Jackrabbit, Road Runner, and Deadwood trails
...with access route via Hidden Canyon and Cow Tracks trails
The Eagle Mountain race loop lies to the south of Eagle Mountain, making a circuit around the edge of Hidden Canyon. The loop can be reached directly by dirt road, or by singletrack on your mountain bike for a longer lariat ride. Many of these trails -- and connecting routes -- are also covered in detail on the Lake Mountain , Treadstone , and south Eagle Mountain pages . See the Overview Page for all area trails and links to riding areas.
The lariat-loop mountain bike route starts on the Pony Express Parkway, right where the Hidden Canyon Road heads toward the loop. The Hidden Canyon trail forks off the paved bike path on the south side of the parkway (just east of the Hidden Canyon road). It climbs from 4950 feet elevation to 5150 before heading over to the hill above the Mountain Ranch Bike Park .
After the initial climb, the trail undulates along the hill with nice views to the north and east.
Note that you can also reach Cow Tracks via the Mountain Ranch Bike Park . Follow the Access Trail uphill as it turns to rocky road and gets steep. As it turns to the left on the ridge, you'll see the singletrack entry bridge on your right.
Road Runner will turn back northbound as climbs gently. When it reaches doubletrack, turn right uphill. As you reach a wide treeless area on the ridgeline, you'll see the Jackrabbit trail turning back southbound to the right. Take a detour here to ride forward and enjoy the view, then backtrack a few feet to Jackrabbit.
The scenery is inspiringly desolate and has its own ugly Great Basin type of empty beauty. There's plenty of very nice riding surrounded by a unique landscape.
Jackrabbit will cross the Wile E Coyote singletrack shortly before joining a doubletrack on the edge of the valley. As you hit the doubletrack, keep heading south.
To have a bit more fun (and a bit more work), you can divert to the Wile E Coyote singletrack as you approach the doubletrack.
Wile E Coyote begins near the bottom of Road Runner. You may have noticed it on the way up. It runs 0.9 miles from Road Runner to the corner where the doubletrack of the race loop turns northward to Deadwood. It crosses Jackrabbit on the way.
At its south end Deadwood crosses, and joins, some newer trails (Fistful of Dollars and Eastwood). See the Eagle Mountain southern area page for details of these trails.Deadwood climbs away from the road heading westbound. After it skirts the low hill at the southern end of Hidden Valley, it will drop down and cross a dirt road. It will climb a bit up the opposite hillside before turn north.
When Deadwood ends, keep straight across doubletrack and through a wash, then turn right (east) on the doubletrack on the far side of the wash. Keep straight as an ATV trail joins on the left. When you reach the next road fork, you're back where you entered the loop. Turn left to head back to the staging area.
If you arrived via Cow Tracks, find your singletrack and pedal north. The return trip via Cow Tracks and Hidden Canyon is hardly any work at all.
Riding the race loop...
0.0 From Hidden Canyon Rd, east on paved trail
Veer right uphill on Hidden Canyon trail
N40 21.344 W111 59.483
0.7 Cross DT N40 21.069 W111 59.065
100 feet, then fork R (Cow Tracks)
N40 21.049 W111 59.032
50 feet, cross DT N40 21.038 W111 59.036
1.0 Keep R (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
L (south) on DT
1.8 Keep straight and L (R = return)
N40 20.428 W111 58.622
2.2 L on ST (Road Runner)
N40 20.137 W111 58.484
2.9 R uphill on DT N40 20.529 W111 58.343
3.0 R on ATV at ridgeline
N40 20.562 W111 58.263
Begin ST (Jackrabbit)
4.4 Join DT, keep L (south)
N40 19.838 W111 58.094
4.8 Fork R on DT N40 19.568 W111 57.791
4.9 L on ST (Deadwood)
N40 19.577 W111 57.839
5.4 Cross DT N40 19.469 W111 58.144
6.8 End ST, cross DT, straight through ravine
N40 20.252 W111 59.209
R on DT far side or ravine
N40 20.292 W111 59.208
7.0 Keep straight (R) N40 20.296 W111 58.999
7.4 End loop, veer L (north) and retrace
N40 20.406 W111 58.636
7.7 Back at Cow Tracks
9.1 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). Now immediately turn left to the Hidden Canyon road, 1.1 miles from Ranches Parkway. (Note 2020: construction may block your access through this area.) Find a place to park to take the singletrack lariat. If you're driving to the loop, 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 there.
To start from the bike park, stay on 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.
Single-page riding guide
GPS track files and route (right-click and "Save as..."):
Race Loop alone
Lollipop ride as above
Multi-track GPX area file
High-res area topo map for printing: View topo
Lodging, camping, shops: Links to Provo area resources
Camping: No developed or designated campgrounds. Flat spots can be found in the race staging area.
Bike services: UtahMountainBiking store in Lehi.