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Sardine Peak

 34 votes


7.5 Miles 12.1 Kilometers




1,343' 409 m


-1,343' -409 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (10°)

7,281' 2,219 m


6,127' 1,868 m



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A classic - a smooth 8 mile loop with outstanding scenery and fast flowy descents.

Swingin Johnson


Dries out in late spring, depending on the snowpack.
Very well maintained, this 8 mile loop has some of the best riding in the Ogden area. Don't miss the optional .5 mile spur near the top leads you to the Coldwater Canyon overlook (well marked turnoff). Killer views of Pineview along the backside, just east of Sardine Peak itself.
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Need to Know

Many people find that riding this loop clockwise is generally easier, and leads to a more sustained downhill.


Park at the Maples trailhead at the back end of Snowbasin's Lot 2. From here, continue up a doubletrack, for half a mile or so. To ride clockwise, continue past the turn-off on your right to the Maples Trail. Not far past this there is signage and the singletrack begins.

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.

History & Background

The Sardine Peak portion (the downhill, if ridden clockwise) was built up by the USFS in 2010-2011, to connect the Coldwater Canyon trail. Thanks to all of the trail crew for making one of the best rides in the area.


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Apr 29, 2018
Joshua Hodapp
Snow on the back. Don’t be a jerk. Walk it. 8mi
Oct 28, 2017
Byron Beasley
Oct 27, 2017
Bryan Janson
Oct 7, 2017
Spencer Halvorsen
Joe Britton, Aaron Britton, Caleb Leonhardt, Rick Britton, Scott Britton
Sep 17, 2017
Matt Rich
Killer trail! uphill was a little rough, but there were awesome views and the downhill was so smooth and well worth it. i went over the handle ba... 7.5mi
Sep 9, 2017
Bryan Janson
Sep 3, 2017
Carl fisher
Sep 2, 2017
Brycen Webb

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One of the best MTB rides Northern Utah has to offer. Start from Wheelers to make this a phenomenal 15-16 mile lollipop while adding Icebox on the descent for a little hairyness! Apr 9, 2014

I prefer this loop in the counterclockwise direction. The downhill flow is much nicer on the west side with the east side being mostly straights to sharp turns. Also, once on top it is all downhill. Wheeler to Green Pond to Snowbasin to Sardine to Icebox is the real deal! Jul 3, 2015
Beth B  
I second Brandon's comments. Much more flowy downhill when done in the counterclockwise direction, it should be the default direction of riding. Jun 16, 2017

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