East Park Loop Trail For Mountain Biking
The 53rd most popular mountain bike trail in Utah.
Sunday 17 July 2016 03:57 GMT
North of Vernal in the Ashley National Forest, the East Park Loop is a 36 mile route through desert. This marked trail winds through some of the most spectacular wildflower meadows in the area. In spring and early summer, the flowers are at their colorful peak, making the trail a feast for the senses. The trail follows dirt, gravel, and paved roads. Watch out for logging trucks and loggin activities.
To reach the mountain biking trailhead from Vernal, head north 19 miles along US 191 and turn left (west) onto the Red Cloud Loop (FS 018). Park in the gravel parking area here. The trailhead is signed and the route follows bike trail signs. Following the route counterclockwise, head northwest up paved East Park Road for 9.5 miles to the East Park Campground turnoff. Water may be available at the campground in summer. The road changes to gravel and rolls west for 10 miles across several drainages to the Trout Creek guard station. Be aware of logging trucks in this area. Turn left at the guard station, following the bike signs back to US 191. After 7 miles the route crosses Big Brush Creek and continues for 4 miles through aspen groves, stands of lodge pole pine and sagebrush back to the highway and your vehicle.
Overall, East Park Loop Trail is the 53rd most popular mountain bike trail of all 73 mountain biking rides in Utah. Several of the better mountain bike trails are nearby East Park Loop Trail including Dinosaur National Monument Loop, Browns Park Loop Trail and Dry Fork Flume Trail.