Ridge Trail 157

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Ridge Trail 157 is a 16.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Midway, Utah that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
16.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4475 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

snow

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.

hiking
1 month ago

RIDGE TRAIL 157 LOOP

From the Alpine Loop Summit parking area, start hiking on the Lame Horse Trail. You come to a trail junction quickly (.1 mile). Go left at the junction, taking the South Fork Little Deer Creek Trail 252 downhill in the aspens. The trail comes to a road and stop sign. Cross the road to the trail post. At .60 miles you come to the first of many meadows. The trail descends for 1.6 miles and crosses Deer Creek. Today this was really just wooden walkways with no water running underneath. The next landmark is the Cascade Scenic Drive Highway. The unmarked trail continues directly across the highway. From the highway, the trail starts up for the ridgeline in a sagebrush meadow. You leave the meadow for an aspen grove, then scrub oaks and finally conifers near the top. At 3 miles, the trail open up and smooths out to spectacular views of Mount Timpanogos. You arrive at the ridgeline and trail junction. Go left on Ridge Trail 157. Don't take the trail heading downhill. This section takes you to the highest point and the trail drops to the junction for Mud Springs. At this junction and all other junctions, stay to the left. Stay on Ridge Trail 157. The trail takes you back to the Summit parking area. Other users on the trail are mountain bikes and motorcycles. This is a beautiful loop hike with diverse terrain!

Directions: In Utah County, take Highway 92 (Alpine Loop Road) up American Fork Canyon or Sundance Canyon. Drive to the summit and park at the Summit trailhead.

Destination: Loop views
Difficulty: Moderate
Round trip: 6.5 miles
Hiking time: 2.5 hrs

hiking
4 months ago

I parked at Pine Hollow Trailhead since the road was blocked, then picked up this trail about 1.3 miles in. Absolutely gorgeous views! From the Pine Hollow trail head to the 157 summit was a lil over 4 miles, out and back, approx 8.2 miles which took a lil over 4 hrs.

hiking
Saturday, April 30, 2016

mountain biking
Monday, June 08, 2015

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.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 07, 2015

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.

mountain biking
Saturday, June 06, 2015