Wasatch Crest

4.67 out of 5
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↑ 1,300 ft
↓ 300 ft
elevation (ft)

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About this trail
The Wasatch Crest Trail (GWT) is probably one of the best, if not the very best, singletrack trail in Utah! I prefer to do this ride as an out and back, starting at Millcreek Canyon's Big Water Trailhead! You can start at the top of Scotts Pass, but you won't get the full effect of the ride!! You can also start at the Mill D North Fork trail up to Lake Desolation. Take extreme care when crossing the "Spine" above Lake Desolation, it is best just to get off and walk the short section! You'll see what I mean when you get there!!!

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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Q: I just moved out here; when the snow melts and trails are rideable I am looking to climb up armstrong >mid mtn> pinecone rdg and hit the wasatch crest the "right" way. Im looking to eventually link up with mill creek pipeline and am wondering how I minimize pavement. when WCT ends, are there connectors to head down to mill creek pipeline other than the road? -keanecolin

A: Unfortunately no. There's about 4 miles of downhill pave til you pick up Pipeline at Elbow Fork.

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Q: will a hardtail survive this trail? -Guest

A: Absolutely! I rode my hardtail on it a couple years ago without any issues.

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World Champ

August 23, 2017
Review: I rode this trail as part of the Park City IMBA Epic Loop so I hit it near Scott Hill, missing out the first mile or so. It is an excellent crest trail with good views, lots of undulations and much variation in trail - ranging from dead easy to dead gnarly. The altitude is close to 10,000 feet so it's more tiring than you'd expect. It's a two way shared back-country trail - a mini-adventure that will leave you with the satisfaction of having survived the challenge.

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July 25, 2017
Review: This trail is incredible. If you're looking to ride in the Park City/Salt Lake area put this at the top of your list. This trail has incredible views of the Wasatch range and the surrounding valley with flowy sections and the right mixture of technical sections. The high altitude provides a great challenge, especially to an eastern rider like myself. The trail has multiple options of where you can start and finish. A truly amazing trail that's not too tough and very suitable for intermediate riders.

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March 26, 2017
SEANO Gramcounter  
Review: Classic Utahs Monarch Crest!

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Bunny Hop

August 19, 2016
Review: Do it! You've heard about it, and now with the shuttle companies running up to the trailhead, it's easier than ever to mark this epic trail off your list. Views, a punishing climb (at dizzying altitude), and lots of fast flowy descending. What more could you want. BONUS! There are options, too. You could shuttle the Crest 3-4 times and take slightly different routs down each time. Throw in the possibilities of riding up from Deer Valley and Park City Resort, and you've got a week of solid riding in a 10-mile radius area. Hard to beat this spot.

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August 6, 2016
Review: Failed to live up to expectations for me. Puke hill was miserable. The "Spine" and other technical sections were unrideable. Much of trail needs serious maintenance. Signage was lacking considerably.

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World Champ

November 25, 2015
Greg Heil World Champ  
Review: This trail lives up to the hype--it's a must-ride if you're in the area, and the best trail that I've personally ridden in Utah, outside of Moab. While it's not nearly as epic as the Monarch Crest in Colorado, this is a rad crest ride that's definitely bucket-list-worthy.

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August 16, 2015
Review: The Wasatch Crest has it all, a legendary climb, incredible views, great flow, and a long fun downhill to finish the ride.

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July 30, 2015
Review: Look up Big Racks shuttle. $12 gets you a shuttle to the top from 3900 South and I-215 park and ride. It's a no-brainer for this cheap! I will never not ride WCT when in the SLC/Park City area.

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Granny Gear

July 6, 2015
tdog70 Granny Gear  
Review: This is one of my top trails. I rode from the Canyons resort to Park City on Mid Mountain. Ate and relaxed in Park City then took the Crescent City lift up, to Three Candles, Keystone, and Shadow Lake Trail to get to the bottom of Puke Hill. I was pretty exhausted by the time I had rode/walked up Puke Hill and was going to fly down Pinecone and take a bus back to the Canyons Resort. However 3 guys talked me into taking the Crest Trail back to the Canyons. I can't thank them enough. Incredible views, mostly all down hill for 13 or so miles. Walk the Spine no need to hurt yourself. Stop along the way and just soak up the views and take pictures. If you are in Salt Lake or Park City this is a must do trail. Something you will never forget!!!!!

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May 12, 2014
knanier Gramcounter  
Review: Awesome - beautiful views. Few solid climbs, but very well put together and many options for exiting back to PC or SLC via Millcreek. Worth shuttling IMO.

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Wasatch Crest MTB Trail 4.67 out of 5 based on 18 ratings. 18 user reviews.
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