Church Rocks

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Trail

5.3 Miles 8.5 Kilometers


80%

Singletrack

521' 159 m

Ascent

-523' -159 m

Descent

3,370' 1,027 m

High

3,114' 949 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

11%

Max Grade (6°)

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16 days agoUpdate

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

Kevin Christopherson

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.

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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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Nov 22, 2016
Nolan Sundrud
First time on this trail. Loved it! Took the loop clockwise, and we definitely are glad we did. Great fast ride at the bottom that way. Will repeat! 5.5mi — 1h 40m
Jan 12, 2016
Bob Palin
5.7mi
Jul 21, 2015
Joey Stubblefield
May 24, 2015
Markk Knowles
May 16, 2015
Mike Sylvester
Mar 5, 2014
Eric Foltz
22.8mi
Jun 1, 2005
Drew Williams
Great with some technical sections if that's your gig. 5.3mi — 3h 00m

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All Clear 16 days ago
Some Mud: Damp sand in parts, but very ridable because of the slickrock.
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