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    Quail Creek Overlook Trail

    New trails (well, reworked hiking trails) out by Quail Creek Reservoir near Hurricane.

    I got a chance to ride these this weekend and though they're not very long (about 6 miles total), they are super fun if you like great views and fun rocky tech. They are well built and creatively routed with lots of switchbacks, natural rock features, built rock ramps and rollers and enough challenges to keep even the most skilled rider coming back for more.

    If you don't like slowish meandering trails with a few challenges, where speeds rarely exceed 15 mph, look elsewhere. They made me smile though. And I'll be back for more. Kudos to the designers and builders.

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    Agreed KRob,
    Rode these the weekend prior. Some of the trail sections, especially out in the third and fourth tooth loops, are Very new and can take quite a bit "imagination" to decide if you really are still on the trail or not.
    Very challenging stuff, and the advice that if you are not having fun in the first two to three hundred yards climbing up (south-west?) out of the parking area, you will probably continue to not have fun and might be better suited to go find a trail more suited to what you want to ride.
    The mileage is deceptive, a loop of all four sections only nets you about 7 miles distance, but chances are you will feel the effort expended, and plan some time to get that distance done.
    I think I spent probably 98% of the ride in my granny gear or one up from it for both up and downhill sections.
    Very fun stuff for those who like the techy stuff both up and down.

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    Yeah, that first climb up out of the parking lot hooked me. Switchbacky, techy fun. And you are also correct about not judging the trail by its limited miles. I spent an hour and a half riding 6 miles and if I wasn't due out at Santa Clara for another ride I easily could have spent another hour or two trying and retrying some of the moves that stumped me, then riding everything in the opposite direction.

    I couldn't believe I was the only one out there on a beautiful clear (though cool) Saturday morning. Folks just don't know about them yet? Too techy/slow for most? Too cold for st George peeps? (It was between 40-50 deg which seemed perfectly balmy to this Elyite.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by KRob View Post
    I couldn't believe I was the only one out there on a beautiful clear (though cool) Saturday morning. Folks just don't know about them yet? Too techy/slow for most? Too cold for st George peeps? (It was between 40-50 deg which seemed perfectly balmy to this Elyite.)
    Not a soul on the trail or in the (small) parking lot when I and a buddy rode it too.

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    I'm looking forward to doing this in 3 weeks when I'm down there. Is there a trail map online for this one? I just need to find the trailhead.

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    utahmountainbiking has a nice write up with a map and GPS files.

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    Thank you Hurk.

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    Yep. What hurkinite said. I followed utahmountainbiking's "expert" loop suggestion except I think I did the 2nd (scout) loop on the way out and on the way back. It rode great in both directions.
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    I loved this trail, it reminds me of a mix of Bootleg and Goose, but on the side of a steep hill.
    I like bikes.

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    Fun trails but I was riding during a wind storm a week ago and go blown off the trails on the bluff. Even walking the bike was a "technical" challenge. I would like to return to ride those tight switchbacks down to the lake when it isn't gusting to 20 mph.

    I wanted to ride the primitive trail from Harrisburg Gap DT to the Wash Trail to try to escape the wind but it doesn't seem to exist yet. I was on the Utah Mountain Biking gps track for that trail but not even a rabbit trail anywhere out there. I found two blue sticks in the ground that seemed to indicate a trail but nothing after a hundred feet and I carried my bike on my back and searched up and down the slope.

    Blowing like hell here in Hurricane this morning with winds predicted across the SW so I'm heading home to San Jose today. Great riding around here for the past week!!

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