West of Eagle Mountain Utah
Desert mountains and racing terrain
As long as you want
Bring 2 liters of water.
Open year round
Shade is minimal
Beginner to expert
At parking lots
Bring snacks and meals as needed
ATV or dirt bike, bag for food and water
Trailhead: 40.27340 N, 112.16219 W
Burried Truck: 40.27794 N, 112.19173 W
Eagle Hill: 40.30593 N, 112.21100 W
Driving Directions: Directions from Salt Lake City
Fivemile Pass is a great little area that is managed by the BLM. There are two huge parking areas with out houses and water taps.
This is a great place to a day trip less than an hour from Salt Lake or its a great place with plenty of riding for multi day rides. This is an open camping area. You can camp anywhere except on the main parking lots. This is an area with lots of different desert mountain and open desert trails. There are trails from beginner to expert. There is a whole lot of riding and I haven’t even come close to covering all there is to see. There are lots of different terrains. Here are some pics of different areas.
Now for a few of the coolest things I saw. The first is the huge ex pit mine or Mercur. You can’t get right to it but you can see how large it was. It was cool to see.
Another area I liked was called the sunshine site. There are literally mines everywhere here. Be careful and don’t go in unprepared. Most of them are gated off anyways. The sunshine site was cool because erosion had done some really cool things to the tailings pile and then in the bottom of a huge vertical shaft was an old truck. You can see the bed and diff and one tire and it slowly has been buried over time. It is approximately 50 feet down.
My favorite spot that we got to is called Eagle Hill. Eagle hill is almost 8000 feet tall and gives you a 360 degree view of all the different mountains in the area. It has particularly pretty views of Mount Timpanogos. The ride up the canyon to this spot was also a whole lot of fun.
I thought this area was a lot of fun. Its a great place to go in fall and winter when the high mountains are still under snow. We did an overnighter and didn’t even come close to covering most of the ground. There aren’t any established routes here. Its just a choose your own path and explore kind of place. I always enjoy those types. It was a good place to camp and I plan on returning many more times. This is one of the few areas in Utah open to riding all year.