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06-15-11, 04:13 AM
I've got some time off coming up, and I want to spend a week or so on my bike. I'm planning on a self supported little tour of northen Utah. Just looking to see if anyone has ridden the East Mirror Lake Highway? This will be the first time I've combined camping and biking, so I'm super excited. I just really want to log some miles, and camp around Utah for a bit. Any advice, favorite places to ride, anything along those lines would be greatly appreciated. The weather is amamzing, who wouldn't want to be on a bike right now?
06-16-11, 02:17 PM
A week? Assuming you will be leaving from SLC? When you say East Mirror Lake Hwy do you mean from the Evanston side? Are you thinking of riding OVER the Mirror Lake Hwy from the Kamas side to get to the East side? Of course you know that the Hwy is still closed due to snowpack. With so much snow this year they may not even get the Hwy open by the 4th of July. Friends rode to mm 21 the other day...I believe the top around Bald Mtn is about mm 30. So lots of road and lots of elevation still under many feet of snow....
With that said, yes I have bike toured the Mirror Lake Hwy....got to it from Coalville. Up Chalk Creek to the WY border, then take the dirt/loose gravel road to Hwy 150 coming out of Evanston. We rode up the Hwy to one of the Forest Service Campgrounds...Stillwater CG I believe we stayed. Then rode the next day over the top and down to Kamas, then back to the cars in Coalville. 2 days. If you start from SLC you can stretch it out to a week trip if you go up Emigration Canyon and over Big Mountain, then camp at East Canyon Resort. Next day, go over the hogsback to Henefer, over to Coalville, up Chalk Creek to the WY border, take the dirt road to Hwy 150, then go down to Evanston to camp at the State Park for the night. Next day bike up to Stillwater CG. Maybe spend a couple days there or in that area, because you can hike the trails, or if you are a fisherman, you can fish the lakes. Then up and over the top, maybe stopping before Kamas to camp. Then the last day, back to SLC via Hwy 248, thru Park City, and either out to Kimball Jct and down to the East Canyon turnoff to Emigration, or do like some WarmShowers guests did last year, take Guardsman Pass over to Brighton and down Big Cottonwood.
The Mirror Lake Highway gets a lot of recreation vehicles and tourist traffic on it mid-summer, but we had no problem riding it with our touring bikes. I've seen a lot of bike tourists coming over it over the years...beats taking I-80 or that ugly stretch of loose gravel between Hwy 150 and Chalk Creek....
Hope that helps a bit....