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Treadstone Trail in Eagle Mountain
includes Deer Tracks Trail

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.

View north. That's actually the Bingham Canyon copper mine tailings you can see on the ridgeline between the junipers. Photos and ride review by Bruce on July 9, 2016.

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 hill.

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 north.

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 overall climbing.

Wait. Why are we going south again? The trail takes a bit of time meandering around on top of the hill.

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.

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.)

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 narrow singletrack.

Just uphill from the trailhead, we're heading southwest.

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 right.

Almost to the connection spot, heading west, with miles of Great Basin in view.

Riding notes, Treadstone Loop from Pony Express:
0.0   Intersection Pony Express Pkwy and Hidden Valley Pkwy
        East on paved trail (south side of Pony Express)
        100 feet, singletrack uphill on the right
        N40 21.344 W111 59.483
0.7   Cross DT N40 21.069 W111 59.065
        100 feet, then fork R (to Cow Tracks)
        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
(1.6 continued)
       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
Getting there:
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. Go uphill to the end of the pavement and it will become Hidden Canyon road.
Hidden Canyon Trail:  The paved trail eastbound directly along Pony Express will take you to the Hidden Canyon trail for the larger loop ride.
Race Loop trailhead:  If you're driving to the main Race Loop trailhead, take 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 there.
Mountain Ranch:  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.
Riding resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guide
GPS track files and route (right-click and "Save as..."):
      Simple Loop   Larger loop from Pony Express
      Biggest Loop w Race Course, from town
      Multi-track GPX area file
High-res area topo map for printing:   View topo
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to Provo area resources

Bathrooms:  None at Hidden Canyon. Porta-Potty at the Mountain Ranch Bike Park.
Water:  None.
Camping:  No developed or designated campgrounds. Flat spots can be found in the trailhead race-staging area.
Bike services:  UtahMountainBiking store in Lehi.

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