Wasatch Crest - Hike and Mountain Bike near Salt Lake City, Utah
~13552 Guardsman Pass Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121, USA,Salt Lake City,Utah
40.60671, -111.55459
20.6 miles SE of Salt Lake City, Utah
Address: ~13552 Guardsman Pass Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84121, USA
GPS: 40°36'24.2"N 111°33'16.5"W
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State: Utah
Trail Length: 20.00 miles
MTB Difficulty: Intermediate
Trail Type: Other
MTB Trail Type: Singletrack

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The Wasatch Crest Trail (GWT) is probably one of the best, if not the very best, singletrack trail in Utah! I prefer to do this ride as an out and back, starting at Millcreek Canyon's Big Water Trailhead! You can start at the top of Scotts Pass, but you won't get the full effect of the ride!! You can also start at the Mill D North Fork trail up to Lake Desolation. Take extreme care when crossing the "Spine" above Lake Desolation, it is best just to get off and walk the short section! You'll see what I mean when you get there!!! Courtesy of Singletracks.com

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Never modify trail features. Ride trails when they're dry enough that you won't leave ruts. Speak up when you see others on the trail and always yield to hikers, horses, and others coming uphill. Always ride on the established trail.

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don’t feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Salt Lake City, Utah

  1. Head west on 400 S/University Blvd toward Main St (0.2 mi)
  2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto W Temple (0.2 mi)
  3. Turn right onto 500 S/Cesar E. Chavez Blvd (0.6 mi)
  4. Take the I-80 E/I-80 W ramp on the left to Cheyenne/Reno/S.L. International Airport/Las Vegas (0.2 mi)
  5. Keep left at the fork, follow signs for I-15 S/I-80 E/Cheyenne/Las Vegas and merge onto I-15 S/I-80 E (2.5 mi)
  6. Keep left at the fork to continue on I-15 S (5.9 mi)
  7. Take exit 298 to merge onto I-215 E/Belt Route (5.5 mi)
  8. Take exit 6 for UT-190 E toward 3000 E (0.3 mi)
  9. Keep left, follow signs for 6200 South E (341 ft)
  10. Turn right onto UT-190 E/6200 S/Big Cottonwood Rd S
    Continue to follow UT-190 E
    (1.7 mi)
  11. Turn left onto UT-190 E/Big Cottonwood Cyn Rd
    Continue to follow UT-190 E
    (9.7 mi)
  12. Continue onto Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd (4.1 mi)
  13. Sharp left onto S Guardsman Pass Rd
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    (3.1 mi)
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Mountain Biking Wasatch Crest Trail (Park City, UT by Seth Marlow
Mountain Biking the Spine. Wasatch Crest Trail. 09 by mtber80 RIDING on the EDGE at 10,000 feet! | Mountain biki by The Singletrack Sampler Wasatch Crest Trail by Dan Schuchard Wasatch Crest Spine by Kelsey Waters

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