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Utah Mountain Bike Rides

We understand that most people think that Utah has "The Greatest Snow on Earth", but we think the motto should be changed to "The Greatest Trails on Earth".  Utah truly has some of the best mountain biking trails on the planet and they are not just limited to Moab.  The Salt Lake area has enough singletrack to fulfill all our Mountain Biking needs and then some. Here is a list of some of our favorite local trail rides.  Don't worry, this list doesn't even scratch the surface of what Salt Lake has to offer.  Be sure to contact us if you'd like more information or want to join us for a group ride.

Utah Mountain Biking is the BEST!

Salt Lake City

Bonneville Shoreline Trail 

The Salt Lake Bonneville Shoreline Trail or BST is a great place to start your riding for the year.  It usually is one of the first trails to dry out in the spring and stays dry well into the fall.  It is a good network of trail for a beginner to try out what Utah mountain biking has to offer and for experts to warm their legs.  The main portion of the trail is located in the foothills just behind the University of Utah.  Due to it's close location to downtown SLC it makes a great quick ride.  Many people even find time to fit in a mountain bike ride on the BST on their lunch break.  There are many access points to the BST between Emigration Canyon and City Creek Canyon but our favorite is the Sunnyside Ave. trailhead accross from the Hogle Zoo.  From the Sunnyside trailhead we usually will ride it as an out and back as far as our legs will take us.

Ability: Beginner to Intermediate

Dry Creek

The Dry Creek portion of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail is located in the Canyon just behind the University Hospital.  It is a little more strenuous with a few more technical sections than the Sunnyside to Red Butte Gardens portion of the BST.  It still has great access from the city to make it a quick ride.  You can use this climb as an out and back, ride up to the Bobsled Trail or take it all the way to City Creek Canyon.  We usually access this part of the ride by parking at Popperton Park (1400 East Popperton Park Way) and then ride up the road and hopping on the bike path/trail on the right that takes you up to the mouth of Dry Creek.

Ability: Intermediate

The Bobsled

The bobsled trail has lots of features.The Bobsled Trail has become rather infamous over the years and is a must ride for all intermediate and above skilled riders.  It is a great downhill trail with flowy bobsled style turns and has freeride and jump features in the lower section.  Because it is in a drainage area it is smart to wait until it drys out to ride it.  Be careful early season because there are usually wheel swallowing ruts and unseen dangers.  The Boblsed is located almost directly between City Creek and Dry Creek and can be accessed by climbing either Dry Creek, City Creek or shuttling N Terrace Hills Dr.

Ability: Intermediate to Expert

Millcreek Canyon


The Millcreek Pipeline trail is perfect trail to hone in your singletrack skills.  The trail runs down the north side of the canyon offers amazing views and is mostly flat with only a few rough descents.  This makes it a good ride for beginners and a classic for the experienced.  Our favorite time of the year to ride the Pipeline trail is Spring and Fall.  The trail can get very, very hot in the Summer time so be sure to get out early.  It is best ridden as a loop or shuttle using the road as the uphill route.  With four different trailheads you can hop on the trail at any point.  We prefer the big loop by parking at Rattlesnake Gulch and riding the road all the way to Elbow Fork before turning down the trail.

Ability: Beginner to Intermediate

Dog Lake- Upper Millcreek Canyon

The trick with the upper Millcreek trails is to remember that "It's odd they don't let Mountain Bikers ride the trails on odd days".  You must remember this saying because bikes are not allowed on the trails on odd numbered days.  That being said don't miss your opportunities to ride the Big Water Trail to Dog Lake.  The beautiful views and amazing trail make this a great ride for beginners to experts.  The trip up isn't so technically challenging as it is strenuous due to the high altitude and elevation gain.  Big Water trail is often times a good ride to escape the heat of the Valley in  the summer time.  Access the Big Water Trailhead by driving up Millcreek canyon to the very top, the main trailhead is just to the right of the lower/main parking lot.  Have a great time and make sure to remember the odd day saying and a few extra dollars for the pay booth when you are leaving the canyon.

Ability: Beginner to Intermediate

Draper City

Corner Canyon

Don't miss your chance to ride Ghost FallsCorner Canyon is definitely one of our favorite trail systems because it has so much to offer.  It has a great network of trails that is constantly growing thanks to Draper City and all their volunteers.  It is a great place for a beginner or expert because of the wide variety of trails.  The main Corner Canyon Trailhead is located at the Ballard Equestrian Center (1300 E @ 13360 S) in Draper.  One of our favorite rides is to go up either Canyon Hollow or Clark's trail (Canyon Hollow is the easier of the two) and go down the Rush flow trail.  This makes for a fun loop with a nice flowy descent.  There are plenty of other awesome trails to hit while in Corner Canyon so be sure to pick up a trail map at one of the trailheads.

Ability: Beginner to Intermediate

Park City

Flying Dog

It's a nice view on the Flying DogIf you are venturing out to Park City for a ride the Flying Dog trail is a good place to start.  It is part of the Glenwild Trail system and can be accessed from Jeremy Ranch or Kimball Junction exits in Park City.  It is a good climb either way so be prepared with fresh legs.  Due to the elevation gains we recommend this ride for only strong beginners, intermediate, and expert cross country riders.  The Glenwild trail system is quite vast with many different options of accessing and riding the flying Dog trail.  We prefer parking at the Jeremy Ranch trailhead (apprx. 2800 Homestead Rd) and riding it in a counterclockwise out and back loop using Fink Again, Jeremy 24-7  and the Preserve Connector.  This ride makes for a quicker 10 mile loop with about 1500 feet of climbing. If you want to go for a longer, bigger ride add in a trip around Glenwild basin and Cobblestone.  However you decide to ride it we are sure you will have a great time on the Flying Dog.

Ability: Intermediate

Road to Arcylon

Much like its back wards name Arcylon was built for riders who like to get rowdy on their trail bike.  It is a downhill oriented trail just outside of Jeremy Ranch at the Gargoza Park sledding zone. Although it is a downhill oriented trail, it's not necessary to bring your dh bike.  You will be pedaling to the top so bring a well rounded trail bike.  The Road to Arcylon has some well built features including wood drops, jumps and berms.  All gap jumps do have ride arounds which make this a good trail for adventurous beginners to experts.  Pedaling up to the trail isn't too overly strenuous and once on Arcylon you can do as many laps as you please. 

Ability: Intermediate to Expert 

The Canyons Bike Park

Ride Utah's only bike park at The Canyons.The Canyons Resort is known worldwide for some of the best Skiing and Snowboarding. Growing on this reputation they are now Utah's fastest growing lift-accessed mountain biking and the only Mountain Bike Park in Utah. The Canyons's wide variety of flow and downhill trails feature fun berms, rollers, jumps and wood features. They have 2 skills parks for dialing in the basic riding skills. With trail progression from easy to advance The Canyons Bike Park is great for riders of all abilities. We like to start our day off on Flying Salmon or Wild Mouse pumping the turns and jumping the table tops before moving our way up to the bigger features on Rally Cat or Dropkick. If you really want to test your skills head on over to Split Decision but watch out for the mandatory drops and gap jumps.

Ability: Beginner to Expert


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