Trail Data

Trail Surface: Dirt

Difficulty: Intermediate

Trail Length: 3.0 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,073 ft

Elevation Loss: 879 ft

Trail Users:    

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Last Updated: February 12th, 2018 by: UtahTrails

Mule Ear is a trail with a decent climb on mostly dirt trail. There are a few sections of rock and several switchbacks on the south end of the trail. Overall this is a decent trail for a beginner but they may struggle with the climb in a few places if they do the trail from South to North due to climbing switchbacks with loose rocks.

The downhill is flowy and very fun with a good trail and only a few switchbacks when traveling the trail from South to North. If you travel from North to South the climb is easier, but the downhill has a lot more switchbacks and we don’t think it is as fun.

The trail is pretty shady on the south end and mostly open on the north end. The trail does get rather warm on summer afternoons so this trail is best ridden on cool overcast days, early in the morning or in the spring and fall (weather permitting).

This trail can be ridden as part of a loop by including Mule Shoe or the Mule Connector trail. Alternatively you can use the North Fork Park dirt road as your return option as well. we prefer to ride it as part of a loop starting with the Mule Shoe Trail and traveling in a clockwise direction. There are some newer trails in the area that you can ride in conjunction with Mule Ear such as Cutler’s Twist on the north end of the park. If you choose to ride that you can return via several other trail options such as Cinch and and connector to return to the Mule parking lot, or you can use Jackass Pass to return to Cutler Flats campground area.

Consider using this trail as part of a great trail combo in North Fork Park.

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Total distance: 2.98 mi
Max elevation: 6519 ft
Min elevation: 5829 ft
Total climbing: 1061 ft
Total descent: -865 ft

Directions to Trail Head

Mule Shoe and Mule Ear Trailhead Map

  • From I-15 take the Ogden 2700 North Exit and travel east
  • Continue on 2700 North to Washington Boulevard.
  • Turn North on Washington Boulevard and continue to 3100 North
  • At 3100North turn East on 3100 North and drive 6.7 miles up and over the North Ogden Divide.
  • Turn Morth on 3300 North for 1.5 Miles and then take the slight Left onto North Fork Road.
  • Follow North Fork Road and watch for the parking are on the east side of the road. You will pass the Mule Shoe/Mule Ear trailheads on the south side before you reach the parking. If you pass the Trials again you have driven about 20 feet too far.

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