Trail Junction Via the Road


Summary

Difficulty 1 Beginner
Length 5.0 miles round trip
Starting
Elevation
7050 feet
Cumulative
Elevation
Change
+450, -450 feet
Navigation Road and marked trail
Time Half day
Season December through mid-April
Snowmobiles Low
USGS Topo 7.5' series, Bear River Reservoir
Start Junction of Highway 88 and Foster Meadow Road, 0.8 mile east of Peddler Hill Maintenance Station and 11.1 miles west of the Silver Lake dam. Parking is on the north side of the highway in a cut-out that only holds 4 to 6 vehicles. Park carefully to maximize capacity.

Description

The Trail Junction Via the Road tour is one of two tours that connect the trailhead at Foster Meadow Road with Trail Junction. It is suitable for beginners while the Trail Junction Via the Ridge tour is suitable for intermediate skiers.

Image of skiers on road to Trail Junction
Returning from Trail Junction on road

The two tours intersect at Trail Junction and at a mid-point thus making short and long loops possible by combining them.

Trail Junction is significant because it is the hub for four trails:

These trails and others can be viewed on the same map in the Foster Meadow Road and Mormon Emigrant Trail Area tour.

Mileage Log
Numbers in parentheses
correspond to mileage points on map

Miles: 0.0 - 0.1
Elevation change: +100

From the trailhead (1) follow the markers up the slope to the east for 0.1 mile until you reach a snow-covered road (2). This is the only section of the tour that is not on a road.

Miles: 0.1 - 1.4
Elevation change: +100

Turn east (right) onto the road and follow it as it turns north for a total of 1.3 miles until you reach a saddle (4). About 100 feet after turning onto the road you will pass the turnoff for the ridge that is part of the Trail Junction Via the Ridge tour. At the saddle you intersect the ridge tour again.

Miles: 1.4 - 2.5
Elevation change: +150, -100

Continue northeast and then northwest on the road for a total of 1.1 miles until you reach Trail Junction (6), which is located on a ridgetop. After skiing 0.7 mile you will enter a clearing and the site of a snow survey course. Do not be tempted to turn north (right) as you pass through here; there is a summer road that heads that way but is not obvious in winter. At the northern-most end of the clearing follow the markers that continue along the road until you reach the ridgetop. This last section of road is narrow and not obvious.

Miles: 2.5 - 5.0
Elevation change: +100, -350 feet

Retrace the route for 2.5 miles back to the trailhead (1).

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