30.5 miles
3,859 ft
-6,299 ft
2 miles
High Point

The Wasatch Crest is a popular shuttle run, but some it is too short for a weekend ride. This route is a really fun flow-centric route for riders that want a longer day in the saddle that includes some of the best flowing downhill trails that PCMR has to off. For this route I chose the easiest climbing routes to get back up to the top of the flowing sections and limit the pedally pain of getting back up to the Wasatch Crest.

In addition to the standard Crest to Desolation to Mill D, this trail includes more intermediate flow trails that are fast and fun:
-Pinecone Ridge

The climb back up uses the slow and easy Three Candles, Keystone and includes the beautiful Shadow Lake Loop. Tons of downhill, but yes, you have to do Puke Hill twice.

Detailed Description
Crest Shuttle with Bonus Flow is a 31 mile popular intermediate route located near Park City Utah. This mountain bike only route can be used one direction and has a hard overall physical rating. This route includes 13 trails. This route climbs 3,859 ft with a max elevation of 9,888 ft then descends -6,299 ft.
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37 Reviews & Comments

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mtnbikertoo (Nov 13, 2022 at 17:44)
Trail Desolation
I've ridden up it many times. There's only one 100 ft section near Desolation Lake that most people walk.
It's fun to ride downhill too and it's maybe an advanced blue. Definitely not black up or down. I rode it uphill several times Summer 2022 on weekdays. Never saw many hikers or bikers. Make a great loop starting somewhere in Millcreek Canyon. I like starting at Elbow Fork then you and past Desolation Lake hit the North Crest for a great descent on the Crest and then down Millcreek.
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TrekRider89 (Jul 6, 2022 at 21:45)
One of the funnest sections of crest in my opinion .
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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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peekn (Sep 26, 2021 at 20:09)
Watch out for the nasty pipes running through this trail about 2/3 of the way down, they are right in the main line. Also there are a ton of hikers on this trail so don’t go full send.
  • + 1
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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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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TightChutesBob (Sep 18, 2020 at 8:44)
Fun descent, but if you get up before the shuttle traffic it's a classic climb too!
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Tnbikerboy (Jun 22, 2020 at 12:34)
Trail Desolation
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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)
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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!
  • + 8
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.
  • + 1
Deez54 (Jul 6, 2019 at 21:45)
It's tough, but I enjoyed climbing it!
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hi-dr-nick Reporter (Jul 3, 2019 at 15:24)
Just hit this on a weekday mid day and you don’t encounter too many hikers and can let er rip. Super fun with lots of rock jumps and water bars
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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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MacSkizzle (Jun 19, 2019 at 18:26)
Up is challenging but totally rideable, at least to the junction. Don't full send out any hikers on your way down.
  • - 2
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.
  • + 1
doaway (Sep 6, 2018 at 8:13)
Too many roots and corners, could not enjoy the ride. Not recommended to ride both ways.
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jzmit5 (Aug 27, 2018 at 6:52)
Trail Desolation
Rode this from dog lake to desolation lake as a noob, and loved it! Walked perhaps 1/6 of it. Gorgeous aspen meadows.
  • + 6
msu-alumnus (Aug 24, 2018 at 6:32)
It keeps out the riff-raff.
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dd9433 (Aug 20, 2018 at 13:53)
Good lord, people, don't ride up this. Minimal highway riding required to loop it if you take the Daktari to Mill F route.
  • + 0
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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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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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.
  • - 2
dyllanmurraymt (Jun 1, 2018 at 18:48)
Trail Desolation
Super killer trail. Going up is not as bad as it is made out to seem. Coming down is even more fun
  • + 2
UtahJohn TRAILFORKS (Feb 10, 2018 at 10:31)
it's just a "Character building" uphill. ;-)
  • + 1
thesquid (Sep 3, 2017 at 0:31)
Awesome high elevation climb and descent. One of the best in Northern Utah.
  • + 0
Shumaker (Aug 30, 2017 at 10:51)
Fun descent but a terrible uphill.
  • + 1
dvbwn (Aug 29, 2017 at 23:23)
Trail Mojave
Great trail. Lesser known or seems to get less traffic.
  • - 3
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.
  • + 1
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.
  • + 0
Fast44 (Jul 20, 2017 at 15:00)
Trail Desolation
Don't go downhill on a weekend as it is a busy hiker access. Crowds ruin flow.
  • + 2
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.
  • + 2
alekstkach (Jul 13, 2016 at 21:51)
Trail Desolation
How is this a black? There are just as technical features on Mill D and it is a blue, rightly so.


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    7,299 ft
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