Mytoge Mountain Loop

Richfield, Utah

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This 20-mile loop begins innocuously enough. Following the cinder-surfaced Lakeshore National Recreation Trail along Fish Lake, you dart in and out of aspen stands—some of them particularly beautiful, underscored by a ground covering of tight little bursts of shrub juniper. Things quickly get more difficult after 4.5 miles, as you face a series of challenging switchbacks. Much of the ensuing climb will be walked by mere mortals. A mile into it you come to a park bench overlook (none too soon), where you can take a load off and enjoy a long gander. Once you get on top the trail is still signed as the Lakeshore NRT, which is a misnomer of magnificent proportion, since by now you’re 1,000 feet above the lake. Relatively new single-track on top feeds into a four-wheel-drive road passing the Crater Lakes, which are followed by a very difficult descent that beats you up en route back to the lower lands. General location: 45 miles southeast of Richfield.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

This 20-mile loop begins innocuously enough. Following the cinder-surfaced Lakeshore National Recreation Trail along Fish Lake, you dart in and out of aspen stands—some of them particularly beautiful, underscored by a ground covering of tight little bursts of shrub juniper. Things quickly get more difficult after 4.5 miles, as you face a series of challenging switchbacks. Much of the ensuing climb will be walked by mere mortals.

A mile into it you come to a park bench overlook (none too soon), where you can take a load off and enjoy a long gander. Once you get on top the trail is still signed as the Lakeshore NRT, which is a misnomer of magnificent proportion, since by now you’re 1,000 feet above the lake. Relatively new single-track on top feeds into a four-wheel-drive road passing the Crater Lakes, which are followed by a very difficult descent that beats you up en route back to the lower lands. General location: 45 miles southeast of Richfield.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Richfield
Distance: 20
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Difficult
Season: June through October
Local Contacts: Fishlake National Forest, 435-896-9233
Local Maps: Fishlake National Forest visitor map
Driving Directions: Directions to Mytoge Mountain Loop

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Apr 2018