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Big Springs Hollow

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Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.33246°N / 111.52492°W

Trail Type: Cross Country

County: Utah County

Technical Difficulty: Medium

Aerobic Difficulty: Medium

Layout: Loop

Elevation Gain: 750 ft / 229 m

Length: 3.5 Mi / 5.6 Km

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Created/Edited: Oct 29, 2009 / Dec 4, 2009

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Overview

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This is a beautiful trail. Located about three miles up South Fork Canyon, it's nestled in one of the greener areas of the southern Wasatch. From the trailhead at Big Springs Park to the Big Spring at the top of the loop, riders enjoy the smooth dirt singletrack, winding through sections of forests and fields. It's not very technical, and it's also a pretty short ride. Some riders opt for multiple loops. The loop can be ridden either clockwise or counter-clockwise.

Trail Description

Coming out of the parking lot, the trail begins by crossing a series of bridges. After that, it becomes a loop. Fork right to go counter-clockwise. The trail climbs upward gradually through the trees and meadows, until it eventually crosses a dirt road with a brown sign. Stay to the left. The trail will continue upward through the forest until it splits at the top of the loop.

At the top of the loop, you will see another brown sign. You have the option of continuing on the loop or riding up to the Big Spring. The name is misleading: it's really not very big. But it's usually very green and quite scenic. Worth seeing at least once. And it's only another 0.2 miles of steady climbing, so check it out! (The trail actually continues for several miles beyond the Big Spring, all the way up to Cascade Saddle. Loose rock and steep climbs would make biking very difficult, perhaps even dangerous. But the hike up to Cascade Saddle is fantastic!)

If you choose to continue on the loop, go left at the brown sign. At this point, the trail begins to climb briefly before beginning the long descent. Ride through the woods and turn right when the trail forks. This will take you down into a ravine and then up a steep hill. At the top of the hill, you will be looking out over a large meadow. The trail descends into the meadow and forks sharply left where it narrows. At the end of the meadow, the trail crosses a dirt road. Go left on this road. It will eventually wind back around, go back across the bridges, and return to the parking lot.

For the seasoned rider, this trail is a good little workout. For the most part, it's just a steady climb of dirt singletrack. Nothing too tricky. But for those who are less aerobically-inclined, it may be necessary to stop and rest on the way up. Overall, this trail is not very technical. The dirt is smooth, and intermediate riders should be able to handle it just fine.

Getting There

From Vivian Park in Provo Canyon, get on South Fork Road and follow it for 3.1 miles. Turn RIGHT at Big Springs Park. Follow the road for 0.1 miles until it ends at a large parking lot. The trail begins at the gap in the fence on the far side of the parking lot.

When to Bike

This trail is generally ridden from May to October, when the trail is clear of snow. Riders who don't mind a little ice and mud can try riding as late as November or even December.

Images

The MeadowNear the Big Spring