Analysing terrain data
The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
While McCoy Flats might be the most expansive trail system in the Vernal area, Red Fleet is hands-down the highest quality mountain bike trail in the region.
Compared to McCoy flats, the quality of the dirt here is radically better, the trail design and construction is more modern and more advanced, the technical obstacles are more engaging, the views are more impressive, the flow is better… really, almost everything is better at Red Fleet.
If you only ride McCoy and don’t get out to Red Fleet, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. The one downside to the Red Fleet Trail System is that even if you milk this network for all it’s worth, riding as long of a loop as you can possibly construct without doubling back on yourself, the max mileage you can get is around 7.5 miles of singletrack.
7.5 miles goes by really quick, even if you’re stopping to enjoy the views along the way… so savor this sweet singletrack! The first section of the loop as mapped follows the easier, flowier trails in the Red Fleet network.
Jazz Chrome Molly is renowned for its flowy berms, smooth jumps, and superb rhythm.
The flow line down the ridge, when ridden in this direction, is excellent—and probably worth pedaling back up to lap a few times! All too soon you will connect to Handsome Cabin Boy, and eventually J-Boy.
These trails comprise the more technical side of the network, with ledge drops, rock gardens, and some severe exposure in places.
Keep an eye peeled for optional alt lines.
In many spots on this half of the network, you can choose a longer roll line or a more direct drop line. On some maps, the far southern sections of J-Boy are labeled as double black diamond, but I wouldn’t rate the most difficult moves as any harder than single black.
While compared to other trails in Vernal some of the tight, technical moves on the southern reaches of J-Boy are much more advanced, compared to other trails in Utah, Red Fleet is very approachable.
Even competent intermediate riders will only have to walk a few sections of J-Boy, so I highly recommend tackling this entire loop as mapped. While the Red Fleet Trail System is already home to the highest quality singletrack in Vernal, the system may also see an upgrade in the near future.
A sign at the top of a renegade jump line (not mapped) posted by the Bureau of Land Management notes that they are working with the local mountain bike advocacy organization, an arm of IMBA, to construct a purpose-built flow trail in the area.
Hopefully that comes to fruition soon—stay tuned!