|Typically Open:||Year Round|
|Highest Elevation:||6050 feet|
|Duration:||About 30 minutes|
|Shape of Trail:||Connector|
|Best Direction to Travel:||East|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Cedar Fort|
|Official Road Name:||Winter Solstice Road|
|Management Agency:||Bureau of Land Management|
|District:||5 Mile Recreation Area|
This is a gorgeous trail just west of Utah Lake. You gain elevation quickly and get rewarded with great views. It is a relatively mild trail allowing SUV's of all sorts to reach the mines and enjoy a day away from the city. This trail also serves as a quick emergency exit to the more challenging trails in the network in case you have any breakages, injuries, or other emergencies. Although there are no major obstacles, it is a nice trail to cruise up or down if you are in the area.
Dirt road. Dry, or less than 3" water crossing depth. Some ruts. Slight grades, up to 10 degrees. 2WD under most conditions. Rain or snow may make 4WD necessary. Usually one and a half to two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
|Spring:||Trail may be wet from snowmelt. This is a good time of year to run this trail.|
|Summer:||Trail is usually dry and dusty. It can get hot in the summer months, but there is shade along the trail.|
|Fall:||This is the best time of year to run this trail, but it can be busy on the weekends.|
|Winter:||Trail may be impassable due to snow.|
The trail starts about half a mile from the air down lot where the road forks. You will know you are on the right path when you pass a large pond/mud pit/dried mud pit (depending on the time of year) on the right (south) side of the trail.
The sludge pit is a bit like sour apple candies. To some, it's just awesome. To many, they will avoid it at all costs. This pit is usually around after the spring snowmelt and can fill a little bit after storms throughout the year. During the summer and fall, it can dry up and be nothing more than a dirt hole. If you dare to try this out when it's full, make sure you get a good oomph up the hill or you will just slide back down. This is some slick stuff. The reason so many people avoid it, however, is due to the smell and its stubbornness to be washed off. (Photos 1 and 2 were taken in July and Photo 3 was taken in April)
This is just a little dirt mount on the right (southeast) side of the trail that you can climb up and over. Its a little intimidating not being able to see the other side when you reach the top!
This is where Winter Solstice Road intersects with Rattlesnake. There are a number of paths to take, but the 3 paths to the uphill/right all meet back up and take you up to Constrictor or toward The Climb, and the trails to the left all meet at the base of the tailings to continue down Rattlesnake.
Starting Point: Lehi, Utah