|Blue Lake on the Arapeen OHV Trail System|
We just completed a wonderful six weeks at Pine Mountain, located east of Spring City on a gateway road into the Arapeen OHV Trail System. This set of roads and trails, many open to 4X4 vehicles as well as off-road vehicles, is located in the Manti-LaSal National Forest. The roads and trails are maintained by the National Forest Service and are well marked with signs bearing the road number. System maps are available – free – at the Forest Service Offices in Ephraim, Ferron, Price, Moab and Monticello.
The main road linking the trails is #1, Skyline Drive. It’s classified as a 4X4 road, and in certain sections you can drive a 2 wheel drive vehicle over it, but great deal of the road is pretty rutted. I’m picturing the first sunny day in March, an old 4 wheel drive truck, a six pack of Keystone Light, and “damn the mud and snow – full speed ahead.” That’s probably not what happened, but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Most of the ATV-only trails are two-track, alternating through dense forest and open meadows. The Reeder Canyon trail and the other road #5 (still confused) had steep uphill and downhill sections punctuated by Forest Service speed bumps – actually culverts to divert running water. There are several reservoirs along the trail, many with fishing and camping opportunities.