Five Hills Trail

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3.1 Miles 4.9 Kilometers

 

67% 

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Singletrack

1,322' 403 m

Ascent

-830' -253 m

Descent

6,131' 1,869 m

High

4,863' 1,482 m

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13%

Avg Grade (8°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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A ridgeline trail with beautiful views of Cache Valley, the Wellsvilles, and the Bear River Range.

Tomsen Reed

Overview

Features: Views — Wildlife

Runner Notes

This is a trail that is open to the public, but it's on private property so just be respectful. Also, I've seen some steers along the trail, and I don't know that they get aggressive but just be wary of them.

Description

This is sometimes also referred to as the Birch Canyon Pyramids Trail.

From the Birch Canyon Trail, this trail starts to ascend a hillside along a dirt road that switches back a couple of times as it climbs. After a couple of these switchbacks, it turns back towards the ridgeline and goes through a small opening in a fence (meant to keep motorized vehicles off of the trail and ridge). Right before it goes through this fence, the trail switches into singletrack and begins to skirt around the ridge a few hundred feet below.

As it comes around the ridge, the trail enters a small drainage and follows that up to a short switchback that takes the trail up to the top of the ridge. From here, the trail continues along the ridgeline, ascending and descending the small hills (or "pyramids") along the top. From anywhere along this ridge there are great views of Cache Valley and the Wellsville Mountains, and even some parts of the Bear River range (like the Mount Naomi ridge and Mount Elmer).

This trail is great especially in the winter when the higher elevations are covered in deep snow because it's high enough to get above most inversions, but low enough to not have too much snow on the route. Additionally, it affords such great views of the snowcapped peaks!

Once the trail reaches the last "pyramid" (at just over 6,100 feet of elevation), it drops down the backside toward the Mount Naomi Wilderness, but then takes a a turn down toward Birch Canyon along an old doubletrack ATV trail.

There is the possibility of following the ridge farther (there isn't much of a trail along the ridge, but the vegetation is sparse and it's easy to just follow the ridgetop), and there is even another trail farther along the ridge that goes down to the singletrack portion of the Birch Canyon Trail about 0.5 miles from where the turnoff is shown on this map (so just keep following the ridge until you reach a saddle about half of a mile from the last "pyramid" and the trail is easy to see from there, going to the right down toward Birch Canyon).

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Jan 15, 2016
Tomsen Reed
Combined this with the Birch Canyon trail for a nice, snowy run 9.7mi — 2h 08m
Dec 9, 2015
Tomsen Reed
Gorgeous clear day, no snow at all on top of the ridge but some ice down on the road on the way back. 5.5mi — 1h 04m
Dec 5, 2015
Tomsen Reed
It was a beautiful day but my legs were tired from a workout the day before. And there were steers on part of the trail down that slowed me down 5.5mi — 1h 26m

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