Mueller Park

One of the most popular Mountain Bike trails around is found in Mueller Park of the US Forest Service just east of Bountiful. Utah. The trail consists of two major sections and totals about 6 miles one way.

Elephant Rock Trail.

This section of trail is about 3 miles long. It starts at the bridge on the south side of the road just west of the Forest Service booth on Mueller Park Drive in Bountiful, and ends at a large rock formation that resembles an elephant head. This section is almost all uphill and is very well maintained for cycling. Trees and scrub-oak shade much of this section and the trail is smooth with very few rocks or roots. This is also a very popular trail so keep an eye out for others and remember to share the trail.

Rudy’s Flat.

Just before Elephant Rock, the trail splits. The uphill branch (bearing south) will take you to Rudy’s Flat; a small open area that overlooks southern Davis County and Northern Salt Lake County. This section of trail features more rocks and roots than the Elephant Rock section as well as climbs that are steeper in parts. This part of the trail does contain some flat and downhill sections on the way up to Rudy’s Flat as well as some wet and muddy sections in spring/early summer and after rain. This part of the trail is also not as popular as the Elephant Rock section but it is still one of the most popular trails in the area so be aware of others. Hikers, horses and bikers are all allowed on the trail so  the trail so remember to follow trail etiquette while riding. Especially when heading downhill.

Upon reaching Rudy’s Flat, the trail branches again into two more trails. The first is a steep trail with loose rock that heads southeast and a smooth single track trail heading west. The southeast trail is not recommended for mountain biking due to the slope and rocks but the westbound trail will take you back down into Bountiful and provides an alternative return of 1.8 miles that creates a loop ending at the eastern end of Canyon Creek Road in Bountiful.

Overall, this trail provides a great ride for the beginner and the experienced alike. Whether you are just riding out and back from Elephant Rock or taking the full loop, there is a great ride here for everyone.

Keep in mind that the Mueller Park recreation area requires a fee for parked vehicles. However, parking along the street in just outside the recreation area and parking along Canyon Creek Road are free.


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