Blackridge trails start at Blackridge Pond in Herriman. There are three
major trails: Blackridge, Diamondback, and Sidewinder. Blackridge
was extended in July 2018 with a loop at the top called the Mustang Loop.
A ride here can be easy, such as the "snake loop" of 3.1
miles and 400 feet of climbing, or tough like Blackridge with over 1000
vertical and 8 miles out-and-back.
View southeast into Utah County from the viewpoint
circle of the Blackridge trail. Original photos and description
by Bruce on August 25, 2014. Updated for
new trails and trail name changes July 11, 2018.
|The Herriman singletrack trail system was started
in 2013, and is still under construction. The system is
planned to expand to around 20 miles, with connections to the Rose Canyon
Trails and Butterfield Canyon on the north and a future southbound
Bonneville Shoreline Trail. For now, it provides another
"off-season" low-altitude riding opportunity. See the Juniper
Crest page for additional riding in this area.
Looking northeast from the hillside. Blackridge Pond
is at the left.
||All trails are reached via the Blackridge trail, which
starts at the northwestern end of the parking strip for Blackridge Pond in
Herriman. The Pond parking can be hard to find if you're not a local, so I
recommend a mobile for navigation or a printout of the ride guide from this
Bikes on the rack tell me that this family is cooling
off in the water of Blackridge Pond after their bike ride.
|The most popular ride (2018) seems to be a 3.1-mile lariat
loop. This quick ride climbs Blackridge to Sidewinder, climbs over the hill
on Diamondback then rejoins Blackridge to head downhill. We'll call it
"the snake loop." See the ride
Looking down at the pond, just a bit uphill on the
Blackridge trail. The singletrack starts on the uphill side of the paved
city trail that ends at the pond parking lot.
The Blackridge trail starts at Blackridge Pond and climbs up
the mountain. The lower mile -- up to the Diamondback trail -- has been
around for a few years. It has been extended south and uphill. Three miles
of new trail, and counting, has been constructed in 2018. When complete
the trail will form a loop ride.
Sidewinder and Diamondback fork away from Blackridge on the
lower mountain. Then Blackridge heads off into the boonies and climbs to a
high ridgeline on the east slope
of South Mountain.
Trail fork at mile 0.9. Right and a
180 turn sends you on Diamondback, up and over the little hill. Straight
ahead is the big climb up Blackridge.
|The first trail fork as you climb away from Blackridge Pond
is the Sidewinder trail at mile 0.3. Keep left to stay on Blackridge.
The next fork comes at mile 0.9 from the trailhead. A hard turn to the
right puts you on Diamondback. Stay left and straight to make the
Much of the ride is on grassy hillside. There's scrub
oak as you get higher. These lonely junipers are the exception, not the
||Shortly after you make the turn in Secret Canyon at mile
1.6, a trail forks away to your left. This connects to the utility road.
No reason you'd want to go there unless you're making an emergency bailout
down to the homes of Herriman.
At mile 2.2, there's a trail fork for the Mustang Loop. Go either
direction. My description here assumes you went to the right, for a
Eastbound toward the first ridge viewpoint on the
lower ridge. The terrain has changed from grass to sage.
|The trail climbs to a viewpoint on a ridge at mile 2.5, but
hang on, it gets better. At mile 3.0, elevation 6000 feet, you'll hit a
trail fork. Left takes you on a loop to the top of the little knoll.
From this viewpoint among the rough granite rock, you can see both Utah
and Salt Lake counties.
You'll rejoin the main trail 30 feet away from the trail fork that took
you into the viewpoint loop.
My Rocky Mountain Element leans on granite rock at
the top of the viewpoint loop. We're looking east across southern Salt
Lake Valley, but you can see the mountains of Utah County above Traverse
Ridge on the right.
||After climbing to 6150 feet elevation, the trail turns west
then begins to descend back to the northwest. After a couple of
switchbacks, it drops back to the main trail. The Mustang Loop is 2.3
The downhill is a lot of fun -- swoopy and twisty. There are a couple
of rock challenges. Some you simply have to finesse your way through,
others are optional rollovers or drops on the side of the trail.
Not too bad. You just need to slow down a bit to
steer the bike between the boulders.
||Sidewinder begins at mile 0.3 from Blackridge Pond. Turn
right off Blackridge and make a 180. The trail will climb gently as it
contours around the hill. Technically, it's very easy, and quite suitable
Just getting started on Sidewinder, looking back at
Blackridge Pond. As you can tell, we didn't have to climb very much.
|There are constant views from Sidewinder. Granted, you're
not very high up. But to your right, the view will change from the south
valley with the Jordan Narrows and Traverse Ridge to the northwest where
the massive Kennecott
tailings cover the slopes of the Oquirrh Mountains.
Looking east as we begin the trip around the
||Sidewinder is only 0.6 miles long. It will climb less than
100 vertical feet, then descend a bit before ending on the northern side
of Diamondback. From here, you can turn left to climb up and over the hill
for a loop ride.
Looking northwest at the Kennekott tailings as we
||The Diamondback trail extends north from mile 0.9 of the Blackridge
trail. It will climb 300 vertical feet up and over the hill
then descend 400 feet to the city streets north of the hill. There are some great views at the top.
Diamondback goes through a series of switchback meanders before arriving
at Friendship Drive. There's no parking lot or
official trailhead at the north end of Diamondback.
The trail climbs through a burn scar
from the big fire a couple of years ago. This photo is from 2014. In 2018,
I didn't even notice the signs of the fire.
The climbing on Diamondback is fairly sustained, but not unpleasant. This
trail is occasionally bumpy due to embedded rock but still technically easy.
At mile 1.5, you'll crest the ridge. Stop among the weathered granite
boulders and take in the views. On a clear day, you can see north all the
way to Ogden and south to the mountains east of Utah Valley.
On the ridge at the top, 5600 feet
elevation. The rocks are granite from the igneous intrusion that created
the copper deposits at Bingham Canyon mine.
||After descending north around a mile from the top, you'll
reach the fork between Diamondback and Sidewinder. Turn hard left to
continue descending, or keep right to take Sidewinder back to the south
for a loop ride returning to Blackridge.
On Diamondback just before Friendship Drive, keep right at the trail
fork to continue descending on Diamondback. The graveled trail to the left goes over a little bump on the hillside
then descends north on a path that takes you between homes for about 1/2
View to the north.
|Sample ride, easy loop of Sidewinder and Diamondback
0.0 Singletrack from Blackridge parking N40 28.814 W112 01.345
0.3 R onto Sidewinder N40 28.892 W112 01.558
0.9 L uphill on Diamondback N40 29.063 W112 01.840
|1.7 Top of the World, take in the views
2.2 Hard L onto Blackridge N40 28.575 W112 01.530
2.8 Keep R and downhill N40 28.892 W112 01.558
3.1 Back at parking
||Getting there: First, let me caution you.
Street names in this area often change as you go through a stop sign. And
the names on the signs are often not the same as what you see on your auto
GPS or on Google Maps. Yeah, it's messed up. But print my map (link
below) and take it with you. Look carefully at the street layout as you
follow my directions and you won't get lost.
Blackridge trailhead: Get onto Juniper Crest as above. As you
see that you're leaving the dense homes and are approaching a bridge across a
ravine, turn right onto Ambermont Drive. (Again, caution. The continuation
of Ambermont east of Juniper Crest has a different name.) Over the next
half-mile, Ambermont goes
southwest, then west, then turns to northwest. Now fork left on Aurora
Vista. Quickly turn right onto Esher Street, then left at Ashland Ridge
and enter the parking area for Blackridge Pond. The
trail starts at the far end of the parking strip. (If you reach a
"do-not-enter" exit from Blackridge Pond on the right and a
"bozos-stay-out" sign for a private neighborhood straight ahead, you went too far on Aurora
Vista. Turn around and go back to Esher Street.)
Juniper Crest: See Juniper Crest trail