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Snowbasin

Huntsville, Utah

Admin: Sandrelle Aguirre

Fall colors can be magical in Utah, and one fabulous place to see them is Snowbasin Resort on Mount Ogden, in Northern Utah. Snowbasin is about 40 minutes from Salt Lake City, and is one of the oldest ski resorts in the United States, opening its first run in 1939. In 2002 Snowbasin hosted some of the Winter Olympic ski races. Starting at an elevation of just over 6,000 feet, you feel like you are a little closer to heaven before you even set out to ride. Parking in the large overflow area downhill from the lodge (Lot 2), you’ll have plenty of room to tack up and take some deep breaths of fresh mountain air. The Sardine Peak trail is an 8-9 mile loop with lots of switchbacks and several overlook options offering amazing photo opportunities of wide open spaces and views of the valley. Elevation gain is about 1300 feet, with grades of 4-10%. There are a few small wooden bridges to cross, and there's a pond/stream available not too far from the trailhead for the horses. We normally ride the trail counter-clockwise (towards Maples) because there are a lot of mountain bikers on this trail that usually ride clockwise. This way it’s easy to see them coming toward you instead of sneaking up behind you. Mountain bikers on Snowbasin are some of the most courteous we have ever run into on trails. Maple, Fir, Aspen, Pine and Oak trees line the trail with their beauty and ever changing leaves. Weather can change fast on the mountain, so be prepared with layers of clothing in late Spring or Fall.

TYPE OF DESTINATION

Day Ride - Trails Only / No CampingEffort level - Moderate

MILES OF DESTINATION / ACREAGE OF PUBLIC LANDS / # OF DAYS’ WORTH OF RIDING

A day ride, approximately 8 mile loop for the Sardine Peak trail

ACCESS TO TRAILS

- Trails right from location

Type of Footing on the trails

- Dirt

- Gravel, Rock

- Shoes / Boots Suggested

Type of Terrain

- Flat

- Hills

- Other

TYPE OF HORSE I WAS RIDING

- Non-Gaited

LOCAL WILDLIFE

Deer occasionally

PEAK RIDING SEASON / WEATHER

Late Spring or whenever the snow is gone, through Fall as weather permits (until snow).

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