Copper Pit Overlook

Tooele, Utah

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How far will you travel for a small slice of singletrack heaven? If you live in Salt Lake City, you need to drive about 35 miles around the Oquirrh Mountains to Tooele to find a secret little stash that will make you drool. Unfortunately, there’s only about 1 mile of one-lane trail, but even at that, it’s worth the drive because chances are you’ll have it all to yourself. The heart of the ride is not the singletrack; that’s icing on the cake. Your goal is a bird’s-eye view of man’s largest excavation—Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine, dubbed “The Richest Hole on Earth.” Beyond the copper pit, your eyes will fall upon 100 miles of the Wasatch Range and on the reverent inhabitants in the valley below. Spin around and you’ll view across the eastern margin of the Basin and Range Province, where linear north-south mountain ranges are separated by peneplains like that of Tooele. The climb to the overlook is steep, the return is raging, and the mile-long singletrack is serendipitous. Tread: 6.8 miles of gravel and rock road that can be rough for passenger cars; 1.8 miles of packed dirt and cobblestone doubletrack; 1.2 miles of primitive singletrack.
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by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

How far will you travel for a small slice of singletrack heaven? If you live in Salt Lake City, you need to drive about 35 miles around the Oquirrh Mountains to Tooele to find a secret little stash that will make you drool. Unfortunately, there’s only about 1 mile of one-lane trail, but even at that, it’s worth the drive because chances are you’ll have it all to yourself. The heart of the ride is not the singletrack; that’s icing on the cake. Your goal is a bird’s-eye view of man’s largest excavation—Kennecott’s Bingham Canyon Mine, dubbed “The Richest Hole on Earth.”

Beyond the copper pit, your eyes will fall upon 100 miles of the Wasatch Range and on the reverent inhabitants in the valley below. Spin around and you’ll view across the eastern margin of the Basin and Range Province, where linear north-south mountain ranges are separated by peneplains like that of Tooele. The climb to the overlook is steep, the return is raging, and the mile-long singletrack is serendipitous. Tread: 6.8 miles of gravel and rock road that can be rough for passenger cars; 1.8 miles of packed dirt and cobblestone doubletrack; 1.2 miles of primitive singletrack.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Tooele
Distance: 9.8
Elevation Gain: 2,200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: May into October. The White Pine Canyon section may be popular with big-game hunters in the fall.
Trailhead Elevation: 6,800 feet
Top Elevation: 9,000 feet
Local Contacts: Tooele County Dept. of Parks and Recreation, 435-843-3156
Local Maps: USGS: Bingham Canyon and Lowe Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Copper Pit Overlook

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