20.2 miles
Distance
3,373 ft
Climb
-3,440 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

The best of the south and north sides of Provo canyon

Detailed Description
Best of Provo Canyon is a 20 mile moderately popular expert route located near Provo Utah. This mountain bike only route and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 31 trails. This route climbs 3,373 ft with a max elevation of 6,617 ft then descends -3,440 ft.
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41 Reviews & Comments

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NathanRE3WLg (Aug 4, 2022 at 14:21)
Trail Lament
Fun downhill
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orempd (May 4, 2022 at 22:39)
great for horses
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orempd (May 4, 2022 at 22:39)
great for horses
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orempd (May 4, 2022 at 22:38)
great trail for horses
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orempd (May 4, 2022 at 22:38)
great trail for horses
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orempd (May 4, 2022 at 22:30)
use caution as Orem Police Department could start a fire here
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Mrorangecrush77 (Apr 24, 2022 at 14:56)
Trail Black Bear
This trails real name is maid Marian
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Mrorangecrush77 (Apr 24, 2022 at 14:56)
Trail Black Bear
This trails real name is maid Marian
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Mrorangecrush77 (Apr 24, 2022 at 14:54)
This trails real name is Frank
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Mrorangecrush77 (Apr 24, 2022 at 14:50)
Trail Rattlesnake
Trails real name is Betty
Don’t understand why the trail names got changed, seems like they used the fire as an excuse though.
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Mikemad3 (Apr 1, 2022 at 17:54)
Trail Rattlesnake
Why did they have to rename all the trails. This trail is called Betty
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orempd (Mar 26, 2022 at 9:53)
Trail Rattlesnake
this trail is called betty
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Kstobler (Sep 8, 2021 at 16:46)
Trail Lament
Some breathtaking views of both Provo canyon and greater Utah county.
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Kstobler (Sep 8, 2021 at 16:46)
Trail Lament
Some breathtaking views of both Provo canyon and greater Utah county.
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Kstobler (Sep 8, 2021 at 16:45)
Trail Lament
Pretty fun slide down the mountainside on narrow single track.
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CanyonChuck (Aug 6, 2021 at 20:27)
Trail Rattlesnake
Now open! August 2021.
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Ghdresse472 (Oct 4, 2020 at 13:57)
Fun paved trail for a bike ride. It is quite long and goes all the way past bridal veil falls.
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Ghdresse472 (Oct 4, 2020 at 13:57)
Fun paved trail for a bike ride. It is quite long and goes all the way past bridal veil falls.
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MountainCruiser (Jul 26, 2020 at 20:23)
Trail Alta Ditch
Double track to single track then a bridge over a washout. Ends at highway..can walk down to park before Singletrack starts to link up to Provo river bike path
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dkpestana (May 5, 2020 at 7:28)
(5/4/2020) The trail is great from the rock pile to the ridge overlooking down into dry canyon. However, the transition to dry canyon is over grown and the trail eroding. I walked half of this section. It was beautiful and there are three washes that had avalanche snow in them.
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absentminded (Apr 26, 2020 at 20:06)
Is this the trail formerly known as Frank?
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russell-W (Aug 26, 2019 at 11:51)
Fun trail, but basically a double track most of the way.Climb up is difficult due to loose rock and some challenging rock gardens. Ride down is fast and chunky but nothing so difficult that my wife on an entry level Giant mountain bike couldn't handle. Due to the positioning on top of the saddle the trail is open for a longer season than other spots in the Timp foothills.
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Hkendall96 (Aug 22, 2019 at 8:06)
This trail is super chunky and steep. Very dangerous at some points. Defiently would be better as hiking only trail.
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Deez54 (Jul 5, 2019 at 18:12)
Easy climb, a bit overgrown though.
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rideyearround (Jun 22, 2019 at 16:20)
The east side isn’t nearly as overgrown as I expected and not difficult to follow when it does get covered by grass. Overall it’s a fun trail.
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todd Trailforks (Nov 9, 2018 at 14:50)
Trail GWT
I changed it to blue. The trail was imported from another database which had the trail added back in 2010 before the bridge. The exposure was really bad, and it was really difficult before the construction where it turns off to the old river bridge. But yah, I didn't realize this was still a black. I don't want to send families with little kids with that exposure, so I'll keep it blue.
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ThomasBombadillo (Nov 9, 2018 at 12:05)
Trail GWT
Not sure why anyone would rate this a black trail. It's easy to ride in either direction with no technical features whatsoever. There is a little bit of exposure, but nothing scary. This should be rated green or at most a mild blue.
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k4le5m1th (Sep 18, 2018 at 21:38)
Honestly one of the most fun trails in Provo canyon! Love it. Lots of great trail hopping opportunities.
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3fingerbrown (Aug 27, 2018 at 14:24)
It has been a few years since I rode this trail, but I was looking for an adventure so we gave it a shot. As others have said, it is severely overgrown. But it is also suffering from serious erosion, many washed out sections from thunderstorms. It is very steep in places and just not designed for bikes. I would estimate we hike-a-biked half of the trail, and I will never ride it again. Unfortunately there just isn't a good way to get up to the plateau above Pleasant Grove, all the canyons are super steep.
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GizmoJ (Jun 18, 2018 at 21:40)
Trail Lament
Very fun ride. Agree this is really just one way ride
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todd Trailforks (Sep 29, 2017 at 7:56)
Trail BST Access
The parking lot was created as part of the scrub oak thinning project and I believe is there mostly for hunter winter access when the gate is locked during the winter. This trail was actually a old access hike trail before the parking lot was built
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jed-campbell (Sep 13, 2017 at 19:09)
Trail BST Access
Although this trail doesn't have an official Forest Service sign, I doubt it is unsanctioned, since there is a whole parking lot apparently devoted to it as a trailhead.
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ryanwilk (Jul 22, 2017 at 17:42)
The east side of the trail is extremely overgrown and fairly technical. I definitely recommend taking the west side from the BST to the bigger loops, then getting off this trail before you hit the east side.
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ryanwilk (Jul 22, 2017 at 17:39)
Reasonable trail. It does have some decent size bumps in the trail, but a lot of them are placed right before a turn so you have to be careful about taking any air off them. The trail was fairly overgrown so it was difficult to see what was coming next, but besides that it was a pretty good trail. Definitely better than some of the other trails in the area.
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Calebbbb (Jun 28, 2017 at 12:58)
Best access is to park at the BST access north of the loop. I enjoy riding on the west side of the trail. The east side (the one on the same trail as the black) is not as kept up and significantly more technical.
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swamper1 (Sep 4, 2016 at 11:56)
Severely overgrown and not ridable in places. If you are trying to get to big baldy climb up/descend dry canyon instead.
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dvbwn (Oct 26, 2015 at 14:09)
Any more info on how to access etc? Or a description?
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abef (Oct 21, 2015 at 20:12)
Great as a descent as well, although watch your speed on the tight turns as there is two-way traffic.
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abef (Oct 21, 2015 at 20:12)
Great as a descent as well, although watch your speed on the tight turns as there is two-way traffic.
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abef (Oct 21, 2015 at 20:12)
Great as a descent as well, although watch your speed on the tight turns as there is two-way traffic.
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todd Trailforks (Sep 11, 2015 at 13:13)
This has potential, but is it really a trail, yet?
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Black Diamond
  • Route Type
    Loop
  • eBike Allowed
  • Bike type
    AM, XC
  • Physical rating
    Hard
More Stats for Best of Provo Canyon mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,945 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,065 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,000 ft
  • Grade
    -0.1%
  • Grade max
    -53.7%
  • Grade min
    44.2%
  • Distance climb
    9 miles
  • Distance down
    9 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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