Prince Creek Quickie

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Trail

4.9 Miles 7.9 Kilometers


90%

Singletrack

600' 183 m

Ascent

-597' -182 m

Descent

7,356' 2,242 m

High

6,777' 2,066 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Unknown

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A quick loop that gives you a full taste of the Prince Creek Trail system

Craig Fowler

Overview

Spring time snow and mud usually lasts until late April depending on snow pack.
The Prince Creek (PC) Trail system is a great alternative to its more technical neighbor, Mushroom Rock. PC is less technical and appeals to a wider range of skill levels. The trails are less rocky than Mushroom Rock and the climbing is less challenging making it less strenuous.

Parking is limited so do your best to car pool or ride from town. The area is also BLM land so be aware of grazing cattle.

Need to Know

Ginormous is ONE WAY downhill, and Trough is a suggested downhill.

Description

Park at the end of the pavement on Prince Creek Road. Starting up the road you'll hit a cattle guard after about a quarter mile. On the left, just after the cattle guard you'll see the start of Monte Carlo Trail.

Monte Carlo runs, for the most part, parallel to Prince Creek Road and can be tight and twisty. Monte Carlo will bring you across a small bridge, followed by more tight riding. You soon pass Christmas Tree on your left and shortly after, you come to the actual Monte Carlo, which the trail is named after. Either go up and over the car or around, the choice is yours.

Ginormous will come in on your left short after the Monte Carlo, THIS IS A ONE WAY TRAIL. Taking a hard right to avoid the exit of Ginormous you'll descend through a field, followed by more climbing. Twice during your climb you'll pop out next to Prince Creek Road, stay on the left side of the road, following singletrack.

After the second appearance of Prince Creek Road you'll climb once more and come out to a dirt road, Road 8320. Monte Carlo goes straight but you'll be taking a left onto Road 8320. Follow 8320 until a righthand turn to a small camping area. Here you'll join the Highline Trail, which climbs right away. In the midst of this climb you'll have a few short descents, but not much reprieve until you reach the sage fields further up the trail.

The upper end of Highline Trail dumps you back onto Road 8320. Follow the road to the right. The road will descend, turn to the left and climb to a right hand bend. At this bend, turn left. This is the start of Trough.

Trough is a quick and very fun downhill that takes you to South Porcupine. Be careful as you exit Trough onto South Porcupine as it's steep and blind. You want to go left, south. Porcupine traverses the hillside all the way back to Road 8320. Shortly after the dip in the trail, you'll see the entrance of English Trim on the left. Keep going and about a 100 yards after English Trim will be the entrance of Ginormous.

Ginormous is a super fun romp down an old wash. The sides of the wash have been sculpted so one can ride the walls or rail the turns. Multiple lines offer some hip jumps or easy rollers. Beware, this trail is built for riders of varying skill levels. Ginormous will eventually dump you out back onto Monte Carlo. You'll want to retrace your tracks by going right following the trail back to Prince Creek Road

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