An almost ten-mile figure-eight loop that explores some of the best trails at North Fork Park. Both the north and south sections of the ride feature mostly singletrack, but there are also some jeep trails to link it all together. This combo has several long and steep climbs, so it's definitely not for the faint of heart. The downhill sections have several fast and fun turns and switchbacks that can leave a smile on you face for weeks!
It's best to park at the northern Mule Shoe Trailhead parking lot. From there, you can do either the Bicentennial Loop
or Mule Shoe to Mule Ear loop in either direction. However, I prefer doing the Bicentennial Trail
counter-clockwise and the other clockwise (as mapped) so the ride ends on a descent instead of a climb.
Look for the Mule Shoe Trail
near the parking area, and follow it north. After a few switchbacks, turn left on the Mule Shoe Connector
that leads to North Fork Road. Head left and then right at the intersection, toward the main campground. Ride through the campground and stay left towards North Fork River Trail
. Go around the metal gate and climb up the jeep trail.
You'll shortly pass the start of the Bicentennial Trail
on the left. Riders who want a slightly shorter pedal could follow this trail. Otherwise, continue up the doubletrack until it reaches Middle Link
. Turn left to begin climbing up the singletrack (alternatively riders could continue up the road to reach the Cutler Flat Trail
to switch things up).
After a few switchbacks, the Middle Link
reaches a "T" junction with the Bicentennial Trail
. Continue right on the climb until you start the descent towards the Cutler Flat Trail
junction. Stay straight on Bicentennial heading downhill, cross the Cutler Creek and merge onto the Cutler Creek Trail
. The top section of this jeep trail is usually wet and muddy due to the creek overflow.
After passing the Bicentennial Bowery and campground, turn right up North Fork Park Road to return to the trailhead where you started. Hang a left to head back onto the Mule Shoe Trail
. This time, keep descending past the connector to ride the entire singletrack. Before it reaches the road, it will switch back to climbing.
Cross the road and continue up the Mule Ear Trail
. Once you reach the exposed area on the ridge, you can look down to the parking lot and over to Liberty Town. Continuing on Mule Ear, there's an opportunity to view Ben Lomond Peak, Cold Creek, and Ogden Valley by completing the out-and-back to Cold Creek Overlook
. Back on the main trail, the loop wraps up with a fun switchbacking downhill that deposits riders back at the parking lot.