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Paved pathways in the area
A lot of the riding I do is along Utah's paved trail systems. There are many miles of these paved trails and more to come. We have great trails along the Jordan River through Salt Lake City, and many suburb cities, all the way south to Utah Lake. More along the Ogden and Weber Rivers in Weber County. Another along the Provo River in Utah County. There is a 13 mile pathway along the new Legacy Highway. And a trail project to pave the old Denver Rio Grande rail line, running from west of Ogden at the north side of Roy Utah, all the way through Farmington to join the Legacy Pathway. All of this trail is paved now, from the north side of Roy into West Bountiful, though some of it is along Legacy and part on the Prospector Trail. One can also cross over to the Legacy Pathway using the Farmington Creek Trail or ride straight through on the rail trail. There is a map for that on my Rail Trail pages. In February of 2012 the two mile section between Legacy and the Jordan River Trail was completed. You can now ride all the way through from Roy Utah to 146th South in Bluffdale Utah. Probably not in one ride though. See my Legacy Trail page for details.
There are many other paved trails around the area, but most of the ones that I have checked out are fairly short. Many of the trails shown here, also have shorter side trails, mostly going to trailheads or street connections. One trail I could mention is the Parley's Trail in Salt Lake City. When I rode it, the trail was about 3 miles long, but has some very steep grades as much as 11%. Some day this trail will run from the mouth of Parley's Canyon west to the Jordan River Trail.
Speaking of hills, if you don't mind them, there are many miles of paved trails up in Park City. Also the back roads in Morgan make a great ride up East Canyon to the reservoir.
Another new trail that is really great, is the Murdock Canal Trail from Lehi to Orem in Utah County. They say it will eventually connect the Provo River Trail with the Jordan River Trail. The Murdock Trail opened in May of 2013.
I recently checked out a trail running through Sandy and Draper, called the Porter Rockwell Trail. It is about 12 miles long, but has a short section missing between Sandy and Draper. That ride has been added to my pages now.
I have also done quite a bit of riding out on the roads. Mostly out on back roads in the country where the traffic is light. One great place to ride, is the back roads of Box Elder County. A nice ride you can do, is out to the Bear River Bird Refuge. You can park at the Visitor Center just west of the I-15 Freeway, on Forrest Street in Brigham City, then ride out a newly paved road to the Bird Refuge, a distance of 12.5 miles one way. Take mosquito repellant though. There are some great back roads in the area between Brigham City, Tremonton, Bear River City, Honeyville and Dewyville.
And one of my favorite rides is around Bear Lake. Half of this ride is in Utah, and half in Idaho. Circling around the lake is 52 miles.
On the pages of my Bike Riding Stories, reached from the buttons above, I have tried to show the trail locations, interruptions, progress, and any other information I thought you might could use. There is also a button for the latest trail information, 'Trail Updates'.
New Connecting Trails with Pictures and Maps
More information about the Ogden and Weber River Pathways is available at:
A good source of information for what is happening along the Jordan River is available at:
JORDAN RIVER PARKWAY TRAIL MASTER PLAN
Me and my Mountain Bike
In the last few years I have ridden all of these pathways over and over, riding up to 76 miles a few times. Most of my rides are 36 to 64 miles. After my first short year, I have been riding more than 1,000 miles a year and in 2011 managed more than 2,000 miles. I have over 3,000 miles on my mountain bike and over 4,000 on my touring bike. I realize these rides are not extraordinary for you younger folk, though I think pretty good for one my age.
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