Bench Climb, Rojo Rolling, Bench Connector
These trails link the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) north of Grove Creek to the Mahogany Mountain trail. This page will discuss Bench Climb as an uphill route and Rojo Rolling as a downhill (although it's two-directional). Note that Sneaky Shiz is the most popular climbing route up to the Mahogany Mountain trail.
Rolling a turn on Rojo Rolling.
I'll assume here that you're coming from the Grove Creek area. If you're on the BST southbound in Cedar Hills, you'd want to use Sneaky Shiz as your climbing route. The BST in Utah County is often signed as Forest Service trail 219.From the Grove Creek trailhead, find the BST along the hillside and head north. At a trail fork 0.2 miles uphill, the left fork is the lower BST; the larger trail on the right is an unofficial route that's often used as a downhill. This trail is sometimes referred to as the upper BST or Dropout. If you climb it, it will join and leave the Mahogany Bench Climb trail higher up, then the last bit will be hike-a-bike until it ends in a multi-trail jumble just above the highest point of the BST.
If you're planning to climb up Mahogany Bench Connector to Rojo Rolling, continue on the BST as it drops into a valley and begins climbing east. At mile 0.8, take the trail fork to your left, cross over where the BST turns left downhill and go straight up the Connector.
When southbound on the Mahogany Mountain trail, Rojo Rolling starts as a turn to the right, a bit over 1/10th of a mile from the bottom of the Thunderdome trail.
A ride down the mountain via Rojo Rolling...
For a northbound descent, keep straight and coast up the little hill after the crossover. Turn to the right (downhill) on the northbound BST on the ridgeline about 50 feet later. You're now heading southwest.
See the BST Grove Creek to Cedar Hills trail page for more details on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail in this area.
Based on the tire tracks, it appears that most riders are descending the BST toward Cedar Hills at this time. It's certainly fast and has very little climbing when compared to the southbound BST.
When the BST joins the old bench road 0.6 miles after turning from Bench Connector, you can turn sharply left and descend to the main Bench Road for the trip back to Grove Creek. Or, you can go north and drop down the connector 1/10th mile later to the Bench Road above the Valley Vista trail system.
Sneaky Shiz is used by most riders as a climbing trail. But it's two-way. It's found 0.7 miles from the viewpoint via the Mahogany Mountain trail, or 50 yards north of the bottom of Thunderdome if you took that way down. It's 2.1 miles down to the BST, where you can connect north or south down to the Bench Road. From there, you take your favorite way back to the trailhead.
Exciting possibilities for this area, which in 2022 has just become official through the US Forest Service. At this time most riders are climbing Sneaky Shiz (plus or minus the up-and-back on Thunderdome to the viewpoint) then descending Rojo Rolling and Bench Connector to the BST for their return.
Note about the map! There are other singletrack trails that are not are shown here, and some that are shown will be "retired" by the Forest Service as they develop the trails in this area.
Canyon Road TH Murdock Canal Trail (Cedar Hills): The Canyon Road trailhead is located on the uphill side of Canyon Road where the Murdock Canal Trail passes under Highway 146. The connector to The Pit trail of Valley Vista is about 1/4 mile south of the trailhead, on the left side of the Murdock Canal trail.
Wade Springs TH Murdock Canal Trail (Pleasant Grove): The Wade Spring trailhead is located on 1100 North at approximately 650 East. The Valley Vista trail system is reached by pedaling 0.2 miles north on the Murdock Canal Trail. Veer right and gently uphill on a gravel doubletrack.
Grove Creek TH:
From the south, get off I-15 at the Pleasant Grove exit and head east
toward the mountains. As the street curves north, you'll reach State
Street. Turn right. As State begins to curve southward past a big shopping
complex, turn left at the traffic light to Main Street. Go through the
4-way stop at Center, then turn left at the light on 100 East (Canyon
Highway). Proceed north to 500 North and turn right.
From the north, exit I-15 at the Alpine (American Fork Canyon) exit. Take Timpanogos Highway all the way to the mouth of the canyon, then turn right on the Canyon Highway, which will become 100 East. Drive south to 500 North (opposite the cemetery) and turn left.
Drive uphill on 500 North, continuing toward the mountains as it becomes Grove Creek Drive. Follow it up to the paved parking area. (Bathroom at trailhead.) The ride starts on the east (mountain) side of the parking area, heading straight up the canyon. N 40° 22.483 W 111° 42.721
Bathrooms and water at all trailheads above.
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
Mahogany Mtn multi-track area file
Topo map for printing: View map
Lodging, camping, shops:
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