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Eagle Mountain - North Trails
Nirvana, Brass Monkey, Creed, Hickman beginner loops, Hidden Canyon, Rockabilly

This trail page discusses the trails on the northern end of the Hidden Canyon area in Eagle Mountain's trail system. Note that a quick description of all trails can be found on the Eagle Mountain Overview Page. Other area trails are described on pages for the southern Eagle Mountain trails, the Eagle Mountain Race Loop, the Mountain Ranch Bike Park, the Treadstone-area (Prayer Flag hill) trails, and the Lake Mountain slope trails.

Looking down to a turn in the Hickman Hill beginner loops. Eagle Mountain trails were first photographed and described by Bruce in 2009, with the latest update June 21, 2022.

In June 2022, I must caution you that these northern trails continue to be affected by expanding subdivision construction. The trail system is unfinished, and the northern trails are most affected. There are plans for a formal trailhead with all services, which will change your parking, trail access, and riding plans. Because of this, I won't spend time describing specific loops within this portion of the riding area.

Looking down Rock-a-Billy, one of the trails that connects the Pony Express Parkway area to the trails further south.

 
Brass Monkey

The Brass Monkey trail runs around Hickman Hill on the western side. It begins by forking away from the southern end of Creed. After riding around and over the flank of the hill, it connects to the bottom of Nirvana at the Pony Express Parkway.

Brass Monkey is 0.9 miles long and has around 100 feet of climbing when done in either direction. It requires intermediate riding skill and aerobics.

At the trail fork heading north. Take a left turn for Brass Monkey. (The handlebar is sticking up from a bike lying on the side of the Hickman Hill loops connector.)

From the south, as the Given to Fly connector crosses the ATV track and becomes Creed, the connector to the Hickman Hill beginner loops forks 90 degrees right. Then the trail splits. The left fork is Brass Monkey; the right fork is Creed.

Climbing through the junipers on Brass Monkey.

After the trail descends down to the farmland along the Pony Express Parkway, the trail will veer to parallel the road westbound. After crossing the open field, it will hit the bottom of Nirvana at the sage brush.

Decending Brass Monkey northbound towards the Pony Express Parkway..

 
Creed Trail

Creed is 1.4 miles in length, spanning between the Given to Fly 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 to north. However most riders do it north to south to take advantage of the stunts built into the southern end. 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 ride-arounds.

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 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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Hickman Hill beginner loops
The Hickman Hill trails lie east of the southern side of Creed, just uphill from the subdivision in Hidden Canyon. At this time (June 2022) there's a two-way trail 0.5 miles long leading uphill with two downhill-only flow trails 0.4 and 0.3 miles in length. Another downhill route is being created.

At this time access is a bit tricky. There's no parking in the immediate area, and the lower slopes of the hill directly below the loops are currently occupied by active road construction for the subdivision. Unless you arrive via Given to Fly (not a kiddie ride), you'll need to pedal into the area -- for example on the paved path from the Pony Express Parkway trail -- then cross some construction to reach the trail.

The climbing trail begins on fairly flat terrain and gradually gets to the steeper slopes of the hill.

The counterclockwise loops begin with a climb up an easy trail. The riding is suitable for experienced beginners. Younger children may find the amount of climbing beyond their physical ability, but older experienced kids should do fine.

On the upper hillside, the trail begins to run back and forth, so there's always a recovery between each turn.

Each lap will be between 0.8 and 0.9 miles with approximately 100 vertical feet of climbing per lap.

As you reach the top traverse, the first (easiest) downhill flow option awaits. It forks away downhill to your left.

Trail fork for the first flow trail.

This first trail becomes almost flat between the turns so it's done at lower speed. It's the easiest descending option. When you get to the bottom, you can veer right to return on the access trail, or keep straight and left to begin another climb.

Looking down from the climbing trail at the second turn in the DH flow trail.

The second downhill option begins about 100 feet further along the traverse. (There are flags heading out toward Creed, so I expect the loops will be expanded very soon with another downhill flow option.)

This is a rough as the riding gets. On the second flow trail, there's this bit of exposed rock.

This second downhill trail maintains more slope between the turns, so it's done at higher speed. There's also a bit of bumpy rock to ride over. Nothing tricky but it may spook kids -- especially if they haven't learned to stand on the pedals yet.

Looking down toward the homes under construction in Hidden Valley.

 
Other Trails and Connections
Paved Access Trail

From the paved bike path along the Pony Express Parkway, there's a new paved trail extending uphill into Hidden Canyon. At this time (June 2022) it's only partially paved, but will provide a connection uphill to the Hickman Hill beginner trails as well as Creed, Brass Monkey, Supersonic, and Given to Fly.

On the day of my last ride, the asphalt was just being dumped onto the trail skirting the eastern side of the new subdivision. (You'd still need to cross the construction zone from the trail's end to reach the Hickman Hill loops or the bottom of Given to Fly.)

Nirvana Trail

Runs from Treadstone at the top of the Prayer Flags hill northbound to end at the Pony Express Parkway. Here there's a connector to the north end of Brass Monkey. Can be part of the northern end of a longer loop ride in either direction..

Length 2.0 miles. Vertical 300 ft elevation loss when done from south to north. Trail surface intermediate skill and aerobic requirement.

Descending Nirvana. After the initial drop, the trail will run through sage just west of a flat valley.

Hidden Canyon Trail

The Hidden Canyon trail starts just off the paved trail at the Pony Express Parkway north of Hidden Canyon Elementary. It climbs the hill to the area above the Mountain Ranch bike park, connecting to Rock-a-Billy, Ridgeline/Cow Tracks, and Golden Eagle.

Length 0.7 miles, climbing 200 vertical feet when done from Hidden Canyon up to the bike park connector trails. Surface upper-intermediate technical, upper-intermediate in aerobic effort.

Looking northeast on the Hidden Canyon trail.

Rock-a-Billy

Rock-a-Billy forks to the south from Hidden Canyon, 0.2 miles uphill from the Pony Express Parkway. It rolls up and down, but generally climbs, as it traverses the western slope of Lake Mountain. The Rock-a-Billy trail ends on the Cow Tracks trail just above the "Rockpile" parking area.

Length 1.1 miles, climbing 200 vertical feet from Hidden Canyon to Cow Tracks (riding south). Surface intermediate technical, easy in aerobic requirement.

Southbound early on Rock-a-Billy. Junipers occasionally obscure the sight lines, so be cautious about riders coming the other way!

Cow Tracks

Cow Tracks links the trails at the top of the Mountain Ranch bike park to the "Rockpile" parking area in the middle of the Eagle Mountain trails. It contours the hillside before making a descent to the Rockpile. The trail has one steep pitch and there are some embedded rocks. Cow Tracks joins Rock-a-Billy as it descends to the east side of the Rockpile parking area.

Length 0.8 miles. Surface intermediate in technical requirement, one steep pitch of upper-intermediate aerobic effort. Around 50 feet of elevation change north to south.

The steepest spot is the climb just before the Ridgeline trail fork. There's both embedded and loose rock, but it's very do-able.

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. (Note: as of 2020, there is no longer primitive parking near the elementary school and construction may block access. See below. You may need to get creative to find a roadside spot. There's a plan for a formal trailhead with all services in Hidden Canyon, but the area is still undergoing basic road and utility installation.)

Creed:  At 0.25 miles past the elementary school, spot the trail on the hillside to your left and cross the decorative patch of chunk rock to get there. (Note construction has blocked this access in 2022!)

Race Loop (rockpile) Parking:
Note 2022! While construction crews are trying to preserve access, it is occasionally not possible to drive through construction area! If so, you must ride from the Pony Express Parkway, or take the dirt road (OHV route 1) in from the west.   On Pony Express Parkway, turn south and drive uphill past Hidden Hollow Elementary. When the pavement ends, keep as straight as possible southbound through the construction area. Drive a mile up the dirt road. After you reach the top of a small rise and see another valley in front of you, there's a big rockpile on the left. The parking is the primitive open space south of the rockpile. Deer Tracks is west of the parking area (across the dirt road), Cow Tracks is at the northeast corner, and dirt roads on the east and south connect to other singletrack trails.

Bathrooms:  None. Porta-Potty at the Mountain Ranch Bike Park. A full-service trailhead is planned for Hidden Canyon.
Camping:  No developed or designated campgrounds. Flat spots can be found in the race staging area near the rockpile.
Bike services:  UtahMountainBiking store in Lehi.

Riding resources for this trail:
GPS track files and route (right-click and "Save as..."):
       Multi-track GPX area file
High-res area topo map for printing:   View topo
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to Provo area resources

 

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