17.8 miles
Distance
3,144 ft
Climb
-3,132 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Big climb to big descent. Should be fun

Detailed Description
Armstrong - Pine Cone - Keystone CMG is a 18 mile popular intermediate route located near Park City Utah. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 29 trails. This route climbs 3,144 ft with a max elevation of 9,813 ft then descends -3,132 ft.
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73 Reviews & Comments

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slambiase (Jun 20, 2022 at 10:20)
Trail CMG Downhill
Note to self and other beginnermediates - do not do this trail unless you are comfortable going fast and skilled at sharp turns and not intimidated by Other riders screaming and flying down behind you. Not for me.
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slambiase (Jun 20, 2022 at 10:20)
Trail CMG Downhill
Note to self and other beginnermediates - do not do this trail unless you are comfortable going fast and skilled at sharp turns and not intimidated by Other riders screaming and flying down behind you. Not for me.
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slambiase (Jun 20, 2022 at 10:20)
Trail CMG Downhill
Note to self and other beginnermediates - do not do this trail unless you are comfortable going fast and skilled at sharp turns and not intimidated by Other riders screaming and flying down behind you. Not for me.
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slambiase (Jun 20, 2022 at 10:20)
Trail CMG Downhill
Note to self and other beginnermediates - do not do this trail unless you are comfortable going fast and skilled at sharp turns and not intimidated by Other riders screaming and flying down behind you. Not for me.
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slambiase (Jun 18, 2022 at 14:52)
Made it to a little over 9100ft before hitting some mud and snow Sunday
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bwlawrence (Sep 12, 2021 at 18:01)
Trail Keystone
Descent trail, but nothing special about it. Slightly downhill and a little fast, but not much else. It’s a straight line that you can ride easily both ways.
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bwlawrence (Sep 12, 2021 at 18:01)
Trail Keystone
Descent trail, but nothing special about it. Slightly downhill and a little fast, but not much else. It’s a straight line that you can ride easily both ways.
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mranzin (Aug 30, 2021 at 18:18)
I usually keep my timber bell on during the climb to alert the shuttle bros before they skid into me. It’s good both ways, but if you bash into someone on your descent, that’s on you, because it’s super popular both ways. Also, it’s nowhere near as sketchy as the also bidirectional Spiro.
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EMG1992 (Aug 18, 2021 at 15:52)
Trail Armstrong
Great way to access Mid-Mountain. Beautiful climb
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EMG1992 (Aug 18, 2021 at 15:52)
Trail Armstrong
Great way to access Mid-Mountain. Beautiful climb
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EMG1992 (Aug 18, 2021 at 15:52)
Trail Armstrong
Great way to access Mid-Mountain. Beautiful climb
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kainpwnsu (Aug 18, 2021 at 11:56)
I've ridden this at least annually since 1994. Veteran advice: there is no shame in walking - most riders do. The reward is significant. Use that "granny gear" big enough to serve a turkey dinner, and you'll at least get a good run into it. Some riders will grind it straight to the top.

Definitely gets your blood going and reminds me of climbing the Germania Pass road in Alta: steep as *$#@.
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TrekRider89 (Aug 13, 2021 at 20:49)
One of the hardest climbs I’ve ever had. Loose and Rocky, very few good lines. Makes you appreciate the downhill.
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Henke14 (Jul 13, 2021 at 19:53)
So torn here. Beautiful up and down. However, this is a collision accident waiting to happen. Almost had to bail off my bike on the way up as a DH rider was going too fast to stop around a blind curve. Given the proximity of Armstrong and the crest access, something badly needs to be done here. Designated up days? Alternating days? Another up only trail to connect from Armstrong? Again, can't recommend because it was dangerous beyond what is necessary but it was a beautiful trail for sure. Sad.
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Abiracmd (Jun 23, 2021 at 9:42)
First big trek out west and this route did not disappoint. Went on a weekday afternoon. The climb was really enjoyable for the first 8 miles, steady climb through aspen and pine groves. Only came across 2 riders coming downhill. The last mile or so before you start going downhill was the roughest part for me. Elevation combined with tired legs. Had to hike a bike a couple steep sections. Felt good getting to the top. Downhill you will encounter more upill riders, although I only passed maybe 5 people. Even though it was all a blast, I really enjoyed Mojave. The flow on the trail was a blast. I did have to stop a couple of times to get my bearings on several of the trails. Ended up missing CMG Downhill and went down Eagle & Spiro to get to the bottom. Both trails were super steep and my brakes were not happy. Overall, despite the challenging climb, the payoff was worth it. Nice weather and beautiful views the entire time, couldn't be happier.
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cdeutsch (Jul 14, 2020 at 6:16)
Trail Armstrong
These reviews must be based on age of the reviewer...I’m 74 and it’s a HARD slog for me!
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cdeutsch (Jul 14, 2020 at 6:16)
Trail Armstrong
These reviews must be based on age of the reviewer...I’m 74 and it’s a HARD slog for me!
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cdeutsch (Jul 14, 2020 at 6:16)
Trail Armstrong
These reviews must be based on age of the reviewer...I’m 74 and it’s a HARD slog for me!
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JacquiShort (Jun 4, 2020 at 21:22)
Trail Armstrong
This is an awesome trail with stunning views. Uphill but mellow grade and nothing technical.
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JacquiShort (Jun 4, 2020 at 21:22)
Trail Armstrong
This is an awesome trail with stunning views. Uphill but mellow grade and nothing technical.
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JacquiShort (Jun 4, 2020 at 21:22)
Trail Armstrong
This is an awesome trail with stunning views. Uphill but mellow grade and nothing technical.
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NoGr1018 (Jun 1, 2020 at 14:10)
Trail Mid Mountain
As of today, there were 7 dead aspens blocking the trail going east towards CMG. none of them were rideable, so had to shoulder the bike and climb over. Hoping someone with more lumberjack experience than I do can get out there soon and remove them.
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Gravityclown (May 31, 2020 at 21:21)
Clear up to 8800 feet then fallen trees mud and eventually some snow pack. Turned around at 8900 feet.
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Sep 23, 2019 at 20:22)
Meh
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Sep 23, 2019 at 20:22)
Meh
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Sep 23, 2019 at 20:22)
Meh
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CBizek (Aug 24, 2019 at 17:11)
Trail Armstrong
This is a good challenging uphill without being overly brutal. Great way to access many other trails and it is nice that its shaded most of the way.
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CBizek (Aug 24, 2019 at 17:11)
Trail Armstrong
This is a good challenging uphill without being overly brutal. Great way to access many other trails and it is nice that its shaded most of the way.
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CBizek (Aug 24, 2019 at 17:11)
Trail Armstrong
This is a good challenging uphill without being overly brutal. Great way to access many other trails and it is nice that its shaded most of the way.
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sgoldfield (Aug 6, 2019 at 12:04)
It's only a sketchy climb if you are riding out of control downhill. Armstrong to Pinecone is a fantastic beautiful and shaded way to climb to the top of the crest. It is also one of my personal favorite downhills, but it is a two-way trail and should be ridden as such. There are plenty of places on it with good sight lines that you can open it up as long as you are careful when it gets tighter lower down. Everyone can safely enjoy this trail both up and down.
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jdpierce (Jul 10, 2019 at 19:08)
Trail Armstrong
As straight up climbs go, this one is as nice as you’ll find. The grade isn’t bad and mostly shade, but if you’re coming from sea level, you’re probably going to sucking air all the way up. Stay hydrated too.
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jdpierce (Jul 10, 2019 at 19:08)
Trail Armstrong
As straight up climbs go, this one is as nice as you’ll find. The grade isn’t bad and mostly shade, but if you’re coming from sea level, you’re probably going to sucking air all the way up. Stay hydrated too.
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jdpierce (Jul 10, 2019 at 19:08)
Trail Armstrong
As straight up climbs go, this one is as nice as you’ll find. The grade isn’t bad and mostly shade, but if you’re coming from sea level, you’re probably going to sucking air all the way up. Stay hydrated too.
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Jul 8, 2019 at 9:47)
Trail Armstrong
Wouldn’t call a slog, it’s pretty gradual and smooth. Easy climbing.
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Jul 8, 2019 at 9:47)
Trail Armstrong
Wouldn’t call a slog, it’s pretty gradual and smooth. Easy climbing.
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Jul 8, 2019 at 9:47)
Trail Armstrong
Wouldn’t call a slog, it’s pretty gradual and smooth. Easy climbing.
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Deez54 (Jul 6, 2019 at 21:45)
It's tough, but I enjoyed climbing it!
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Jun 26, 2019 at 14:41)
Not sure why everyone is so afraid of puke hill. It isn’t fun but it’s so short you can just use one burst of energy to get up to the flat section.
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Jun 13, 2019 at 19:11)
For god sakes people only climb this if it’s early season and other routes to the crest aren’t open yet. It’s such a high speed descent that it’s really sketch to climb.
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ofresh (Jun 5, 2019 at 16:47)
Trail Armstrong
One of the nicest climbing trails in the Wasatch.
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ofresh (Jun 5, 2019 at 16:47)
Trail Armstrong
One of the nicest climbing trails in the Wasatch.
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ofresh (Jun 5, 2019 at 16:47)
Trail Armstrong
One of the nicest climbing trails in the Wasatch.
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msu-alumnus (Aug 24, 2018 at 6:32)
It keeps out the riff-raff.
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Rades (Aug 9, 2018 at 23:26)
Trail Mojave
Best flow trail that’s lift lapable. 2nd to Pinecone
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Rades (Aug 9, 2018 at 23:26)
Trail Mojave
Best flow trail that’s lift lapable. 2nd to Pinecone
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Rades (Aug 9, 2018 at 23:26)
Trail Mojave
Best flow trail that’s lift lapable. 2nd to Pinecone
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Nlei (Jul 14, 2018 at 8:50)
Trail Mojave
For a mile, it have different sections. switchbacks, flow section is a awesome! Don't touch the brakes just flow.
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Nlei (Jul 14, 2018 at 8:50)
Trail Mojave
For a mile, it have different sections. switchbacks, flow section is a awesome! Don't touch the brakes just flow.
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Nlei (Jul 14, 2018 at 8:50)
Trail Mojave
For a mile, it have different sections. switchbacks, flow section is a awesome! Don't touch the brakes just flow.
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Boomingsooner (Jul 13, 2018 at 22:59)
Trail Armstrong
It is an uphill slog. Not for the faint of heart.
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Boomingsooner (Jul 13, 2018 at 22:59)
Trail Armstrong
It is an uphill slog. Not for the faint of heart.
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Boomingsooner (Jul 13, 2018 at 22:59)
Trail Armstrong
It is an uphill slog. Not for the faint of heart.
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skoch (Jul 6, 2018 at 9:11)
Trail Mid Mountain
Do g
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Devrin (Jun 19, 2018 at 16:53)
Great new connector up to Wasatch Crest! Don’t know if I’d call it a green however a lot of overhanging Aspen trees, I whacked my shoulder and went over the bars here Lol
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thesquid (Sep 3, 2017 at 0:31)
Awesome high elevation climb and descent. One of the best in Northern Utah.
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dvbwn (Aug 29, 2017 at 23:23)
Trail Mojave
Great trail. Lesser known or seems to get less traffic.
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dvbwn (Aug 29, 2017 at 23:23)
Trail Mojave
Great trail. Lesser known or seems to get less traffic.
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dvbwn (Aug 29, 2017 at 23:23)
Trail Mojave
Great trail. Lesser known or seems to get less traffic.
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todd Trailforks (Aug 6, 2017 at 13:36)
Trail CMG Downhill
Can't believe I missed that one, I remember when the resort changed it, just forgot to go back and edit it. The trails are now split up into 2 tracks one for the DH lower section
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todd Trailforks (Aug 6, 2017 at 13:36)
Trail CMG Downhill
Can't believe I missed that one, I remember when the resort changed it, just forgot to go back and edit it. The trails are now split up into 2 tracks one for the DH lower section
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todd Trailforks (Aug 6, 2017 at 13:36)
Trail CMG Downhill
Can't believe I missed that one, I remember when the resort changed it, just forgot to go back and edit it. The trails are now split up into 2 tracks one for the DH lower section
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todd Trailforks (Aug 6, 2017 at 13:36)
Trail CMG Downhill
Can't believe I missed that one, I remember when the resort changed it, just forgot to go back and edit it. The trails are now split up into 2 tracks one for the DH lower section
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elewis33 (Aug 6, 2017 at 13:13)
Trail CMG Downhill
Found out today CMG is downhill only, at least on the lower section. Someone needs to change this on the trail info page.
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elewis33 (Aug 6, 2017 at 13:13)
Trail CMG Downhill
Found out today CMG is downhill only, at least on the lower section. Someone needs to change this on the trail info page.
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elewis33 (Aug 6, 2017 at 13:13)
Trail CMG Downhill
Found out today CMG is downhill only, at least on the lower section. Someone needs to change this on the trail info page.
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elewis33 (Aug 6, 2017 at 13:13)
Trail CMG Downhill
Found out today CMG is downhill only, at least on the lower section. Someone needs to change this on the trail info page.
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Flatlander317 (Jun 23, 2019 at 9:33)
Trail CMG Downhill
TrailForks says downhill as of 6/23/19 but the trail exit isn’t marked well so people could be easily confused by entering the downhill only section. I was flying down and met a guy on his way up. To that guy: Come on bro!
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Flatlander317 (Jun 23, 2019 at 9:33)
Trail CMG Downhill
TrailForks says downhill as of 6/23/19 but the trail exit isn’t marked well so people could be easily confused by entering the downhill only section. I was flying down and met a guy on his way up. To that guy: Come on bro!
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Flatlander317 (Jun 23, 2019 at 9:33)
Trail CMG Downhill
TrailForks says downhill as of 6/23/19 but the trail exit isn’t marked well so people could be easily confused by entering the downhill only section. I was flying down and met a guy on his way up. To that guy: Come on bro!
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Flatlander317 (Jun 23, 2019 at 9:33)
Trail CMG Downhill
TrailForks says downhill as of 6/23/19 but the trail exit isn’t marked well so people could be easily confused by entering the downhill only section. I was flying down and met a guy on his way up. To that guy: Come on bro!
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Fast44 (Jul 20, 2017 at 15:23)
Puke hill is an abomination. So many new trails going in to the Park City area, and there is no option for rerouting off this crap climb to one of the best sections of Singletrack in the entire country? Pinecone ridge from Park City is one of the best climbs around, but not all climbers are coming from Park City, probably more from SLC, leaving Puke Hill a wart on the ass of an otherwise otherworldly ride.
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BDK-MT-Biker (Sep 21, 2020 at 14:08)
Puke Hill is, for me, an aspiration! I admire the folks who take this in one shot and it is a way for me to measure progression toward ideal fitness.

The climb is part of the charm of the route and adds to the appeal. If one can proudly proclaim that they've conquered the climb, they have earned joyful passage to the remaining ride.
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Fast44 (Jul 19, 2017 at 18:50)
Fantastic climb to Wasatch Crest. Rides beautifully in either direction. Mostly climbs in stands of aspen trees, then higher up, pines. Nicely shaded and protects from wind. Comes out right at the top of Puke Hill, which is the brief, painful sun exposed fireroad access traditionally used by Wasatch Crest shuttlers riding north from Guardsmans Pass. From town via Armstrongs/ Pinecone ridge is just over 2900ft climb. Felt like less.
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More Stats for Armstrong - Pine Cone - Keystone CMG mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    12 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,917 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,917 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,929 ft
  • Grade max
    -66.6%
  • Grade min
    243.8%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,858 ft
Avg: 4 (3 votes)
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