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Over The Top Loop

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Trail

9.8 mile 15.8 kilometer point to point
90% Singletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,613' 492 m
Descent: -1,628' -496 m
High: 6,092' 1,857 m
Low: 4,514' 1,376 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)

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The crown jewel of the City Creek trail system.

TJ Budge

Electric Mountain Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Overview

There's a little bit of everything here--a good climb, technical singletrack, aspen groves, wildlife, and views for miles--but you'll never forget the switchbacks.

Need to Know

Don't be deterred by the grunt up the jeep road ... it's worth it.

You can ride it either way, but clockwise is most popular.

Description

From the City Creek trailhead work your way southwest to the Cusick Creek jeep road via Prison Trail, Death Valley, Burrito, Lichen, or Serengeti. Take the jeep road across Cusick Creek and up a strenuous climb until it eventually levels out and offers some relief with a short coast into the trees.

Over The Top departs the jeep road and crosses Cusick Creek at the bottom of the coast. From there its a series of switchbacks through aspens and open hillsides to the ridge on top. It's all down from here.

The downhill begins with a cruise along an open hillside. Once you round the corner on the ridge, get ready to pucker as you take on technical switchbacks and rock slides. After a series of tight switchbacks the trail heads east (toward town) through cedars and aspens. There is a split in the trail immediately following a short but steep switchback. The left fork connects to Sullivan's. Take the switchback to the right to continue on Over The Top.

Over The Top eventually exits the cedars and returns to the sage brush bench, where it splits. Take the left fork with the bermed corner which will connect to Sullivan's, ride up Sully's for a few hundred yards until Ritalin cuts off and down to the right, and take Ritalin, 911, and Lifeflight back to the parking lot for one of the best downhills around. (Note: Ritalin connects to Cross-Cut. About 50 yards into Cross-Cut there is an unmarked but well-used trail to the left that takes you to 911.)

History & Background

Hand-built by a handful of locals with vision. They deserve all the credit.

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Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Dogs Allowed, Features, Electic Mountain Bikes Allowed

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Jul 23, 2019
Jordan Boriboun
7.1mi — 1h 28m
Nov 2, 2018
Charles Murphy
Awesome loop! Super windy today, tailwind on the way down made it super fast. The flowy roller coaster in the ravine near the end is wild! 9.6mi — 1h 50m
Aug 19, 2018
Holden Young
Jun 14, 2018
Austin Matthews
Aug 6, 2017
Colin hillburn
Apr 9, 2017
John Massaro
Nov 15, 2016
Holden Parrish
One of the premier trails of Poky's City Creek network. For a challenging twist, try ascending from the Sullivan's (north) side.
Aug 17, 2016
Rusten Furrows

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  4.2 from 20 votes

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#18

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No potatoes were harmed in the making of this video!
Oct 11, 2019 near Pocatello, ID
Getting started on the down. The trail comes up the draw in the background from Cusick Creek.
May 22, 2014 near Pocatello, ID
September ride on Over the Top
Sep 16, 2014 near Pocatello, ID
Fall colors on Over The Top
Sep 16, 2014 near Pocatello, ID
Looking out over Pocatello.
Jun 11, 2014 near Pocatello, ID
Views from Over The Top
Sep 16, 2014 near Pocatello, ID

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