April 24, 2012
Five Mile Pass
Twice in the past month I have had the chance to head to Five Mile Recreation area in the west desert. The first trip was with Mike, we will cover it in our upcoming podcast. The second was with my brother in law who was visiting from Idaho. Five Mile Pass is located about 25 Miles west of Lehi. Head west on Lehi Main Street for about 30 minutes and you are there. You will pass through Cedar Fort and Fairfield and the staging area is just off the highway on your right you can't miss it. It is one of the best places to ride ATVS in Utah year round because it gets very little snow in the winter.
Five Mile is an awesome place to ride with thousands of trails across the mountains. Five Mile is a great place for any type of OHV and any skill of rider. The staging area is a great place to introduce beginners to trail riding without too difficult of trails. When I went with Mike we took the Sport Quads which was a ton of fun but a few of the trails were too steep so I decided to come back with the Brute Force and Grizzly The Big Bore Quads also made for a more comfortable ride across the very rocky terrain.
Don’t let this scare you away if you are an experienced rider, there are miles and miles of steep, rocky difficult trails that can keep you busy for days. In Fact we rode most of the day both times and rarely hit the same trails. I believe we could go back a few more times before any of it became overly familiar.
Pulling up to Five Mile can be a bit worrisome on a nice weekend with tons of rigs in the staging area. I could not believe how many people were already there when we arrived around 9:30. I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of other riders we came across. With thousands of break off trails leading over and around mountains and hills we almost never ran into other riders.
Our Ride was really great we started off by heading across the highway to the south side of Five Mile Recreation area. I was hoping to find a really awesome ravine that Mike and I had ridden a few weeks earlier. After trying about twenty amazing trails I gave up and headed west towards the flats. There is an awesome dirt road that leads past some fields with grazing cows that is straight smooth and really long. It’s a perfect place to run some time trials and possibly a drag race or two. We enjoyed going full throttle across this area and took a small break on the opposite side next to the remains of an old stone home or barn.
I wanted to loop as far south as we could on the way back around the primary mountains and then head north on the other side of the Highway. Finding our way around was a bit difficult but led us to some really great trails including a ravine we rode in for several hundred yards. One thing I love about 5 Mile is there are so many options, for example when traversing one mountain we had 4 options which route to take I sadly chose the wrong one. It looked amazing and ran right along the edge of the mountain with a cliff on one side. It was a bit scary but looked okay until just after we rounded the last place we could see the trail turned into a motorcycle trail too narrow for a ATV. The problem was it left little room to turn around, luckily we found a decent spot and with spotting each other we were able to flip around and head back.
The North side of 5 Mile is just as great as the south side. We drove north for around an hour climbing some pretty steep rocky hills before we needed to head back because we were running low on fuel. From what I saw trails lead north for a long ways to a much bigger mountain area that I would love to explore.
Overall we had an awesome trip and I can’t wait to get back out there and try it out. I recently purchased a GoPro camera and have taken it on the last two trips but sadly the footage is not great. I set the angle wrong on this trip so most of the riding is looking down to much to be interesting. I am still sorting the footage and hope to have at least a few clips to share in the upcoming podcast.
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