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The Best Places To Mountain Bike in SLC

May 23, 2022 | Things to do in Utah

It’s about that time. The weather is getting warmer, the trails are drying out and you have been itching to tune up and get out on your mountain bike.

Not only does Utah have ‘the best snow on earth,’ but Utah also has some fantastic mountain biking trails for all experience levels.  And you don’t have to travel that far to find these trails. Right here in the Salt Lake valley are some of the best trails in the state. 

From beginner to expert, you can find all your riding needs close by. But because they are so accessible, some of these trails can get a little congested at times. 

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) is one of the most popular trails in the valley, and will give you access to most of the other trails in the valley. It is a multi-use trail so you will find cyclers, hikers, and runners on this trail. This is a beginner to intermediate single track running large sections of the valley. There are several access points to the BST so you can do sections or the full out and back.  

Some of the notable trails you can access from the BST starting just north of Salt Lake City, in Bountiful is Mueller Park, a nice intermediate up and back, or you can link it with North Canyon for a solid 9-mile trek. The aggressive, downhill-only Bobsled trail is just off the BST above the Avenues in Salt Lake. It’s black diamond riding, but you can ride around all the jumps if you want to get a feel for it. 

A little farther south you have a Pipeline which you can ride up and down in Millcreek Canyon, or can be linked with Wasatch Crest trail from the top of Big Cottonwood Canyon, or Lambs Canyon from the Parley’s side. 

 

Then head to Draper and ride the expansive trail system at Corner Canyon. There are so many trails here you could spend every weekend in the summer exploring this system. Notable in this area are Rush, Levitate, and Vertigo, all downhill-only trails, and all worth checking out. Be aware, Levitate is a black diamond ride, but again, you can ride around, or over all of the jumps here.  And the scenery and views from the access trails, namely Ann’s trail and Eagle Crest, are worth the climb. 

 If you don’t have a full day to ride, hit one of the terrain parks to keep yourself fresh. At the sound end of the valley, the Draper Cycle Park has some great loops, a solid pump track, and some decent terrain to practice on. Just south of downtown you can hit the 9 Line Jump Park for some good jump practice or a solid pump track.
With all the great riding options right here in the valley, why not get out and ride.  

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