2 miles
Distance
1,069 ft
Climb
-1,172 ft
Descent
00:49:44
Avg time
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Details

  • Activities
    • Hike
    • Mountain Bike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Hiking SAC Scale
    T3 Demanding Mountain Hiking
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM
  • Trail Usage
    Multi-use
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
  • Climb Difficulty
    Double Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
    Extreme
  • Dogs Allowed
    Yes
  • eBike Allowed
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #44985 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    20 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 55 in Trail Running
    • 55 in Hiking
  • Year Opened
    2010
  • Land Manager
    Salt Lake City Parks & Public Lands

From the University: Fun ridge-line trail right above the Huntsman Center. Goes straight up the hill from JCC. Good views; fast, steep descent. This trail is mostly used for hiking. Some crazy adventure riders like to hike-a-bike up this. The hike up the ridge has steep and loose, even for hikers, but offers a great view and is fun hike close to the city.

From Red Butte: The trail is rideable for about 50% of the mileage to the top, though very sustained and hot in the southern exposure. At a point, the trail turns straight uphill on unrideable broken terrain before becoming rideable again for the last quarter mile. Descending to the north is steep single to doubletrack with small rocks. The views into Dry Canyon are great and the descent to the hill above Huntsman passes quickly.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Med Hill Ridge Trail hike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    -103 ft
  • Altitude min
    5,149 ft
  • Altitude max
    6,321 ft
  • Altitude start
    5,252 ft
  • Altitude end
    5,149 ft
  • Grade
    -0.915%
  • Grade max
    -34.004%
  • Grade min
    39.432%
  • Distance climb
    1 mile
  • Distance down
    1 mile
  • Avg time
    00:49:44
  • Avg reverse time
    00:54:55
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Status:
on Apr 19, 2019
Dry
Avg: 2.4 (8 votes)

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Trail Conditions
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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
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  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Ladder Ladder
  • Stairs Stairs
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  • Bear Cache Bear Cache
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  • Ranger Station Ranger Station
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      Med Hill Ridge Trail Trail Reports

      statusdatedescription
      Apr 19, 2019 @ 8:44am
      Apr 19, 2019
      Riding well! Only a tiny bit of snow runoff at the top.
      Apr 9, 2019 @ 7:54pm
      Apr 9, 2019
      Apr 9, 2019 @ 7:53pm
      Apr 9, 2019
      All clear
      Jul 13, 2017 @ 11:28am
      Jul 13, 2017
      You've been warned. The entire first half of this trail is HAB. I don't see how anyone other than a seasoned professional could make it up...
      Jun 20, 2017 @ 9:20pm
      Jun 20, 2017
      The southern half of the trail is completely overgrown and indistinguishable.
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

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      6 Months
      • 11 rides
      • 8 miles avg distance
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      • 142 rides
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      Jul 13, 2017 @ 11:39am
      Jul 13, 2017

      5 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      mikeclawson (Jun 20, 2017 at 21:18)
       This is a hiking trail, not sure why it's on here. The climb is steep enough that anyone short of a demi-god on on 3x drivetrain will be hiking their bike the better part of the way to the top. Don't do it, cooking your brakes isn't worth the mediocre downhill either.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      devonking Trailforks Pro Subscriber (May 2, 2018 at 12:05)
       Its true, this is probably a hiking trail, and you have to hike a bike to get to the top. Though if you come up from the south side, in Red Butte Canyon, its fairly easy. Early or late season in Salt Lake leaves not a a lot of fast chunky descents besides portions of Bobsled, so sometimes its fun to mix it up. This is unlike most trails in Salt Lake, and if you like downhill this will get you going a bit. A quick loop and easy to do after work.
      [Reply]
      • + 1
      Josephtreis Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Apr 19, 2019 at 8:45)
       As others have mentioned, you’ll have to hike a bike in some places towards the top, but it’s a good ride every now and then. The views at the top are great and the downhill is fun and chunky in places.
      [Reply]
      • + 2
      todd Mod Trailforks (Apr 19, 2019 at 9:07)
       I changed this trail to be a Hike primary trail. I have passed by it on my bike, and mostly seen hikers going up it, and thought it was hike only. But legally you can ride it, and a few do, so it is here as a legal bike trail, but hike primary.
      [Reply]
      • + 0
      jpcrockett Trailforks Pro Subscriber (Jan 29, 2021 at 13:55)
       I’ve ridden and run this in both directions (north and south approaches) many times. Hiking is unavoidable with a bike about .25-.4 miles whichever route you choose. The north/west descent is one of my very favorites on a bike.
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