New Juniper Features

June 3, 2009

I have a short story to tell. So, please… Indulge me.

This last weekend, I was in California for a conference, and I missed the big grand opening. I sent my wife to win the bike frame, and whatever other goodies she could in my absence. I wanted to be there so bad, you have no idea. So, when I got back, I was dying to get up on the hill and try out some of the new features that were built. The first new obstacle was the ladder on the lower part of the Juniper trail.

Lower Juniper

Lower Juniper Ladder

This new feature offers two exits. The first on the left offers a small drop, and the second goes a little skinnier, and offers a larger drop.

Lower Juniper Drop

Upper Juniper
After completing the lower loop, and rounding out to the bottom, I header for the top again to see the new features on the upper part of the trail. The first new feature is a long teeter-totter.


Almost immediately, there is a new skinny feature that this humble bike would call the most advanced feature in the park. There is a small climb, and a quick left turn followed by another left turn through the trees on a footing that gets narrower the further you get down it.

Upper Skinny

Once you get to the end, you only have about eight inches of wood below you, and a quick drop that follows. My first time attempting, I bailed at the end, taking out the small tree to the left of the trail. Best of all, I bent up my front crank, and shattered the screen on my phone. $200 later, I have a new phone, and bike parts are bent back into shape! Time to ride again!

Biker falling off a bridge!

Thanks again to all the hustle that everyone put into building these great new features! They are a blast to ride, and add a lot of depth to the trail.

The Juniper Drop

April 28, 2009

Finally got up to the park this afternoon to do some riding. I was swamped all last week and needed to get some riding in. Ran into Zack from the city, Kalin Norman who I helped build this feature a couple of weeks ago. Love this bike park, what a fun place.

Josh Ragsdale - Mountain Ranch Bike Park - Juniper Trail

Kalin Norman - Mountain Ranch Bike Park - Eagle Mountain Utah

April Pictures

April 17, 2009

dsc_0386-copyWell, I spent three days last weekend up at the park just having a great time pedaling around. With the addition of the ladders up on the Juniper trail, and the flowy lines of the downhill trail, it was just a blast to be up there riding. Here are a few pictures of some friends riding.

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December Work Party

December 3, 2008

Thanks to all of you who have worked so diligently on the bike park. With the favorable weather we have been enjoying things are beginning to take shape. We are planning a work party forĀ Saturday, December 6th from 12-4. If you are available during any of these hours, then please grab a friend and make it out.

I’ve posted some pictures below of the work thus far! Thanks again for all of your dedication in getting this project off the ground.

Juniper Trail Ladder Drop

Slopestyle Trail Jumps

Skills Area

Skills Area Ladder Bridges

Pump Track

Skills Area Ladder Bridges

Juniper Trail Filter

Slopestyle Trail Berms

Closed During Construction

The Dirt on the Bike Park

October 24, 2008

We had dump trucks hauling dirt all day on Friday. A bobcat and bulldozer did some trail blazing as well. I’ve only built trail with hand tools, so it was strange to sit back and watch. Darin and I are banking on a good turn out of vounteer labor tomorrow to begin shaping the pump track and finish cutting and smoothing the Juniper Trail.

Back in Business!

October 23, 2008

The park is, once again, ready to be built. We had a pretty good turn out in July before construction was put on hold pending a property issue. The issue has finally been resolved and we are back in business. A bulldozer started to clear the two lower trails this morning. Friday we will have 60-70 dump truck loads of dirt delivered. Saturday we need all the help we can get. We will finish cutting the Juniper Trail, build the entrance trail, clear some trail sections that cross the gas easement, clear the skills area routes, and probably work on the pump track and ladder bridges. Please bring picks, shovels, tampers, rakes, and hoes if you have them. We will have a dozen McLeod’s there if you don’t have anything of your own. If you have a cordless drill and saw you could bring along, that would be a great help in building the ladder bridges. The plan is to meet at 8:30 am at the bottom of the park on Golden Eagle Road – directly under the power lines. We will be cooking up some grub at 12:30 so let me know if you can make it. If anybody has a Bobcat or operates one, please let me know, we may rent one if we can keep it busy on Saturday.

Please let me know if you think you can make it out this Saturday. I don’t want to run out of food!



Julian’s Ride

July 22, 2008

My son and I took a quick ride on the Juniper Trail this morning. Having just been cut, the trail was mighty soft. More tires and some much needed rain should firm things up.