Wasatch Crest -> Mill D

Brighton and Solitude

Park City and Deer Valley

Salt Lake City

Wasatch Backcountry

Wasatch Crest shuttle dropping to Mounthaven via the Mill D North Fork Trail.

Mountain Biking Difficult

Distance
16 km
Ascent
257 m
Descent
996 m
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
3 km
Gradient
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Wasatch Crest -> Mill D Map

Description

Flowy ridge top singletrack with jaw-dropping views of Big Cottonwood Canyon and the Park City region make the Wasatch Crest trail one of the best trails in Utah—and that’s saying something! After catching a shuttle in Salt Lake city, you’re whisked upward to the top of Guardsman Pass. As you pedal away from the pass, it's hard to wrap your head around how quickly you end up in the middle of absolutely nowhere—but soon you're surrounded by nothing besides jagged mountain peaks.

The red dirt and rocks along these mountain tops provide an interesting accent to the high-speed riding, as it's very different than the dark black dirt in Park City proper.

Overall this trail is flowy, but the flow doesn't last—an extremely technical, rocky descent along the ridge known as "The Spine" is absolutely brutal, but can be walked by intermediate riders. Again the singletrack switches back to flow.

The route shown here finishes by dropping down past Desolation Lake to the Mill D North Fork Trail. Mill D finishes at Mounthaven in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Since you can drive up the pavement from Mounthaven to the top of Guardsman Pass, this option makes for a popular quick shuttle run for riders coming from the Salt Lake City side of the mountain. Instead of descending all the way back to the city, riders rip a quick, fast descent down Mill D instead. This makes the ride distance and difficulty more manageable for some riders.

Wherever you park and whatever shuttle you do, make sure that you descend down the correct side of the mountain so you don’t get stranded.

Sources: https://www.singletracks.com/blog/mtb-trails/5-epic-shuttle-rides-near-salt-lake-city/ https://www.skiutah.com/blog/authors/tim/the-wasatch-crest-trail-it-s-got-a-shuttle

Difficulty

Difficult

Mostly stable trail tread with some variability featuring larger and more unavoidable obstacles that may include, but not be limited to: bigger stones, roots, steps, and narrow curves. Compared to lower intermediate, technical difficulty is more advanced and grades of slopes are steeper. Ideal for upper intermediate riders.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

3 out of 4

Little chance of being seen or helped in case of an accident.

Best time to visit

July, August, September

Features

  • Technical
  • Picturesque
  • Singletrack
  • Roots
  • Rock Gardens

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