Great Western Wonder: Ridge 157 to Park City
ElevationAscent: 5,272' 1,607 m
Descent: -6,377' -1,944 m
High: 10,413' 3,174 m
Low: 6,943' 2,116 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 47% (25°)
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“From Alpine Summit near Sundance across Ridge 157 to Catherine's Pass, Brighton, and Park City Mountain.”— Delete Account
Super awesome views and backcountry the entire way. One short sandy section.
Water crossings, bugs, exposure.
Descending into Brighton on Catherine's Pass should be done very carefully due to hiker traffic. The recommendation is to time it away from peak hiker traffic loads, early morning, late evening, and definitely not on a Saturday.
Over the course of 30+ miles there are many steep climbs and technical descents, all of which are easily manageable by themselves however collectively will add up to a lot of calorie burn if you attempt to ride the entire length, which will be roughly 6,000 feet of ascending. You can add about 800 feet of climbing if you decide to ascend Ant Knolls Ridge, however we took the western route skipping the ascent. Shortly after that, the ascent to the top of Catherine's Pass heading north begins, which has very steep sections of trail necessitating significant time out of the saddle.
The back side of Catherine's is about 1600 feet of climbing within a mile and a half. Due to this rapid ascending we were questioning our approach of taking this trail north. Nevertheless, you'll descend more than you ascend the only thing that is in question really boils down to the quality of your descents.
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