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Purpose built mountain bike singletrack with great views.


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8.2

Miles

13.2

KM

95%

Singletrack

3,450' 1,052 m

High

2,834' 864 m

Low

830' 253 m

Up

831' 253 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Overview

Very fun trail with lots of singletrack, easy climbs, good switchbacks, one short advanced technical section, and fast roller coaster descents. This trail can be ridden in either direction, but clockwise is the most fun.

Need to Know

The main parking area at Sand Cove trailhead is located up a rough road that should only be attempted with high clearance vehicles. Most people park just off the paved road and ride the singletrack up to this trailhead. There is a good map at the Sand Cove trailhead showing all of the trails in the network. Barrel Roll is the most popular.

Description

Begin by parking off Gates Lane in Santa Clara, Utah. Look for the singletrack trail heading south up the hill. Hop on this trail and start climbing. You'll eventually pass a water tank, after which the trail levels out and continues until it T's at a dirt road. Take a right and head up the road, where you'll quickly see the parking area for the Cove Wash trailhead on your left.

From the Sand Cove trailhead head west onto the Barrel Roll singletrack. At about 3 miles (in the clockwise direction) the trail drops into a short technical section that demands advanced riding skills. It's good quality, but don't feel bad about walking if it's too hard.

Clockwise is the recommended way to ride this loop, but it's worth trying in both directions. Precipice and Sidewinder are two short extensions that you can add to this loop for a little more challenge. There are several other intersections that you'll come to, and they are well marked. It's easy enough to find your way around, so stick to the loop mapped here or come up with your own variation. You never have to ride it the same way twice!

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Shared By:

Kevin Christopherson

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 76 votes

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  4.2 from 76 votes
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Photos

Heading down a techy section on Barrel Roll.
Oct 22, 2018 near Santa C…, UT
Overlooking Pine Mountain from the Sidewinder Trail in St. George.
May 3, 2016 near Santa C…, UT
Finishing the Spice on Barrell Roll
Oct 18, 2017 near Santa C…, UT
Dropping in on some fun technical trail on Sidewinder.
May 3, 2016 near Santa C…, UT
Cloudy day on the backside of Barrel Roll.
Jun 1, 2013 near Santa C…, UT
Epic views in all directions, especially during Dusk. You can see the west temple of Zion in some spots.
May 29, 2014 near Santa C…, UT
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