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Big Mountain Trail Mountain Bike Ride

Brant Hansen | Springville, UT

Thursday March 31, 2016

Big Mountain Trail is a newer addition to the mountain bike trails at Snowbird resort. Although the trail is accessible by climbing a number of fire roads or other trails, Snowbird's tram makes those options seem more like punishment than anything else.

Getting of the tram for the Big Mountain Trail Mountain Bike rideYou will be more than grateful for the quick and scenic ride to the nearly 11,000-foot Snowbird Ridge.

First, understand that Big Mountain Trail is not a burly, technical, big hit, downhill trail. It is, however, a gorgeous, fast, flowy, endless descent suited for nearly any mountain bike.

Dropping down from the topOnce you disembark from the tram you'll run down the road to the south and make a sharp right that cuts you back north on the Big Mountain Trail itself. The views from the top are breathtaking, and the scenery as you descend will leave you in awe. The work Snowbird has put into the trail becomes immediately apparent.

Working down the switchbacksYou'll cut down the grassy slope on deeply bermed, tight switchbacks with rollers on the straightaways and well built ladders over the marshy areas.

Railing on one of the new bermsThe entire trail is littered with rollers that you can pump through or air out of. You'll also encounter the occasional natural, but mellow, rock garden.

Whip over a table top jumpEventually, you'll cut into deep pines with berms, tabletop jumps, and rock features.

Wood feature around the rock faceThat will lead you into the aspen groves and one notable ladder feature that wraps you around a rock face before you drop back into the pines. Eventually you drop out right back at the resort itself, so you can board the tram and get ready for your next lap.

Pros: Tram access. Long descent. Vistas. Flowy.

Cons: None.

Congestion: Moderate

Preferable Season(s): Spring, Summer, Fall

Day-Use/Parking Pass Required: Not Required

Total Distance: 8.20 mi (13.20 km)

Terrain Difficulty: BLUE

Trailhead Elev.: 10,960 ft (3,341 m)

Net Elev. Gain: -2,965 ft (-904 m)

Trail Uses: Biking

Trail type: One-way/Shuttle

Dogs allowed?: No

Check out more about this trail at Outdoor Project or download the PDF guide to print and take with you.