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Church Rocks

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.0 (41) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A great little run to practice your slick rock skills with great views.


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Map Key

5.3

Miles

8.5

KM

80%

Singletrack

3,370' 1,027 m

High

3,114' 949 m

Low

521' 159 m

Up

523' 159 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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Overview

Church Rocks is a stand alone trail, but also part of the Prospector and Dino Cliffs trail network. It's mostly slick rock and so there are many ways to ride this trail. It's not always clearly marked, but if you take a different rout it's still fun. This route is my favorite after trying many different ways.

Description

This is a great loop with lots of slick rock, and can be linked with other trails for a longer ride. It's a little sandy and rocky making it the best local trail to ride after storms make other trails too muddy, but it's good anytime. You can ride it year round.

There is no sign marking the trailhead at Highland Park, but it's easy to find. Leaving Highland Park follow the paved road a short distance northeast as it wraps around the park until the pavement ends. Pass the large boulders blocking the end of the road, and ride on some old cement.

The singletrack starts just past the cement. After about a half mile, the singletrack turns into a doubletrack and passes east through a gate heading toward a large water tank. Before you reach the tank, take the old dirt road on your left (south). That road goes a short distance downhill to a large tunnel that takes you under the I-15 freeway.

A section of the trail upstream of the tunnel was recently washed away by a flash flood, but will be repaired. For now, simply hike-a-bike for about a hundred feet up the wash until you hit the singletack. Stay left at the first intersection. You'll be rewarded. There's fun short climbing and descending on classic Utah slick rock. Be sure to take time and enjoy the views. I prefer to ride this loop clockwise, but there are several alternate routes. It's all good.

This trail ties into the Dino Cliffs trail to the south and Prospector to the north. You can access Church Rocks from trailheads on both of these trails.

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Kevin Christopherson

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  4.0 from 41 votes

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Photos

Catching a little air off one of the small drops on Church Rocks!
Oct 31, 2016 near Washington, UT
A little rock arch serves as a natural frame for your awesome MTB photos!
May 10, 2017 near Washington, UT
Grapevine is a great trail system with plenty of scenic vistas.
May 10, 2017 near Washington, UT
Entering the tunnel from the downstream (south) side.
Aug 4, 2013 near Washington, UT
Stopping on the slick rock on the way up for pictures
Nov 22, 2016 near Washington, UT
Making the hard left turn.  You eventually climb up onto the sandstone cliffs in the background.
Aug 4, 2013 near Washington, UT

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Apr 11, 2020
Chip Munford
Oct 16, 2019
Matthew Thrift
5.2mi
Jun 21, 2019
Heidi Hatch
Woke up at 6:30 to ride this with dad. Beautiful morning:) fun technical ride. Not to hard.
May 15, 2019
Alan Corcoran
5.1mi — 1h 20m
May 10, 2019
Dusty Rhodes
Apr 29, 2019
Robert Stephenson
Shayne, Cody, and Randy
Apr 6, 2019
Andy Brown
definitely go clockwise on this one.
Apr 6, 2019
Salem Benjamin
First ride on JB/BJ AND w Rustin. He'd follow me into hell wagging his tell but I think the desert heat was a bit much today 5.3mi — 1h 00m