Glenwood Getaway

Glenwood, Utah

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There’s a ton and a half of riding possibilities in the rocky foothills and forested slopes east of Richfield; this ride is a proverbial drop in the bucket. Richfield possesses an ambience that makes it feel rather like a less developed version of Moab, to the extent of red-rock bluffs rising over the west edge of town. Aerobically, this 14-mile loop is rated easy to moderate; technically, it is easy, as you deal only with paved and well-graded gravel roads. It’s a study in contrasts, with piñon, juniper, and scrub predominating at the upper elevations, whereas along the verdant wetland flats you’ll see cattails, cows, and Russian olive trees (mmmmm, they smell sooo good!). At about 11 miles into the ride, just past a ragged farmstead, on the right you’ll notice an old rock-and-timber corral that blends exquisitely into its surroundings—primarily because it’s constructed of its surroundings. General location: Begins and ends in Glenwood, 5 miles east of Richfield.
Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

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Mountain Bike! Southern Utah

by Michael McCoy (Menasha Ridge Press)

There’s a ton and a half of riding possibilities in the rocky foothills and forested slopes east of Richfield; this ride is a proverbial drop in the bucket. Richfield possesses an ambience that makes it feel rather like a less developed version of Moab, to the extent of red-rock bluffs rising over the west edge of town. Aerobically, this 14-mile loop is rated easy to moderate; technically, it is easy, as you deal only with paved and well-graded gravel roads.

It’s a study in contrasts, with piñon, juniper, and scrub predominating at the upper elevations, whereas along the verdant wetland flats you’ll see cattails, cows, and Russian olive trees (mmmmm, they smell sooo good!). At about 11 miles into the ride, just past a ragged farmstead, on the right you’ll notice an old rock-and-timber corral that blends exquisitely into its surroundings—primarily because it’s constructed of its surroundings. General location: Begins and ends in Glenwood, 5 miles east of Richfield.

©  Michael McCoy/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Glenwood
Distance: 14
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Season: May through October
Local Contacts: Richfield District BLM, 435-896-8221
Local Maps: Fishlake National Forest visitor map
Driving Directions: Directions to Glenwood Getaway

Recent Trail Reviews

9/18/2009
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The key word for the majority of this loop is: ATV's!! We must have had 30 of them pass us (until we turned off at the farm at mile 8) and it was a mighty dusty experience. A long climb up the gravel road the ATV's frequent ended with a nice view of the valley. However, the downhill afterwards was fast and steep with some washboard, a bit hair-raising. The section along the base of Bull Claim Hill (Heppler's Ponds) was very interesting, however, with lots of ponds, vegetation, and birds to spot. Next time we would just make this ride an out and back of that final section alone (out of Glenwood, where we parked). That would eliminate ATV Land.



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