31.9 miles
Distance
4,632 ft
Climb
-4,593 ft
Descent
2 miles
High Point

Solid loop for those looking to see PC and Canyons. Bring lots of water.

Detailed Description
Armstrong to Crest - MM/CMG Finish is a 32 mile popular intermediate route located near Park City Utah. This mountain bike only route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 10 trails. This route climbs 4,632 ft with a max elevation of 9,888 ft then descends -4,593 ft.
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32 Reviews & Comments

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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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makita29 (Jun 23, 2022 at 20:26)
Trail Mid Mountain
The Colony has again opened the restroom, water is available.
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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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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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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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makita29 (Jun 12, 2021 at 7:49)
Trail Mid Mountain
The Colony has opened the bathroom at the pumphouse, water is available.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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thesquid (Sep 3, 2017 at 0:31)
Awesome high elevation climb and descent. One of the best in Northern Utah.
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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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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 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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  • Difficulty rating
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  • Bike type
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  • Physical rating
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  • Ridelogs
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More Stats for Armstrong to Crest - MM/CMG Finish mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    39 ft
  • Altitude min
    6,906 ft
  • Altitude start
    6,906 ft
  • Altitude end
    6,946 ft
  • Grade max
    -77.2%
  • Grade min
    51.6%
  • Distance climb
    16 miles
  • Distance down
    14 miles
  • Distance flat
    2 miles
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