In the serene outskirts of Price, Utah, the Country Club Trails beckon mountain biking enthusiasts. Formerly known as the Driver Trails, this network captures the spirit of Utah's unique landscape, with its mix of packed terrains, picturesque juniper trees, and arresting mesa views.
Initiate the journey riding up the road, tracing the switchback northward, looping to the west, and then heading south. At the crucial fork, stick to the left and ascend the hill through the jeep trail. The singletrack greets cyclists 0.68 miles from the starting point, meandering westward along the mesa's rim. The trail culminates in a jeep road that completes the circular journey. Conveniently, there are multiple shortcuts, offering exits back to the primary jeep road.
Offering a total of 16 miles, seven distinct trails present riders with a range of experiences:
Curiously, most local residents seem to overlook the Country Club Trails. Most gravitate towards the scenic rides offered by the Driver and Meander trails. The Cliff Burton route, while technically stimulating with unparalleled vistas, remains relatively untouched and can be hard to discern at places. The adjacent Wood Hill Road Trails seem to attract more local traction.The state of these trails, as of May 2014, still feels like a canvas half-painted. While the initial part of the singletrack is compact, the middle portion feels softer, with the upper section presenting a very soft terrain. Signage remains minimal, with only tiny cairns hidden amidst junipers marking the entrance. However, the trail offers splendid sights around every bend, and the juniper-laden paths provide a unique experience, especially when the trail is firm. The concluding jeep road descent promises a thrilling experience, even allowing for some airborne moments.For invaluable trail insights, Bikewerks is a recommended stop. Seek out Fuzzy for unmatched advice on navigating the trail.In a nutshell, the Country Club Trails stand as a testament to Utah's splendid beauty and offer promising avenues for cyclists seeking new terrains and adventures.