Rim Runner Loop

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Rank: #6 in the Southwestern Utah area
#65 in UT, #1,257 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Santa Clara,
“Another great loop out of the Sand Cove Trailhead.”
Kevin Christopherson on Nov 18, 2013
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7.111.5 milesKilometers 623’190 m Ascent 3,458’1,054 m High 3% Avg Grade (2°)
85% Singletrack -628’-191 m Descent 3,041’927 m Low 10% Max Grade (6°)
1:20 average time for 7.4 miles. Details

Bike specific trail with lots of singletrack, good switchbacks, a few short technical sections, and fast winding descents. The trail is mostly a firm coarse sandy soil with large rounded rocks. It a great trail if other local trails are too muddy. This trail can be ridden in either direction, but clockwise is the most fun.
Begin by parking off Gates Lane in Santa Clara, Utah. Look for the singletrack trail heading south up the hill. Hop on this trail and start climbing. You'll eventually pass a water tank, after which the trail levels out and continues until it T's at a dirt road. Take a right and head up the road, where you'll quickly see the parking area for the Cove Wash trailhead on your left. You can also drive to the trailhead if you have a high clearance vehicle.

From the Sand Cove trailhead, take the Rim Rock trail southeast on the doubletrack. The doubletrack switchbacks right and drops down into Sand Cove wash. There is a technical ledgy spot about half way down the hill that will test the skills of an intermediate rider. Drop into the wash, stay left and then climb the hill on the singletrack to your south (right). At the top of the climb it becomes doubletrack again. Follow this doubletrack keeping right at the junctions. This will lead you to a bike fence crossing.

After crossing the fence take the trail to the left (Rim Reaper). This loop is a collection of short tails, but they are well signed. The sequence of trails from here are; Rim Reaper, left onto Rim Ramble, left onto Rim Rock, left onto Rim Runner, skip the connector, then left onto Rim Rock again, right onto, Rim Ramble, right onto Rim Reaper, right onto Rim Rock and return to Sand Cove Trailhead. It sounds complicated, but each trail is clearly signed at the junctions. If you miss one, it's all good, you'll still have a great ride.
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