||Dry Canyon 51 Loop
BST, Rattlesnake, Altar, 51, and Dry Canyon
This loop ride was
recommeded by Kris Nosack, and he was kind enough to provide some of the
photos on this page. The overall length of this ride is 7 miles, with 1400
feet of climbing. Nice
ride, close to civilization, and available in late- or early season.
Although this ride description starts at Orem, you could
easily start from the Dry Canyon trailhead. See the Orem
to Pleasant Grove BST page for information.
Kris crests the hill heading west,
enjoying the view over Utah Lake.
Photo November, 2006.
|The ride starts at 5100 feet at the Orem Bonneville
Shoreline (BST) trailhead. Take the Bench Road (the North Provo Canyon
east. There will be 400 vertical feet of climbing during this first mile,
then the road flattens as it turns left (north). Just after the road turns
back to the east, spot the Rattlesnake singletrack at mile 1.4 forking uphill on
Northbound toward Little Baldy on the BST. Rattlesnake
just around the next corner.
||Stay right at the trail fork just uphill. The left trail is
Gopher Snake, an alternate climbing route. (The Rattlesnake
page has additional information on connecting trails.)
Rattlesnake is a tough and steady climb, but tolerable. At 0.4 miles uphill,
Elk Crossing crosses Rattlesnake. An alternative climbing route is to fork
right on Elk Crossing and climb to Mouse. Mouse will join the top of
Rattlesnake at The Altar.
Climbing Rattlesnake, as tall grass from a damp spring
crowds the trail.
Now crank on uphill to mile 1.2 from the bottom of Rattlesnake, to a large stone pile in a
huge meadow. This is The Altar, a meeting spot for several trails.
The Altar as seen from Rattlesnake. And that's a Rocky
Mountain from the UtahMountainBiking shop leaning on it. Buy one for
yourself! Our next trail is up the trail about 200 feet.
Jolene climbs up Rattlesnake from the Orem
a tough climb where cool weather is your friend.
More climbing as Jolene grinds Lament (trail 51)
with Provo Canyon and Timpanogos in the background
||Go straight north on Little Baldy for 200 feet. Now fork to the trail on your left,
Lazuli. Cross the meadow and climb through the trees. At 0.6 miles from
the Altar, fork right uphill to leave Lazuli. You're now on Wild Turkey.
Climb 0.4 miles on Wild Turkey, then fork left on Lament (trail 51).
The trail system here is complex. If you're not a regular rider here, a GPS
navigation app or topo map with good navigation skills is highly
Hitting a meadow with wilted Mules Ear on the
|In 100 feet, keep right as the Swift
Ridge trail joins on your left. The Lament trail will turn southeast, then around to the north as
it contours the lower slopes of Little Baldy. Pass the entry to Black Bear
on your right.
On Trail 51, looking back at Timpanogos in July.
||Now Trail 51 will descend into Dry Canyon. After crossing
the dry creek, fork left downhill. (You may have heard horrible things
about the Dry Canyon trail. Believe me, they're all true, but they apply
to the part uphill that's uphill from you. See the Big
Baldy page. Lower Dry Canyon is not bad.)
Dry Canyon is a fun downhill at this point. Descend 2.5 miles from the
trail fork of Trail 51. Nice payoff.
At the Dry Canyon parking, turn left (south) for the Bonneville
Shoreline Trail's Dry Canyon to Orem Bench
Fork where Trail 51 meets the Dry Canyon Trail,
|You'll spend 1.5 miles southbound on the BST, dropping
another 300 vertical feet.
Nice ride. And the only way to ride Dry Canyon that isn't hateful and
Southbound on the Bonneville Shoreline.
||Getting there, Orem Bench Trailhead: Drive
towards the mountains on 800 North. At 800 East, turn left and drive north
about 1 mile. Immediately past the cemetery, turn right (east) on Cascade
Drive just before the Y in the road and drive 1/2 mile, go up 2 short
switchbacks, and park just above the small brown building in the paved
Dry Canyon Trailhead: Turn east off State Street at 200 South in Lindon,
which also happens to be 2000 North for Orem. Keep straight as you
approach the mountains. When the road forks, veer left, then keep straight
uphill as the road turns to gravel. The parking area is at N 40° 20.52'
W 111° 40.62'.
Note! These trails are on Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
land, purchased with sportsmen dollars and set aside as the Orem Bench
Wildlife Management Area specifically to protect Utah's native animals.
Mountain Biking is allowed, but only insofar as it is not harmful to
wildlife. To insure continued access please be respectful to the
landowner by following proper trail etiquette and obeying all posted
1. Do NOT ride these trails during the winter. The area is closed
December 1st through April 15th!
Deer will not
survive the winter if frequently disturbed.
2. Unauthorized trail-building is strictly prohibited!
3. To reduce erosion and prevent "trenching" of trails,
do not ride trails when muddy.
4. Avoid disturbing wildlife, and do not allow your dog to chase