The Climb

Fairfield, Utah (Tooele County)
Last Updated: 07/19/2018
3/5 (1 review)
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Status: Open
Typically Open: Year Round
Difficulty: 3-3
Length: 1.5 miles
Highest Elevation: 6830 feet
Duration: About 1 hour
Shape of Trail: Straight Through
Best Direction to Travel: North
Nearest Town: Fairfield
Nearest Town w/ Services: Cedar Fort
Official Road Name:
Management Agency: Bureau of Land Management
District: 5 Mile Recreation Area
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Highlight: The Climb

This is an awesome trail within the 5 Mile Recreation Area that takes you up to 2 incredible viewpoints overlooking just about every direction. "The Snakes" as the locals call it, consists of Rattlesnake, Constrictor, Bullsnake and more recently Sidewinder and Sidewinder Exit, but rarely do people run many of the hundreds of spurs in the area. This is one of those rarely used routes. It is a fun challenge for just about any vehicle. Due to its steep ascent, just about everyone will spin a tire or two trying to reach the top of the initial climb. After the first viewpoint overlooking The Pony Express, the trail gets much easier and a bit more used, but that won't take away from the surprise at the end of this gem.


Route Information

Technical Rating: (3-3)

Dirt road. Rutted, washes, or gulches. Water crossings up to 6" depth. Passable mud. Grades up to 10 degrees. Small rocks or holes. 4WD recommended but 2WD possible under good conditions and with adequate ground clearance and skill. No width problems for any normal vehicle. Vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.

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The climb is a very interesting trail for this area. The start of this trail is a very different kind of rock from the second half and other trails in the area. It is more of a black slate compared to the slick rock in surrounding areas. Throughout the first major climb, it will be loose, sharp slate. After the first viewpoint, you will drop into the area where Rattlesnake, Constrictor, and Gopher run. This is a transition of rock and soil. If you are trying to find the top, make sure to follow a map because there are a number of random trails that take you all around these hills. Once you reach the second viewpoint, you will be above 6800 feet overlooking the west desert. The Pony Express historic trail should be in sight as well. There are no major obstacles along this trail, but some of the climbs will be very steep so if they are wet or you don't keep momentum, you could see a little bit of trouble. ***The Climb is just a suggested route through this complex network of trails within the 5 Mile Recreation Area. There are hundreds of spurs and interconnecting trails so you are able to go anywhere you choose. It can be easy to get off track, however, you will not be bored with the hundreds of miles of trails to explore in the area.***

Seasonal Information

Spring:Trail is usually dry. This is a good time of year to run this trail.
Summer:Trail can get hot in the summer months.
Fall:This is the best time of year to run this trail.
Winter:Trail may be impassable due to snow.


1. Trailhead/Start the First Climb

The trailhead may be a bit tricky to see. It will be a northerly turn off of a well-used trail. The start of the trail will give you a good quick example of the type of terrain you will be tackling in the main climb, which is just around the corner. Be sure to keep momentum through the steeper sections.

2. Start of Hill (0.4 mi)

This is the start of the steep climb. It is filled with loose rock and dirt causing you to have trouble finding steady traction. Try to keep a little speed up to help you out.

3. Top of Hill (0.5 mi)

If you have made it this far, you shouldn't have any more problems. That steep initial climb is the hardest part. Once you reach the top, you get great views of The Pony Express out to the west. You may even get a chance to see some military aircraft flying around the area, generally flying pretty low. You can also turn around and overlook the valley to the east.

4. End (0.7 mi)

This is the end of this route, however, you are far from continuing your adventure. This trail you are on now connects you from the south end of Fivemile Recreation Area over to Rattlesnake and Constrictor.

Directions to Trailhead

Trailhead Coordinates: 40.276474, -112.186309

Starting Point: Lehi, Utah

Begin heading west on 2100 N. Follow until you run into Utah 68. Turn south on 68 and follow a short distance until you intersect Utah 73 (Main St.). Turn west on Utah 73 and drive just under a mile, where you will veer right to continue on Utah 73. Continue for 22.4 miles until the turnoff for the air down lot on the right. From the Provo Valley, take I15 north until exit 279 for Utah 73 (Sunshine Canyon Road) and follow 27.4 miles until the turnoff for the air down lot on the right. You must then complete most of Rattlesnake to get to the next turn. At Waypoint 14, turn right and follow for about 1.3 miles to the trailhead for The Climb.


There is plenty of dispersed camping around the area. The majority of the flat spots are at the base of Rattlesnake, Bullsnake, or Sidewinder Exit. There are no facilities or water available.
Camping: The Climb

Writer Information

TJ Bosworth

Crew Leader - Utah
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Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, he's only been off-roading since he was 16 but fell in love immediately. He attended college in Denver for Culinary Arts and Restaurant Management and wheeled in Colorado for 4 years, but ended up moving back home to Salt Lake City. He currently works in an off-road shop and spends his free time doing anything he can to stay busy, which is usually working on his jeep or playing music. Outside of off-roading, he is an avid whitewater rafter and outdoor cook. Camping at least every other weekend in any season is a normal year. The further from civilization, the better. Bring on the memories!


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Trail Reviews (1)

Author: Official Crew
Status: Open
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Fun little trail that gets you away from most of the people of the area. The views from the top are pretty awesome. I really just wish this area wasn't busy all the time.