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    Mid Mountain/Crest - TR

    (warning pic intensive solo mission!!!)

    There are big rides than there are Epic Rides. IMO I have never done an epic before today. Now I can claim to have done one.

    My route was as follows start in Millcreek Canyon up the Big Water Trail, keep going up towards the Park City Ridgeline via the Great Western Trail. Once gaining the initial 1400 vertical feet from Mill Creek you are now at the Park City Ridgeline. Make a left on the Ridge Connect trail which takes you towards Mid Mountain. Decending the Ridge trail you lose 1200 feet in vertical. Make a right on to Mid Mountain. From Mid Mountain you ride toward Park City gaining and losing 1400 vertical feet in the process. You end up back at 8200 feet before the big climb back up to Scott's Pass to the south side of Jupiter Peak that takes you to 10,000 feet. Yep 1800 vertical gain on hatefully steep fireroads on singletrack my favorite part of the ride. Your are now at the top of the Wasatch Crest Trail. The wasatch Crest follows the Park City ridge line, there is still 500 feet of climbing(but more decending) to get back to the top of the Great Western trail into Millcreek. Once your on top of Millcreek its 99 percent downhill dropping you down the initial 1400 vertical feet of vert you gained.

    Cliff Notes

    Elevation range - 7600 feet to 10,000 feet
    Total Climbing - 5100 feet
    well lots of decending about 5100 feet
    Mileage - according to my maps my guesstimate is 42miles, which could be totally off(most likely too short untill someone tells me otherwise)
    Singletrack - miles of awesomeness.

    Some links to help you follow along.

    The topo Map of todays ride.
    https://www.utahmountainbiking.com/tr...satch-Hres.jpg
    Follow the Pink line on far right and I did the loop laid out.

    Some info on the 2 main trails I did both are which are worthy rides by themselves.

    Mid Mountain
    https://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/midmount.htm

    The Wasatch Crest Trail
    https://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/wasatch.htm

    Map of the entire shin-dig
    https://maps.mountainland.org/maps/dynamic/ol_mtf.php

    Allways good when the sun shines on you


    The Steed for the Day


    Typical trail via the Great western trail


    buffness




    The Wildflowers were worth the trip alone


    View down Millcreek Canyon with Granduer Peak in the center.


    Welcome to the Canyons


    Whats really funny is a former coworker of me was on trail and I caught her. this is the Ridge connect trail really cool rollercoaster section.


    Bev riding towards Mid Mountain where we went opposite Directions.


    Next stop Red Pine which was shut and was my first(and Only) water refill station...at least it made a great place to Sit and eat.


    Best section of Midmountain I actually saw noone from this point all the ways though the crest.


    The reason why I run tubeless tires



    Flowing trail in Aspens and Fir can it get any better?! I Submit it can not



    Park City


    At the end of spiro you start the down right hatefull climb up to The Crest.

    The Start of the hatefull climb towards Shadow Lake


    Steep, loose, straight quasi single track for miles up the hill, not my first choice.


    Hey at least the mine buildings are pretty cool


    I wouldnt go inside


    Kinda of Creepy


    Bottom of Jupiter Lift at Park City


    After 1800 feet of just downright wicked hatefull climbing on fireroads you get greated with this but only after clearing puke hill. The Central wasatch as seen from the 10,000 foot crest.


    More boring buff Singletrack on The Crest


    The "Red Dirt Triple Fake Out" if you ve ridden the crest you know what I am talking about.


    The infamous "spine" the most technical section of trail encountered today


    Only 6.5 miles back to the car.


    The View over Desolation Lake


    Just a couple more rock gardens to go



    If anyone has mileage, and vertical excactly I am really curious

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    Great TR I am going to have to give that variation a try. How is the section of mid mountain between the canyons and spiro? Any downed trees?

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    NICE!!!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Next time, try riding up Crescent Mine Grade to Apex to Shadow Lake to Scott's Pass instead of straight up the Thayne's Canyon/Powerline route. More distance, but a much more enjoyable climb.

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    That's awesome... Red Pine lodge and that intersection of the grind back to the ridge trail, that is well over at The Can, I missed that from your description of the route. So sounds like you crimbed up, rode Mid Mountain to Park City from The Canyons, back up, and the ridge and back down?

    Very cool...

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    Done that loop many times

    Probably my favorite along the wasatch..Thanks for sharing.>Cant wait till I have anice block of time to do it again..How long did it take you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dosboy
    Probably my favorite along the wasatch..Thanks for sharing.>Cant wait till I have anice block of time to do it again..How long did it take you?
    I am slow and took lots of pictures when ever my lungs where saying no it took me 7 hours for the first time. This was also the longest ride I have ever done.

    Much slower than it take me say 20ish Mile I can do the biggest loop on flying dog in alittle over 2 hours by myself with out taking pictures(23.6 miles)

    How fast you normally do it in?

    I think I am going to do the Cresent Mine Grade to Apex wya next time.

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    Thanks for that. I'm thinking of stopping at PC with my bike on the way back from a biz trip in a few weeks... looks like a great route to work from.
    I read that on the internet.

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    Joe,

    I'll be in SLC July 19-28. Looking for some big rides ;-)

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    we did a similar ride last summer but started at the canyons, rode up to the mid mountain, across the connector, out the Crest, down to the mid mountain, then back to Canyons via Holly's down. best ride we did out there.

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