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12/29/08 at 10:53:34
 
Riders in the North Davis area have to travel great distance for big rides, but I found Farmington Canyon is a great short ride.  Smiley
I will say the ride only lasts a few hours, but if you want a longer ride the trial will take you over to Bountiful and make an all day adventure.  Smiley
This ride is good for beginners as they learn how their machines will handle the trail, plus they will learn how to handle their machines too. With many parts of the trail to teach beginners I have found this to be a good trail to learn on.
On top there are areas for more advanced riders and many short trials to ride.  Smiley
Camping and picnicking are available at the top also, so bring you lunch and enjoy a day of riding.  Smiley
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Reply #1 - 12/29/08 at 16:57:55
 
Agreed. You can easily turn the ride into a full day by cutting to the East at about mid-point between Farmington and Bountiful.

From there, you can ride all the way up to the FAA/Air Force radar station, camp sites and just about to Morgan.

Note that this trail is only open from about July to October (until the end of the hunt). It usually takes into July or August for the USFS to open the gates at the top and to have enough snow melted to make it passable.
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Reply #2 - 12/29/08 at 19:02:07
 
The gates are usually opened around the first part of June.  But I don't recall more than one or two years that the road across the top to Bountiful Peak was not blocked still on the first of July.

Just above the Farmington Summer Homes area there's a pond and the road climbs out of that bowl and is always drifted over till late in the year because it's on a North facing slope and is always in the shade.  Then about a mile further to the South there's always a few more drifts that are late melters too.

You can ride past the picnic areas and campgrounds back around the Chicken Creek area and come out at the Forest Service garages which is a nice ride but don't count on riding from the Farmington side to the Bountiful side until after the first of July unless it's a really light (no, I don't mean light colored as in snow) winter.

I grew up in Farmington and spent many many days and nights up the canyon.  My buddies and I made many a snow cave up there.

Also, the road/trail that goes North past the radar towers is a nice ride.  It dead-ends several miles to the North but makes a nice ride.  Great views from up on top too.

If you're brave, you can cross from the Bountiful side of the canyon and ride the power line trail which will take you down into Hardscrabble Canyon into Porterville.  It's NOT a ride for the beginner though.

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Reply #3 - 12/29/08 at 22:02:49
 
mcgeed wrote on 12/29/08 at 19:02:07:
Just above the Farmington Summer Homes area there's a pond


I've been to the pond twice. One excellent hill going down first, then around and down to the pond. I ran into USFS guys on motorcycle last year. They told me the pond was off-limits and not on the designated route!  Undecided

mcgeed wrote on 12/29/08 at 19:02:07:
If you're brave, you can cross from the Bountiful side of the canyon and ride the power line trail which will take you down into Hardscrabble Canyon into Porterville. It's NOT a ride for the beginner though.

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I've done the powerline trail. In fact, at the bottom, I have a geocache hidden. It is not for the faint of heart, nor for those without 4wd!  Roll Eyes
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Reply #4 - 12/30/08 at 02:01:10
 
I thought the pond that he was talking about is the one right off of Skyline Drive. There was snow across the road until August just to the SW of the pond as you climb out of the bowl.

I don't see how that pond is off limits as I have fished it before and even had DWR check my license up there.

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Reply #5 - 12/30/08 at 04:15:01
 
Gusman, I must be mistaken about the ponds. The ponds I was referring to are North/East of the radar station and the USFS garage.

The ponds on your Topo are right off the main road just after you come down from the top of Skyline and en route to the campgrounds.
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Reply #6 - 12/30/08 at 07:47:02
 
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There are two sets of ponds, the set as shown on the TOPO map is near the campground and is also the trail that will lead to Bountiful. The other ponds (which there are three) are north of the radar tower; last summer there was a snow drift that prevented me to travel to the north ponds in July.

The trail for the north ponds is for intermediate riders, as the trail is steep and has loose rocks. Last fall I ran in to some mountain sheep at the second pond on the north trail; the sheep kept their distance as I was viewing them from the trail. All the ponds on the north end are accessible from the trail; the ponds are small enough to walk around without having to tread all over the place.
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Reply #7 - 12/30/08 at 08:11:34
 
Gusman,

You were correct.  Those were the ponds I was referring to.  As you climb out of that bowl, the road is often drifted over with snow into July.

Brute mentions the 3 ponds North of the radar towers too.  They are usually accessible late in June but you may have to cross a few drifts getting in there.

I remember one year when I was about 17 or so.  It was over 100 degrees on the 4th of July.  A couple friends and I decided to get out of the heat and took a ride up the canyon.  We ran across some huge snow drifts just below the radar towers.  These drifts were still 10-15 feet deep.

We backed my Datsun pickup up to one of the drifts and filled the back of it up with snow.  Then headed for home.  We went down to Lagoon on the East side of the park and started lobbing snowballs at folks in the park.  What a hoot!

People couldn't believe getting snowballed in that 100+ heat.

Kept us nice and cool though!

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Reply #8 - 12/30/08 at 09:48:08
 
Jeff Orn wrote on 12/30/08 at 07:47:02:
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There are two sets of ponds, the set as shown on the TOPO map is near the campground and is also the trail that will lead to Bountiful. The other ponds (which there are three) are north of the radar tower; last summer there was a snow drift that prevented me to travel to the north ponds in July.

The trail for the north ponds is for intermediate riders, as the trail is steep and has loose rocks. Last fall I ran in to some mountain sheep at the second pond on the north trail; the sheep kept their distance as I was viewing them from the trail. All the ponds on the north end are accessible from the trail; the ponds are small enough to walk around without having to tread all over the place.


The ponds to the North of the FAA radar station are out of bounds per USFS and the map they gave me when I was coming back up the hill. They sounded resigned to the fact that the trail down to the pond is so worn in now, it's impossible to enforce.
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BruteForce wrote on 12/30/08 at 09:48:08:
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There are two sets of ponds, the set as shown on the TOPO map is near the campground and is also the trail that will lead to Bountiful. The other ponds (which there are three) are north of the radar tower; last summer there was a snow drift that prevented me to travel to the north ponds in July.

The trail for the north ponds is for intermediate riders, as the trail is steep and has loose rocks. Last fall I ran in to some mountain sheep at the second pond on the north trail; the sheep kept their distance as I was viewing them from the trail. All the ponds on the north end are accessible from the trail; the ponds are small enough to walk around without having to tread all over the place.


The ponds to the North of the FAA radar station are out of bounds per USFS and the map they gave me when I was coming back up the hill. They sounded resigned to the fact that the trail down to the pond is so worn in now, it's impossible to enforce.


WOW! I have been going back to these ponds for years and the trails used to be marked for OHVs. I will have to verify this. I would snowshoe back there but I am sure the signs are already quite buried in snow. These are the lakes you are talking about, aren't they?






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Reply #10 - 12/30/08 at 16:20:08
 
and the 3D view.

NOTE: There is a hiking trail to the west that will drop you down to Fruit Heights. I think it is the Bair Creek Trail that they just rescued that young lady from.
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Every year they hold a race down Bear Canyon.  I know several folks who've run the race.  They say it MUCH worse going down that canyon than it would be going up.

You do have the right ponds North of the towers.  I didn't make it up there at all this year.  I'm gonna have to make sure and get up there again this next year.

Since moving out I don't spend nearly as much time as I used to up there.  I spent 80 percent of my weekends up the canyon  there as I was growing up.

I may have to make a ride up there this Friday or Saturday and play in the snow.

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I just looked at the forest service map and it appears that they have the trail to the lakes marked as approved trails. They do not have the areas that are not NF marked but they are signed if I remember correctly. I have never been approached by anyone about being out of bounds.

I know when BruteForce was riding up there, I was riding also and was back in the same area by the northern ponds. In fact, we even crossed paths on Geo Caches. I will go to USFS and have them verify on the map. I figure that is the best thing to do since I ride back in that area quite often.

Here is an excerpt from the map that USFS has out on their website. Notice how they do not mark areas that are not USFS.

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Reply #13 - 12/30/08 at 20:18:32
 
Gusman,

Where do you live?  You must be close if you're up there often.

RedUnit lives in Farmington but I don't know how often he makes it up the canyon.

I grew up on Compton Bench in Farmington.  Back then it was still a small town and everybody knew everybody else in town.  We lived in the same ward as the city Marshall, John Morton (we called him Johnny Law).  We knew all the trails on the mountain.  My buddies and I would ride the trails and outrun the Sheriff Deputies on their bigger bikes - well, we'd ditch them and hide as they rode on past us then we'd take off the other direction.

I got married and moved away and now live in Syracuse.  My mom still lives in the same house and I visit quite often.  I still take a trip up the canyon as often as I can.  Need to find some folks to ride with to have an excuse to go up more often.

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mcgeed wrote on 12/30/08 at 20:18:32:
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Where do you live? You must be close if you're up there often.

RedUnit lives in Farmington but I don't know how often he makes it up the canyon.

I grew up on Compton Bench in Farmington. Back then it was still a small town and everybody knew everybody else in town. We lived in the same ward as the city Marshall, John Morton (we called him Johnny Law). We knew all the trails on the mountain. My buddies and I would ride the trails and outrun the Sheriff Deputies on their bigger bikes - well, we'd ditch them and hide as they rode on past us then we'd take off the other direction.

I got married and moved away and now live in Syracuse. My mom still lives in the same house and I visit quite often. I still take a trip up the canyon as often as I can. Need to find some folks to ride with to have an excuse to go up more often.

Doug





I live in South Jordan, but I ride that area at least 3x/year. Generally, I've been one of the first up before and just after the gate opens on the Bountiful side. I've broken much snow to get across and down to the USFS shed. I'd ride with ya.
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mcgeed wrote on 12/30/08 at 20:18:32:
Gusman,

Where do you live? You must be close if you're up there often.

RedUnit lives in Farmington but I don't know how often he makes it up the canyon.

I grew up on Compton Bench in Farmington. Back then it was still a small town and everybody knew everybody else in town. We lived in the same ward as the city Marshall, John Morton (we called him Johnny Law). We knew all the trails on the mountain. My buddies and I would ride the trails and outrun the Sheriff Deputies on their bigger bikes - well, we'd ditch them and hide as they rode on past us then we'd take off the other direction.

I got married and moved away and now live in Syracuse. My mom still lives in the same house and I visit quite often. I still take a trip up the canyon as often as I can. Need to find some folks to ride with to have an excuse to go up more often.

Doug




I am 10 miles north of Lagoon up in South Weber.  I love to ride up Farmington Cyn.  I am pretty much up for a ride anytime that you want to go (winter included).  It is nice just to get out for a few hours and ride and not have to worry about an hour or 2 drive to get back home.

I also like riding the Shoshone Trail when I get a chance.  Not as crowded and not as trashed as Farmington Cyn.  PM me if you want to ride and we can work something out.

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Pics of weather conditons for spring, summer, and fall up the canyon.

May 11th just north of Bountiful Peak Campground

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Reply #17 - 12/31/08 at 08:01:36
 
Hi All

I would like to ride with you all too, I live in Syracuse so I'm somewhat close, just post here and we'll hook up.
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Gusman wrote on 12/30/08 at 22:12:51:
I also like riding the Shoshone Trail when I get a chance. Not as crowded and not as trashed as Farmington Cyn. PM me if you want to ride and we can work something out.

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Where's the Shoshone trail system? Any GPSr coordinates? I enjoyed my time riding up Logan Canyon and on/around Bear Lake earlier this year. Great trails up there, although limited in length.
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BruteForce wrote on 12/31/08 at 08:17:16:
Where's the Shoshone trail system? Any GPSr coordinates? I enjoyed my time riding up Logan Canyon and on/around Bear Lake earlier this year. Great trails up there, although limited in length.



You were riding the Shoshone Trail system.

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Here are some pics of Farmington
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Reply #22 - 12/31/08 at 10:16:44
 
I do get up the canyon, but a lot less often than I'd like.  I be tickled if I could join your group of riders up there when you go.  I do live in Farmington about 1-2 miles from the mouth of the canyon.  

Doug, I remember you telling me you spent a ton of time up there.  I'd love to see some of your old hangouts.  

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Reply #23 - 12/31/08 at 10:30:03
 
I think we've talked about this long enough.

How about we take a ride this Saturday?

Anyone up for a couple hours of playing in the snow?  We could meet at the firebreak road turnout about 10:30 or so.


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Reply #24 - 12/31/08 at 10:38:53
 
BruteForce wrote on 12/31/08 at 08:17:16:
Gusman wrote on 12/30/08 at 22:12:51:
I also like riding the Shoshone Trail when I get a chance. Not as crowded and not as trashed as Farmington Cyn. PM me if you want to ride and we can work something out.

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Where's the Shoshone trail system? Any GPSr coordinates? I enjoyed my time riding up Logan Canyon and on/around Bear Lake earlier this year. Great trails up there, although limited in length.



I have the PDF version of the Shoshone map if you want me to send it to you. Also recommend using the FS trail map also as it opens up a lot of trails not marked on the Shoshone map.

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for some reason my pic were blanked out, I need to find an easy way to resize my pics so they will be viewable in this site. Smiley

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Jeff Orn wrote on 12/31/08 at 15:41:24:
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Reply #27 - 01/01/09 at 10:43:12
 
mcgeed wrote on 12/31/08 at 10:30:03:
I think we've talked about this long enough.

How about we take a ride this Saturday?

Anyone up for a couple hours of playing in the snow? We could meet at the firebreak road turnout about 10:30 or so.


Who's in?

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Undecided I will know tomorrow by noon if I can do this. I am thinking it will be a "YES" but don't want to commit until I know for sure. Undecided

Shocked I will have to dig my trailer out of the snow though. Shocked

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Reply #28 - 01/01/09 at 10:58:27
 
[quote author=Gusman link=1230573214/0#27 date=1230831792
Shocked I will have to dig my trailer out of the snow though. Shocked

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Me too.  Mine's buried in the back yard somewhere.  I'll have to tear down some Christmas lights in the front yard so I can get it out of the back.

Let me know.

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Reply #29 - 01/01/09 at 12:54:05
 
mcgeed wrote on 12/31/08 at 09:45:58:
Jeff,

I don't see your pics.....


OK, I'm learning new stuff here.  Smiley I resized my photos and here they are.

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I love riding there  Smiley
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Reply #30 - 01/01/09 at 14:02:04
 
Dude,

Still can't see the pics.  Gremlins must be munching on them...
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Reply #31 - 01/01/09 at 14:24:02
 
Well I tried to resize the photos but no luck.

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anyway here is the link to my ride photos.

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Reply #32 - 01/01/09 at 17:40:40
 
Doug ,

 Got the quad finished today and it runs great. Glad that's over !

 I'm not sure where I'm going at this point . If we're not going to ride at 5 Mile then we might as well ride  at Farmington .

Farmington is sure a lot closer .

My neighbor is itchin' to go for a ride also . What do  you all think ?
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Reply #33 - 01/01/09 at 23:02:00
 
Well it looks like I am a go for this trip.  I got most of what I needed to get done today and can finish the rest Friday Night after I drop my son off at the airport.  Looks like we will have some nice fresh snow.  Heres the forecast for the Canyon:

Point Forecast: 3 Miles NE Farmington UT
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Friday: Snow likely, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 39. South wind between 11 and 13 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Friday Night: Snow. Low around 15. South southwest wind 8 to 16 mph becoming northwest. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible.

Saturday: A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 15. Northwest wind between 10 and 13 mph.

Gonna be a chilly ride but the fresh powder will make it a hoot.  Alot more snow and alot colder once you get to Francis Peak.

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Reply #34 - 01/02/09 at 22:11:34
 
Anyone else riding the canyon tomorrow or is it just me?
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Reply #35 - 01/03/09 at 08:57:24
 
Gusman wrote on 01/02/09 at 22:11:34:
Anyone else riding the canyon tomorrow or is it just me?



Gusman,

I was planning on riding with you but a friend called with a broken pipe in his basement and he's needing help. I am sorry but I won't make it along with you.

Let's plan another time.


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Reply #36 - 01/03/09 at 16:08:31
 
Gusman wrote on 01/02/09 at 22:11:34:
Anyone else riding the canyon tomorrow or is it just me?


Did you go? I ended up staying home today. I strained an arm and my back snow mobiling yesterday. I'm going to ride on Sunday though - but haven't decided where yet.
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Reply #37 - 01/03/09 at 23:17:27
 
BruteForce wrote on 01/03/09 at 16:08:31:
Gusman wrote on 01/02/09 at 22:11:34:
Anyone else riding the canyon tomorrow or is it just me?


Did you go? I ended up staying home today. I strained an arm and my back snow mobiling yesterday. I'm going to ride on Sunday though - but haven't decided where yet.


Yes Sir, I went today and had a blast. I got up and loaded my ATV up on the trailer and came online to see if anyone else was going. I saw that McGeed had to help a buddy so I decided to leave at noon and let things warm up. Well lets just say things got a lot colder.

I parked at the fire break parking lot and unloaded and rode up to the summer cabins and onto the SNOTEL sensor where I broke for lunch. By the time I go to the summer cabins, it was so deep that I would ride 200 yards until I was stuck, winch out and then ride another 200 yards and repeat the winching process. After a few rounds of this, I called it good. I was trying to get as far as Farmington Lake but had enough of the winching and busting through the snow.

The weather at lunch time was a balmy 9 degrees F. I actually broke down and heated up my Vegetable Pasta MRE today and had a cold can of Beanie-Weenie while I was waiting for the MRE to heat up.

When I got back to the fire break parking area I rode the firebreak road to the end and see they have blocked alot of the cut off trails with boulders. I rode all the way back to the Centerville gate and back to the parking area and called it a day

Today was also a good test for my new Symtec Heated grips and thumb warmer. I just rode with a set of nomex flight gloves on the way up and then changed to the arctic mittens for the trip back down the canyon. Let me tell you, I am really glad I put those grips on last night and wish I would have done it sooner.

All in all, it was a good trip and I am glad I went. Even though I just rode for a couple of hours, it was nice to get out and play in the snow. Looking forward to riding up there again. Let me know who is making the next trip up and I will see if I can escape.

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Reply #38 - 02/06/09 at 21:48:53
 
Sunday ride anyone?
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Reply #39 - 02/06/09 at 21:55:29
 
Gusman wrote on 02/06/09 at 21:48:53:
Sunday ride anyone?



How far up can you get with the recent warm weather? My father is in town from the Middle East (Kuwait/Baghdad), and I was hoping to take him riding (his first time ever).
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