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Bonneville Shoreline Trail - Salt Lake City Section

Basics
Difficulty:
Advanced
Time To Allow:
1 - 2 hrs.
Elevation Change:
1500 feet

Description

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a series of trails along the slope of the Wasatch Mountains where the old shoreline of Lake Bonneville met the hills. Sections of trail are found from Ogden to Payson. The northern Salt Lake City section extends from City Creek Canyon to Emigration Canyon. A favorite ride is a 10-mile loop from City Creek that covers 7 miles of trail, then a 3-mile road return.

Although not a year-round trail, it's rideable during temporary winter thaws. In the winter, the rating raises to advanced technical because of steep climbs in mud and snow, slippery surfaces on steep side-slopes, and some rough wet rock.

Details

Length:
Different trailheads yield different routes.
Difficulty:
Advanced
Aerobic Difficulty:
Steep in places with difficult switchbacks
Time To Allow:
1 - 2 hrs.
10 mile loop
Trailhead Elevation:
Also varies by trailhead.
Elevation Change:
1500
Additional Details:
The trail begins on Bonneville Drive just east of the City Creek Canyon road, with a few parking places at the trailhead. There''s a stiff climb on singletrack, 650 vertical feet over the first mile. On a summer''s morning, it''s not bad. In the winter, it can be downright brutal. You''ll climb 3 miles to the divide above City Creek Canyon. Total elevation gain is 1250 feet.

From time to time, the trail dumps onto double-track. You''ll run across several side trails and 4-wheeler tracks. When in doubt, keep straight or take the more-traveled trail (follow the tire tracks).

After winding around a few canyons, at around mile 5 the singletrack loops around Limekiln Gulch. It then runs straight down Dry Gulch to the Avenues Trailhead. This is a GREAT descent. But keep your speed under control so you don''t crash into a runner or a dog.

From the Avenues Trailhead (GPS N 40° 46.658'' W 111° 50.225''), you can head left past the University of Utah Hospital towards the Emigration Canyon end of the trail. Or, fork right and climb a short distance until you hit the paved recreation trail. Dump onto the city street next to the trail and head straight until you''re on 11th Avenue. Continue until 11th turns right on Bonneville Drive, then roll on back to the City Creek Trailhead.

Information provided by utahmountainbiking.com.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions
To reach the City Creek trailhead, head to 3rd or 5th East, then head north uphill. When you reach 11th Avenue, turn left and drive until 11th Avenue ends at the edge of City Creek Canyon. Turn right on the one-way (no passing: the left lane is for bikers and pedestrians). Pull over at the small parking area at the bottom of the canyon (GPS N 40° 47.388' W 111° 52.709'). If you go past the paved City Creek Canyon road, you've gone too far.

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