Took the quad out again Saturday to do some more riding in the
Mercur/Ophir/Stockton area. My goal was to explore every side trail I
Even though I've been to this location at least a
dozen times, I was surprised today when I found some trails that lead
to new and interesting places.
The first new side trail was
Above and just North of Jacob City. The trail climbed and climbed until
it reached the peak of the mountain over Jacob City (north of). From
there, a trail pressed North and would have dumped me into Soldier
Canyon. Unfortunately, I had to turn around as a huge herd of bulls
(horns and all) were blocking the trail, and I was in no mood to be
gored by angry bulls (they were at 9800' elevation and seemed wild).
The next was N/E of Jacob City
and in the neighborhood of N 40 24.034 W 112 14.720 . From this
location, it would appear that I could drop all the way down to the far
end of Ophir Canyon. Again, I had to turn around as a large herd of cows
was blocking the trail and they refused to move.
almost to Soldier Canyon, I ran into several members of the Northern
Utah ATV Club (Gary & Co.). Thanks for stopping by, guys!
A few photos from my high elevation
There are several ways to get up there. One is along Ophir Canyon (paved
road) at about: N 40 23 102 W 112 14.070. Another, which makes for a
great loop is around: N 40° 20.355 W 112° 17.335 and then you could also
come in from Stockton around: N 40 25.300 W 112 19.255.
staging locations are very easy. It's not until you deviate from the
marked trails that some of the riding gets a bit more aggressive.
In fact, from the Stockton location, you could drive a regular truck
most of the way up before the trail narrows to just ATV width.