Logan Canyon Mountain Biking
Logan Canyon is home to numerous trails that are great for mountain biking. With easy rides along the river to intermediate and endurance sections of the Great Western Trail, there is something for everyone to pedal in the Bear River Range. Logan Canyon is also a top hiking and fishing destination and cradles the Logan Canyon National Scenic Byway, which means beautiful views no matter how you travel the canyon. The Logan area is also a great spot for road cycling – the Tour of Utah route often runs through here.
What Makes It Great
The lack of people in Logan Canyon is remarkable considering the amount of stellar riding it has to offer. Even on a weekend you can find yourself alone with enough space to really crank it out on some of these routes.
Try the Riverside Trail to stay on the easier side of the things. Beginning near the mouth of the canyon the 3.7-mile cindered trail follows the water line for Logan City. It parallels the Logan River and Highway 89 and is sheltered by large maple trees. The course will run you past the Stokes Nature Center and several small dams. You will travel south behind the Bridger Campground as well as the Gus Lind Flat Summer Home area before ending at Spring Hollow.
Eight-and-a-half miles up canyon you will find awesome biking in the Righthand Fork Area. The moderate trail to Old Ephraim’s Grave, the burial site of the last grizzly bear shot in Utah and the largest grizz ever killed in the contiguous United States, is a sweet 14-mile ride in the heart of Logan Canyon. From the Right Hand Fork Trailhead follow Willow Creek Trail for a distance of 3.4-miles to the dirt Temple Fork Road. Turn right and descend to the river on Long Hollow Road. After crossing the river you will find the pullout for Old Ephraim’s grave on the left. To make the ride a complete loop you can carry on down Long Hollow and take a right on the Steel Hollow Trail to return to Willow Creek and the trailhead.
Another great Logan, Utah mountain biking route is the moderate 10-mile Muddy Flats Loop in the Righthand Fork Area. Begin with the same 3.5-mile climb up Willow Creek to Temple Fork Road. Turn left and make another left on a less used road within .5 miles. Follow the road and it will eventually transform into the single track of Little Cottonwood Creek that will lead you back to your car.
Of course if you are mountain biking in Logan Canyon you can’t miss the superb singletrack of the Jardine Juniper Trail. The trailhead is at the Wood Camp turnoff 10 miles up Logan Canyon. The ride will take you to the oldest known living Rocky Mountain Juniper tree in the world. The trail climbs for five miles at a moderate pace to the tree’s location.
What You’ll Remember
Riding the trails of Logan Canyon will give you plenty of opportunities to see birds, flowers and wildlife. The paths will snake through fields of sage down low and shady forests of spruce up high and give you stunning views of the surrounding Bear River Range.
Family-friendly Biking and Big Trails
With trails that are good for beginners and families to long endurance hauls that are suitable for the advanced riders, Logan Canyon is a great place for anyone who loves to take their bike off-road. Plan a bicycle trip to the Logan Canyon area and enjoy any type of riding – from casual and recreational to technical MTB riding. It’s all here!
From Center Street in Logan head east on Highway 89 (400 North) for two miles to the mouth of Logan Canyon.
Trailhead: Wood Camp turn-off, 12 miles from Logan on US 89
Elevation Start/End: 5400/7200 feet
Length: 5.1 miles one way
Old Ephraim's Grave
Trailhead: Lomia Camp or Lodge Campground Right Hand Fork, Logan Canyon
Elevation Start/Max: 5600/7200 feet
Length: 5.4 miles one way/14 miles on loop.
Trailhead: Across US 89 from the forest boundary sign at the mouth of the canyon. The gate is usually closed and locked. Park at the boundary sign and cross the road.
Elevation Start/End: 4900/5400 feet
Length: Entire trail, 3.8 miles