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Kevin’s Favorite Biking Trails

Apr 28, 2023 | Things to do in Utah

Are you a cycling enthusiast looking for various trails to ride in Salt Lake Valley? Whether you prefer road cycling or mountain biking, there are plenty of options to choose from that will challenge and excite riders of all levels.

Let’s start with road cycling. If you’re looking for a scenic and mostly flat ride, the Jordan River Parkway Trail is a great option. With 45 miles of paved trail stretching from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake, you can start your ride at several access points and enjoy views of the river and surrounding mountains.

Challenging Ride

For those who want a more challenging ride, the Big Cottonwood Canyon Road offers breathtaking views of the valley below. Be prepared for a steady climb as you gain over 4,000 feet in elevation, but the descent is well worth it. Alternatively, the Emigration Canyon Road and the Alpine Loop Scenic Byway offer equally stunning views and challenging climbs.

Off-road Cycling

If you prefer off-road cycling, the Salt Lake Valley has plenty of mountain biking trails to explore. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is one of the most popular multi-use trails in the valley, offering beginner to intermediate single track and access to other notable trails such as Mueller Park and Pipeline.

For a more aggressive ride, check out the downhill-only Bobsled trail or the expansive trail system at Corner Canyon, which features several downhill-only trails like Rush, Levitate, and Vertigo. The Draper Cycle Park and the 9 Line Jump Park also offer great options for practicing your skills on jumps and pump tracks.

Family-friendly Cycling 

If you’re looking for a family-friendly cycling adventure, several trails in the Salt Lake Valley are perfect for riders of all ages and skill levels. The Parley’s Trail, Mill Creek Canyon Road, and Murray Parkway Trail are all paved and offer stunning views and plenty of opportunities for rest along the way.

No matter which trails you choose, staying safe and prepared is essential. Always wear a helmet, bring plenty of water and snacks, and be aware of your surroundings. It’s also good to check the weather and trail conditions before heading out.

In addition to these trails, several cycling events and races take place in the Salt Lake Valley throughout the year. The Salt Lake Century Ride, Tour de Cure, and Utah Tour de Donut are just a few examples. These events allow riders to challenge themselves and connect with other cycling enthusiasts.

So, whether you prefer road cycling or mountain biking, there are plenty of trails and events to explore in the Salt Lake Valley. Get out there, challenge yourself, and enjoy this beautiful area’s stunning scenery and fresh air. 

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