Just east of Ephraim, this loop connects the popular Flume Trail
and Pioneer Trail
with seldom-used fire roads. The trails can be shuttled, but this ride shows a complete loop. Be aware that there are other trails in the area but due to private property boundaries, they may not be legally sanctioned to ride.
To access the Pioneer Mountain Bike Trail, drive or ride up Ephraim Canyon Road approximately 5.4 miles past the end of the pavement (about a half mile past Lake Hill Campground) and you'll see a dirt road on the left-hand side of the canyon road (N39.32633 W111.49604, elevation 8,392). This is a great place to unload if you have chosen to drive.
From here, it is approximately three-quarters of a mile descent on a primitive road. At this point, you'll see a small sign on the left that says Pioneer Trail
. Turning left here will put you on approximately three miles of singletrack. Eventually, the trail intersects the main canyon road at either GPS N39.33947 W111.51664 or N39.33698 W111.52119 (parking at the National Forest Boundary).
This ride continues southwest to connect with the Bovine
trail, which dumps out on Willow Creek Road. Here, turn right and head north to link up with Ephraim Canyon Road again and the starting point for the Pioneer Trail
. Head down the canyon road, passing a water tank on your left.
Look to the left for the singletrack entrance for another 2.5 miles on the famous Flume Trail
. (N39.33766 W111.52684, elevation 6,637). At the base of the trail, continue west and then north to head back to the canyon road to return to the starting point.