Although listed on the Brian Head Mountain Bike Park page, the Navajo Loop Trail is not located at the park. It is located just a short drive away at Navajo Lake, about 12 miles southeast as the crow flies.
This is a great loop trail for beginners and those interested in riding with their family. The trail loops around Navajo Lake and crosses through a lava field. It utilizes single track, double track, and gravel/dirt roads in the area, passes through a scenic campground, and only ascends a few hundred feet.
The directions below follow the loop in a counter-clockwise direction. As you ride around the lake look for the stumps and many thousands of dead spruce trees that have been killed in the area during recent years by beetle outbreaks.
Trail DescriptionThe following information is courtesy of Brian Head Resort. Posted with permission.
Navajo Lake Loop
Beginner to Intermediate – 12 Miles
From the Lodge Trailhead, ride into the woods, immediately look for a trail on your left, head south along the trial as it parallels the lake. At the junction for the Navajo Campground continue east. Pass through the Spruces Campground at 2 miles and the Dike Trail around 3 miles. Cross the road and immediately pick up the single-track that will drop you down through a spectacular section of lava. The trail bends around the east end of the lake and heads west along the shore, passing through aspen trees. It is possible to ride across the dike that divides the lake. At 8 miles the trail joins a dirt road and another trailhead access. Follow the road, veering left, to its junction with the main road. Head west to your right on the road and look for the sign for the Virgin River Rim Trail, branching to your left. The climb begins here. For two miles the trial climbs to the junction, signed for the Lodge trail. Enjoy this single track as it drops for the next mile and half, back to the trailhead.
Here is a map of the route. Free maps are also available on-site.