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Mineral Fork Trail

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Alt Names

Big Cottonwood Canyon, Uinta-wasatch-cache National Forest, Salt Lake Ranger District, Cardiff Fork, Lake Blanche Fork, Big Cottonwood Creek, Wasatch Mine

Last Known StatusClosed For Season

This rugged trail is about six miles long and mainly consists of rocky, loose sharp chunk rock with steep climbs and narrow switchbacks. The first part of the trail starts out as a 4x4 trail but eventaully turns into narrow single track.

Parking is limited and large trailers are not recommended. There is a gate that blocks the trail at the staging area but just ride around the right side of the gate (the left side leads to a hiking trail).

This trail is usually open for riding around mid May through late October but some parts can be snow covered well into late summer. For current conditions call the Uinta Wasatch Cache National Forest - Salt Lake Ranger District at (801) 733-2660.

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Nearest CitySalt Lake City, UT
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From: Salt Lake City, UT
1) Take SR-190/Big Cottonwood Canyon east about 6 miles
2) Staging area is on the right (south).


LandNational Forest


Our RatingRatingGood    
Recommended StayFull Day
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Permit RequiredYesUT OHV Sticker
Dates OpenMay - October
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle Width
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles MotorcyclesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsProhibited
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTVs / SXSProhibited
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates SUVs / Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy/Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
Two Strokes /
2 Cycle Engines
No Restriction
BicyclesNo Restriction
HikingNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingProhibited
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknownNot Recommended
Cross CountryProhibitedvehicles must stay on trail
Emergency / Law Enforcement
Insurance*Disclaimer: RiderPlanet strongly recommends that you have medical insurance and carry motorcycle insurance or ATV insurance before taking your vehicle to any of the locations depicted here.




Contact InfoUinta Wasatch Cache National Forest - Salt Lake Ranger District
6944 South 3000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
(801) 733-2660
Contact InfoUtah State Parks OHV Education Office
1594 W North Temple, Suite 116
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
(800) 648-7433


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Mineral Fork Trail

Photo Submitted 6/11/2015 (Thanks!)

Mineral Fork Trail Photo

Mineral Fork Trail

Photo Submitted 10/2/2016 (Thanks!)

Mineral Fork Trail Photo

Mineral Fork Trail

Photo Submitted 6/29/2015 (Thanks!)


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Miles Of Trail6
Climate TypeForest
Elevation6700 to 9200 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Lightly Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has some hard pack terrain.Some
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has mostly rocks.Mostly
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has many steep hills.Many
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has few berms.Few
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has almost all single track trails.All
RoadsThis national forest has no roads.None
IntersectionsThis trail has few intersections.Few
Rider TrafficThe national forest has few rider traffic on typical days.Few
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has little beginner terrain.Little
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has some intermediate level terrain.Some
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has mostly expert terrain.Mostly


First Aid First Aid5-20 Miles (W)Intermountain Medical Center (801) 507-7000
Gasoline Gasoline1-5 Miles (W)7-11 (801) 942-6668
Diesel Diesel1-5 Miles (W)7-11 (801) 942-6668
Potable Water Water1-5 Miles (E)Spruces Campground (801) 733-2660
RV Hookups RV Hookup20-30 Miles (E)Jordanelle State Park Campground (435) 649-9540
RV Dump Station RV Disposal20-30 Miles (E)Jordanelle State Park Campground (435) 649-9540
Primitive Camping Campground1-5 Miles (E)Spruces Campground (801) 733-2660
Convenience Store Conv Store1-5 Miles (W)7-11 (801) 942-6668
Swimming Swim Area20-30 Miles (E)Jordanelle State Park Campground (435) 649-9540
Body of Water Water BodyOn SiteMineral Fork Creek
Boating Launch Boat Ramp20-30 Miles (E)Jordanelle State Park Boat Ramp (435) 649-9540
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