The Fishlake National Forest in central Utah takes its name from one of its lakes, Fish Lake, which is the largest freshwater lake in Utah and home to giant Mackinaws. But the Fishlake is more famous for Pando, a quaking aspen stand, that some authorities say is the oldest (80,000 years) and largest (13 million pounds spread across 106 acres) organism on the planet.
The Forest also provides a wide variety of outdoor recreation opportunities from horseback riding, to hiking to off-highway vehicle exploration in designated areas, a popular activity in this part of Utah.
Mountain biking is another activity that is gaining popularity on the Forest. The community of Richfield and the Forest Service have been working together for years to create a sustainable destination mountain bike trail system in the Pahvant Mountains, with trailhead access just on the edge of town. The new system will not only help spur economic development, but will help to limit conflict among user groups, including ATV and horseback riders.
Through this project, REI and the NFF will help with Phase 1 of the proposed 80-mile single-track trail system, which will be located 2.5 hours south of Salt Lake City and 2.5 hours west of Moab. The project will be implemented with the help of local contractors, volunteers and summer youth crews. This year we are hoping to assist with the completion of approximately 18 miles of new trail.