The Richfield Race trail is a five-mile loop on a bench area above
Glenwood, about 6 miles east of Richfield. It was completed in May 2018.
The riding is easier-intermediate, with brief mild climbs and fast
descents. There are some nice views and the trail is fun to ride.
Heading north along the edge of the loop. Photos,
track, and ride description by Bruce on June 1, 2018.
The riding season is late April through November. There's
some clay that will get sticky after heavy rains. There's no shade on the
trail, so it will be hot on summer afternoons.
Just starting out. Riding clockwise, I've just
climbed away from the parking area.
The trailhead is at the Glenwood Hills OHV area, reached via
Highway 119 eastbound from Richfield. There's a 0.8 mile all-weather
gravel road extending north from 119 to the trailhead and race staging
area. (It's right outside the northwest fence corner of the trials
dirt-bike park.) At this time (June 2018) there's no kiosk or other
markers at the trailhead.
Typical riding for much of the loop -- sage and
occasional rock in rolling terrain.
The trail was a lot of wiggles, humps, and turns. Climbs are
mellow and usually short. The loop can be done in either direction. My
ride video goes clockwise, which is easier to navigate if there are no
flags or other markers east of the trailhead.
Occasionally a doubletrack, game trail, or older social trail will fork
away from the race loop in a way that could fool you. Flags along the race
loop helped me avoid these sucker routes, but if they're not there for
Looking northwest. The cliffs in the distance lie
just west of I-70 between Salina and Richfield.
There will be some nice views over the Richfield valley as
the trail reaches its highest point on northwest side of the loop. The red
and white badlands to the west are home to the Twist trail -- a very nice
loop ride but with some navigation challenges.
Rolling the edge. Richfield is at far left.
From the loop's northern end, the trail turns back downhill.
It will make two detours into the colorful badlands. The second one is
easy to miss (I rode past it and had to go back). When the trail turns
south onto the powerline doubletrack and goes over a hump to begin a
blistering descent down the road, don't go too far. 0.2 miles from the
top, the trails turns left into the badlands.
Making the turn at the northern corner of the loop.
The drone camera is looking south.
Very nice trail that will get steadily better with bike traffic. With the
other riding in the area (Twist) it's worth a visit if you're in the area.
Rockin' through badlands on the east side of the
Clockwise Race Loop ride
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Riding notes, clockwise loop:
0.0 Northwest from parking N38 46.825 W111 57.566
0.05 Cross main road to singletrack N38 46.882 W111 57.628
0.7 Briefly join DT westbound N38 47.116 W111 57.891
0.8 DT 4-way, straight and slightly L to ST
N38 47.104 W111 58.001
(R = DT, L = Twist return
trail, DT straight = alt Twist return)
2.7 Northernmost point, avoid cheater trails to
3.1 Cross main road and into badlands N38 47.338 W111 57.595
3.4 Out of gully, R onto powerline DT N38 47.451 W111 57.446
3.7 Critical fork! R onto ST N38 47.172 W111 57.439
4.3 Join DT, veer R and westbound N38 47.093 W111 57.050
4.8 Cross powerline DT N38 46.958 W111 57.385
5.0 Back at parking
On Main Street in Richfield, turn east on 300 North. This is Utah Highway
118, old US Highway 89. After 0.9 miles, Highway 118 turns north. Keep
straight to the single lane that becomes Highway 119. Continue straight
east and in about 4 miles the road will veer a bit right and climb up the
hill. At mile 6.4, begin watching for a gravel road on your left. It will
be just before the Glenwood Hills OHV sign. Turn left and drive 0.8 miles.
Turn right toward the fenced area and park outside the gate.