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    What are the best ridding trails in UT for various MTB skill levels?

    In your opinion, what are the best trails in northern Utah for:

    Beginners?
    Intermediate riders?
    Advanced riders?

    Thanks.

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    I'd like to get others' opinions on this as well.

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    Good question...

    ...but I think you'll get quite varied answers. My experience has been that the people who recommend beginner trails are usually extremely fit, and just inexperienced on the bike, so their recommendations usually mean a lot of climbing that just destroys a true beginner. For true beginners, I would probably recommend the following (keeping in mind that I ride mostly in Logan and Ogden):

    Art Nord Drive (Ogden)
    Logan River Trail (Logan)
    Beaver Creek (top of Logan Canyon)
    Smithfield Canyon (Smithfield)

    For beginners who have a little more fitness, I'd recommend the following:

    Bonneville Shoreline (Ogden)
    Antelope Island (Layton area)
    Green Canyon (Logan)
    Willow Creek (bottom part) (Logan)
    Farmington Flats (If you drive up the canyon)(Farmington)
    Mueller Park (up to Elephant Rock)(Bountiful)

    I'm a short, fat, slow rider who loves to play trail guide to beginners, so if you have a need for one, I'm your guy...message me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Traveler5
    In your opinion, what are the best trails in northern Utah for:

    Beginners?
    Intermediate riders?
    Advanced riders?

    Thanks.
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    Once again, the answer is: go to utahmountainbiking.com!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mooddude
    Once again, the answer is: go to utahmountainbiking.com!

    Looks like a winner to me. Thanks.

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    Also the trail review section on this site.

    In the Park City area, if you run a shuttle and park at the Mid station at Deer Valley, you can get right on the midmountain trail (at about 8000') and ride a pretty level trail (+/- a couple hundred feet) to Park City, or to the Canyons or all the way to Pinebrook. Anywhere from a 5 mile to a 20 mile ride. I've taken beginners on this trail that aren't that fit. For a super beginner or family with young kids, there's the rail trail in Park City, with an easy loop out toward the National Ability Center.

    For an advanced rider (Park City area) I'm a huge fan of Sweeny's Switchbacks to John's to The Steps to Keystone, around Shadow Lake Loop up to Puke Hill and The Crest Trail. For an easier (and less interesting) option you could go up Spiro to Shadow Lake Loop... I think it's about 9 miles or so to the Crest and about 3000 feet of climbing. Some fairly technical. From the top you have too many options to even begin to describe.
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    Forget park city, it's way overrated.

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    Thanks for all the great information.

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    Lambert Park in Alpine. The loops are short enough to call it a day when ever the beginners want to. Also you can't get lost. At the same time long enough to find a rhythm. The trails can be challenging if you bring the right bike and attitude. Beginners... bring what ever is comfortable. Intermediate... bring your fastest XC bike(think uphill). Pro... bring the XC bike for timing fast loops & a work out,... the Trail bike for bombing, jumping & jibbing,... the single speed fully ridged for keeping it interesting and challenging,... the DH bike if your looking to punish your self (not recommended for this trail). Hope that helps.
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