Bicentennial, Mule Shoe, and Mule Ear Figure-8 Loop

 
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9.9 Miles 16.0 Kilometers


85%

Singletrack

1,606' 490 m

Ascent

-1,603' -489 m

Descent

6,540' 1,993 m

High

5,613' 1,711 m

Low

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

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Nice figure-8 combo through North Fork Park which can be done as two individual loop rides.

Edward-Bam Lopez

Overview

Be cautious & respect the horse riders on the trails
Both loop sections are mostly singletrack but there are jeep trails almost half of the Bicentennial Loop and linking the two loops. This combo has a lot of long and steep climbs so definitely not for the faint of heart. Also on the Bicentennial Loop, expect stream crossings and muddy trails. The downhill sections have several fast and fun turns and switchbacks that can leave a smile on you face for weeks.

Need to Know

Caution for moose & elk in the area & try not to spook them.

Description

It's best to park at the northern Mule Shoe Trailhead parking lot. From the parking lot, you can do either the Bicentennial Loop and Mule Loop in either direction. However I prefer doing the Bicentennial Trail counterclockwise and Mule Loop clockwise, but it depends on if you like to end your ride on a downhill or a climb.

That said, from the parking lot, take the ST on the right before the parking lot entrance to begin down Mule Shoe Trail. After a few switchbacks, on mile .30 turn left on connector trail to the North Fork Park road and turn left and follow the road on the right towards the main campgrounds. Ride through the campground and stay left towards North Fork River Trail. Go around the metal gate and climb up the jeep trail. Note shortly to the left is the ST of Bicentennial Trail, you can take that trail or continue on the jeep road. On mile 1.90, you'll get to the Middle Link junction and you have the option to go straight up the jeep road and Cutler Flat Trail. Or turn left at the junction and climb up a few switchbacks to a T junction on Bicentennial Trail. Continue right on the climb until you start the descend towards the Cutler Flat Trail junction. Stay straight on Bicentennial heading downhill, cross the Cutler Creek and merge on Cutler Creek Trail.

The top section of the jeep trail is usually wet and muddy due to the creek overflow. After passing the NW Bicentennial Bowery and campground, turn right up North Fork Park road and left on Mule Shoe Trail. Go downhill on the trail and climb back up to the SW North Fork Park road. Cross the road and more climbing on Mule Ear Trail. Once at the top in the exposed area, you can look down to the parking lot where your car rests and overlooking Liberty town. Continuing on Mule Ear, you can take a detour to your right and leads to the out and back Cold Creek Overlook to view Ben Lomond Peak, Cold Creek, and Ogden Valley. Heading back on the main trail and end the loop with a fun downhill with switchbacks until you get to the trailhead parking lot.

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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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