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Beaver Bench Trails

The Beaver Bench trail system lies at the mouth of Beaver Canyon, just outside the edge of town. The first phase of the trail system was completed in 2021 with 5 miles of trail. The expected riding season is June through October.

Riding east on Sage Advice as storm clouds gather. Photos and trail review by Bruce on July 26, 2021.

At this time (July 2021) there's a lariat loop called Sage Advice plus two downhill flow trail loops. A ride that hits everything would be 6.2 miles in length with 500 vertical feet of climbing.

Looking down the left option of the two DH flow trails. Here we're in an old burn-scar where the dead trees have been knocked down.

The Mammoth Crossing trailhead is on the Beaver Canyon Road (Highway 153) and is reached by taking 200 North 3.3 miles east of Main Street. There's no water or bathroom at the trailhead, but there is a bike repair station. 

Bruce and bike at the trailhead. Looking north from the canyon road.

 
Sage Advice trail
Sage Advice is a lariat ride consisting of a 1.1-mile stem and a 2.3-mile loop. A ride around Sage Advice would be 4.5 miles long with around 250 vertical feet of climbing.

The trails lie on the delta of a prehistoric river that flowed from the Tushar Mountains into a large lake occupying the Beaver valley. The ride starts at 6150 feet elevation with a high point of 6350 on top of the bench.

Looking over cholla cactus at the Beaver valley.

The trail surface is brown dirt with occasional embedded rock. The trail is surrounded by river-rounded boulders. Much of the ground is bare, with a sparse forest of juniper, cedar, and pinion pine. Turns are banked for smooth uphill climbing and fast downhill turns.

The Sage Advice trail winds through juniper and pinion.

The Sage Advice trail starts on the west end of the trailhead parking with a repair station and kiosk. It will quickly cross the Harris Ditch irrigation canal, then begin winding back and forth across the edge of the bench as it gains elevation.

At mile 1.1, keep left for a clockwise ride around the loop. The trail on your right will be your return.

Typical banked turn on Sage Advice. Smooth riding.

 

At this point, the trail contours the slope of the old river delta. It stays just a bit downhill from the flat top of the bench.

Looking northeast toward Johnson Peak.

On the far side of the Sage Advice loop are two short downhill flow trails with a return climbing trail. At mile 2.2 of a clockwise ride, you'll pass the return trail coming uphill on your left. The two DH trails start next to each other just 1/10th mile further along the trail.

Looking down on Sage Advice to show the two entries into the DH Flow trails.

As you continue around the Sage Advice loop, it will climb up to the top of the bench around mile 2.9 from the trailhead. This will be 1/2 mile past the DH trails on the clockwise ride.

Breaking out of the woods to climb up and over the old river delta.

After crossing the top of the bench, Sage Advice descends west to close the loop at mile 3.4. Here a hard left turn takes you back to the trailhead.

Closing the loop. That's the return path on the left, with a wide spot to swing the turn. Straight ahead is the path to another trip around the loop!

 
DH Flow Trails
The DH flow trails fork downhill from Sage Advance at mile 2.3 of a clockwise ride, or mile 2.2 of a counterclockwise trip. As above, at mile 2.2 of a clockwise ride you'll pass the return trail coming uphill on your left. Keep straight. The two DH trails start next to each other just 1/10th mile further along the trail.

The first trail (to the left as you face downhill) is just under 0.3 miles in length. It descends 110 vertical feet. It will have a 0.3 mile return climb back to Sage Advice.

Highly banked but quick turns are typical here. Looking down the left-most DH flow trail.

The second DH trail (on the right as you face dowhill) is 0.3 miles long with 120 feet of descent. At the bottom, there's a short stub that appears to be a future trail. Keep left for the uphill return trail. It's 0.4 miles back to Sage Advice.

First turn on the right-most DH trail.

Turns are highly banked for speed. There are rollers and table jumps between turns. Overall, these are intermediate-level descents.

Both downhill routes end on the same return trail, but the trail to the right will have a longer return.

We're out of the woods and into the burn scar. Lots of bumps and a few tables.

 
Return Trail
The return trail from the DH flow trails is 0.4 miles long with 120 vertical feet of gentle but steady climbing. From the bottom of the rightmost DH flow trail, it's 0.1 miles before the second DH trail joins.

Crossing the burn scar as we return from the right-most DH flow trail. The other DH flow trail will join once we're in the trees.

As the return trail joins Sage Advice, just keep straight and in 0.1 mile you'll be back at the top of the two DH trails for another descent.

Climbing up and around a turn on the way up.

Bottom Line:
Very nice trail system. Easy to ride; modest views. Not a lot of miles yet, so I wouldn't call it a "destination" trail system at this time. But it makes a quick and very satisfying sneaker ride as you're heading past on the freeway. Or if you hit town and find that the weather won't let you ride at Eagle Point.
Getting there:
Exit I-15 to Beaver's Main Street. Drive to 200 North and turn east (toward the mountains). At 3.3 miles after leaving Main Street, you'll see the log fence of the trailhead on your left.
Riding resources for this trail:
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
    GPX multi-track file 
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to area resources

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