22.2 miles
Distance
2,529 ft
Climb
-5,507 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Ride through American Fork Canyon.

Detailed Description
AF Canyon Ride (Shuttle) is a 22 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Sundance Utah. This mountain bike only route and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 6 trails. This route climbs 2,529 ft with a max elevation of 9,471 ft then descends -5,507 ft.
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26 Reviews & Comments

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Bandersen17 (Oct 17, 2022 at 17:17)
Trail Ridge Trail
Only thing that makes this trail suck are the motorcycles. One of the best rides around. Offers tech, flow, climbing and oooh the views of Timp are phenomenal. But seriously, motos have got to go somewhere else.
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whansen90 (Jul 4, 2022 at 7:37)
Trail Ridge Trail
Such an amazing trail and the views!! Do the ride just for the views, timp is amazing.
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Rail (Oct 2, 2021 at 16:26)
Trail Mill Canyon
To answer your question about the jumps, I've done this trail 4 or 5 times and have never seen any of the jumps in the pictures.
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watts95 (Oct 2, 2021 at 14:48)
Trail Holman
This is a moto trail and is very steep and loose. Would not recommend riding this trail. The effort to get to the top is not worth the decent.
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jepartri (Sep 21, 2021 at 12:54)
Trail Holman
Very steep enduro DH type trail. Dirt Bikers help maintain this trail. This trail probably Would be overgrown and barely useable with dirt bike usage
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ShayleeAzegwM (Jul 10, 2021 at 14:52)
Trail Holman
Super steep and there are some washed out areas. Unless you want a really tough downhill or uphill challenge I wouldn’t recommend.
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ThomasBombadillo (Jul 10, 2021 at 12:38)
Trail Ridge Trail
I don't understand why this trail is getting so much hate. This is a fun trail. The climbs are not too difficult. There is a good mix of smooth flow and rocky tech.
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UtDon (Aug 30, 2020 at 13:57)
Trail Ridge Trail
Shit show. This used to be a good trail but now it's all big chunky loose and rutty. f*ckin' motorcycles have chewed it to garbage.
Probably this one should live on in memory only.
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Heaps (Aug 28, 2020 at 13:54)
Trail Mill Canyon
Are the photos wrong for this trail or is there actually jumps up there? Curious because you can see the road in one of the photos and theres not a road any where near this trail.
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trentzim (Aug 1, 2020 at 17:11)
Trail Mill Canyon
Really fun climb on a dirtbike, technical but not overwhelming. There’s a decent climb around a quarter mile in but it’s fairly smooth. Try not to spin out on this part—it’s been rutted out from that.
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livetomtb (Jul 18, 2020 at 15:24)
Trail Mill Canyon
really fun on an ebike. not sure i would classify it as a double black though, maybe a double black climb?
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ERM1234 (Jul 10, 2020 at 21:42)
Trail Ridge Trail
I'm going with a thumbs down on this. We took the little deer creek decent from the parking lot. Great trail! The ridge not so much. Lots of big sharp rocks, big roots, lose big rocks. Steep, rough, technical ascent. Not fun for me but if you are an animal you might dig it.
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Toppersauce17 (Jun 18, 2020 at 20:22)
Trail Ridge Trail
This trail is absolutely brutal, but if your in good shape it is a lot of fun, would recommend going up and then going down little deer creek trail
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trentzim (Jun 13, 2020 at 16:01)
Trail Ridge Trail
Pretty tame on a dirtbike. Amazing views
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trentzim (Jun 13, 2020 at 15:58)
Trail Ridge Trail
Beautiful views, some good technical but not too crazy
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Jkuhni (Oct 1, 2019 at 8:09)
Trail Ridge Trail
Watch out for the MOOSE! We had to detour to the west and circle back around on the willow trail because they wouldn’t move.????
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50trails (Sep 22, 2019 at 21:15)
Trail Mill Canyon
So before you embark on a ride in American Fork Canyon, here's a few things to know:

1. This area is a moto playground. Be prepared for massive ruts, huge acceleration/braking bumps, trails that get tilled up and climbs in spots that are down right sadistic. To these points, the trails are and will continue to be cut in by motos, so they are going to flow and cater to them.

2. For all the reasons above, if it rains, avoid for at least a week after the last day of rain. The lower half is well canopied and very slow to dry. Long, massive mud holes form with all the moisture and they are cupped so bad that you will continually slide off the sides into the center.

3. Many of the trails are very loose in spots. Be prepared to encounter anything from ball-bearing mixed loose surfaces to scree fields to volleyball sized boulders that are usually in the middle of the trail at the most inopportune times.

4. If you go on a weekend, be prepared to pull over semi-regularly for the moto trains. Not saying they do not have a right to be there - you just need to be prepared and off-trail because they can move in a pack pretty fast. Early weekdays may be the lightest for trail traffic.

5. The day fee to ride here is $6 - there is a pay station at the reservoir.

For all of these reasons above, if you have both a moto and a MTB, 11 times out of 10 I would choose to moto these trails. There are so many better trails to ride around this area, and the work that you do to access the good stuff isn't simply worth any of the hassle you deal with. To date, it ranks as one of the worst MTB trail networks I've ridden.

Zero stars as a network of MTB trails, 4 as a network of moto trails.
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Sep 14, 2019 at 16:46)
Trail Ridge Trail
Again with this old guy above, the ridge trail is super fun! All of the loose sections have ridden lines in them and the root drops are real fun. Stop hating on Moto’s, they do even more trail work than bikers.
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str8line (Aug 16, 2019 at 15:28)
Trail Holman
Great trail if you want to test your skills going downhill and you are a very strong expert. This trail probably can not be ridden up, it's way too steep and nasty. I don't think you can blame the motorcycles for the condition of the trail, it's just steep and rocky. In fact if there were not motorcycles riding it there probably wouldn't even be a trail left since almost no one hikes or bikes it. Best way to access it is from the summit take the 252 to the 157 to the 39(Holman). Leave your shuttle vehicle at Tibble Fork reservoir. Great overall ride if you can handle the descent.
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lennb (Sep 30, 2018 at 8:02)
Trail Ridge Trail
This used to be a favorite ride for me when I lived close by about 6-10 years ago using the ridge and South Fork Little Deer Creek for a fun loop. Was really disappointed to find out how bad the motorcycles have ripped this section up. The ruts have gotten deeper but the baseball sized rock issue makes me not want to return.
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Larsenbd (Jun 24, 2017 at 21:47)
Trail Mill Canyon
We did it this week with a group of 16-17 year-old boys, anticipating that we would have to walk down most of it, but there were only a few spots requiring dismount. Some spots were muddy; the end of the trail was great fun for boys because it had 3 stream crossings at the end.
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Frozen52 (Sep 8, 2016 at 19:27)
Trail Holman
Don't waste your time, this trail has been BLOWN out by the motorcycles going up it. It is rutted, rocky with ruts, corners dug out from the MC's even the downhill sections are crap. some of the hike a bike sections might have been ride-able if not for the motorcycles. Sad otherwise this might be a decent trail.
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todd Trailforks (Aug 16, 2015 at 15:05)
Trail Mill Canyon
Right, this trail starts out great, then suddenly becomes a motorcross dug out rock garden. a couple extended sections you have to hike. But I totally agree, that it is worth the few hikes to get to the upper half. You quickly gain a lot of altitude and riding down Mud Springs and Tibble Fork is way fun.
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mkb5150 (Aug 2, 2015 at 13:20)
Trail Ridge Trail
Pretty fun descent. Just enough tech to make it interesting without being too crazy. Only 1 or 2 tricky spots for upper intermediate riders
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mkb5150 (Jun 9, 2015 at 18:17)
Trail Mill Canyon
is this really a double-black? can an intermediate rider climb this without too many dismounts?
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mkb5150 (Aug 2, 2015 at 13:16)
Trail Mill Canyon
I like answering my own questions... It's a tough climb with some super steep and loose sections that I had to hike, but definitely worth doing as a good way to loop with Ridge and Tibble
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Point to Point
  • Bike type
    AM
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
More Stats for AF Canyon Ride (Shuttle) mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -2,978 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,072 ft
  • Altitude start
    8,050 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,072 ft
  • Grade
    -2.5%
  • Grade max
    -80.5%
  • Grade min
    57.8%
  • Distance climb
    6 miles
  • Distance down
    15 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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Holman Ridge-Cabin Flat Trail
Oct 13, 2022 @ 4:51pm
Oct 13, 2022
Tried to climb up this on emtb. Down hill might be okay but up was awful. Lots of loose rocks and very steep making for poor traction. I don’t recommend even attempting it. Hike and emtb sucks.
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Sep 28, 2022 @ 4:27pm
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Sep 18, 2022 @ 8:48am
Sep 18, 2022
Hero dirt but still mud puddles here and there
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