Oakley , UT
Trailhead Location: Just past Smith and Morehouse Reservoir and Ledgefork CG
Trailhead GPS: 40° 44’26.29” N 111° 06’03.50” W
Trail Mileage: 20 Miles +/-
Riding Difficulty: Moderate
Temperature Range: 30-90°F Depending on Season
Located about an hour away from Salt Lake City is the beautiful Smith and Morehouse ATV Trail. This trail is sometimes called Mud Lake Flat, Mud Flats, or the Ledgefork trail. The trailhead is located just beyond the Smith and Morehouse Reservior and right next to the Ledgefork Campground entrance. The trail is jeep width and is fairly well maintained throughout the year. It can get dusty in the summer and fall if it hasn’t rained in a while so make sure to wear goggles and a mask.
The trail takes riders about three miles up the canyon before it reaches the Mud Flats area and begins to branch out into several different routes. This is a really fun trail system to explore all the different sections and obstacles. There are several places with incredible views of the Uintas and the Kamas Valley. The riding isn’t difficult except for a few rock fields that any decent rider can navigate with the right line. Plenty of deer can be seen on this ride and occasionally you’ll see an elk or even a black bear.
Like most areas in the Uintas, much of the terrain looks similar so a good map and GPS are really helpful on this trail system. The ranger station right before you get to the reservoir has a great map of the area if you get there during a time it’s open. There’s also a reason why they call it “Mud” Flats. During a good rain or snow storm, the trail gets very muddy and slippery. It’s a good idea to watch the weather before you head out.
Additional Trail Information
Elevation High: 9800
Elevation Low: 7800
Terrain: Jeep trail with dirt and rocks
Vegetation: Aspen, Pine, Sagebrush, etc.
Best Travel Season: Early Summer through Mid
FallMap Availability: Ranger Station just before the lake
Breakfast Joint: Oakley, Kamas, Heber, Park
CityBase Camp: Ledgefork Campground
Luxury Lodge: Park City is about 23 miles to the West