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Skyridge Area Trails
Two Rocks and Milky Way trails
Oh Deer Flow trail with Sven and North Ross Creek

This page will cover two rides: A loop of 2.1 miles featuring the Oh Deer downhill flow trail, and an out-and-back to the top of Skyridge that's 6.2 miles with 900 vertical feet of climbing. Both are intermediate-level rides and can be quickly reached from a single trailhead on Jordanelle Blvd. The usual riding season will be June through October.

Granite boulders and bitterbrush above Jordanelle. Photos and ride review by Bruce on July 6, 2021.

I recommend the Skyridge trailhead on Jordanelle Blvd. But as an alternative to starting there, you can pedal to the trails from the Rail Trail via the Park City and Jordanelle Parkway trails, from the Longview trailhead at Ross Creek, or from Jordanelle State Park via the Jordanelle Parkway trail. (These alternate routes require some explanation and are discussed below.)

The Jordanelle Parkway paved trail crosses the road to pass through the Skyridge trailhead parking area for Two Rocks and Milky Way. We're coming from the top of Oh Deer Flow trail.

 
Two Rocks and Milky Way - out and back
Two Rocks starts at the northern end of the Skyridge parking strip on Jordanelle Blvd. The Two Rocks trail turns into the Milky Way trail in 1/2 mile when the Skyridge hiking trail forks away. The total distance to the top of the peak is 3.1 miles, for an up-and-back ride of 6.2 miles with 900 vertical feet of climbing.

Entry to Two Rocks.

The starting elevation is 6450 feet. From the parking area, Two Rocks climbs gently for 1/2 mile, turning from northbound to southbound. This is a dry sage and grass area with an occasional bit of gambel oak. For this first stretch, you'll be sharing the trail with foot traffic.

Heading southwest after the turn on Two Rocks.

The transition from Two Oaks to Milky Way is marked with a post as shown in the photo. So far, you've climbed 100 vertical feet. Here the Skyridge hiking trail forks away 160 degrees to your right. Just keep straight.

Granite boulders frame the entry to Milky Way where the hiking route forks away from Two Rocks.

For the next 1.4 miles, Milky Way heads generally west in a steady climb. There will be a couple of spots where you take a short jaunt back to the east to gain elevation. The turns are banked and smooth to ride uphill or down.

Looking west as increasing elevation brings tall bitterbrush and more substantial stands of gambel oak.

Looking southwest at the magma dike that forms the core of
Skyridge Peak.
You'll cross the dike a few times. This will be at spots where
it's low and flat. 
As you climb, there's more oak brush and tall bitterbrush. But except for a tiny stretch right at the top of the hill, you're never riding in the shade.

There are constant views of Jordanelle to the south and east. You'll see the ski runs of Deer Valley's Bald Mountain to the southwest. Take a minute to check out the igneous intrusion dike. This is the magma that brought the silver deposits to Park City.

Climbing back to the east on the final mile.

When you reach the western side of the hill around mile 2.0 from parking, there's a trail fork. The old trail-cut descends to a dirt road. If you go north on this road, it will intersect the Park City trail then go out to the paved Richardson Flats Road just east of the Park and Ride. This offers a potential emergency bailout. Keep right and uphill here on the 2021 trail-cut.

On the western side, looking at Bald Mountain of Deer Valley. The pale areas below are road-cuts for US-40.

After the mile 2.0 trail fork, the pitch of the trail increases and the riding surface gets slightly more techy. There's a bit of broken loose rock in some areas -- not a problem on the climb, but slippery on the downhill. You'll climb through a few turns before heading back around to the east side of the mountain.

Looking down on Jordanelle and Jordanelle Blvd.

At mile 2.9, Milky Way joins the hiking trail. At the trail fork, make a hard left turn uphill. (Straight ahead is the Skyridge foot trail downhill -- closed to bikes!) It's another 0.2 miles to the top. In addition to the sharp turn at the trail fork, there's another really tight turn.

Riding through the bitterbrush near the top of the hill.

The trail ends at 7400 feet elevation with a rock-stacker shrine. Take a minute to enjoy the views. There's barely enough room here to turn your bike around, so it's not a spot for a big group of riders to stay and party.

Seen enough beautiful views? Now hit your 3.1 miles and 900 vertical feet of downhill!

The summit.

 
Oh Deer Flow trail and North Ross Creek - loop ride
The Oh Deer Flow trail is a one-way downhill trail, 0.6 miles long with 200 feet of elevation loss. It's done as a 2.1-mile loop, climbing back uphill on Sven, then the North Ross Creek Parkway trail, then 1/2 mile of Ross Creek singletrack, then 0.4 miles on the paved Jordanelle Parkway trail to get back to the top of Oh Deer. In 2021, the route can be confusing, so I've detailed the bits of trail here.

Heading south on the Jordanelle Parkway trail to complete a lap. Note the trail just to the left of the bitterbrush. That's the combined Oh Deer Flow and the Tricky Loki hiking trail.

Oh Deer Flow Trail

Go across the road from the Skyridge trailhead and turn left (north, uphill). Pedal 0.2 miles. Now look for a big bitterbrush standing alone on the right side of the parkway trail. The trail drops away there but you might not spot it if you're riding fast.

In 30 feet, the trail splits. Make a hard left turn for the Oh Deer Flow trail. The right fork is the Tricky Loki hiking trail.

At the trail fork. Oh Deer turns 120 degrees left as Tricky Loki goes right.

The ride downhill is easier-intermediate, with a smooth surface and banked turns with generous radius. This trail could be done by your pre-teens or by an experienced beginning rider.

Handlebar view of Jordanelle from the trail.

There are two short alternate left-hand lines marked as expert. They're ride-overs that any experienced intermediate rider should be able to do.

Well-marked official alternate line. The expert path to the left simply runs up and over a rock outcrop.

The hillside is a mix of sage and gambel oak. There are nice views south over the Jordanelle Reservoir.

Typical banked turn.

At the bottom, Oh Deer rolls through a sloped sage meadow before dropping to join the Sven trail.

Sage slope before the final drop to join the Sven trail.

Sven Trail

The Sven trail, as of July 2021, is an incomplete route. You'll join it for 0.1 miles to get up to the paved trail. Navigation is simple here. Just keep straight until the trail turns uphill onto a paved spur.

On Sven as Oh Deer joins. We're at the loop's lowest point.

FYI, Sven appears to be a future riding loop. But for now, except for the short stretch you'll use to get out to the pavement, it will reach a dead end in either direction. On the lower side, it peters out in a damp sedge meadow. On the upper side, the right-hand trail fork goes to a fence at a property border. There's no reason for you to go exploring at this time.

Looking down the Sven trail.

Ross Creek Parkway

At the top of Sven, take the paved spur out to the street and turn right downhill on paved trail. In 100 yards, spot the paved trail across the road and turn left to the climbing trail. Head uphill.

We've just crossed the street and are now heading northwest on the parkway trail.

2021 route: When the paved trail descends alongside a cindered path, keep right and leave the pavement. (The paved path will dead-end in a construction area shortly. There was a dirt path through, but it was blocked by construction equipment on my ride.) After 0.2 miles on the wide cindered path, watch for a singletrack on your right. This is your climbing route to the Jordanelle Parkway trail, the North Ross Creek singletrack.

Keep right here, leaving the pavement. Then when the trail descends, watch for the singletrack on your right.

North Ross Creek Singletrack

From the Ross Creek Parkway, head uphill on the singletrack that runs parallel to Highway 248. The North Ross Creek singletrack climbs just under 200 vertical feet in 1/2 mile. It will quickly pass through several types of terrain: riparian area near the stream, maple and aspen groves, and dry scrub hillside.

Cruising through aspen and brush.

The trail will gradually pull away from the highway and you'll see Jordanelle Blvd above you.

About half-way up, we're on a dry scrub hillside. The Jordanelle Parkway trail is along the road above.

When the singletrack ends on the paved trail, turn left and pedal 0.4 miles to the top of Oh Deer for another lap.

A final grove of aspen before the trail ends on the paved parkway trail.

 
Connecting to the trails by bike!
Park City Trail from the Rail Trail

The Park City Trail will deliver you to the Jordanelle Parkway Trail, where you can pedal another 1.2 miles to the top of Oh Deer Flow trail, plus another 0.2 miles to the Skyridge parking area. While pedaling east on the Rail Trail, pass under US-40. Then just after the trail turns to head north, turn 180 degrees south on the Park City Trail.

Park City Trail. This is the old Kamas railroad path.

Ross Creek (Jordanelle State Park's Wada Way and Keetley trails)

Pay your state park fee and ride the trails in the state park. When you're ready to move on to the Skyridge trails, backtrack along the entry road on your bike. Keep straight at the road fork and get onto the paved bike pathway on the south side of the road heading west. After the trail changes from downhill to uphill, transfer to the trail on your right across the street when you see it. When you reach the spot where it ends (July 2021), continue on the gravel path (uphill from the paved trail) 0.2 miles. Turn right onto the North Ross Creek singletrack and climb up 1/2 mile to the Jordanelle Parkway trail. Turn left and pedal 0.3 miles to the top of Oh Deer Flow trail, or another 0.2 to the Skyridge trailhead.

Ross Creek Parkway trail.

Jordanelle Parkway Trail 

From Jordanelle State Park! Pedal out of the park toward US-40 then turn right on Jordanelle Blvd just before the on-ramp. The trail starts alongside the road. Follow the paved trail north 3-1/2 miles and turn into the Skyridge trailhead parking to find the Two Rocks trail (which becomes Milky Way). The top of Oh Deer Flow trail is another 0.2 miles up the Jordanelle Parkway trail.

Jordanelle Parkway trail.

Alternate access:

See below for the main Skyridge trailhead directions!

Jordanelle Blvd - Richardson Flat trailhead. Take Highway 248 to Jordanelle Blvd (see below). Drive 150 yards, then turn left at Richardson Flat Road and immediately left again into parking. The Jordanelle Parkway trail is across the road from parking. (The Park City trail ends at this parking lot.)

Park and Ride to Park City trail. As described above, turn onto Richardson Flat Road, but do not turn into parking. Drive on Richardson Flat Road for 0.8 miles and turn right into the Park and Ride. The Park City trail is right across the street from the entry to the Park and Ride.

Wide area map to show connections from other riding areas.

Getting there, Skyridge TH:
From Heber. When coming from the south on US-40, exit at Jordanelle State Park (Mayflower). Turn right onto Cranmer, then immediately left on Jordanelle Blvd. Drive around 3.5 miles north, then turn into a small parking area on the left side of the road (there's a marked trail crossing here, so it's hard to miss). Two Rocks starts at the north corner. To reach Oh Deer Flow Trail, cross the road to the Jordanelle Parkway trail and pedal north north 0.2 miles. Spot the singletrack trail on your right.

From Park City or I-80. When driving southbound on US-40, exit toward Kamas on Highway 248 at Quinn's Junction. From Park City, simply continue east on Kearns Blvd until you pass under US-40. Now drive 1.3 miles on 248 then turn right on Jordanelle Blvd (13970 North). Drive 1.6 miles and turn right into the parking area.

Riding resources:
Maps for printing:  Map above in separate window
GPX track file for trails:  Loop ride Oh Deer    Area multi-track file
Lodging, camping, shops:
     Links to Park City area resources
     Links to Heber resources

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