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Basics
Location:
In the Uinta Mountains, 10 miles east of Kamas
Length:
5 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Advanced
Elevation Change:
500 feet

Description

The Shingle Creek Trail is a narrow singletrack in the western Uintah Mountains, about 10 miles east of Kamas. Altitude is 7,500 feet, with about 500 feet elevation gain over the 2.5 mile trail. The trail is ridden as an out-and-back for a total ride of 5 miles. We'd have to rate this trail as advanced technical, and moderately strenuous aerobic.
Location:
In the Uinta Mountains, 10 miles east of Kamas
Length:
5 mile roundtrip
Difficulty:
Advanced
Elevation Change:
500
Additional Details:
The Shingle Creek trail is the original Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde. Sections of smooth dreamy hard-packed cruising alternate with nightmare sections of rocky rough climbs. And recent "improvements" have made the trail harder for mountain bikes. But the scenery is the best you can find anywhere in the Uintah Mountains. So it''s worth doing.

Obviously, whoever is in charge of this trail doesn''t ride a mountain bike. The trail is terraced in places to minimize horse damage, but many barriers are too high to clear on the uphill. Other barriers, while jumpable, are placed too close together -- as you''re clearing your rear tire, the front tire is hitting the next barrier.

The trail alternates between shady deep woods and open meadows with eye-popping views. In the shade of the pines and quaking aspens, elderberry, thimbleberry, snowberry, raspberry, and hawberry are found in abundance.

The trail touches on the creek frequently. Each time, you''ll want to hang out a few minutes and take it all in. Or hang out and straighten your deraileur.

At 2.5 miles, the trail crosses the creek. This begins the upper trail, which is essentially non-rideable. So it''s time to start an awesome downhill. You''ll eat those (four letter) words you mumbled fighting your way up the rocky parts, because the cruise back is fun fun fun. Assuming you''re good enough to handle it.

Information provided by utahmountainbiking.com.
Basic Directions
In Kamas, turn east towards the mountains on the well-marked Mirror Lake Highway. Drive 6 miles to the fee station and pay your $3. About three miles later, you'll see the Shingle Creek Trailhead road taking off on your left. Drive 1/4 mile up the road and park at the trailhead. The metal gate north of the parking area is the start of the trail.

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