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A few "notes" on this trail; 1st a "tip of the helmet" to Ruxton Noble at ruxtonnoble.com for recommending this trail to us! 2nd, this is probably one of the most technically difficult mountain bike rides in the entire state!! 3rd, it is extremely remote (no cell phone service, no easy access for rescue, and more then likely no one else on the trail at the same time!) With that said, here's our review of the trail!!
To quote Gregg Bromka, from Mountain Biking Utah, "Survival is your greatest concern...if you suffer from a mental or mechanical breakdown, either one invariably leads to the other,...you're a long way from a timely rescue...pack a hardware store of supplies"
5 Miles of Hell, is an incredibly scenic, yet incredibly difficult trail to ride! You will climb and descend more on one mile of this trail then you will most other trails combined. If you have any reservations about your bike handling skills, you might want to pass on this ride. We gave FMOH a unanimous 10+ pucker rating!! We recommend at mile marker 8.5 you take the "out" and head back on the singletrack. The trail does continue to another BLM sign in box and a 4x4 road, but we say "to hell with riding the road, when you can take a fast, twisty singletrack back to end the loop"!! If you do continue, all you really have to look forward to is more sand and a jeep road back to the trailhead. The choice is yours!! But we highly recommend the awesome singletrack!!