Utah is known for our world class mountains which bring world class snow and trail riding. Don't be fooled, the Wasatch also offers amazing road riding with tough climbs and great views. With the Tour of Utah gaining popularity every year it seams that our roads are being ridden more and more. This list is only a few of our favorite rides. Be sure to contact us if you have any questions or want to join us for a group ride.
If you are looking for a good cycling route in the city try 900 E. It travels from the Avenues to Draper with a fair to nice shoulder the whole way. It slightly ungulates but has no serious climbs making a good ride for all skill levels. It is a major route for motorists so be sure to stay sharp. Be aware that at approx 7500 S. 900 E. will turn into 700 E. and continue out to Draper. You can use 9th as an out and back or ride it in a loop using 1300 E. or Wasatch for more mileage.
We often find ourselves skirting along the Mountains on Wasatch Blvd. It's gentle rolling hills, with only a few steep climbs make it a great ride for all skill levels. It links up most of the canyon rides which makes it great place to warm up your legs before heading up the mountains or you can turn it into a loop using a lower parallel street such as 2300 E. Wasatch Blvd runs along the foothills of the Wasatch (approx 3500 E) from 3300 S. all the way to 11625 S. in Draper.
The canyons along the Wasatch Front are great proving ground for cyclist who are looking for a scenic challenging ride. Because most of them have a steep grades and drastic elevation gain you should be a stronger rider to attempt them. Although they can be painful and strenuous they are worth the challenge. The Canyons offer great views with fun descents. Gear down and start pedaling.
City Creek Canyon is within a quick ride from downtown Salt Lake City. It has mostly moderate grades so it makes a good canyon to test your climbing legs. It is located on Bonneville Blvd. just behind the State Capitol building. You have to remember that City Creek is only open to cyclists on odd numbered days and has a 15mph speed limit.
Emigration is the classic canyon ride. It's location makes it a great ride-to from Salt Lake City. It's gentle to moderate grades and moderate traffic make it a good ride for all skill level riders that want to venture up the canyons. To access Emigration follow Sunnyside Ave (800 S.) above Foothill passing the Hogle Zoo and This is the Place Monument. You can peddle to the top of Little Mountain which offers a great view of the City and Little Dell Reservoir. If you are feeling strong and want to keep riding, continue towards East canyon and climb Big Mountain. Big Mountain's switchbacks are a much steeper so we suggest this addition only to strong riders.
Millcreek is the most centrally located canyon in our Wasatch. There is a fee station but don't worry, the fees are only for motorists. The route up the canyon is in steps, alternating moderate to steep grades throughout the whole ride. The steep sections are strenuous but you will be able to recover on the flatter steps. Because Millcreek is a popular destination for scouts, picnickers and hikers it can become crowded with traffic throughout the summer. The mouth of Millcreek Canyon is located at 3800 S. and Wasatch Blvd. The ride can be tough but the thick pine forest and huge mountain scape of upper Millcreek is worth every minute of pain.
Big Cottonwood Canyon isn't necessarily the steepest canyon to ride, the 30 mile round trip is just the longest. Don't get us wrong, BCC still has plenty of leg burning climbs which should be attempted by stronger riders that are acclimated to the elevation. The mouth BCC is located at Wasatch Blvd and Fort Union Blvd (7000 S.) The ride up BCC is a great scenic escape from the city and traffic usually isn't too bad.
The Little in Little Cottonwood Canyon doesn't mean it's any easier or smaller than Big Cottonwood Canyon. In fact we believe it is the more difficult of the two Cottonwood Canyons. It is shorter but the grades are steeper so we only recommend this canyon to very strong riders looking for a challenge. The mouth of LCC is located at 8927 S. Wasatch Blvd and has great access from anywhere in the city. Believe us, the views are worth the challenge.