||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
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
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
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.
|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. 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
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.