The Three Peaks Practice Loop is an excellent mountain bike ride for building skills and confidence before moving on to more challenging trails. While easy overall, this trail offers new mountain bikers a taste of more difficult challenges, such as rocky outcroppings and narrow wooden bridges. This trail is suitable for novice and beginner level mountain bikers.


The Three Peaks Practice Loop begins at the Three Peaks Recreation Area trailhead. To reach the trailhead from I-15 in Cedar City, Utah:

  1. Take Exit 59 for 400 North/UT-56.
  2. Turn west onto 400 North and continue 1.8 miles to 3100 West.
  3. Turn right (north) onto 3100 West and continue 5.5 miles to 4800 North.
  4. Turn left (west) onto 4800 North and continue 3.2 miles to the Three Peaks Recreation Area parking on the right.

The Route

From the northeast corner of the parking area, begin riding on the Practice Loop. The trail can be ridden in either direction, but for this trail guide, turn left and ride clockwise. A small wash crossing is quickly encountered where you can decide whether to cross on a narrow wooden bridge or ride down into the wash.

Keep riding as the trail climbs gradually up the slope ahead. The riding is easy and smooth with the exception of a few steep rocky sections that are great for building confidence in your skills. Small signs line the trail to help identify the native plants and trees that grow here.

At the north end of the loop, two junctions to adjacent trails are encountered. Stay right on the Practice Loop. The remainder of the route is mostly downhill as it winds in and out of sagebrush patches and eventually a pinyon and juniper forest. Riders of all skill levels are sure to smile as you glide through the fast, flowing curves.

After 1.6 miles, the trail returns to the starting point at the Three Peaks Trailhead. Take another lap or if you’re feeling up to it, or explore some of the more difficult trails nearby.

Rules & Regulations

  • Clean up after pets.
  • Pack out all trash.
  • Stay on designated trails.

Special Considerations

Mountain biking can be a dangerous activity. Ensure your equipment is properly maintained and appropriate for the terrain. Be sure to wear appropriate safety gear including a helmet.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.