U M Pass

Richfield, Utah

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The U M Pass loop ventures up one meadow-filled valley and then down another. In between, however, you cross U M Pass and descend an old doubletrack-turned-singletrack loaded with air-worthy earthen berms, a.k.a. whoop-te-doos. Your bike will buck like a bronco, trying to toss you from its saddle. But hold on tight and wait for the horn to blow before you bail. In addition to the exciting descent, the U M Pass tour overflows with scenic charm. Both the Sevenmile Creek and U M Creek Valleys, on either side of the pass, are wide plains, threaded by a meandering creek. The Sevenmile Cirques along with Mounts Terrill and Marvine neatly package the Sevenmile Creek Valley with glacial accents. The U M Plateau and Windstorm Peak flank U M Valley with subtler forms. Along the loop’s last leg, Johnson Valley Reservoir reflects its aspen-rimmed shore and the elevated plateau tops. Tread: 13 miles of variably rutted and washboard doubletrack, 3 miles of doubletrack turned singletrack, and 3 miles of pavement.
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Mountain Biking Utah

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

The U M Pass loop ventures up one meadow-filled valley and then down another. In between, however, you cross U M Pass and descend an old doubletrack-turned-singletrack loaded with air-worthy earthen berms, a.k.a. whoop-te-doos. Your bike will buck like a bronco, trying to toss you from its saddle. But hold on tight and wait for the horn to blow before you bail. In addition to the exciting descent, the U M Pass tour overflows with scenic charm. Both the Sevenmile Creek and U M Creek Valleys, on either side of the pass, are wide plains, threaded by a meandering creek.

The Sevenmile Cirques along with Mounts Terrill and Marvine neatly package the Sevenmile Creek Valley with glacial accents. The U M Plateau and Windstorm Peak flank U M Valley with subtler forms. Along the loop’s last leg, Johnson Valley Reservoir reflects its aspen-rimmed shore and the elevated plateau tops. Tread: 13 miles of variably rutted and washboard doubletrack, 3 miles of doubletrack turned singletrack, and 3 miles of pavement.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Richfield
Distance: 19
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Snow can linger through May and return my mid-October.
Trailhead Elevation: 8,850 feet
Top Elevation: 10,500 feet
Local Contacts: Fish Lake National Forest, Loa Ranger District, 435-896-9233
Local Maps: USGS: Fish Lake, Forsyth Reservoir, Hilgard Mtn., and Mount Terrill
Driving Directions: Directions to U M Pass

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