Ridge Trail 157 is a 16.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Midway, UT that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
This trail is 15.7 miles in length and is commonly referred as the backbone of the American Fork Canyon trail system, because it connects several loop routes along the northern portion of the district. The most popular region of the Ridge is from the Summit TH to the junction with the Mill Canyon trail #040. North of Mill Canyon, the trail becomes progressively more difficult, with areas of steep grades and exposed sections of trail. This trail has excellent views throughout. Users can take this trail as far as the Alta/Brighton area.
We rode the Ridge Trail from the Summit Trailhead and looped back on the South Fork Deer Creek Triail. From that direction we had a fun downhill ride through some pine forests and popped out just above the Elk Camp. The climb from there to the summit was uphill the whole way but wasn't too terrible, following a creek, forests, and meadows to the summit.
We rode this trail from the Summit Trailhead to the junction with South Fork Deer Creek Trail 252. The views along the Ridge Trail were incredible. Much better views of Timpanogos and the surrounding mountains than you can see from the road. We encountered a bull moose just feet from the trail and a lot of deer as well. The trail passes through forests and meadows with amazing views all along the way. The trail has a lot of ups and downs but nothing too difficult. The trail is also used by dirt bikes, but we mostly saw other bikers and hikers. Would definitely do this trail again.