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Upper Pahvant System
Faulty and Juniper Drop Area

The Pahvant trails lie on the hillside west of I-70 in Richfield, with singletrack trails ranging from beginner to expert. There are also some ATV trails in the area that are occasionally used by cyclists. This page covers the trails on the upper mountain, above the top of Kiln-It. This area is still being developed and the riding will change as trails are completed. See the lower Pahvant trail page for information on lower trails.

Looking east on Juniper Drop after completing the descent.
Photos and review by Bruce on September 23, 2019.

The expected riding season would be mid-May through October. The upper singletrack trails in the Pahvant System include beginner intermediate (Faulty) and expert (Juniper Drop). The upper portion of Faulty plus Juniper Drop provides the only singletrack riding route in fall 2019. Beginners should not ride the upper mountain at this time. Stick to lower Kiln-It and lower Cairn-Age.

Looking uphill on FR 096, a bit uphill from the top of Kiln-It.

At this time, you'll need to climb FR096 by car or bike in order to ride the upper mountain. (The ATV trail referred to as "Upper Cottonwood" is too steep and loose to climb.) From the bottom of FR096, it's 4.1 miles and 1400 vertical feet to the top of Faulty. If you pedaled Kiln-It uphill, you'll pedal on the gravel road for only 1.8 miles and 450 vertical.

Looking west from the ridgeline near FR 096 (I'm on the flag line for what will apparently be a future trail parallel to FR096).

Faulty

The Faulty trail is currently under construction. But the 2.0-mile segment from FR096 to the top of Juniper Drop is fairly-well dialed in and open for riding.

When climbing on FR096, look for an ATV track on your right as you climb northwest on a ridgeline, 1.8 miles from the top of Kiln-It. (Immediately after the trail forks away, the gravel road descends into a small valley.) There's a "Faulty" sign on a carsonite post. I noted a trail flag line on the ridgeline approaching the top of Faulty, so I assume you'll have other options in the future.

Entry to the Cottonwood Creek Wash ATV track and Faulty.

After about 100 yards on the doubletrack, veer right (there's a sign) at the Faulty singletrack. (The ATV route heads over to the edge of Cottonwood Creek Wash.) Faulty is an upper-intermediate two-way trail, and will eventually be a climbing route to the top. For now, all you can do is go out-and-back from the top, or ride to the temporary end and hook up with Juniper Drop to descend back to the top of Kiln-It.

Rolling on the upper section of Faulty. The trail trends up and down.

Although Faulty generally trends downhill, there will be a lot of rolling and short uphills. There will be a few rock drops and rollovers, but in general it's bench-cut dirt.

Looking at an alternate line. Riders heading uphill can roll over to this ridgeline and take a 5-foot drop, then rejoin the main trail.

The terrain alternates between red and white clay in pinion pine forest with an occasional juniper and short meadows of sage scrub.

You'll descend only 200 vertical feet overall on the two-mile trip to the top of Juniper Drop.

Pinion pine and white clay.

At this time, the Faulty trail ends at the top of Juniper Drop. If you're not up to some upper-intermediate to expert-level riding, you can turn back here. Otherwise, hook to the right at the trail sign to descend Juniper Drop.

Intersection of Faulty with the top of Juniper Drop.

The flag line for Faulty continues north (with a set of turns to shed elevation) and crosses the ATV track to reach the edge of the big wash of Cottonwood Creek. Should be good!

View from the flag-line of Future Faulty.

Juniper Drop

Juniper Drop descends southeast from Faulty. It drops 250 vertical feet over 0.6 miles, then goes gently uphill 0.1 more mile to end on upper Kiln-It, just 30 feet from its origin on FR096.

At the start of Juniper Drop on Faulty.

Juniper drop features frequent highly-banked turns and lots -- lots -- of rock drops. Some are little; some are big. At this time, lines for ride-arounds are not fully developed on all drops. Do if you're not a confident ledge-dropper, you'll need to get off and walk a couple of times.

View southeast on Juniper Drop. There three small drops between the camera and the bermed right turn in mid-photo.

Several of the drops are big enough that you can't roll them. You need to take them airborne, controlling the attitude of the bike as you leave the edge. There are a few series of drops -- so non-experts should control their speed enough that they can rebalance and pick their line for the next drop.

Looking back uphill at two drops, each about 4 feet. The top drop is a full-on air launch, the closer one can be rolled.

Upper Cottonwood Wash ATV trail

At the top of Faulty, you can keep left and follow the 2.3-mile ATV trail downhill to the Kiln-It/Cairn-Age intersection. Like many ATV trails, it's loose and often steep, tending to go over small hills instead of around them. Riders are still using this ATV track occasionally.

There are some nice views into the wash. Keep right (on top of the ridge) at mile 1.6 where a larger ATV route drops steeply into the wash. Keep heading east. At a fork at mile 1.9, turn left and the track will take you to the top of Cairn-Age. (The right fork takes you steeply uphill to the top of Kiln-It.)

View into Cottonwood Creek Wash.

Scorpion ATV trail 084

At FR096 mile mile 3.9 (1.4 miles from the top of Kiln-It) an ATV route forks away on the uphill side of a 150-degree right-hand turn. After climbing to a ridge line, it turns and descends east back to the edge of the freeway. There are some confusing spots where ATV tracks join/leave. It's around 4.7 miles to the bottom. Here a left turn on dirt road can take you back to FR 096.

I saw no bike tracks at 2 weeks since the last rain.

Top of ATV trail 084.

Getting there:
North ATV TH: At the north Richfield exit from I-70, turn north (toward the mountains). As the pavement ends, turn right into the ATV parking area. Start the ride by crossing the main road to the small gravel road heading southwest parallel to the freeway. After 1/2 mile, follow the trail sign by turning right on a smaller gravel ATV track. (Note there's room for a couple of cars here where the doubletrack splits.) Veer left onto singletrack after 0.1 mile.
South ATV TH:  From Richfield's Main Street, turn west on 300 North. As you approach the freeway, turn left into the ATV parking lot. Pedal under I-70 to head uphill on FR096 to reach the top of Kiln-It.
Shuttle:  Top of Kiln-It: Drive FR 096 2.2 miles and find DT on your right with a carsonite trail marker. Top of Faulty: continue to mile 4.1 of FR096 and find marked ATV track on the right.

Bathrooms: none at trailheads (businesses nearby)

Riding resources for this trail:
GPS track files and route (right-click and "Save as..."):
    Multi-track area file 
Maps for printing:  Above aerial map in separate window
    High-res topo map of lower Pahvant trails
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to Cedar City area resources   Bryce area

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