||Ride 1: SR 80 to Summit (Beginner out-and-back)
Salamander Flat, Timpanooke or Pine Hollow down (Expert)
Summary of ride: 3.6 miles snowpacked road climb with
900 vertical. Experts then do a traversing segment on Ridge 157 followed
by descent via three trail options: Salamander Flat, Pine Hollow,
Deep-snow Season: December through March. Altitude 6500 to
Usual packed Route(s): Road is gated at Pine Hollow parking lot,
with snowmobile hardpack to the summit. The singletrack is snowshoe and
fatbike packed, relatively soft and technical.
Photo: Mike approaches the summit parking area on snowpacked
||Characteristics: Packed road makes an easy
out-and-back for beginners. Expert (or adventurous) riders can loop via
the singletrack. The softpack trail is generally narrow with deep fluff at
trailside, so it's relatively unforgiving. There will be some uphill
sections. Recommended for very experienced and skilled snow riders.
(See the video on our fat-bike introduction page.)
Timing: Best in early morning, a couple of days after a
storm -- when the valley "inversion haze" has developed while
the mountains are clear and sunny. The extra days also give snowmobiles
and snowshoes time for trail-packing. An 8 am start with 2-hour
ride time works well.
Photo: Riders heading towards Timpanooke after dropping off
||Navigation: Once you reach the summit, go north
on singletrack Ridge 157. The first fork has Salamander Flat to the left.
If you stay on Ridge 157, take the next left fork (Pine Hollow). To go
straight down to the trailhead, go right at the next fork. To head for
Timpanooke, keep left.
Access: Drive up SR 80 in American Fork Canyon (fee area)
and park in the Pine Hollow lot. Begin your ride by climbing the road.
Option: a mile uphill fork to the Timpanooke parking lot and transfer to
singletrack to continue the climb.
||Ride 2: Silver Lake Flat
Summary of ride: 3.7 mile ride on snowpacked gravel
road to Silver Lake Flat Reservoir. 1200 vertical feet of climbing,
technically easy. (Out and back 7.4 miles.)
Deep-snow Season: December through March. Altitude 6350 to
Usual packed Route(s): Granite Campground road then fork R
uphill on Silver Lake Flat Road.
Photo: Bruce nears Silver Lake Flat Reservoir.
||Characteristics: Packed road makes a
technically easy out-and-back for stronger beginning snow riders, but the
sustained pitch can be taxing with fresh snow.
Timing: Best in early morning. An 8 am start with 2-hour
ride time works well. Again, the riding is best if you wait a few days
after a snowstorm.
Photo: Mike rides across the frozen surface of the reservoir.
||Access: Drive up American Fork Canyon (fee
area) and turn to the left at the Tibble Fork junction (SR 144). Park at
the reservoir lot. At the North Fork gate, turn left uphill toward Granite
||Ride 3: Summit Trail Suncrust
Quick Summary: Strictly a late winter ride -- done in early morning
on a day when the snow surface partially melted the previous day then
refroze solidly overnight -- and when it's been at least a few days since
the last snowstorm. From Pine Hollow parking, go
uphill past Salamander Flat. As you see open snow uphill to your right as
you round the corner, transfer to the Summit Trail and continue uphill,
wandering around on hard-crusted snow among the aspens. Or ride the road
to the top and descend through the suncrust.
||Ride 4: Under construction...
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