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Little Creek Mountain Trail Network - Springdale
From Springdale, travel 3 miles west on Highway 9 to Bridge Road. Follow Bridge Road 1.6 miles to intersection With Smithsonian Butte National Scenic Backway. Continue on Smithsonian Butte Road 7.8 miles to Highway 59. Turh right following Highway 59 for just .6 of a mile, to the Little Creek Mountain Road. Stay on the main road at all intersections. (This area is a maze of roads and doubletrack Jeep trails, so there are shorter ways to get to the trail head, but they are nearly impossible to describe.) If you arrive at the radio towers, you went the wrong way at the last major (not minor) intersection, about 1 1/2 miles back. The main road ends with a 7 mile, tear drop shaped loop, which you should be driving in the clockwise direction, if you've taken no turn-offs. Approximately 2/3 of the way around the loop, (probably around 11 or 12 miles in from Highway 59, but I've never measured it), there is a small cattle stock pond, on your right. Park on the smooth patch of slickrock, just before the pond, (also on your right). Just beyond the pond, there is a 100 yard section of very rough road, where it cross over another patch of slickrock. (If you crossed over a rough patch of rock just BEFORE you arrived at the pond, and the pond is on your LEFT, you simply veered off of the main road at one of the previous intersections, and accidently discovered one of the shortcuts!)
Across hte road from the center of the parking area is a faint singletrack trail that becomes much more well defined after the first 30 yards. This is the 1/2 mile access spur that leads to The Magic Carpet Ride, the first of several interconnected singletrack and slickrock loops that blanket the mountain. This singletrack crosses a faint doubletrack just before intersecting with The Magic Carpet Ride. Take note of the way that this intersection looks, so that you will recognize it for the return trip. Thomas Guide page: N/A
GPS: Latitude:N/A Longitude:N/A Elevation:52 to 5600
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- Little Creek Mount Trail Network - The Little Creek Mountain Trail Network consists of numerous interconnected loops of 50% slickrock and 50% singletrack. All of the loops can be ridden in either direction, and all of them offer riders breath-taking panoramic views of nearby Zion National Park. There are rim sections, where you have a continuously evolving viewpoint. There are sections that twist and turn through dense forests of cedar, juniper and pinion pine. Other sections flow through open meadows of sagebrush and cactus, punctuated by abundant wildflowers. Still other sections wind their way in a maze-like fashion between between enormous, house-sized boulders. Lichen that range in color from orange, to flourescent yellow-green to pale, grey-green and frequent red, orange, gold and lavender mineral stains add a vibrant splashes of color to the mostly grey Shinarump Conglomerate Rock. Then there are the sections of trail that lie on top of this layer of rock. Although it is called 'slickrock', a term coined by early pioneers who attempted to cross it with steel shod horses, and steel rimmed wagon wheels, it is anything but slick to a rubber mountain bike tire. In fact, it actually has better traction than pavement, allowing you to climb, descend and traverse at seemingly impossible angles. Numerous Anasazi Indian sites blanket the mountain, providing visitors with the opportunity to see pit houses, stone tools, sherds of broken pottery and several petroglyph sites. Little creek is also home to the Zion area's largest patches of slickrock. On these larger slickrock patches, the trail is typically marked by widely spaced rock cairns, sometimes up to 1/4 mile apart. The route here becomes more general than specific, giving you the opportunity to choose your own line across the rock, according to your ability level and riding preferences. The riding here is year-round, with daily highs in the coldest month, (January) hovering around 50 degrees fahrenheit. Check out www.bikezion.com for more info on this, and other great trails in the area surrounding Zion National Park, in Southwestern Utah.
Ride rating: Intermediate
Ride distance: 20+ miles Elevation change: 400 feet
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Posted on 1/05/00
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