Wolverine Ridge Ride
The Wolverine Ridge ride, located within the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, is a world class course currently used for the Wolverine Ridge XC Mountain Bike Race. Although a use fee is required to use the trails, you will find that your money is well spent. Trails are maintained to accommodate and challenge riders with a variety of skill levels. Sections of this ride are very technical and require a high degree of skill from the rider. However, for the novice to intermediate riders, there are several trails in the area to accommodate your ability. Please see the maps posted by the U.S. Forest Service at the trailhead and along the course. No matter which trails you ride, you will experience no finer scenery on the planet. You may encounter moose, deer, bobcat, bear, or even the elusive wolverine. Like other wild animals, these animals are not pets. Please exercise caution around any wild animal.
Beginning at Historic Depot Square, drive south on Front Street passing under Interstate 80. As you continue driving south and within the city limits, green Mirror Lake Scenic Byway banners adorn the street lights indicating the correct route. Just 25 minutes south of Evanston on the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway, the trailhead begins at North Slope Road of the Uinta Mountains within the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Turn east on North Slope Road several hundred yards south of Bear River Lodge. A gravel parking lot is located along the south side of North Slope Road approximately 200 feet east of the byway. Vault style restrooms are also provided in the northern parking lot for your convenience. Although maps and signs are provided by the U.S. Forest Service at various locations along the ride, it is still possible to get disoriented. Map reading skills and a good sense of direction is recommended for all riders. As a navigational aid for this ride, reference points "A-I" have been located on the map. A description of each point and distance, measured from the beginning of the ride to each point, is provided below:
Distance in Miles
Trailhead begins at the northeast corner of rhe southern parking lot. Follow power poles to the south
"East Fork River"
"Sage Draw" Continue straight ahead passing picnic table and Sage Draw sign.
"Wolverine Trail" Pass through the fence opening. Ride the ATV trail up the hill and into the trees. Do not turn on to the jeep road.
The ATV trail intersects the jeep road. Turn left and proceed up the jeep road.
"Wolverine ATV Trail" Take a sharp left turn on to the Wolverine ATV Trail located just before the day use facility entrance. Climb steadily to the top of the mountain keeping to the right at all intersecting trails. After reaching the top of the mountain, the trail flattens crossing board walks and passes through the East Fork fire area before descending downhill, (Caution the trail is loose and rocky at the descent).
"Ridge Trail and Wolverine Trail intersection" Keep left and remain on Wolverine Trail.
"Deadman's Traverse Trail" At Lily Lake, turn right onto Deadman's Traverse Trail. At the top of the pass, the trail descends steeply through pine trees to a meadow at the base of the pass. (Caution. The descent is steep with a drop-off on the right side of the trail. There is some loose soil and rock.)
"East Fork Trail" Continue on the East Fork Trail remaining to your left at all jeep road intersections.
"East Fork Trail and Sage Draw intersection" Turn left and ride again to the top of Sage Draw at the fence opening.
"Sage Draw and Lily Lake jeep road intersection" After passing through the fence opening, turn left onto the Lily Lake jeep road.
"Deadman's Traverse Trail" At Lily Lake, turn left onto Deadman's Traverse Trail and repeat this section of the ride to Sage Draw, point "D" (Remember to use caution on the descent of Deadman's Traverse!)
"East Fork Trail and Sage Draw intersection" Turn left and continue to Bear Claw Trail.
"Sage Draw and Bear Claw Trail intersection" Turn right onto the Bear Trail Claw Trail.
"Bear Claw Trail and Wasatch Trail intersection" Turn right onto the Wasatch Trail.
"Wasatch Trail and Ostler Loop Trail intersection" Turn right onto the Ostler Loop Trail.
"Ostler Loop Trail and lower Sage Draw Trail intersection" Turn left onto the Sage Draw Trail and continue back to the East Fork River foot bridge, point "B" and the parking lot, point "A."
Options: Sport racers in the Wolverine Ridge XC Mountain Bike Race ride the course described above. Feel free to mix and match loop rides to suit your tastes. The U.S. Forest Service provides maps of this area and all intersecting trails are signed. A map of the area is also posted at many of the trail intersections.
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