Evening Ride in Utah, Anyone?

Gilbert, Arizona
110°F, Clear

Alpine, Utah
85°F, Clear

I’m in Utah this week working out of my brother’s house in Alpine. It’s been 10 years since I’ve ridden anything on the Wasatch Front. The past few days I’ve hit a couple of the local trails that I never knew existed…Hog Hollow to Clarks and Lambert Park.

Fatty’s always talking about his backyard trails up Hog Hollow so I went out exploring. My first night I got a late start so I though I’d just hammer up the Highland Highway. I like to give the roadies someone to look forward to passing on the way up. It makes them feel good. Close to the top of the climb I found a jeep road that led me to the corner canyon trails. Excited to see some singletrack I flew down Clarks trail knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to make it back before the sun set.

Well the sun set as I was finishing the ride, and it was getting dark fast. Enter cell phone. Thanks to my dirt biking brother who picked me up at the Draper Temple construction site.

The next morning I hit up Lambert Park with my riding buddy Mark and his dog Stanley. Mark got me into mountain biking nearly 15 years ago. It’s good to have riding buddies that you can reminisce fifteen years of rides with…We rode up Spring to the Rodeo down. It was sweet riding. So different than Arizona riding.

Both Clarks and Rodeo are fast and flowy with nice berms. Have I ever even seen a berm in Arizona? And not seeing a cactus the whole ride was practically surreal. So if I fall… I’ll land in that little scrub oak or that tall grass over there? Yup.

Tonight, I’ll be riding a classic Wasatch trail up American Fork Canyon, Ridge Trail 157. Back when I used to ride it in the early 90s we called it sheepherders trail. I’ve got a ton of early biking memories up that canyon. Can’t wait to remember them all.


sunset on clarks

5 thoughts on “Evening Ride in Utah, Anyone?

  • June 20, 2008 at 11:53 am

    Any friend of UtRider is a friend of mine. Shoot me an email (mtbikeaz (at) gmail.com) and we’ll exchange numbers. I’ll be happy to give you the shakedown on trails in Phoenix.

    The 157 was awesome yesterday evening…I’m going to hit it again tomorrow morning. That will be my last ride before I head back to the heat (I’ve used up all my free ride passes with my family).

    Talk to you soon.

  • June 20, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I’m a friend of UTRIDER he told me about your page. I’m heading down to Phx in a couple of weeks with family. I wanted to get some advice from you about rides etc. Be great to meet up with you in Ut. I was on 157 yesterday morning.

  • June 20, 2008 at 7:39 am

    I’m commuting to work today and doing Fatty’s tri tomorrow. If you need me to pick you up tomorrow let me know. Send me an email and I’ll reply with my cell #.

  • June 19, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I’m here until Monday afternoon. I’m going to try to hit more trails tomorrow morning and then again Saturday. I’d like to do Fatty’s Triathlon, but I’d have to rearrange a few things for that. Still considering. Planning on going solo tomorrow. You up to join me?

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