“A great shorter trail not far from the Ogden Canyon and a fun warm-up for anyone.”
— Jared Berrett
Not too difficult except for a few tight curves and few good inclines/declines in the trees. Kids are known to really enjoy this one.
Need to Know
You can start at either the north end or south end of this trail as both have an established parking area with restrooms. The locals are friendly so let's maintain that relationship. Also, watch out for trail runners and folks walking their pets. Some of the curves are "blind" so make sure you are paying attention and actively listening (maybe unplug from your tunes) for others. No amenities other than the restrooms unless you go north from the north-end of the trail parking area to the Maverick or the Country Market.
You can start at either the north end or south end of this trail as both have an established parking area with restrooms. The locals are friendly so let's maintain that relationship. Also, watch out for trail runners and folks walking their pets. Some of the curves are "blind" so make sure you are paying attention and actively listening (maybe unplug from your tunes) for others. No amenities other than the restrooms.
Head through Ogden Canyon going east, then turn north over the dam. Follow the road around until you see the first maintained (asphalt) parking area on your right. Turn in and get your bike ready. There are bathrooms there and you'll see various folks gearing up for the trail or going down to the reservoir/lake to fish or paddle board. You could also head across the street (southwest) and begin the long ride with a descent, ascent to Skyline Trail
Your ride starts on the north end of the parking lot heading down to skirt the edges of the water. Keep flowing around the gentle curves until you come to the boat ramp. Cross over the asphalt towards the sidewalk on the right side of the pine trees which border the parking lot on the east. The sidewalk turns back into the trail and curves around the north of the parking lot to continue up back to the road by the Ogden Pineview Yacht Club and RV Park where it skirts their property on the west by the road.
Keep going up and you have a slight ride on a short road until you get back on the trail. Go for it. Now you'll start to ride through the trees and sweeping curves, where one is kind of tight so don't gun it (you'll know it when you get to it). Enjoy the ups and downs, turns, and short cuts where you'll eventually curve towards the east and across a wooden bridge or two. There, you can take some really short paths on your right (south) that return to the main trail. Those off-paths aren't well maintained so you might have some fallen trees and such in the way.
Once across the bridges, your views open back up into some wetlands where you'll end this jaunt in another parking area with restrooms. You could start here and ride south as well. If you choose, continue on the newly-laid asphalt path from there north and east all the way around Huntsville towards the Exxon station that is on the way to South Fork. Or you can just head up the road to Maverick for a snack or one of the cool little pizza shacks there. It's a fun ride to get out and get your lungs opened up.
History & Background
Across the reservoir in Huntsville, the Shooting Star Saloon is there and is the oldest one of its kind this side of the Mississippi. Belly-up to authentic bar. Great burgers and a motorcycle stop for others. The closest town, Eden, has some neat little places to eat in a quaint sleepy town. Boyd K. Packer (LDS President-deceased) grew up around the corner in Huntsville.