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Hidden Lake Lodge Trail
at Powder Mountain

The Hidden Lake trail ties the upper lodge at Powder Mountain to the Brim Trail's northeast corner. It's 3.1 miles long, with 2.3 miles of true singletrack and 0.8 miles that follows ski-access or lift-road benchcuts.

Riding northeast as the trail traverses the hillside. Photos and ride review June 27, 2016 by Bruce.

The trail is at 8700 feet elevation. From its south end on the Brim Trail, it contours northbound around the eastern side of the hill of the mountain before falling on the lift-roads that take it west to the parking area at the upper lodge. Total climbing over the course of the trail is around 300 vertical feet.

View west toward Mount Ogden from the trail's southern end. Plenty of fragrant Mule's Ear.

Much of the trail is newly cut, while old-timers may recognize some sections of the old Powder Mountain racing loop from very early in this century.

Wild delphinium blooms along the trail as we cruise between the aspen groves on the southern end.

The trail alternates between meadows, low scrub, and stands of aspen or fir. The areas that were cut last summer are settling in nicely in most spots. Some stretches need bike tires to smooth out the gopher piles. Apparently few riders know that this trail exists. But it offers great riding between Brittain's Ribbon (or the upper parking lot) and the Brim Loop.

My trail buddy the pine hen. She kept running down the trail ahead of my bike, and as I'd speed up to force her to fly, she'd just land a little further down the trail and we'd begin again.

On the east side it crosses a couple of newly-created ski runs -- which in June 2016 were a scrap pile of mulched timber, but which will be nice trail by the time you ride it. On the north, it flirts with a couple of lifts as it heads toward the main lodge as newly created access paths have been bulldozed. These are the only areas where you might get confused.

Another aspen grove as the trail undulates along the edge of the mountain.

The most obvious way to start the trail is from the upper lodge parking. But at the time of this writing, you will definitely need to follow careful ride instructions (or use a GPS and follow my track) to navigate the trail from this northwestern end. In general though, you head east and downhill as straight as you can on cat track until you find yourself entering singletrack at the bottom of a ski lift. If you don't have on-trail GPS, download the GPX file anyway and submit it to GPS-enabled website so you can eyeball the terrain.

View to the east into Brown's Hole.

On the northern limb, there are views to the north that extend to the mountains in the Logan area. 

On the east side, you're looking into Brown's Hole and the Middle Fork of the Ogden River.

The trail rides well in either direction.

From the lodge (northwest end) to the Brim Trail:

So. Navigation. From the lodge parking at the very top of the mountain, find the doubletrack at the north end, just to the right of the buildings. It will turn to the right and descend along the slope eastbound.

At the bottom, 0.3  miles from parking, keep straight and a little left. (A doubletrack will extend uphill to the right through a break in the trees. There's a "trail" sign here on the ridge, and frankly, I'm not sure why. Crossing the ridge takes you to paved road. Staying on the doubletrack takes you to a parking lot -- still being worked on -- along that paved road. Perhaps this lot is future trail parking.)

Looking north as the trail starts its westbound limb.

But for now, keep straight, flat, and eastbound. The bench-cut will gently descend east-northeast. After making a gentle curve right then left again, you'll find yourself at the bottom of a chair lift at mile 0.5. Keep straight, pass the lift, and find some singletrack on an old bench-cut on the far side. Head uphill northeast.

When you hit another lift access roadway just uphill at mile 0.6, keep left. (A sharp right takes you up to the cleared path beneath the chairlift. Some confused bike tires have gone that way.)

The northern end has a bit more fir forest, but still is mostly open.

After pedaling around the hill while gently turning right, the riding line will leave the bench-cut on your left and become true singletrack. You're at mile 0.9. Now you're golden. Just keep pedaling. You'll cross a bailout doubletrack at mile 1.7, and at mile 3.1 you'll hit the Brim Trail.

View northeast from the trail. The yellow color on the ridgelines is created by is created by blooming flowers.

From Brim (south end) to the lodge parking:

Going north and west from the Brim Trail, Hidden Lake is easier to navigate. The trail forks to the right 100 feet before the Brim singletrack joins a doubletrack northbound. If you hit the doubletrack, you missed the trail fork. It wasn't very prominent for my ride, because not may tires are hitting this trail.

Meandering through meadows.

Once you hit the bench-cut area, just keep heading westbound and generally downhill. When you find yourself looking up at the lodge area, spot the bench-cut that angles left-to-right as it climbs to the lodge. That's your trail.

Bottom Line:
Not anything exciting by itself, although it means nice pretty miles at high altitude. Use it with the Brim Loop as an extended ride.

Trailside flowers include paintbrush, mules ear, wasatch penstemmon, delphinium, phlox, sticky geranium, lupine, and the occasional columbine.

Riding notes, lariat w Airplane spur, Hidden Lake, and Brim:
0.0   Intersection Highway 158 with Powder Ridge
        Pedal uphill up Powder Ridge Road
0.15 R on Brittain's Ribbon
        N41 22.648 W111 46.876
1.3   Fork R (L = to road)
        N41 22.379 W111 46.266
1.6   R on Paper Airplane
        N41 22.198 W111 46.211
1.8   At point, turn around
        N41 22.090 W111 46.440
2.1   R to continue Brittain's
2.5   L uphill on road
        N41 22.067 W111 46.140
2.55 R on Powder Ridge Rd
        N41 22.101 W111 46.152
2.7   L uphill on gravel
        N41 22.085 W111 46.008
3.0   Far end of parking N41 22.181 W111 45.856
        DT north, turning east (right) downhill
3.2   Keep L (R = parking on paved road)
        N41 22.141 W111 45.623
3.4   Pass lift to ST (don't follow lift path)
        N41 22.218 W111 45.436
        Hidden Lake trail
3.6   Keep straight (R = up to lift path)
        N41 22.265 W111 45.344
4.5   Cross DT (R on DT = bailout route)
        N41 22.367 W111 44.419
6.0   Hard R N41 21.424 W111 44.335
        Go 100 ft to DT and keep R
        N41 21.424 W111 44.335
6.4   Cross DT to ST (Brim Trail)
        N41 21.635 W111 44.678
9.5   Keep L (R = Brim Cut)
        N41 20.707 W111 44.275
10.7 Cross DT as Brim Cut rejoins on L
12.5 Keep R to Hidden Lake trail
        N41 20.628 W111 43.949
        Now retrace outbound route
16.3 Keep straight (skip Paper Airplane)
        N41 22.198 W111 46.211
17.8 Back at Hwy 158-Powder Ridge intersection
Getting there:  From I-15, take Exit 347 to Ogden Canyon. Drive 7 miles up Highway 39 and turn left across the Pine View dam onto Highway 158. Four miles later as you pass the gas station in Eden, keep straight at the stop sign. Drive steep uphill 7 more miles to Powder Mountain. Pass the lower lifts on your left as you follow a turn in the road. The next road on your right is Powder Ridge Road. Starting from Brittain's Ribbon: The bottom of Brittain's Ribbon is 1/10th mile up the road, on your right. There's a bit of parking on the shoulder of Powder Ridge Road, presumeably legal. Pedal uphill until you see the trail on your right.
Starting at Hidden Lake Lodge:  To start from the west end of the trail, drive up Powder Ridge Road. Go 1.2 miles uphill then fork left uphill on gravel road to reach to the upper lodge parking. Go to the far north end of parking, just right of the lodge, and find a doubletrack circling around to head east downhill.
From the Brim Trailhead:  Go southeast on doubletrack 0.5 miles (keep straight at any DT forks). Find singletrack on the left. Follow it 100 feet, then make a hard left onto the Hidden Lake trail's south end.

Riding resources:
Single-page printable riding guide, big ride above via Brittain's Ribbon
GPS track files (right-click and select "Save as..."):
     Hidden Lake track only  Big lariat ride as above (18 miles!)
     Area multi-track file
High-res topo map for printing:  View map
Lodging, camping, shops:   Links to Ogden area resources