Post a Map and Pics of Your Favorite Epic Utah Ride
I thought it would be fun and a great resource to show each other what awesome rides there are in Utah, with a thread showing maps and pics of all-day epic rides.
A few suggestions:
1. Don't just post a link to your strava/garmin map, take a screen shot of your ride map and upload it to photobucket or another image hosting site (see my example below). Include the link for more info. This makes it a real easy and enjoyable thread to read.
2. Upload pics to photobucket and post them on the thread, pics are always awesome and helpful.
3, Give a brief description of the stats of your ride: miles ridden, length of time, feet climbed. Any other helpful info is appreciated.
Ride Around Timp
This is an awesome 33 mile loop ride around Mt. Timpanogos, with 6,000 feet of climbing. We started at the Bridal Veil Falls parking lot, heading up the GWT to the altar and over Little and Big Baldy.
Mountain Bike Ride Profile | Ride Around Timp MB Ride near Provo | Times and Records | Strava
This ride begins with a relentless 3,200 foot climb up and over Big Baldy. Near the top of the Little Baldy trail, many sections are rocky, rooty, with sheer cliff faces, and walking is advised. Recently somebody did some major work with a saw and took out some of the nastier roots, we owe whoever did this! We found a saw on the trail, if it is yours, send me a PM! More trail work is needed up here to make this route rideable.
This is where the Little Baldy trail links up with the Dry Canyon trail. After you head up this meadow and into the trees, the last section up the Dry Canyon trail over Big Baldy is too steep to ride. The rest of the route is rideable and awesome.
At the top of the pass over Big Baldy.
After descending down Big Baldy, you head into some amazing meadows along the GWT trail. This part of the trail is awesome, and would be ridden constantly if it weren't so remote. All of the various access trails (Dry Canyon, Grove Creek, Battle Creek) are super steep and involve a lot of hike-a-bike.
This is a view of Timp as you head up the GWT in American Fork Canyon. More climbing up to the Timpanooke campground where you can refill your water. Another 600 feet of climbing awaits you to get to the top of the Alpine loop. Then you descend down the Lame Horse trail to the Aspen Grove campground. You can have a shuttle car waiting there, or just ride downhill all the way to Provo Canyon and the Bridal Veil Falls parking lot. For extra credit, you could take a loop through Sundance. We wanted to do this but ran out of time (6 hour ride, 5 hours riding, we had one flat tire and took some water/food breaks).
Hoping to get this thread going:
You're asking for epic? This was a pretty epic ride I did in June: 212 miles including the best trails in the Cedar City/Panguitch area. Thunder Mtn, VRRT, Sidney Peaks, Dark Hollow and then miles and miles of obscure, long forgotten tracks which in many cases barely was on the ground anymore. 35 hours of ride time with some good sized breaks thrown in every 12-16 hours. Oh, just about 30K of climbing....
^^ Wow, that is more than epic! There are websites out there with trail reviews and descriptions. I was hoping this thread could showcase what people are actually riding, to give different perspectives on the trails, and also show how riders are stringing together the many trails out there into longer rides. This Utah forum doesn't get a whole lot of participation as a whole, however...