15.8 miles
Distance
2,382 ft
Climb
-2,371 ft
Descent
1 mile
High Point

Solid Mountain Bike ride. Great climbing, off the beaten path a little

Detailed Description
Coach Willden Special is a 16 mile moderately popular intermediate route located near Eden Utah. This mountain bike only route. This route includes 7 trails. This route climbs 2,382 ft with a max elevation of 6,920 ft then descends -2,371 ft.

31 Reviews & Comments

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Gatoqueso1 (Oct 22, 2022 at 6:26)
Trail Icebox
This was a super fun trail! Very tech and had some steep sections. If anyone is reading the other comments about this being a blue or even green, don’t listen to them. Any middle of the road or novice biker would be in way over their head riding this. Black for sure if you are still learning. Dark Blue ( purple? Violet? ) if you are an “expert”.
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chrisrenrut (Sep 4, 2022 at 18:31)
Trail Green Pond
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atfarley (Jul 30, 2022 at 9:15)
Trail Icebox
Neat canyon, trail is ok, some heady exposure but it’s a difficult blue.
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Kvision (Aug 28, 2021 at 11:43)
Sadly the work that has occurred on this trail for the summer ‘21 season has all but neutered it. While I didn’t love the deep ruts or piles of rocks scattered along the trail before, now it has turned into nothing more than another bland, brown conveyer belt. Only positive is it makes for an easier climb back out from Icebox.
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Megster4490 (May 20, 2021 at 9:49)
Trail Squirrel
The trail has been reworked and will open this weekend to the public with an optional rockdrop.
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timeetee (Feb 3, 2021 at 15:52)
Trail Squirrel
This trail has been removed by Sbowbasin. There will be a road in its place.
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fires2bdoused75 (Oct 4, 2020 at 19:20)
Trail Squirrel
Closed for winter preparation.
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jeturner13 (Aug 28, 2020 at 13:49)
Trail East Fork
This trail is open to all uses, not just mountain biking. All forest service trails are multi-use. The trail is closed to e-bikes which are considered motor vehicles
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mxmader8 (Jul 11, 2020 at 16:47)
Trail East Fork
Climbing this one is pretty mellow, with off and on tree cover. Don’t let the couple sections of speedy XC in the middle fool you - the end climb is the steepest. Kudos to the folks that did the work to add the switchbacks - made a big difference at the end of a long loop to return to the road.
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uslms (Jun 17, 2020 at 8:26)
Trail Icebox
I want to weigh-in on this fun debate of color. Last time I rode it down I got stuck in a trough of loose baby heads and washed into the bank, rocks, and sticks dragging a bar in the rubble. I can ride the gnarly with the best of them, and have, but Ice even tripped me up. If we are grading on a local "curve" then absolutely this is the black in the area. If we are comparing to Moab then perhaps DARK blue makes more sense. But green?!? You're crazy to sell this to uncoordinated kiddos and novice wives as a green trail and you will be sleeping in the car if you keep that nonsense up!!
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Rocktheeps (Jun 11, 2020 at 20:02)
Trail Icebox
Id say this is a black, considering green trails around it are blue. Truly its like blue(+) or black.a It does have some steep spots. Fun trail, worth doing if you parked at art nord. Worth the extra spin up to art nord
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Leron (Jun 2, 2020 at 15:23)
Trail Icebox
Cleaning this going down is within the blue rating but there's a spot if you're climbing the trail that would place it in black diamond territory. As for the danger of rating it blue it is always easy to get off if you're uncomfortable so anyone can enjoy this trail at their own risk level.
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TrekRider89 (Aug 27, 2019 at 18:58)
Trail Icebox
I have to agree with Buter, this trail should be classified as a blue.
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zion-zig-zag (Jul 23, 2019 at 14:07)
Trail Moose Loop
I love what they did in a small amount of space. Fun trail and well built. Thanks!
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whansen90 (Jun 16, 2019 at 12:46)
Trail Moose Loop
The pictures are not of moose loop. Great spot for learning. Good for kids.
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h0rnyunic0rnie (Jun 13, 2019 at 16:53)
Trail Icebox
Fun, little trail - definitely the most fun I’ve had within riding distance of my house (Eden). Definitely not a black, I’d call it the end of the green scale with a few bits of blue thrown in. Heed previous warnings about hikers.

Shame the trail isn’t a wee bit longer cuz the grind up the fire road sucks.
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UtahJohn TRAILFORKS (Jun 13, 2019 at 19:01)
Trail Icebox
LOL, methinks you were riding a different trail!!!!!
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h0rnyunic0rnie (Jun 16, 2019 at 19:03)
Trail Icebox
Fraid not, John.
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UtahJohn TRAILFORKS (Jun 16, 2019 at 19:27)
Trail Icebox
So you are saying every trail in the Snowbasin area is a green?
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h0rnyunic0rnie (Jun 17, 2019 at 9:24)
Trail Icebox
Hi John

I'm sorry that you appear to be taking this personally. I've not ridden every trail in the Snowbasin area, so I can't comment about EVERY trail in the area. I was going to give this beat up, old body the day off, but I'll go ride a few more today so I can work on giving you an answer.

I've ridden some of the best XC and DH trails around the world, so I at least feel justified in offering an honest and unbiased opinion.

The fact that this app shows Wheeler Canyon as a blue trail when it is nothing more than a fire road is indicative of the local trail grading being heavily pessimistic. I would happily take my rather uncoordinated son down Icebox, stopping to give him some coaching for the tight, lefthand switchback and the steepest part of the trail (the sections I would agree could be considered blue).

Classing this trail as a Black Diamond is, quite frankly, ridiculous, and might put off riders fully capable of enjoying this fun trail.

If you see a heavily tattooed rider on a white Orange Alpine trail bike, stop me and say hi, I'm always looking for new folk to ride with.

Cheers
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UtahJohn TRAILFORKS (Jun 17, 2019 at 10:17)
Trail Icebox
First, it appears you are a good/great rider, and forget what it's like to be a novice. This is a common theme for the "Gnar Bros" guys. Everything is "too easy" for them, they whine like crazy about how ez everything is.

The average novice rider could not clean Wheeler, despite it being a "fire road". There are a couple light technical sections there's no way a beginner would handle it ok going up. And they might go OTB going down it.

Secondly, trail ratings are LOCAL, and it's been that way since the trail rating system was implemented. That means that trail ratings should not be compared from region to region. It'd be pretty pointless to have everything at Snowbasin area a green, because there are greens at Whistler, Keystone, or Crested Butte which are more difficult. Icebox is, or is close to, the most difficult trail in the Snowbasin area. So rating every trail there as a green is not a great move (but this is what you are recommending).

I think you are just forgetting what it's like to view these trails through the eyes of a novice, and are too skilled and forgot.
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ArthurUtah (Oct 20, 2018 at 6:05)
Trail Green Pond
10/19/18 Going up from Green Pond trailhead, I found a few muddy shots, at the top before the water creek on Snowbasin #12, I found allot of muddy spots and a branch blocking the way (please see picture).

I only plan on returning next MTB season.

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ArthurUtah (Oct 20, 2018 at 5:46)
Trail Green Pond
10/19/18 Going up from Green Pond trailhead, I found a few muddy shots, at the top before the water creek on Snowbasin #12, I found allot of muddy spots and a branch blocking the way (please see picture).

I only plan on returning next MTB season.

---x---

Need a Mountain Biking Tutor?

Let me help you have more fun.

Learn pro techniques to help you ride trails safely and confidently: correct stance, braking, climbing, cornering, and more.


My credentials… I'm a MTB instructor, and I bike six days a week. You can check out my “Arthur’s Trails” YouTube playlist.

Who should take the class? … Beginners and bikers who have been riding for 20 years.

Please Google: 6 Reasons to take a mountain biking skills course

Price… $200 for 1 or 2 students. First ten riders get a $50 to $100 discount.

Time and location… By appointment only in the SLC vicinity.

Contact Information... Please text (801) 396-8928 and I'll call you ASAP.
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asandbek (Oct 19, 2018 at 8:28)
Trail East Fork
Love riding East Fork. You can loop East Fork to Wheeler Canyon to Middle Fork if you're up for some punchy uphill climbing on Middle Fork. East Fork contains many rollers that can be jumped without having to carry too much speed. Totally optional though. You should expect to encounter some horse tracks/postholeing, but I never found it to be a distraction or problem. Mixed use trail so plan to encounter hikers and be respectful.

The descent down East Fork is superior to the descent coming down Middle Fork in my opinion. Climbing this trail from the Art Nord parking lot and then descending is also a viable option and will give you a feel of what to expect when you turn around and point it downhill. Overall a great trail to work on cornering, small jumps, with very few technical features if you decide to ascend from Art Nord.
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smokingtires (Dec 2, 2021 at 8:02)
Trail East Fork
The descent coming down Middle Fork is WAY better than East Fork. East fork is a snooze-fest, Middle fork is rocky, fast and awesome.
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ArthurUtah (Oct 14, 2018 at 14:48)
Trail East Fork
10/13/18 6 pm Breathtaking views of Snowbasin (SB) ski resort from East Fork Trail and from the Green Pond trailhead. I rode the East Fork to Wheeler Canyon 10 mile loop.

Good conditions on this East Fork trail and the Wheeler Canyon trail. Green Pond and other trails in the SB area were wet.

I had so much fun, even though it was 45F to 50F… (1) Wheeler Canyon downhill was surreal, with lots of happy hikers smiling, and zero snow. (2) East Fork coming back offered me “live postcards” of my surroundings that are engraved in my heart.

Warning! ... A few minutes after leaving Green Pond trailhead, I had to stop because of a big tree branch that fell on the East Fork trail (please see picture); I had to get off my bike and raise it up on a wheelie to get passed this obstacle. I did this twice: on my way to Wheeler Canyon and on my way back to Green Pond trailhead.
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ArthurUtah (Oct 14, 2018 at 13:52)
Trail East Fork
10/13/18 6 pm Breathtaking views of Snowbasin (SB) ski resort from East Fork Trail and from the Green Pond trailhead. I rode the East Fork to Wheeler Canyon 10 mile loop.

Good conditions on this East Fork trail and the Wheeler Canyon trail. Green Pond and other trails in the SB area were wet.

A few minutes after I got on the East Fork trail, I had to stop because of a big tree branch (please see picture) that fell on the East Fork trail; I had to get off my bike and raise it up on a wheelie to get passed this obstacle. I did this twice: on my way to Wheeler Canyon and on my way back to Green Pond trailhead.

---x---

Need a Mountain Biking Tutor?

Let me help you have more fun.

Learn pro techniques to help you ride trails safely and confidently: correct stance, braking, climbing, cornering, and more.

My credentials… I'm a MTB instructor, and I bike six days a week. You can check out my “Arthur’s Trails” YouTube playlist.

Who should take the class? … Beginners and bikers who have been riding for 20 years.

Google: “6 Reasons to take a mountain biking skills course.”

Price… $200 for 1 or 2 students. First ten riders get a $50 to $100 discount.

Time and location… By appointment only in the SLC vicinity.

Contact Information... Please text (801) 396-8928 and I'll call you ASAP.
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ozmuna (Aug 24, 2018 at 20:00)
Trail Squirrel
Open as of 8/7/18. Fun offshoot!
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stephiekrauss (Jul 23, 2018 at 6:53)
Trail Icebox
Rode this trail going down from Snowbasin to Wheeler Creek trailhead. I had to get off and walk the bike down in two areas that were just too steep and the rocks too loose for me to comfortably ride without taking a fall...but overall it was a lot of fun!
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smokingtires (Mar 28, 2018 at 15:10)
Trail Icebox
My wife is a novice if anyone is and she handled it.
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UtahJohn TRAILFORKS (Jul 16, 2017 at 13:03)
Trail Icebox
You guys are nuts saying this is a blue. It's a solid black trail. Saying it's a blue is going to get some novice rider hurt!
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Trails in Route

East Fork3 miles
Green Pond2 miles
Green Pond1,591 ft
Squirrel3,684 ft
Moose Loop4,941 ft
Upper Wheeler Creek3 miles
Icebox4,826 ft

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More Stats for Coach Willden Special mountain bike route
  • Altitude change
    11 ft
  • Altitude min
    4,856 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,856 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,869 ft
  • Grade max
    -118%
  • Grade min
    33.5%
  • Distance climb
    8 miles
  • Distance down
    7 miles
  • Distance flat
    1 mile
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Icebox
Jan 13, 2023 @ 5:24pm
Jan 13, 2023
Packed & fun to ride on
East Fork
Oct 22, 2022 @ 6:30am
Oct 22, 2022
Hard packed and Dry. Fast.
Green Pond
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