This past Fall some friends and I drove North for a day ride near Mallad Idaho. This area had actually not seen a lot of snow yet and was a pretty short drive for us. Referred to as "The Oxfords" because it is near Oxford Peak, the trails are mainly double track and are fairly rock free
Caineville/Swingarm City has been one of our all time favorite riding areas for our family over the years. Freedom to roam and ride over a variety of terrain along with the open camping areas and lack of fees and facilities allow a unique experience with riding for almost anyone.
During our trip to Caineville this year, we took a day off from riding to hike the Horseshoe Canyon Trail in Canyonlands National Park. This trail is relatively close to Caineville as well as the San Rafael Swell and can be visited easily in conjunction with one of these two riding areas. The major highlight of this hike are the numerous Indian pictographs that can be seen along the hike.
Another very popular loop in the San Rafael Swell, the Fixit Pass to Devil's Racetrack offers more great scenery that you would expect in the Swell along with a few challenging rock sections and great sites to visit along the way such as Indian Pictographs and a couple arches including the massive Slipper Arch.
The Ben Lomond Peak Trail ride is a true classic. It has a good mix of terrain and outstanding views as you ride through the trees to the narrow ridges over smooth winding trails to gnarly rocky switchbacks. The numerous exposed narrow sections of the trail really get your attention in spots.
A top end rebuild on a two stroke dirt bike is a basic and routine part of maintaining the health and performance of your machine. The frequency and complexity of each rebuild will vary depending on many factors, some of which include the type of riding you do, the age of the bike(and/or hours on the motor), quality of parts used, tools available and so on.
The Richard's Hollow Dirt Bike Trail is located in Hyrum Canyon, South of Logan Utah. This loop consists of 3 separate Single Track trails linked together to make a loop. Any of these trails could be done individually or some pairing can be done to do an out and back such as Richard's Hollow to Card Canyon and back. The loop we did required a short ride on the main Logan Canyon paved road.
There are a few trials in the New Canyon area that I enjoy and tend to ride when I get the chance. They can be accessed from New Canyon Road itself, but most often I find myself riding up from the Black Hill Area. Although not all that difficult, the climbs from the bottom are fairly steep in places, somewhat rocky, and can be tricky. They are also a quick ride to the top. New Canyon Reservoir
The Ephraim Canyon Single Track Trail near Ephraim Utah is a conglomerate of trails that make a fun loop for dirt bikes. These trails have been poplular with local mountain bikers who normally ride the trails from top to bottom. There are many sections that are not feasible for mtb's to climb. More and more dirt bikers have begun to use and maintain the trail, and for good reason, it's fun!
Black Hill is a fairly small area just East of Ephraim at the base of the mountains. The single track trails coincide with and intersect the atv trails and jeep roads in the area. The map below is a good indication of the trails on Black Hill, but there are more than those shown. This area can be ridden when the higher elevation trails are still choked with snow.
The Enduro Loop near White Wash Sand Dunes is a single track trail that has a good mix of terrain. We usually stage from White Wash Sand dunes and ride the trail starting at the wash, but since the trail intersects the road twice before reaching White Wash it may make more sense to stage from one of the other 2 "trail heads" if you are just riding this trail for the day.
Occasionally we like to take the time to explore some of the non-motorized trails in and around Utah too. Most of the trails we hike are within a short distance from our favorite riding areas or trails and can be done as a break or in conjunction with a ride. This hike is a very easy hike that nearly anyone can enjoy. It is on the way to Goblin Valley and can be explored in conjunction with the park
The name of this trail really is Five Miles of Hell, and it lives up to it's name. This is an extreme single track trail made by dirt bikes, for dirt bikes. It travels mostly over slickrock but frequently drops into deep sand washes that must be climbed out of again and again. Before doing this trail, make sure you are ready for a challenge.
This is one of the more popular ATV and dirt bike loops in the San Rafael Swell. It is a scenic ride with multiple places to stop and take in the sites. Highlights of the trail are Lone Warrior Pictograph, Swasey's Cabin, Eagle Arch, I-70 bridges, and the views from Eva Conover Road and Devil's Racetrack.