23.9 miles
Distance
3,917 ft
Climb
-4,080 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Armstrong pinecone crest to pine brook

Detailed Description
Armstrong pinecone crest is a 24 mile less popular intermediate route located near Park City Utah. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 17 trails. This route climbs 3,917 ft with a max elevation of 9,888 ft then descends -4,080 ft.
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65 Reviews & Comments

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maelon (Sep 13, 2022 at 4:40)
Trail Spiro
Connects Mid Mountain to bottom of Silver Star restaurant, rest rooms. Good exit point to end ride from Silver Lake Lodge via Mid Mountain trail.
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Nikonf5 (Sep 8, 2022 at 19:58)
Nope went down the connector
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Nikonf5 (Sep 8, 2022 at 8:48)
This trail is no fun. It’s rocky and pure torture. We felt like there was anything fun about it.
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UtahJohn TRAILFORKS (Sep 8, 2022 at 19:25)
sounds like you were climbing it, which is the wrong way.
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davidbaird0 (Jun 20, 2022 at 19:59)
^yea, from the mcc, just watch out for shuttle riders not looking where they’re going
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davidbaird0 (Jun 20, 2022 at 19:59)
^yea, from the mcc, just watch out for shuttle riders not looking where they’re going
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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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friedmikey (Jun 7, 2022 at 22:37)
Does anybody ever ride up this segment to access the Mill Creek Meadows or Desolation descents from Mid Mountain?
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friedmikey (Jun 7, 2022 at 22:37)
Does anybody ever ride up this segment to access the Mill Creek Meadows or Desolation descents from Mid Mountain?
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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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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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atfarley (Jun 17, 2021 at 11:29)
Trail Spiro
I have no clue how it has four stars. It just really isn't that good.
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Deez54 (Apr 28, 2021 at 9:38)
Trail Spiro
Better than Pinecone. Can't change my mind.
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ERM1234 (Sep 13, 2020 at 20:57)
Trail Spiro
Absolutely beautiful. Beyond that very rough top to bottom.
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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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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 20:20)
Trail Spiro
You can technically go up it, but just don’t. Nobody does except lost people on rental bikes. Armstrong is uphill only and goes to the same area.
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slsjohn2 (Sep 19, 2019 at 7:34)
The entire trail system in the Pinebrook area is private. No parking for the trails other than at the shopping center at the bottom of the subdivision.
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aobbard (Jun 2, 2021 at 5:07)
That's why it's so nice. Great trails, no one around, and the dog-walking Karens never get more than a mile or so in from the trailheads.
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Mgripsbig (Sep 14, 2019 at 6:44)
I love to ride all kinds of trails. But this one is my favorite. Went up there last week with a bunch of friends. We were all blown away by how cool this ride was! The top views can’t be beat. Some fun technical rocky parts and the down hill is super fun and flowing. Amazing Utah trail!
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Mgripsbig (Sep 14, 2019 at 6:44)
I love to ride all kinds of trails. But this one is my favorite. Went up there last week with a bunch of friends. We were all blown away by how cool this ride was! The top views can’t be beat. Some fun technical rocky parts and the down hill is super fun and flowing. Amazing Utah trail!
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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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ContinentalDrift (Jul 31, 2019 at 11:46)
I might be sick in the head, but I *like* the switchbacks. Pretty solid challenge to clean it all, especially at the end of a long ride.
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Brifkin (Jul 24, 2019 at 19:43)
Ugh
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Jul 15, 2019 at 16:48)
Trail Red Pine Rim
If you’re going north absolutely no reason to stay on the normal route, huge views this way
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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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Opherman47 (Jul 9, 2019 at 14:04)
Very thick bushes, wear pants... the switchbacks are tight together and the elevation climb is tough
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Opherman47 (Jul 9, 2019 at 14:02)
Road this today, some bushwhacking but a good time
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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 21:49)
Trail Red Pine Rim
The smell on this trail is incredible! Plus the views are amazing! I much prefer this route.
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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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Chrisgrove60 (Jun 15, 2019 at 19:47)
Too much snow at N end to ride
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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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Nationalparker2 (May 1, 2019 at 14:38)
The switchback section is arguably the single worst piece of trail in the entire Park City trail system.
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jharris7334 (Sep 2, 2018 at 19:59)
Trail Spiro
I know this trail is very popular, but I did it a couple of days ago and it was not very fun. It was a serious washboard. Even the berms. Kind of disappointed. Hopefully it gets some TLC.
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Shumaker (Aug 31, 2018 at 13:01)
The parking notes that if you do not have a Pinebrook pass that your vehicle will be towed and that trail use is for Pinebrook residents only.
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msu-alumnus (Aug 24, 2018 at 6:32)
It keeps out the riff-raff.
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dwismer (Aug 12, 2018 at 16:15)
Trail Mid Mountain
bone dry light traffic today
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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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IamZOSO (Jun 28, 2018 at 16:38)
Trail Red Pine Rim
This is a remnant of the old Crest, before the gentle climb through the aspens was built.
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smokingtires (Jun 7, 2018 at 10:11)
This is a decent trail but is not good enough to deserve all the over-driven hype it seems to get. The views are amazing. The riding is mediocre.
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smokingtires (Jun 7, 2018 at 10:11)
This is a decent trail but is not good enough to deserve all the over-driven hype it seems to get. The views are amazing. The riding is mediocre.
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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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thesquid (Sep 2, 2017 at 23:53)
Trail Spiro
It's one the classic Park City trails, everyone's ridden it. But for a 1500 foot descent it's pretty boring. Buff, straight, not much in the way of natural or man made features or flow. You're still going to end up on it.
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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 pinecone crest mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    -163 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,779 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,942 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,778 ft
  • Grade
    -0.1%
  • Grade max
    -55%
  • Grade min
    51.6%
  • Distance climb
    12 miles
  • Distance down
    11 miles
  • Distance flat
    3,645 ft
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