The Coyote Canyon Loop lies northeast of Heber. It's a big ride that's best reserved for conditioned riders. Much of the trail is easier-intermediate technical, but there are many tight turns and a few rock gardens that will challenge skilled riders.
The loop can be ridden in either direction. Locals seem to like the counter-clockwise direction. Variations on the loop can include combinations of the Lower Riverview trails.
You'll also have great views of ewes and their lambs. This is private land grazed by herds of sheep. Spooking them is bad form.
(1) Coyote Trailhead. Located at the south end on Coyote Lane, this is used frequently by locals, but is harder for outsiders to navigate. See the Lower Riverview page for details on the lower mountain southern trails.
(2) UVU Wasatch Campus Trailhead. At the uppermost level of parking behind the UVU buildings, look for the duck-under and kiosk. A singletrack trail climbs 1.5 miles to the Riverview Trail.
(3) Riverview Trailhead. Park along Highway 32, one mile uphill from US-40. 1/4 mile up the Riverview trail is the fork that starts the loop.
(4) 32 Trail. As of 2013, there's no formal trailhead here. You can park along the road and clamber over the fence near the (locked) gate. Ride uphill on doubletrack and find the singletrack on your left about 100 yards uphill. You'll reach the fork that starts the loop 1/2 mile from the highway.
Park on the right side of Highway 32 at the Riverview trailhead. Head uphill and ride 1/4 mile to the trail fork. Stay left and keep climbing. After crossing the ridge on the north end, you'll descend slightly to a sheep camp. Cross the dirt road at mile 4.5. About 100 yards later, fork right and start climbing uphill. (The left fork takes you down to Highway 32.)
Around mile 9.5, you reach the ride's highest point at 7550 feet. As you descend into a sage-covered saddle, there are views in every direction.
Immediately after the view, you'll begin dropping off the southern end of the mountain. There will be a few rock gardens along the ridge before you begin dropping down the steep side-slope.
This is an epic loop with great riding and great views. You'll want to do this ride.
24.2-mile Coyote Loop from the UVU trailhead...
Chop'd Coyote , also known as Coyote Middle, cuts across the Coyote Loop, connecting the middle of Riverview near UVU to the east side of the loop (see map). Using this trail cuts Coyote into two smaller loops, which you can ride either direction. The top end of Coyote Middle is very hard to find if you haven't already ridden up from below. So if you're going for the first time, find the downhill side 0.4 miles south of the UVU connector fork on Riverview. (There's no trail sign as of June 2015.) See the Chop'd Coyote trail page for photos that will orient you to the upper trail navigation. The upper part of Chop'd Coyote has been cut off by construction (2023). I'm told it will be re-connected to the far side of Coyote.
At the northeast corner of the Coyote Loop, you can take Looney Tunes to bypass part of the loop. This section you'll skip goes down to the Highway 32 trailhead and climbs back out, so you save a couple of miles (3.6 vs 1.7) and a bit over 250 vertical feet of climbing.Looney Tunes is 1.7 miles long. The bottom is 1.1 miles from the junction of the trailhead connector with the Coyote Loop, and the top is 2.5 miles uphill from that loop fork. The elevation change on Looney Tunes is 400 feet, with a top elevation of 7330 at the Coyote Loop. Upper Looney Tunes has been closed due to construction (2023). I'm told it will be hooked back up.
0.0 Trail at downhill end of parking
N40 34.404 W111 25.215
Take stairs over fence
0.2 Keep L (R = return)
N40 34.430 W111 25.062
4 First ridgeline
4.5 Cross DT N40 35.353 W111 23.617
4.55 Fork R (L = to highway 32)
N40 35.329 W111 23.601
7.6 Unmarked ( R to Chop'd Coyote via DT)
N40 34.366 W111 23.772
9.5 Highest point
14.9 R to Riverview Tr
N40 32.361 W111 23.402
L = descend for longer ride
N40 32.544 W111 23.380
R on ST N40 32.539 W111 23.397
16.5 Keep L (R = Chop'd Coyote)
N40 33.053 W111 24.030
16.9 Stay R uphill (L = to UVU TH)
N40 33.210 W111 24.242
18.7 Fork R (L = view)
N40 33.705 W111 25.007
20.0 Fork L (finish loop)
N40 34.430 W111 25.062
20.2 Back at parking
From Salt Lake, take I-80 eastbound to Silver Creek Junction (just past Park City). Go south on US-40, past the Jordanelle reservoir and descend past the dam. At the traffic light at mile 14.2 from I-80, turn left on 32 and climb 1.1 miles. When you see the second entry into Riverview on your left, note the gravel parking area on your right N40 34.403 W111 25.214. That's your spot.
From Utah County, drive up Provo Canyon to Heber. At the traffic light on US-189/US-40, turn left and drive north through Heber. 4.7 miles from the intersection, turn right on Highway 32 and climb 1.1 miles to the parking area as above.
UVU Wasatch Campus Trailhead:
One mile south of the junction of Highway 40 and 32 (a couple of miles north of Heber), turn east (toward the mountain) at the UVU campus. Go to the uppermost level of parking behind the UVU buildings. Look for the duck-under and kiosk N40 32.798 W111 24.735. A singletrack trail climbs 1.5 miles to the Riverview Trail.
Two miles south of the junction of Highway 40 and 32, turn east (toward the mountain) on Coyote Lane. Just after the road crosses a canal, turn left into the parking lot. The singletrack starts at the northeast corner at the step-over, where you'll also find a repair stand and a kiosk with a trail map. The Coyote singletrack takes you uphill. After merging with the gravel road to cross the bridge, veer left onto singletrack then keep generally right and uphill at the trail forks.
Cutthroat (Highway 32) Trailhead:
Drive up Highway 32 four miles. Look for a gravel road on the right side N40 35.430 W111 23.389. You can park along the road and clamber over the fence near the (locked) gate. Find the singletrack on your left and ride uphill, keeping to the right at the Wile E Canyon fork about 100 yards uphill. You'll reach the fork that starts the Coyote loop 0.4 miles from the highway.
Canal DT trailhead:
Just uphill from the light on highway 32, watch for the canal crossing. Park along the road. Start riding south on the doubletrack just uphill from the canal.
Single-page, printable trail guide
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
Short loop from Riverview (20 mi)
Longer loop from UVU (24 mi)
Multi-track GPX area master file
Sorenson only GPX
Riverview to 32 32 to Coyote TH
Maps for printing: Above map in new window
Lodging, camping, shops: Links to area resources
Lower Riverview page
Chop'd Coyote page
(Wile E Coyote and Looney Tunes) page
Bathrooms: No public restrooms nearby.
Water: Gas stations in Heber, campgrounds.
Camping: Hailstone campground at Jordanelle on US-40, about 6 miles away.
Bike services: Slim and Knobby's bike shop, Heber Latest update June 2022.