ElevationAscent: 1,196' 365 m
Descent: -1,198' -365 m
High: 7,269' 2,215 m
Low: 6,133' 1,869 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“A classic - a smooth 8 mile loop with outstanding scenery and fast flowy descents.”— Swingin Johnson
Begin a steady climb for about 2.5 miles. Near the top as the trees open up you'll see a sign for a spur out to the Coldwater Canyon overlook. If you haven't seen it, this is not to be missed. This spur is approximately .5 miles uphill. Otherwise, continue straight across the saddle while enjoying open views in both directions.
Once across the saddle, the trail starts to climb again, as you gain the south end of Sardine Peak. The trail does not go to the summit, but there is a social path that begins near the high-point of the trail if you want to scramble up.
Starting downhill from here, the reward begins, as a breathtaking view of Pineview reservoir and the surrounding area opens up to your left. Enjoy several miles of smooth, buff downhill riding on fast, well maintained turns.
Once the trail starts to flatten out and the grin on your face softens a little, you'll cross a wooden bridge. Here, the trail intersects with the Maples Trail. To return to the trailhead, turn right and head uphill a short distance to rejoin the jeep trail back to Snowbasin's Lot 2.
If you want to continue downhill on the Maples Trail, you have virtually limitless options. If you continue downhill, you can join up with the Green Pond Trail and take it right, back uphill to the Green Pond Trail, or across the road back into Snowbasin. Another option is to continue down to the Wheeler Canyon Trail, and take it (or the Icebox Canyon connector) through Wheeler Canyon to Pineview Dam.
Any way you do this, you're bound to enjoy some of the best riding in the area.
Land Manager: USFS - Uinta, Wasatch & Cache National Forests Office