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By: Dave Helgeson

Five Mile Pass

Places to Ride: Five Mile Pass near Lehi, Utah

Sweet Berm
Sweet Berm

Seasonal Mudhole
Seasonal Mudhole

Killer Scenery
Killer Scenery

Riding through the junipers
Riding through the junipers

Radiating Trails
Radiating Trails

Hill Climbs
Hill Climbs

Bring the entire family and stay for the weekend as there are endless trails and terrain for riders of every skill level at Five Mile Pass. Probably the toughest decision you will have to make during your stay is where to go play first as trails radiate in all directions from the trailhead. Hill climbs for the big boys, scenic trails for the touring crowd and flat open areas for the beginner are to be found on both sides of Highway 73 which divides the riding area. You will also find mud and mud holes when the area has seen some rain. Loop opportunities abound throughout the area. The area has a diverse history including mining, military, Pony Express, and historical Native American use. Beware of open mine shafts when riding. The area is open year-round and there is no fee to ride or camp. At 5,300 feet snow regularly makes its appearance fall through spring. There is even the chance of a dusting following an early summer cold front.

Camping:

Great camp spots are found throughout the riding area. You can camp in the staging area by the highway or for something a little more private, head for the foothills and find a nice hideaway among the junipers. Vault toilets are available in the staging area. Plans are in the works to install additional facilities here, including water and developed campgrounds, but until then come prepared.

BLM camping rules:

It is the general policy of the BLM that undeveloped Federal lands under its administration are available to the public for camping and general recreation, with the following provisions:

  • Camping at any one site is limited to 14 days per visit
  • Pack out what you pack in
  • Aoid camping within 200 ft. of any water source
  • Do not leave campfires unattended

Getting There:

From Interstate 15 head west on Hwy 73 through the small town of Fairfield to the staging area, which is located on the south side of the highway at Five Mile Pass. You can’t miss it as the highway divides the riding area.

Services:

Since the riding area is just 25 miles southwest of Salt Lake City, all major services are available in Salt Lake City and points south along I-15.

Rules and Regulations:

  • Helmets are required for riders and passengers under age 18
  • Youth, 8-15 years of age, must take the Utah Know Before You Go! certification course before operating an OHV on public land
  • Ride only in areas designated as open to OHVs - Stay on Trails
  • Ride on the right side of the road and in single file
  • It is illegal to drive an OHV while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Lights must be used between sunset and sunrise
  • Mufflers with an approved spark arrestor are required on all ATVs
  • No target shooting

For Additional Information:

Salt Lake Field Office
2370 South 2300 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84119
Phone: (801) 977-4300
Fax: (801) 977-4397
utslmail@blm.gov
http://www.blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/salt_lak ... _pass.html

Be safe, enjoy, and I hope to see you on the trails.


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