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Great singletrack with jumps and gaps.


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7.4

Miles

12.0

KM

100%

Singletrack

7,014' 2,138 m

High

6,014' 1,833 m

Low

1,024' 312 m

Up

1,024' 312 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

This is one of the best loops in the Southview trail system. The climb starts off easy but gets more and more challenging the higher you climb. It's over 1000 feet of ascent, working through rocky basalt fields with a few punchy climbs. An occasional juniper tree can offer shade along the way, but bring plenty of water because this ride is draining. It's worth all the energy though, because the descent is packed with gaps, berms, drops and rock gardens to blast through.

Description

This loop climbs out of the Pyramid Ridge campground parking lot. It starts with a mellow singletrack called Turnpike. Follow obvious signs and trail until reaching Elevate. Turn right onto Elevate and start climbing a series of switchbacks, Passing Black Ops and pedaling into Lava Link, where you'll hop onto Spare Rib for a quick descent on two switchbacks then climb Tombstone.

This is where the climb begins to get challenging. With multiple basalt fields to cross, this gives the best of technical climbers a run for their money. Follow the singletrack up and over black rock obstacles. After reaching the summit, you'll follow the Boneyard marked by a skeleton and sign.

Boneyard begins with a few short rock gardens before kicking you off a jump straight onto an exposed ridgeline, with another 15 foot double to follow. After this you'll get berms, drops, and more rocks down to Black Ops which the trail flows right into.

Once on Black Ops the technical level drops a little, but the fun stays, as this trail is easier to fast on. Follow it through rock gardens, small jumps, and gaps. It's easy to pinch flat on this trail, so keep that in mind as you're blasting down. As Black ops comes to an end you'll intersect with Turnpike. Take a left here for a short half a mile back to the car.

History & Background

The somewhat macabre names come from when these trails were originally being built. Apparently a body was found somewhere in the basalt fields.

Contacts

Local Club: Iron Trailcraft

Land Manager: BLM Utah - Cedar City

Shared By:

Marley Nelson

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Jul 21, 2022 near Cedar City, UT

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