The Mt. Pleasant Loop starts after riding up the canyon outside of Mt. Pleasant on Forest Route 0037 until you come to Skyline Drive. This loop sits between 8,000 and 10,000 feet in elevation making for a great escape from the heat of the summer. We encountered a summer rainstorm and want to remind you that a jacket and some extra gear are helpful when the blue sky begins to turn dark.
Today, we road about 55 miles in 5.5 hours with an average speed of 10 mph (there is almost 4,000 feet of climbing when you first head out on the trail). Once on top, there are views in every direction. This trail will take you past Huntington and Miller Flat Reservoirs offering some fun stops along the way. We’d suggest you plan the whole day for your ride with a little extra time to find a good malt and a burger in Mt. Pleasant.
The trail is close to Mt. Pleasant where you will find the necessary amenities for a stocking up for a day on the trail as well as places to stay at the end of your day.
- Directions From the North
- Directions from the South
- Facilities: Mt. Pleasant offers a great base camp with motels, restaurants and fuel.
- OHVs: *66″ width restriction on one segment of this trail. ATVs, MCs, UTVs, 4x4s on most trails.
- Terrain: Easy – mostly graded county roads. 4,000 feet of climbing first hour of the ride.
- Signage: Most trails have adequate signage.
- KML File for Google Maps
- GPX File for your Garmin GPS or other Apps
- Buy a Map of the Arapeen Trail System
We highly recommend you get GAIA GPS for your smartphone or tablet mobile device. GAIA GPS will allow you to download this trail complete with the photos you see here so you can be sure where you are at all times. Simply install the GAIA GPS app and save this trail from here: DOWNLOAD THIS TRAIL
Here is an embedded live link to GAIA GPS to allow you to explore the trail. Each of the blue markers indicates that a photo was taken at that location. To view the track and photos click here: GAIA GPS – Mt. Pleasant Loop – Sanpete CO Utah
Would you like to see the Mt. Pleasant Loop trail in an animated 3D flyover map? If it appears to pause that is likely a place we stopped for a while. It will continue, just wait a few moments. Link to 3D flyover.
Here is the 360 view at the trailhead. Feel free to tour around a bit inside Google Street Views. We have recorded the trail in 360, and it is now part of Google Street Views so you can take a virtual tour of the trail to see if it is for you. While we didn’t have time to ride all of the trail we think you will find this fairly representative of what you will find. We’ve made it a bit easier to navigate, scroll down and you will see more 360 embedded tours as we encounter intersections, trail markers or interesting places along the trail.
On any image, you can click the ‘X’ in the upper right corner and the view will change to an overview map showing the Google Street View blue lines. You can click anywhere on that blue line and drop down to the 360 ground-level views at that point.
You can move the image 360 degrees, click the arrow to move further down the trail and zoom in and out to take a closer look. Clicking the box in the upper right-hand corner will enlarge to full screen for a better view.
Starting in town at the park in Mt. Pleasant. Head east from the park on 100 S (Tiger Drive).
Turn right at 900 E heading south.
Head east when you reach 200 S / 18550 N. Follow the road east up the canyon.
Stay right onto FR0037.
Head east when you get up on top.
A carsonite sign marks the beginning of the Arapeen Trail, Route 1.
Looking off to the southeast to the valley opposite Mt. Pleasant.
Head east on the trail to continue the loop. You will see this marker for the next segment of trail. Straight ahead there is a parking area and State Route 31 at the summit of Huntington Canyon. The trail runs parallel to the highway at this point.
There’s a restroom and another parking area near the last parking lot.
Continue along Route 12 of the Arapeen Trail heading east.
The trail runs along the east side of Huntington Reservoir.
Stay left at the fork.
Turn onto Arapeen Route 54.
Turn right to head west on Route 51.
An area of the trail where things open up as we get to the top just after a summer rainstorm.
Turning back onto Route 1 (Skyline Drive).
Looking back toward Mt. Pleasant not far from where we started on this loop. Head back down 0037 to return to Mt. Pleasant.
Here is a photo gallery of all of the images we took along the way. Not necessarily in any order or sequence. Many are at trail intersections. You can see the photos and exactly where along the trail where taken: Click here for Photo Locations.
The closest medical help is the Sanpete Valley Hospital, 1100 S Medical Drive, Mt Pleasant, UT 84647. (435) 462-2441
Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies.
Sanpete County Sheriff: Dial 9-1-1 or (435) 835-2191. 1500 S Hwy 89, Manti, UT 84642
Utah Highway Patrol: Dial 9-1-1
We highly recommend you purchase a Utah Search and Rescue Assistant Card (USARA), learn more: https://secure.utah.gov/rescue/