The Wasatch Crest Trail is one of northern Utah’s premier mountain bike routes. Nearly all singletrack, the Crest Trail traces the spine of the central Wasatch Range, coined by Utah geologist William Lee Stokes as “the Backbone of Utah.” Along the initial climb, you venture through sun-kissed forests of aspen, pine, and fir. But when you pedal out the ridge, you are entertained by top-of-the-world views of jagged mountains, glacier-cut canyons, and urban valleys. And when you are not gawking at the topography or prospecting for winter’s backcountry ski routes, you’ll be riveted to the world-class singletrack trail.
Moab’s Slickrock Bike Trail might be the state’s most popular trail because of its uniqueness, but the Wasatch Crest Trail epitomizes the concept of “mountain” biking. General location: The Wasatch Crest Trail runs between the tops of Mill Creek and Big Cottonwood Canyons, 9 and 15 miles east of Salt Lake City, respectively. Tread: Singletrack with a few miles of quasi-doubletrack-turned-singletrack.
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