7 BEST FALL MOUNTAIN BIKE TRAILS

Some of the greatest mountain biking in the world can be found in the backyard of the University of Utah — the Wasatch Mountains. And there is no better time to hit the single-track than the fall, when the leaves are changing and the weather is crisp. Steven Macey, president of the U student club Dirt Rider Society, breaks down his list for the 7 best autumn rides in the Wasatch.

Bobsled

This trail, located right above the Block U, is a great trail that every student should know and ride. With the name of the trail resembling the berms that are throughout the entire length, a good time is sure to be had. There are even old cars that have been turned into jumps and drops.
Difficulty level: Intermediate to advanced riders

Bobsled Mountain Bike University of Utah
Photo: Steven Macey

Shoreline

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is perfect for beginners, or someone just trying to get in a quick ride on a short time frame. Enter at the many points located between the Hogle Zoo and the Jewish Community Center, and ride for however long you desire. Temperatures could still be quite hot down in the valley, so make sure to grab your favorite mountain bike t-shirt to ride in.
Difficulty level: Beginner to intermediate riders

Bonneville Shoreline Trail University of Utah
Photo: Dave Itis

I Street

If airtime or adrenaline is your middle name, I Street may be the destination for you. Located at the top of the Avenues neighborhood, local bikers have been building jumps and evolving the area for years. Whether you’re just learning to jump or trying to learn new tricks, there are features of every size for every rider.
Difficulty level: Intermediate to advanced riders

I Street Mountain Bike Park University of Utah
Photo: Steven Macey

Crest Trail

Needing a car or setting up a shuttle is required to ride the Crest, but it is worth all the effort. With many options of where you end up, there is over 30 miles of beautiful single track at your fingertips. Make sure to go with someone who knows where they are going the first time, since finding your way can get a bit confusing. Bring a jacket or a mountain bike jersey, since in the fall it can get cold at high elevations.
Difficulty level: Intermediate to advanced riders

Wasatch Crest Mountian Bike Trail University of Utah
Photo: Ross Downard/MtnRanks

Bob’s Basin

The dropout trail in Bob’s Basin is home to some of the most perfectly shaped berms in Park City. With a fairly easy climb to the top and a thrilling, fast, flowy descent, this trail is a must before the snow falls.
Difficulty level: Beginner to intermediate riders

Bob's Basin University of Utah
Photo: Ross Downard/MtnRanks

Road to Arcylon

If gap jumps and ladder drops are what you want, and you don’t mind working for your downhill, Road to Arcylon is the trail for you. Arcylon backwards is “No Lycra” which means that this trail is not meant for spandex wearing cross country riders. This is a great trail to hone in a little more advanced jumping skills that can get you feeling just right on your bike before you have to put it away for the winter.
Difficulty level: All skill levels

Road to Arcylon Mountain Bike Trail University of Utah
Photo: Ross Downard/MtnRanks

Mid Mountain

A 20 mile trail that stretches from Deer Valley all the way to Canyons is a great scenic option if you are trying to cover lots of distance. With mild climbs and exhilarating descends, this trail is perfect for anyone. The changing colors of the aspens during the fall in Park City is another reason to get out and ride this trail.
Difficulty level: All skill levels

Mid-Mountain Mountain Bike Trail University of Utah
Photo: Ross Downard/MtnRanks

If you’d like to know more about these trails or want to ride along, contact the Dirt Rider Society on Facebook.

  • Steep Powder

    “Needing a car or setting up a shuttle is required to ride the Crest…” Really? Because of the many, many times I’ve ridden the Crest, the best have been when I’ve ridden the whole thing. Armstrong–MM–Pinecone–Crest and back around to Spiro or CMG is not only possible, it’s the best way to experience the Crest. You can do a similar loop from the SL County side. Earn your turns!