Treadstone, Creed, and Nirvana Trails
Eagle Mountain Riding Area --
includes Deer Tracks Trail
Treadstone, Creed, and Nirvana are singletrack trails west of Eagle
Mountain, lying between the Eagle Mountain Race
Loop trailhead and the Pony Express Parkway. Deer Tracks is a short
connector from the race loop trailhead up to Treadstone -- which connects
to Creed and Nirvana to continue north.
View north. That's actually the Bingham Canyon copper
mine tailings you can see on the ridgeline between the junipers. Initial photos
and ride review by Bruce on July 9, 2016.
Update for Creed and Nirvana December 29, 2017.
Deer Tracks Trail
Treadstone can be reached quickly from the Race
Loop's trailhead via
Deer Tracks. The Deer Tracks trail forks westbound away from the dirt road
just where you enter the parking area. It climbs gently 0.2 miles to
intercept Treadstone at mile 0.75 from Deadwood. Like Treadstone, it's
Just uphill from the trailhead, we're heading
Deer Tracks is also a quick connection from the Mountain
Ranch trail system's Cow Tracks trail. As you exit Cow Tracks, veer a bit
rightish then hold straight as you cross the branching doubletracks at the
top of the race parking zone. As you reach the westmost doubletrack,
heading southsouthwest, watch for the singletrack forking uphill on your
Almost to the connection spot, heading west, with
miles of Great Basin in view.
In 2016 the Treadstone Trail was added to the Eagle Mountain trails in
the Hidden Canyon area. Treadstone is 3.3 miles long with an altitude gain
of 250 feet (from a base of 5250). A short connecting trail, Deer Tracks,
intercepts Treadstone near its southern end near the Race Loop trailhead.
Treadstone offers both new loop ride options and an
extension or variation of pre-existing loops. The riding season is March
through December, weather permitting. The riding is suitable for
intermediates, but will be satisfying cranking for hammerheads.
Around the next bend, a couple of riders head
northeast on Treadstone. On a Saturday morning, you'll find plenty of
local bikers hitting this trail system.
The tread is narrow hand-cut singletrack, with constant
wiggles, dips, and turns. If you're looking for a fast way back to town,
this is NOT it. This trail goes all over the place, back and forth.
(There's an ATV track that takes one mile to put you in the same spot your
bike will reach after 3.3 miles.) It climbs around, then over, a small
hill west of the parking area, then descends north on the backside of the
Climbing along the parched south-facing hillside
shortly after leaving Deadwood.
Treadstone lies at the northwest corner of Eagle Mountain's
Race Loop, but isn't actually part of the loop. And because it's not
connected to the Mountain Ranch Bike Park trail system, I've decided to
give this trail its own page. Treadstone connects the northern end of the
Race Loop's Deadwood Trail to the trailhead (via Deer Tracks), then
extends north to the Hidden Canyon dirt road near town.
The trail winds back and forth constantly. We're
looking southeast into Hidden Canyon.
Many riders going clockwise on the Race Loop trails will fork onto the
southern portion of Treadstone after they finish Deadwood (instead of
turning onto dirt road). After riding 3/4 mile on Treadstone, fork right
onto Deer Tracks and drop to the trailhead. This singletrack route is only
slightly longer than the 3/4 mile of dirt road on the official race loop.
But it's a lot more fun and scenic.
We've turned around the mountain, looking down at the
parking area for the Race Loop. Plenty of parking, but bring your own
shade and water. Also, a potty if you'll need one.
Another good ride option for Treadstone is to ride the
Mountain Ranch trails from town (there are a few possible routes), then go clockwise around the
Race Loop. But when you hit the doubletrack at the end of Deadwood, take Treadstone
all the way north. Next 0.2 miles on the Hidden Canyon dirt road takes you
back to where you started.
Now we're seeing Eagle Mountain in the valley to the
For riders who are looking for just a few miles, I suggest a
short loop where you climb Deer Tracks then take Treadstone to its north
end on the Hidden Canyon road. To get back, you'll climb south on the doubletrack for one
mile, gaining 200 vertical. This loop is 3.7 miles with 400 feet of
Eagle Mountain is a great spot for
winter riding. Here Bruce hits treadstone on December 29th.
If you start from town -- taking the Hidden Canyon trail,
then a short bit of Ridgeline then Cow Tracks to reach Deer Tracks -- the
ride will be only a mile longer (at 4.7 miles) with an extra 100
vertical feet of climbing.
With the addition of Creed and Nirvana, many riders will use Treadstone
as their launching spot for a ride from the Race Loop back to the Pony
The downhill side (assuming you're riding
south-to-north) is fast, with banked turns and some straighter sections.
And if you insert the Race Loop between Cow Tracks and
Treadstone, your ride will be 10.5 miles with about 1000 vertical feet of
overall climbing. This is a nice option. I recommend it!
Near the bottom of the hill, the trail heads
southeast again. But soon you'll be heading north and onto the flats
before dumping onto doubletrack just off the main Hidden Canyon dirt road.
(I suspect in the future there will be connecting singletrack extending
southbound -- from the spot in this photo -- to reach the trailhead
without dirt road.)
Creed is 1.4
miles in length, spanning between the Treadstone trail (after it descends
off the hill northbound) and the Pony Express Parkway. The trail climbs up
and over a hill -- whichever direction you ride it. The climbing is around
250 vertical feet.
Heading away from the Pony Express Parkway on a
north-to-south ride on Creed in late December 2017.
The trail can be done either direction, but it rides much
better from south (from Treadstone) to north (at the Parkway). The
southern end is about 50 vertical feet higher than the northern end, so
there's a bit less climbing to get to the top of the hill. Also, there are
turns and drops on the north face of the hill that are easy to descend but
difficult to climb.
Jumps and drops are of modest size, and all have easy
On the southern end, Creed starts by forking away from
Treadstone just before it reaches a doubletrack at a field of winter wheat
in the valley. If you're riding Treadstone, turn left at this unmarked
trail fork. After about 100 yards westbound, the trail will turn north,
cross the valley, then begin climbing the small hill.
There are open views of the mountains as the trail
twists back and forth. That's Timpanogos straight ahead of my bike.
To start from the northern end, park in the open area along
the road east of Hidden Valley Elementary School. Take the sidewalk, then
paved path, west along the Pony Express Parkway until you spot the trail
on the hill to your left. In 2017, you'll need to rattle through some
cobble decoration to reach the trail above it, because there's no formal
trail connection here. Your second chance is a direct uphill connector at
the (temporary) end of the paved path.
A bermed turn hugs the slope above the subdivision
and elementary school to the northeast.
Turns are bermed for speed, and there are plenty of spots to
launch. But the trail is OK for an early intermediate rider.
Cresting the top of the hill, with the Oquirrh
Mountains to the west behind me.
Creed Trail and the northern
end of Treadstone
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Nirvana starts from the highest point of the Treadstone trail and
descends to the Pony Express Parkway over 2.2 miles. The elevation loss
will be 320 feet (starting from 5300 altitude).
The trail starts at the "prayer flag pole." In December 2017,
the connection isn't obvious. If you don't see a trail fork, just walk
your bike over to the opposite side of the flags and find the trail
Little Rocky rests against the flagpole at the top of
Nirvana. (The Treadstone trail is just out of sight 10 feet behind my
Once you drop off the top of the hill and cross a jeep road,
the trail becomes almost pure dirt. It rode pretty smooth for a brand-new
trail. As it heads west, then north, the trail stays in the wild stuff
above the dry-farm in the valley. I didn't find anything scary or tricky.
Nirvana is a swoop and whoop type of trail.
Dirt ribbon descends through old burned trees. The
homogenous-looking area in the valley is the dry farm.
There will be a little bit of climbing when the trail turns
into a little valley. You'll turn to the south and climb about 80 vertical
feet to a higher level on the hill before resuming the northward journey.
As you reach Pony Express Parkway, turn right and pedal the dirt ATV
path along the road until you reach the paved bike path.
Heading to the north toward the parkway after
dropping off the hill.
Riding notes, Treadstone Loop from Pony
0.0 Intersection Pony Express Pkwy and Hidden Valley Pkwy
East on paved trail (south side
of Pony Express)
100 feet, singletrack uphill on
N40 21.344 W111 59.483
0.7 Cross DT N40 21.069 W111 59.065
100 feet, then fork R (to Cow
N40 21.049 W111 59.032
50 feet, cross DT N40 21.038 W111 59.036
1.0 Keep R for Cow Tracks (L = Ridgeline ST)
N40 20.943 W111 58.911
1.6 R on DT N40 20.597 W111 58.592
100 ft across to far west side
R uphill on ST (Deer Tracks)
N40 20.563 W111 58.613
1.8 R on Treadstone
N40 20.486 W111 58.730
4.0 Trail turns N (future ST fork?)
4.2 ST joins dirt road N40 21.001 W111 59.320
4.3 Keep L and join main dirt road
N40 21.053 W111 59.329
4.5 Straight down pavement
4.7 Back at Pony Express
Take the I-15 Lehi Main Street exit and turn west. Continue west on SR-73,
crossing Redwood Road (11600 West). Continue westbound uphill. Just after
climbing the hill, turn left at the stop light onto The Ranches Parkway.
At Pony Express Parkway, turn right. The road will veer a bit south
(left), then back west (right) as you get one mile from Ranches Parkway.
After you pass a large hill on your left, just before Hidden Hollow
Elementary, take the next left. There's primitive parking along the east
side of the road. This is the launch spot for Hidden Canyon, Creed, or a
loop using Nirvana.
Hidden Canyon Trail: The paved trail eastbound directly along Pony
Express will take you to the Hidden Canyon trail for the larger loop ride.
Creed: Cross the road and go to the sidewalk along the parkway
heading west. In 0.25 miles, spot the trail on the hillside to your left
and cross the decorative patch of chunk rock to get there.
Race Loop trailhead: After turning off Pony Express Parkway, go uphill to the end of the pavement and
it will become Hidden Canyon road. Stay southbound on the dirt road. Keep generally left and heading southeast at all road
forks, staying just below the slope of the hill on your left. When you
reach the broad valley and see a bunch of competing road forks at mile 1.3
from Pony Express Parkway, you're
Mountain Ranch trailhead: You can also pedal to the trail from the Mountain
Ranch bike park. Instead of turning onto Pony Express, stay Ranches
Parkway as it narrows and begins to wind
around. When you come to a T intersection at the end of The Ranches
Parkway, turn right on Golden Eagle Road. Drive about 1/3 mile and watch
for the trail kiosk on your left. Park by the trail kiosk and begin your
ride by climbing up the trail heading south.
Bathrooms: None at Hidden Canyon.
Porta-Potty at the Mountain Ranch
Camping: No developed or designated campgrounds. Flat spots can be
found in the trailhead race-staging area.
Bike services: UtahMountainBiking store in Lehi.