Loop at Powder Mountain
Trail Yeah! is a popular 3.2 mile loop off the Sunrise Trail at Powder
Mountain. It's easier-intermediate in technical requirement and --
considering that the elevation is 8600 feet -- not particularly strenuous
aerobically. Depending on the route you take to reach Trail Yeah!, the
ride will be at least 8.5 miles.
View north at Middle Mountain from the Trail Yeah!
loop. Photos and ride description by Bruce
on September 16, 2021.
|The expected riding season for this trail is mid to
late-June through September. (Powder Mountain trails will close when the
resort prepares for the upcoming winter ski season.) Riders head for this
trail to enjoy twisting singletrack in the aspens on the southern half of
the loop, and open views on the northern half.
While most riders will arrive at Trail Yeah! from the Brim
trailhead, you can also reach the loop from western Powder Mountain
trailheads by getting to the eastern end of the Paper
About half of the ride will be in the shade of tall
aspen and fir forest. Looking north on the western side of the Trail Yeah!
From the Brim Trailhead via Baggage Claim - GBPB - western Doctor's
Dozen - Sunrise
||Most riders will reach this trail by starting from the Brim
trailhead. There's a shorter eastern option -- with substantially less
overall climbing -- that connects to Doctor's
Dozen east of the Brim trailhead (see below). This western option
takes 4.9 miles just to arrive at the trail. Most riders would then take
the western limb to return as a clockwise loop ride. This loop will be
10.9 miles with 1200 vertical feet of overall climbing.
Northbound from the Brim trailhead on Baggage Claim.
|From the Brim trailhead, there are two trails. The left
option is the Brim Loop. About 50 feet
north (to the right) is Baggage Claim, signed as Baggage Claim / Brim
Loop. Head downhill on Baggage Claim. After 0.4 miles, keep right at the
two connectors to the Brim-Baggage link trail.
At mile 1.3, turn right onto the final stretch of the Paper
Airplane trail. Keep left to go under the road (as Paper Airplane
climbs to join the road). Climb on GBPB, go across a road, then keep left
twice at the double trail fork with Doctor's
Heading to the ridgeline on GBPB, where we'll cross
the gravel road and drop to the Doctor's Dozen trail.
|NOTE! Some Powder Mountain trail signs show the trail's
destination, NOT the trail you're actually riding on to get there. This is
confusing when the destination is not a "thing" such as
"Hidden Lake Lodge" but another trail. Signs that make no
distinction between "this way to X trail" and "this way to
stay on the Y trail" create lost riders. The GBPB fork with Doctor's
Dozen has this (as of 2021). So when you look at the trail fork sign
saying "Sunrise," you need to figure out that it's pointing the
way to Sunrise. On the Doctor's Dozen trail. Not a problem if your
intention is to turn back west on Sunrise, but a potential problem if your
planned route is to continue east downhill on Doctor's Dozen. My
suggestion is that the trail gods buy little stickers that say
"to" and paste them before the destination trail name, and
always include the actual trail name as the top entry on the carsonite
post. So instead of just saying "(arrow) Sunrise" it would say
"Doctor's Dozen (arrow) to Sunrise." PLEASE.
||Go westbound on Doctor's Dozen and descend to the old Hidden
Lake Lodge trail. (The Hidden Lake Lodge trail follows an old wide bench
cut. It's still used occasionally by riders but no longer appears on most
trail maps. I've included it on my map below to avoid confusion when
you're looking at the trail fork.)
Make a hard right turn onto the old cat-track to change your direction
from west to east. Then in just 20 feet, drop to the left onto the Sunrise
We've joined Doctor's Dozen heading northwest. Soon
we'll drop through some turns to the old Hidden Lake Lodge trail, where
we'll find Sunrise.
|Continue east on Sunrise. At mile 0.6 from Doctor's Dozen,
there's a trail fork. If you're in a hurry (or want to avoid a bit of
extra climbing), you can take Picnic, the right option. It short-cuts
through to rejoin Sunrise, exchanging 0.8 miles of Sunrise for a fairly
flat 0.2 miles on Picnic.
0.4 miles from where Picnic and Sunrise rejoin, keep left at the trail
fork. (The right fork climbs 0.1 miles to join Doctor's Dozen.) Then after
another 0.6 miles -- mile 4.9 from the Brim trailhead -- fork left onto the
Trail Yeah! loop.
Eastbound on Sunrise, the Picnic trail offers a
shorter and easier option, cutting 0.6 miles and a bit over 150 vertical
feet of climbing.
||Returning to the trailhead: For a clockwise
loop ride, keep left as you complete the Trail Yeah! loop. Follow Sunrise
as it makes a slow turn back to the west. As you arrive at a broad
carved-up ridgeline, Sunrise ends 0.9 miles from Trail Yeah! Find the
southbound Doctor's Dozen trail on your left.
Go exactly 1.0 mile south, then veer uphill to the right at an unsigned
trail fork. Keep right as the singletrack ends on a doubletrack. The
doubletrack will take you over a low rise and end on the doubletrack
return path from the Brim Loop. Fork right and in 100 yards, you'll see
the Brim trailhead to your left.
Heading back to the east on Sunrise, around 1/2 mile
after exiting the Trail Yeah! loop.
From the Brim Trailhead via eastern Doctor's Dozen and eastern Sunrise
||This route can be an out-and-back of 8.7 miles or the
outgoing limb of the 10.9-mile loop ride (with 1200 vertical) above when
done counter-clockwise. From the Brim trailhead to the Trail Yeah! loop is
From the Brim Trailhead, go southeast on the dirt road. When you see a
smaller dirt road on the left, turn left and descend. After 0.1 miles the
little road turns to the right. Spot the singletrack on the left and
follow it down to join the Doctor's
Dozen trail northbound.
Heading through an aspen grove on Doctor's Dozen.
|After 1.0 miles, Doctor's Dozen crosses a torn-up area of
lift-road construction. Look to your right and spot singletrack curving
around the hill in low scrub. This is Sunrise. (Doctor's Dozen will head
into the trees on the left side of a dirt road.)
Riding northeast on Sunrise after leaving Doctor's
||The Sunrise trail will gradually change from eastbound to
westbound. After 0.9 miles on Sunrise, 2.7 miles from the Brim trailhead,
fork right downhill on the Trail Yeah! loop.
Cruising the Sunrise trail.
||The 3.2-mile Trail Yeah! loop is long and thin, extending
north from the Sunrise trail. The loop has a single attachment to Sunrise,
then splits about 50 feet later into eastern and western sides of the
loop. It can be done either direction. There will be 400 vertical feet of
climbing as you return from the loop, whichever direction you choose.
Looking west on Sunrise at the trail fork for Trial
Yeah! on the right.
|I rode the loop clockwise by keeping left at the initial
trail fork. On the day of my ride, there seemed to be equal numbers of
riders going each direction.
There's an initial descent from 8600 feet elevation down to around
8250. There are multiple flowing turns as the trail winds through the
aspen and fir forest.
Swooping around a gently banked turn in the shade of
aspen and fir.
||The trail is easy to ride. The only technical stuff -- a
log-pile rollover and a rock rollover -- was put there on purpose and
would be OK for an inexperienced rider.
A rock rollover on the western side of the loop.
|The initial descent takes place in under a mile (in either
direction). As you emerge from forest, there's some fairly flat pedaling
northbound on the western slope of a smooth saddle. If you're going
clockwise, it's a gentle climb. Counterclockwise, it's flat to a bit
downhill. (The two limbs are separated by less than 500 feet on the
Looking north on the western side of the loop
(clockwise ride) as we cross the open area on the saddle. There will be a
bit of climbing as we near the end of the loop (at the left edge of the
||The endpoint is a viewpoint just off-trail. Clockwise, it
will be on your left at mile 1.8. Stash your bike and walk 50 feet for the
view. (It's possible to bang over to the rocks to the top but it's kinda
nasty and other riders will often be walking here.)
Immediately after the viewpoint spur, the trail turns right uphill for
the southbound return limb of the loop.
Path to the viewpoint, looking west.
|When going counterclockwise, the viewpoint comes at mile
1.4, at the bottom of a downhill 180 degree turn. It will be on your
right. The viewpoint is harder to spot from this direction, and you might
blow past it.
||After the viewpoint, traverse along the slope of the saddle.
As you hit the aspen forest, the trail will begin to climb.
Southbound on the eastern (upper) side of the loop.
|Just like on the way down, the climb back up will go through
multiple climbing turns. The pitch and the curve radius should be no
problem for an intermediate or even a strong beginner.
A series of hits in fir forest on the eastern side.
||As you arrive at the loop fork, keep straight. Then after a
few feet, turn onto the Sunrise trail. Pick your direction depending on
your planned return path.
Approaching a dirt ramp over a log pile. Not hard.
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 to the right in the road.
Brim Trailhead: Now take the next road on
your right, Powder Ridge Road. (If you reach the main parking lot on the
ridgeline, you missed the turn.) Drive 1.2 miles uphill on Powder Ridge
Road. Keep straight and level as a road forks away to the right and
another forks left uphill to Hidden Lake Lodge parking. Follow the road
for one mile as
it traverses a wide canyon and ends at the Brim Trailhead.
Lower lodge parking: After the road turns right, keep
straight past Powder Ridge Road and the road will end at the main lodge
parking. Brittain's Ribbon is to the left and behind the lodge.
Woody's World parking: After the road turns right, take the next
road to your right, Powder Ridge Road. Immediately find a parking spot on
the left, then pedal uphill to find Woody's on the right side of the road.
Hidden Lake Lodge parking: After the road turns as above, turn
right and drive 1.2 miles uphill on Powder Ridge Road. Fork left uphill to
Hidden Lake Lodge parking. Brittain's Ribbon is to the northwest near the
top of the ski lift; the Hidden Lake Lodge cat-track is on the north side