||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
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
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.
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
|Riding notes, lariat w Airplane spur,
Hidden Lake, and Brim:
0.0 Intersection Highway 158 with Powder Ridge
Pedal uphill up Powder Ridge
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)
3.2 Keep L (R = parking on paved road)
N41 22.141 W111 45.623
|3.4 Pass lift to ST (don't follow
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