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Mule's Ear & Bicentennial Figure-8 Trail

 
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Trail

9.0 Miles 14.4 Kilometers


85%

Singletrack

1,648' 502 m

Ascent

-1,652' -504 m

Descent

6,532' 1,991 m

High

5,606' 1,709 m

Low

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

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Nice figure-8 through Northfork Park which can be done as two individual rides.

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Overview

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Both sections are mostly singletrack but there are roads linking the two sections into the figure-8 loop. The singletrack sections, especially the great flow of northernmost part of the Bicentennial and southernmost part of the Mule's Ear downhill, are worth tolerating the road rides and stream crossing. It can be difficult to find the stream crossing on the Bicentennial trail as a faint trail continues upstream and the trail is hard to see across the stream. Generally speaking, neither of these two trails are clearly marked or easily navigated between. However, once one learns the trails they are much easier to ride.

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Careful not to upset moose. My dog disturbed a bull and ran to me for protection. Luckily for both us the bull wasn't really intent on stomping us.

Description

There isn't a parking lot or great starting point. There are quite a few places to park once you know the trails and road section, neither of which are well identified. The starting point of the mtbproject.com map is located a freshly placed drainage tanks and exposed piping along the road before the T that splits north to the Northfork Park gazebos and south to Ben Lomond peak trail. From here you can do either trail in either direction. The best option is heading west on the road towards Cutler Creek and the Bicentennial trail.

Once the stream has been crossed there's a bit more uphill to gain a long(ish) flow back to the Northfork of the Ogden river and the gazebos of Northfork park. 1/4 mile of road riding will take you back to your vehicle and the starting point of the Mule' Ear trail. If doing the loop ride directly west on singletrack up several switchbacks to the top and a nice lookout of Ben Lomond Peak, Chilly Peak, and Ogden Valley. Another nice flowing singletrack brings you to just below your vehicle with a short uphill rid back to the starting point.

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Nov 6, 2014
Eric Drake
Sep 20, 2014
Edward-Bam Lopez
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There IS a good parking spot on this trail. Based on the map, not the description, it is less than 0.5 miles into the ride where it crosses the road. There is room for a few cars right there at the trail. Watch for moose on this ride, there are a lot of them. Beautiful singletrack that isn't all the same grade like some of the other trails in the area. Aug 4, 2014


We actually encountered a rather large black bear on biccentenial while on horseback, didn't seem aggressive but we didn't stick around to make sure. Jul 24, 2016


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