom up-n-back, Dry Creek / Canyon.
It's described a few paragraphs later.

To do the whole loop, simply take the faint singletrack you've found heading off to the right. Again, just follow the earlier descriptions.

AT THIS POINT,
the original trail description above needs a
CLARIFICATION:

Your faint singletrack will quickly (within 1 or 2 minutes) deteriorate to a place on the flat of the ridge that looks like "Hey, I'm at the end of the ridge flat! Where's my trail going? This is gonna be a long, steep down whether I go left, straight, or right!". Don't worry, because even if you take the wrong trail here, you'll know it quick. You'll see a couple false alarms made by bikers who didn't know what to do next. It's really no big deal. One falsie heads off to the leftish, then turns back towards the thin trail you've been riding. Another kinda goes forward, just like you've been doing, continuing away from the ATV trail. Don't buy it - it disappears within about 30 yards. The third trail is the one you want. It heads off to the RIGHT, and is an obvious but narrow singletrack that immediately turns nasty down.

The funny thing about this is, you're thinking "Why am I turning right, AWAY from the Dry Creek Canyon trail?". Just go with it. It's mostly a walk down through the aspens about 1/4 mile. I walk most of it because it's just beyond my ability - - I'm just a good beginner - I haven't been riding for all that long. There's about 10 sets of deadfall, along with several 1.5 - 2 foot dropoffs that leave you with few "Plan B" bailout options. Not worth the risk. Easy to walk. Now BE CAREFUL to FOLLOW the earlier, original instructions. I'll paraphrase. You'll get to the bottom of this singletrack (it fades out right after all the steep stuff is finished) and come upon a somewhat flat area, and you can tell you're only about 100-200 yards away from a creekbed running down the ravine. It's a easy ride/walk downhill - - even though no visible trail. on the other side of the creekbed, the trail will go up or down. Take the downhill to the shuttledrop at the "Dry Creek / Canyon" cattleguard we talked about earlier. Now go grab the other car by Wardsworth, or ride the asphalt up to the car if you wanted to make it a a true loop instead of a shuttle drop.

ANOTHER CORRECTION to original trail description: It says that heading down the trail will take you to the left-fork of Hobble Creek. I tink he meant that it will take you to the RIGHT fork, and the Dry Creek Canyon cattleguard / turnout.

INSTRUCTIONS - - For the 2nd half (the Dry creek Canyon up-n-back)
The 2nd up-n-back (or the "bottom half" of the loop) is called Dry Creek or Dry Canyon or Dry Creek Canyon. It starts right at the cattle guard in the road that's about 1.5 - 2 miles BEFORE the Wardsworth trailhead. For Dry Creek, you'll park immediately before the cattleguard, on the left, of course. There's a gravel turnaround to park at, and you simply ride up through the livestock gate that's non more than 150 feet off the road. Now you'll cross the dry (in July) creekbed about 15 or 20 times before you're underneath that ridge-flat that connects to Wardsworth. It's probably 2-3 miles up from the start. Just a guess. Turn around and do the down anytime. This trail supposedly will go for quite some ways if you want to keep exploring. Tell us what happens up there.

WARNINGS:

1 - You probably won't actually enjoy the full loop unless you're feeling fresh that week, and you've done each up-n-back individually a few times

2 - NEVER take someone new on the full "loop" ride - it's quite technical at many spots. I've seen very good riders plant it on the bottom half.

Customer Service

Up-n-back from Wardsworth
Or up-n-back from the Dry Canyon cattle guard

Similar Products Used: Mapleton's Whiting Campground (up-n-back) up to 3+ miles long, turn back anywhere to make a shorter ride.
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Jason Mitchell   [Aug 08, 2000]

One thing I may have overlooked when setting out on this trail is that it's a bit over a 1000 ft. climb to where the trail splits off to Dry Canyon. This ride is no walk in the park. It boasts narrow, rutted singletrack in places. I had a hard time keeping the bike straight on some of the climbs. The two initial creek crossings have half-round makeshift bridges, so no worries about getting wet. The trail really follows the creek up the canyon with plenty of ups and downs but with a consistent UP. I just came back down the same way which was a hoot! Don't let it run too much on the down because the myriad of creek crossings and surprise rocks will have you on your head in no time.

Very fun trail, but technical... so don't get too laxed out there!

Customer Service

I took the Wadsworth Trail up until the first watering hole where the trail splits off to Dry Canyon.

Similar Products Used: Fifth Water up Diamond Fork Canyon and anything up American Fork Canyon is the goods!
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Dennis Potter   [Oct 20, 2000]

This is a really great but very technical trail. If you are exerienced and good at climbing, this trail is a must. The ground is often very loose and makes for difficult climbs. The trail is probably best after a light rain, which makes the ground a little stickier. Look out for cows, since a rancher free-ranges cows in this area. I chased several of them for a good half-mile on my last ride.

Be careful about trying to ride the makeshift bridges across the stream. I have ended up in the stream at least once. But you can ride right through the stream at some places. And at other places you have to walk. It can be a little difficult to find the dry creek trail when coming from Wardsworth.

Customer Service

I think starting at the Wardsworth trailhead is the best way to go. I like going up to the second pond and then turning around.

Similar Products Used: Whiting campground trail in Mapleton.
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rob   [Feb 14, 2001]

When you reach the ATV trail after the ponds turn right instead of left! Go for 1.5miles on the atv trail until you find a set of cairns on the right side of the atv trail. Look to your left and there is a trail that goes up into a small clearing (very small maybe 100ft wide) the single track you see on the other side of the canyon is dry creek canyon!!! You know have an incredible 4 mile journey all downhill to your car. The first 1.25miles of ATV trail is all uphill but is extremely mild the last .25 miles is flat to barely downhill. BE CAREFUL do not turn right at the cairn or you will be in for a bad day. GO LEFT.

Customer Service

I FOUND A BETTER ROUTE TO CONNECT DRY CANYON!!!!!

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Steve   [May 06, 2002]

(Only rode first half to the ponds and then turned around)This one of the many trails in the Salt Lake/Utah Valleys that makes me wonder why those chuckleheads from BIKE Magazine left either Salt Lake or Provo off the top five mountain biking cities. I just rode this trail for the first time this past weekend and had the time of my life. I will echo the words of other reviewers and say that this climb (and later descent) is not for beginners, unless they're beginners that would rather hike than bike. I consider myself an intermediate rider and found myself stepping off more frequently than on any other trails (including Rock Canyon)that I've ridden in the area. this was do in part to the 2 hours of soccer I played just before riding, but probably due more to lots of loose dirt on the uphills - thanks horses (I can't imagine what the traction is like in July when its all dried out. Anyway, it was a technical climb that truly tested my desire to bike that day. Still the arduous climb (only to the ponds - remember) was well worth the downhill which quickly reminds you of how technical the climb was. I rode most of the downhill at a furious pace which made for lots of nice little airs and a couple of two to three foot drops. Just as they were on the way up the make shift foot bridges made for some fun manuevering without having to worry too much about a big wet fall. The overall experience was incredible -great scenery (as usual on Utah trails), intense workout, technically challenging, and a scream to descend. Bring lots of determination, energy, agua, and a light bike and you'll have a great ride.

Customer Service

Original Description is perfect

Similar Products Used: South Fork loop in Provo Canyon
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Tom   [Jan 03, 2003]

It's a pretty tough climb. If it's hot and dry, the loose dirt/dust will making climbing some spots difficult to impossible. Try to ride it the day after a rain storm. You'll get better traction, and you won't be filling your lungs with your buddy's dust. The ride down is a blast. Leave a change of clothes in your car, because you may smell like cow poop at the bottom. You can wash up in the creek if you need to.

Customer Service

I've only done the "Wadsworth 2nd pond, up-n-back", so I can't comment on the Dry Creek portion of the trail.

Similar Products Used: Maple Canyon (Whiting Campground), for a similar, but easier and shorter, ride
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