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This is yet another great loop out of the Sand Cove Trailhead.


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Map Key

7.3

Miles

11.8

KM

85%

Singletrack

3,458' 1,054 m

High

3,045' 928 m

Low

590' 180 m

Up

590' 180 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

Enjoy purpose-built bike trails with lots of singletrack, good switchbacks, a few short technical sections, and fast winding descents. The tread is mostly a firm, coarse-sandy soil with large rounded rocks. This is a great ride if other local trails are too muddy. You can ride this in either direction, but clockwise (as mapped) is the most fun!

Description

Begin by parking off Gates Lane in Santa Clara, Utah. Look for the singletrack trail heading south up the hill. Hop on this trail and start climbing. You'll eventually pass a water tank, after which the trail levels out and continues until it T's at a dirt road. Take a right and head up the road, where you'll quickly see the parking area for the Cove Wash Trail on your left. You can also drive to the trailhead if you have a high clearance vehicle.

From the Sand Cove trailhead, take the Rim Rock trail southeast on the doubletrack. The doubletrack switchbacks right and drops down into Sand Cove Wash. There is a technical ledgy spot about halfway down the hill that will test the skills of an intermediate rider.

Drop into the wash, stay left, and then climb the hill on the singletrack to your right (south). At the top of the climb, it becomes doubletrack again. Follow this doubletrack keeping right at the junctions. This will lead you to a bike fence crossing.

After crossing the fence, take the trail to the left (Rim Reaper). This loop is a collection of short trails, but they are well signed. The sequence of trails from here is: Rim Reaper, left onto Rim Ramble, left onto Rim Rock, left onto Rim Runner, skip the connector, then left onto Rim Rock again, right onto Rim Ramble, right onto Rim Reaper, right onto Rim Rock and return to Sand Cove Trailhead.

It sounds complicated, but each trail is clearly signed at the junctions. If you miss one, it's all good, you'll still have a great ride.

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Ellie Avant

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Photos

Climbing the singletrack on Rim Runner Loop.
Dec 31, 2016 near Santa C…, UT
POV footage of the Barrel Roll trail.
Oct 9, 2013 near Santa C…, UT
Good example of the slightly rocky singletrack.
Nov 21, 2013 near Santa C…, UT
A sample of the many views looking south.  Bear Claw Poppy and Zen trails are in the distance.
Nov 21, 2013 near Santa C…, UT
The view north.  The Suicidal Tendencies trail drops off this mesa.
Nov 21, 2013 near Santa C…, UT

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Mar 28, 2024
Private User
Nov 15, 2023
Dylan Walker
Nov 10, 2023
stephen abronson
Didn't follow trail.
Sep 23, 2023
Elliott Drake
May 31, 2023
W Christopher King
Mar 13, 2023
Christian Martin
7.6mi — 12h 00m
Sep 18, 2022
Bj Jacquot
Did this as part of a longer loop. First time up there and we loved it! Enough difficulty not terribly hard. 20mi — 2h 30m
Apr 1, 2022
Holly Phipps

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