The Mill Canyon Ride is a fun half to full day riding experience depending on how much time you want to spend. The backbone of the trail traverses the main ridge between American Fork Canyon and the Heber Valley with great views of Heber Valley, Deer Creek Reservoir, the Soldier Hollow Olympic Venue and Golf Course, and Mount Timpanogos. Cascade Springs is also located on this ride and is a great place to stop and enjoy the unique beauty of the springs.
Wildlife in the area includes elk, moose, deer, coyotes, eagles, hawks, squirrels, chipmunks etc.
There are a few water crossings along this route that always make riding your ATV more fun. All roads and trails are signed according to the maps so it’s easy to keep track of where you are. Elevation range is approx. 5600 to 9300 feet. The best times to ride this system is late spring to early fall. There are several places along this route to stop and have a relaxing lunch and enjoy the quiet serenity.
FR 420, called Big Flats is a great trail to explore. 30% of this trail is a Terrain Rating #3 with some #4 ruts to navigate but is very manageable. Just take your time. The effort to negotiate this trail will reward you with some fabulous views of Heber Valley. At the top there is a motor cycle trail that you can walk up to the top of the ridge to hiking trail 157. There are some great views down into American Fork Canyon along this trail.
After exploring FR 420 you need to take FR 421 that will take you back into mining history. This is just a short distance from the FR 420 turn off. This road is a bit more rugged at the top end but passable and worth the trip if you’re in to old mines.
Your final destination will be the parking lot at Mill Flats where you can rest a bit before you head back to your vehicle. There is a Rest Room here.
On your way back you can follow the Google Earth markers, #21 – #24 back to the Cascade Springs Road. This road will keep you on top of the ridge and give you some spectacular views of the entire Heber Valley. It’s a terrain rating #2 for the most part.
We know you will really enjoy this ride and as always feel free to explore any side trails that you can legally be on.
GET OUT FOR A RIDE!
We always recommend that someone at home knows where you have gone to ride. You should include some of the information in this ride package such as the trail-head destination and coordinate, a copy of the trail map, and an approximate time you will be back. Some rides will have occasional cell phone service but you cannot always count on that. We want you to be safe and have fun. Please don’t venture off without telling someone where you are going.
(All Directions begin at 10600 South Exit on I-15 in Sandy Utah. Routes and travel times to trailheads will vary depending on your location.)
Google Map Coordinates of Trail Head: 40.490950 -111.491817
Distance to Trailhead: 47 Miles
Take I-15 to exit 272 800 North in Orem and go east on SR 50 traveling through Orem to US 189 (approx. 6 miles). When you are approaching US 189, stay in the left lane and take US 189 toward Heber City up Provo Canyon. You will stay on US 189 until you reach the end of Deer Creek Reservoir (approx. 17 mile). At the end of the reservoir turn left (north) on SR 113 for approx. 2 miles to the railroad tracks and Tate Lane. Tate Lane is right after you cross the railroad tracks. Turn left (west) on Tate Lane and proceed a short distance to Stringtown Road. Turn right (north) on Stringtown Road another short distance to Cascade Springs Road and the Wasatch State Park. Turn left (west) on Cascade Springs Road. The trailhead and parking lot is about 1 mile on the right.
Photo of Staging Area:
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(View on Waypoint Maps below.)
POI #1 Cascade Springs: 40.457972, -111.548964 (Click for Photo)
POI #2 Provo Deer Creek Water Crossing: 40.505648, -111.536322 (Click for Video)
POI #3 View/Photo of Heber Valley: 40.564373, -111.578976 (Click for Photo)
POI #4 Old Mining Area: 40.573445, -111.578159 (Click for Photo)
POI #5 Old Diesel Engine Block: 40.573469, -111.577654 (Click for Photo)
POI #6 View of Little Deer Creek: 40.467034, -111.536117
(CLICK HERE) to download GPS Points of Interest to a device or to print on paper. Instructions on how to do this are under “How to Download Maps to a Device or to Print on Paper” below.
* This upper trail is narrow and has a small turn around at the end. Recommended only one vehicle at a time.
There are two agencies involved in this ride – Wasatch State Park and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. Motor Vehicle Maps for both are provided on this website. Please pay close attention to where and where you cannot ride, especially in the State Park. They patrol regularly.
There are two fees involved with this Trail System.
Wasatch State Park has a Day Use Fee. This fee is only for passenger vehicles, not the OHV. However, you will need this permit to park at the trail head. There is a pay station at the trail head. Currently it is $7.00 per day up to 8 people. $4.00 per day if you are 62 or older. You can also purchase an annual pass for $75.00 at a State Park Office.
Uinta- Wasatch-Cache National Forest has a Recreation Fee. Currently a 3-Day Pass is $6.00; a 7-Day Pass is $12.00; and an annual pass is $45.00. There is not a pay station at the trail head. The pay station is at Cascade Springs for these permits. We would recommend purchasing the annual pass as it is good for American Fork Canyon and the Mirror Lake Highway area which both have several rides. Annual permits can be purchased at any of the following Ranger District Offices:
Heber- Kamas Ranger District
2460 South Highway 40
Heber City, Utah 84032
50 East Center Street
Kamas, Utah 84036
Pleasant Grove Ranger District
390 North 100 East
Pleasant Grove, Utah 84062
Waypoint Maps correspond with the GPS Points of Interst above and the Waypoint Information listed below. Study them before you go. They help you know what to do at each waypoint. These maps can be downloaded to a device as a picture or printed from your computer. Instructions on how to do this are detailed below under ,“How to Download Maps to a Device or Print on Paper.” (Additional types of maps can be found below under “Maps”.)
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Waypoint (WP) information corresponds with the maps listed above and the Google Earth file listed below. (To see the entire trail Download this file to Google Earth on your computer.)
#1 Starting Point – This is where you pay your State Park fees. (Photo)
#2 This is where you Top Out on Cascade Scenic Drive. Stay on this road. (Photo)
#3 Cascade Springs. Take some time to look around. (Photo)
#4 At the bend on the asphalt road stay right on Cumming Parkway to Little Deer Creek Campground. (Photo)
#5 At the “Y” intersection continue straight ahead. This turns into Deer Creek Campground Road. (Photo)
#6 Stay right at this “Y” unless you want to see the campground. (Photo)
#7 Stay right at this “Y”. (Photo)
#8 Stay straight ahead at this intersection. (Photo)
#9 Stay right at this intersection. This is Trail #3. (Photo)
#10 There is a small trail that goes left. DON’T take it. Stay right. (Photo)
#11 You are now back at the main road. Cummings Parkway Road 220. (Photo)
#12 Intersection of Cummings Parkway Road 220 and FR 085. Turn Right. (Photo)
#13 This is Big Flat, FR 420. Turn Left into this area. Coming out Turn left again on FR 085 (Photo)
#14 Stay right when you get to this open area. (Photo)
#15 This is the end of this side trail, unless you want to take photos and see a beautiful view on the upper trail. (Photo) See the note for POI # 3 under GPS Points of Interest for instructions about using the upper trail.
#16 On the way out you can stay right for a little bit more challenging ride. If you don’t feel like it stay left. (Photo)
#17 You will turn left off of FR 085 onto FR 421 to the old mine. When you come back out stay left on FR 085 to Mill Flat. (Photo)
#18 Stay right here. This will take you to the old mine. The road has some big rocks to negotiate but go slow and use 4X4. On the way out if you turn right at this point there is an old diesel engine block that is fun to look at. (Photo)
#19 Old Mine Site. Just look around. Don’t go in any open mines. There isn’t any treasure! You an’t gonna get rich! (Photo)
#20 Mill Flat. Restrooms here. After you have rested go back the way you came on the main road to WP #21. (Photo)
#21 Continue past WP #11 on this main road. (Photo)
#22 At this 4-way intersection stay straight ahead. (south) This trail will take you back to Cascade Scenic Drive. Great view and photo opts of Heber Valley on this trail. (Photo)
#23 Great view of Provo Little Deer Creek and Mt. Timpanogos . (Photo)
#24 You are now back to the main road. Turn left and continue back to the start. (Photo)
We have provided several maps for your use. Study them carefully before you go on the ride for the first time. It is very important that you have some understanding of the ride in order to enjoy the ride rather than being lost. We have provided three types of maps:
– Highlighted map of this ride detailing the route to travel
– USDAFS Motor Vehicle Use Map
– Topo maps of the area
All of these maps are images and are downloadable to your smart phone or to your computer. The Highlighted Trail map can be printed on an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper to take with you. The Travel Maps and Topo Maps are large format and will not print that well on an 8 ½ x 11 paper.
To download to your smart phone or device open the website on your device. Next open the trail package and then open the map on your device. Tap the screen and pick “Save Image” from the menu that comes up. The image is saved to your photos.
To print from your computer, right click on the image. Click “Save Image as”. Select a file you want to save it in. Next go to the file you saved the image in and double click. Your image should come up in a photo viewer of some kind. Follow the directions to print.
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If you have a GPS it can be very helpful to download a GPS Tracks file to help you know which way to go. This is in addition to the maps we have already provided. We have provided a Garmin GPS Tracks file for this ATV trail that you can download from this website to your computer and then to your Garmin GPS. Instructions on how to do this are listed below. Please Note: (These instructions are for a Garmin Montana 610 series. You will be loading this file in to Garmin BaseCamp. (If you have a different GPS please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will make every effort possible to provide you with a file format for your brand of GPS.)
How to Download this GPS Tracks File to Your Computer.
How to Upload Your GPS Tracks File to BaseCamp.
(You will need to have the Garmin BaseCamp Software loaded on your computer. It you don’t have BaseCamp loaded then you will need to download the software and install it on your computer. It is free software. Download by clicking this link: Garmin BaseCamp )
Uploading the Trail File to the Garmin Montana 610.
Creating a Garmin Adventure: (Optional)
You can create a Garmin Adventure of the ATV Trail in BaseCamp. This allows you to travel the trail in BaseCamp. It’s a fun feature. You do this by:
To Play Back a Garmin Adventure Trail
In the left-hand column of BaseCamp is a box called “Garmin Adventures.”
Part of enjoying a new ATV ride is being prepared. We feel that preparation should include a thorough study of the maps of the area before you go. Another valuable tool is Google Earth. By studying Google Earth you will become familiar with the trail layout and surrounding topography that you will recognize when you are actually on the trail. This has helped us many times as we have traveled these trails for the first time
Provided below is a Google Earth file that can be downloaded to Google Earth on your desktop or laptop computer. You will have a satellite view of where you are going and where exactly the trail is. This is a lot of fun to study and can be very helpful to you when you are out on the trail. You will be amazed at how often you will recognize different parts of the trail and feel like “you’ve been here before,” even when it is your first time because you have studied it beforehand. Instructions on how to download this file to Google Earth trail file is listed below.
If you do not have Google Earth on your computer or your mobile device, we have provided the following links so that you can download it.
How to Download and Open This Google Earth Waypoint and Trail File:
You download the Google Earth file by clicking the Link above.
You will be asked to save it somewhere on your computer.
Make sure you save it in a place where you can find it because you
will need it to upload to Google Earth on your computer. Now do the following:
Depending on your service provider there are areas on this ride that you have cell service. Because cell service is limited, smart phone GPS apps don’t always work. If you want reliable GPS service we recommend you purchase an actual GPS that works off of satellites. They do come in very handy if you are going to be doing a lot of ATV exploring. GPS’s are very reliable but don’t completely replace knowing how to use topo maps and a compass. On occasion, they can take you to the wrong place.
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