Fifth Water Ridge (Upper Fifth Water 015, Center Trail 009, Fifth Water Ridge 014)
This fabulous loop ride won't stay secret for long. The trail is located on the west side of Strawberry Ridge, a few miles north of Spanish Fork Canyon on Rays Valley Road. The route I describe here is 12 miles, climbing 1500 feet to a top altitude of 8400 feet. It offers mellow climbing punctuated by an occasional short but tricky steep, incredible views, and a long awesome downhill. Other options? Tougher riders can make this a 21-mile, 2800-vertical ride by starting at the Three Forks trailhead in Diamond Fork. Less aggressive riders can simply do Fifth Water as a 9-mile-total out-and-back.
Riding notes, clockwise loop:
0.0   East on DT (Fifth Water Trail)
N40 06.346 W111 17.454
0.2   Cross rollover cattleguard to ST
2.0   Fork L on 009 (Center Trail)
N40 07.177 W111 15.530
2.4   Keep L uphill, begin tough climb
N40 07.516 W111 15.508
2.8   Climb eases
4.0   Springs, fence
4.1   Keep L on main trail N40 08.602 W111 15.486
4.3   Fork R on 014 (Fifth Water Ridge Trail)
N40 08.733 W111 15.392

5.8   R on DT
5.9   R on dirt road (Horse Creek)
N40 09.014 W111 14.065
6.6   View of Strawberry N40 08.667 W111 13.559
R on Ridge Road before cattleguard
7.1   R on ST before cattleguard (Fifth Water Trail)
N40 08.275 W111 13.444
9.4   Straight (Center Trail 009 on L)
N40 07.253 W111 14.874
10.0 Through creek and fork L N40 07.177 W111 15.530
12.0 Back at car

Getting there, via Spanish Fork Canyon: On I-15, exit on US-6 toward Price. Continue up Spanish Fork Canyon, passing the Manti exit at mile 14. About mile 23, just after exiting the "Red Narrows", turn left on the paved Sheep Creek Road. (It's immediately before the gas station and camping area.) 7 miles up the road, pass the Unicorn Ridge camping area (toilet!) and the Strawberry Ridge Road on your right. Around mile 14, in the bottom of a valley, turn right into the Fifth Water trail parking. The trail starts northeast on the doubletrack.

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