Mountain Biking

Print

bikingSandy is the most centralized place to access the best mountain biking trails along the Wasatch Front. With 30 different trails within 30 minutes of Sandy, and over 100 trails within an hour drive, Sandy is the ultimate base camp when you have the itch to get out and bike.

Links to websites featuring nearby trails:

logo

Little Cottonwood Canyon

Little Cottonwood Creek

Trail Type: Out and back, broad single track
Trail Distance:
Difficulty: Intermediate / Technical. Trail is rocky and steep at times.
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, go East on 9400 South as it turns in to Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, past Wasatch Blvd. Continue East past Wasatch Blvd for 1.2 miles, past the Granite Trailhead on your right and just across a small bridge. Just before the road intersects with North Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, there will be a turnoff on your right. This joint parking lot is the trailhead for the Little Cottonwood Creek mountain bike trail and also the Temple Quarry Nature Trail. The mountain biking trail starts at the far east side of the parking lot.
Good Route Description: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/lit-cot.htm

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Bonneville Shoreline (Sandy to Draper)

Trail Type: One way, or out and back, single track
Trail Distance: 3.6 miles
Difficulty: Intermediate / Technical. Some sections require walking your bike.
Directions to Trailhead: The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is located in the Southeast corner of Sandy. From the North, travel South on Wasatch Boulevard to about 11600 South. An LDS Church will be on your left, next to Sandy City’s Hidden Valley Park. The trail begins at Hidden Valley Park on the East side of the park. From the South or West, travel East on 11400 South to 1700 East. Turn right on 1700 East, go down a hill, and turn left at the light on to Wasatch Blvd. Continue East on Wasatch Blvd. until you see a park and an LDS Church on your right. The park is Hidden Valley Park. The trail begins at Hidden Valley Park on the on the East side of the park.
Locate Route Description Here

Dimple Dell Park Trail Network

Trail Type: Out and back, broad single track
Trail Distance: Total distance of park 5.7 miles
Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate. Although it doesn't contain steep inclines or declines, some areas of the trail are tough.
Directions to Trailhead:

Granite Trailhead: From State St and 9000 S, head east on 9000 S toward the mountain. Make a slight left onto 9400 S and continue onto Little Cottonwood Rd. Turn right onto Mt Jordan Rd, and the trailhead will be on the right.

Wrangler Trailhead: From State St and 9000 S, head east on 9000 S toward the mountain. Make a slight left onto 9400 S and turn right onto 1300 E. The trailhead will be on the right.

Porter Rockwell Trailhead: From State St and 9000 S, head east on 9000 S toward the mountain. Turn right onto 300 E. Continue onto 285 E then turn left onto 9800 S / Sego Lily Dr. Take the 1st right onto S 300 E and the trailhead will be on the right.

15 min

Little Cottonwood Canyon

Albion Basin

Trail Type: Out and back, gravel and dirt road
Trail Distance: 3 miles each way
Difficulty: Easy
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, go East on 9400 South past Wasatch Blvd. to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Travel 8 miles up the canyon from the electric sign to the Alta Ski area. Keep going straight until the road ends. Park on the right side of the road just before the information booth.
Good Route Description: http://www.utah.com/bike/trails/albion_basin.htm

Snowbird Resort

Trail Type: Lift served network of trails, including single track, double track, dirt roads
Trail Distance: Varies
Difficulty: Varies
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, go East on 9400 South past Wasatch Blvd. to the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon. Travel 6 miles up the canyon from the electric sign to the Snowbird Ski area. Most mountain biking is accessible from the Snowbird Center and the Tram at Entry #2.

http://www.snowbird.com/summer/mtb/

Corner Canyon Area

Corner Canyon Trail Network

There are numerous great mountain biking trails in the Corner Canyon area of Draper. Some of the trails in this area include:

  • Canyon Hollow Trail
  • Clark's Trail
  • Draper Downhill (a.k.a. Maple Hollow Downhill)
  • Draper Race Loop
  • Ghost Falls
  • Jacob’s Ladder
  • Traverse Ridge
  • Rush Bike Flow Trail

Trail Type: single track, some double track
Trail Distance: varies
Difficulty: Varies
Directions to Trailhead: There are several possible trailheads and ways to connect in from other trails to the Corner Canyon trail area. Below are directions to two of the main trailheads.

Hollow Trailhead: From Sandy, go South on 1300 East in to Draper, past the roundabout, continuing South until 1300 East ends at a stop sign just past the underpass. Turn right on Highland Drive and go .2 miles and make your first left on S. Rambling Rd. Go up the hill to the roundabout and turn right on to Mike Weir Drive. Go .2 miles and turn left on Pinon Hills Lane (near the Draper LDS Temple). Turn right immediately on Canyon Vine Cove, left on Gray Fox Drive and right on Coyote Hollow Ct. The trailhead is at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Equestrian Center (a.k.a. Rodeo Grounds) Trailhead: From Sandy, go South on 1300 East in to Draper, past the roundabout, continuing South until 1300 East ends at a stop sign just past the underpass. Turn left and drive a quarter mile to where you’ll see a large parking area on the left. This is the parking lot for the Equestrian Center. Park here and cross the street to find the trail.
Good Route Descriptions for each of the trails listed above in the Corner Canyon area can be found here: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/idx-SLC-south.htm

Bonneville Shoreline (Draper to Sandy)

Trail Type: One way, or out and back, double track and single track
Trail Distance: 3.6 miles
Difficulty: Moderate at beginning. The further North you go, the more technical the ride gets. Some sections require walking your bike.
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, travel South on 1300 East in to Draper. Just past 12300 South, at the bottom of the hill, there is a roundabout. Turn left at the circle and go East for one mile to 2000 East. Turn right and go south. To bike on the Corner Canyon Road, turn left into the paved parking area. Bike or drive one mile up Corner Canyon Road to the Bonneville Shoreline Trailhead on your right.
Locate Route Description Here

Suncrest and South Mountain Area

Suncrest Loop Trail (a.k.a. Eagle Crest)

Trail Type: Out and back single track, or create a loop with single track and asphalt road
Trail Distance: 2.9 miles one way, 4.5 mile loop
Difficulty: Intermediate
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, go South on 1300 East in to Draper, past the roundabout, continuing South until 1300 East ends at a stop sign just past the underpass. Turn right on Highland Drive and go .2 miles and make your first left on S. Rambling Rd. Go up the hill to the roundabout and turn right on to Mike Weir Drive. Continue on Mike Weir Drive until it ends at Traverse Ridge Dr. Turn left on Traverse Ridge Drive and go up hill to the summit at Suncrest. At the stop sign in Suncrest, turn right on Deer Ridge Drive and go 0.9 miles. Just before the road crosses a bridge, turn right onto Elk Glen Drive and immediately turn left to park at the small picnic area. The Suncrest Loop Trail starts with the cinder path on your left. The Maple Hollow Downhill trail is straight ahead and veers to the right toward the Salt Lake valley.
Good Route Description: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/suncrest.htm

Oak Vista to Eagle Crest Loop

Trail Type: Loop with single track, some asphalt road
Trail Distance: 4.5 mile loop
Difficulty: Intermediate
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, go South on 1300 East in to Draper, past the roundabout, continuing South until 1300 East ends at a stop sign just past the underpass. Turn right on Highland Drive and go .2 miles and make your first left on S. Rambling Rd. Go up the hill to the roundabout and turn right on to Mike Weir Drive. Continue on Mike Weir Drive until it ends at Traverse Ridge Dr. Turn left on Traverse Ridge Drive and go up hill to the summit at Suncrest. At the stop sign in Suncrest, turn right on Deer Ridge Drive and go 0.7 miles. Watch for a parking area on your right. The trail ducks through the oak on the north side.
Good Route Description: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/oakvista.htm

Bonneville Shoreline (South Mountain)

Trail Type: single track
Trail Distance: 4.8 miles
Difficulty: Intermediate
Directions to Trailhead: These directions are to the Flight Park Trailhead: From Sandy, travel South on I-15 to the Bangerter Highway Exit. Go East as the road becomes Traverse Ridge Rd. Go straight on Traverse Ridge Rd. to Steep Mountain Drive. Go South on Steep Mountain Drive to where the road ends at the Flight Park. The trail passes at the base of the slope behind the houses.
Locate Route Description Here

Murray

Germania Dirt Trail

Trail Type: Single track loops
Trail Distance: There is one .8 mile loop, with two smaller loops inside the larger. Total trail lengths is 1.4 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, go North on I-15 to the 5300 South Exit. Get off the freeway and go west. Proceed for a half mile to 1070 West where you’ll turn right. Drive past the first parking area, after .25 miles, you will come to the Germania Germania Pavilion. From here, take the Jordan River trail west, past the soccer field, toward the river. Stay to the right when the trail splits, and the single track will be on your left after about 40 feet.
Good Route Description: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/germania.htm

30 min

Big Cottonwood Canyon

Mill D North Fork

Trail Type: Single track loop or out and back
Distance: Varies
Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, get on Wasatch Boulevard by traveling East on 9400 South. At the intersection with Wasatch Boulevard, turn left and head North. Continue traveling North along Wasatch Boulevard to the intersection with Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (approximately 7200 South). Turn right and drive 8.8 miles up the canyon from the traffic light. Park near the trailhead on your left.
Good Route Description: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/mill-d-n.htm

Solitude Resort Trail Network

Trail Type: Lift served network of trails, including single track, double track, loops and out and back
Distance: Varies
Difficulty: Easy to Advanced
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, get on Wasatch Boulevard by traveling East on 9400 South. At the intersection with Wasatch Boulevard, turn left and head North. Continue traveling North along Wasatch Boulevard to the intersection with Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (approximately 7200 South). Turn right and drive 12 miles up the canyon to Solitude Mountain Resort.
Good Route Description and more information: http://www.skisolitude.com/summer/biking.php

Wasatch Crest Trail

Trail Type: Rocky road, single track. Most people do the ride as an out and back ride or one-way ride starting at Guardsman Pass.
Distance: Varies
Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, get on Wasatch Boulevard by traveling East on 9400 South. At the intersection with Wasatch Boulevard, turn left and head North. Continue traveling North along Wasatch Boulevard to the intersection with Big Cottonwood Canyon Road (approximately 7200 South). Turn right and drive 12 miles up the canyon to Solitude Mountain Resort. Past Solitude, and just before you reach Brighton Ski Area, the road to Guardsman Pass is on your left. Turn here and continue up for 1.8 miles where you’ll see a dirt road on your left at a hairpin turn. Park near the entrance to the dirt road and start biking up the road. Continue biking up past the gate.
Good Route Description: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/wasatch.htm

Mill Creek Canyon

Mill Creek Pipeline Trail

Trail Type: Single track out and back, or loop by going up the asphalt Mill Creek Canyon Road
Distance: Varies, up to 7 miles one way. The trail can be entered or exited at four locations.
Difficulty: Intermediate
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, take I-215 going East and then North. Take Exit 4 at 3900 S./3000 S. Keep left at the fork, and merge onto Wasatch Blvd. going North. Turn right at 3800 South / East Mill Creek Canyon Rd. Proceed up the canyon. There is a $3.00 fee to drive up the canyon, or you can bike up the canyon for free. The Mill Creek Pipeline Trail parallels the road and is on your left as you proceed up the canyon. The trail can be accessed from the (in order from bottom to top) Church Fork, Burch Hollow, or Elbow Fork trailheads. We don’t recommend trying to start the Mill Creek Pipeline Trail from Rattlesnake Gulch. This steep narrow section of the trail is best suited for advanced riders, going downhill only. The further you go up canyon, the longer your ride back down. Also, please be aware that the gate to drive in to Upper Mill Creek Canyon (between Burch Hollow and Elbow Fork) is open to cars only from July 1 to November 1. However, you can hike or bike past the gate at any time.
Good Route Description: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/pipeline.htm

Mill Creek to Desolation Lake Trail

Trail Type: Single track out and back
Distance: 6.5 miles each way
Difficulty: Intermediate
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, take I-215 going East and then North. Take Exit 4 at 3900 S./3000 S. Keep left at the fork, and merge onto Wasatch Blvd. going North. Turn right at 3800 South / East Mill Creek Canyon Rd. Proceed up the canyon. There is a $3.00 fee to drive up the canyon, or you can bike up the canyon for free. The trailhead is at the Big Water Trailhead parking lot at the top of the canyon, 9 miles from the fee station. The trail begins on the South end of the Big Water parking lot. Note: the gate to upper Mill Creek Canyon is closed from November 1 to July 1 each year. Also, mountain biking is allowed in upper Mill Creek Canyon only on even numbered days.
Good Route Description: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/millcrek.htm

Big Water Trail to Dog Lake

Trail Type: Out and back single track
Distance: 6 miles each way
Difficulty: Intermediate
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, take I-215 going East and then North. Take Exit 4 at 3900 S./3000 S. Keep left at the fork, and merge onto Wasatch Blvd. going North. Turn right at 3800 South / East Mill Creek Canyon Rd. Proceed up the canyon. There is a $3.00 fee to drive up the canyon, or you can bike up the canyon for free. The trailhead is at the Big Water Trailhead parking lot at the top of the canyon, 9 miles from the fee station. The trail begins on the South end of the Big Water parking lot. Note: the gate to upper Mill Creek Canyon is closed from November 1 to July 1 each year. Also, mountain biking is allowed in upper Mill Creek Canyon only on even numbered days.
Good Route Description: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/doglake.htm

Southwest Salt Lake Valley

Butterfield Canyon

Trail Type: Paved Road and Dirt Road
Trail Distance: 2 to 20 miles depending on where you start.
Difficulty: Intermediate – the road is paved but very narrow in places on the Salt Lake County side of the pass. The road is dirt and gravel on the Tooele County side of the pass and from the pass up to the overlook.
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, go west on 12300 South for 10 miles west of I-15 until you approach High Country Estates. The road veers to the right and becomes UT-111. Turn left toward Butterfield Canyon. The road turns to dirt and gravel at the summit. Park wherever you would like depending on how much of the climb you want to be on the asphalt and how far you want travel.
Good Route Description: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/butterfd.htm

Yellow Fork

This trail crosses private property. Please respect the wishes of the property owners and potential trail closures.

Trail Type: Single track loop or double track out and back
Trail Distance: 7 mile loop on single track or 2 mile each way on double track out and back
Difficulty: Easy to intermediate depending on which trail you choose
Directions to Trailhead: From Sandy, take I-15 south to the Bangerter Highway Exit. Go west on Bangerter Highway and turn left on 13400 South. After 3.2 miles, turn left on to 6400 West (Rose Canyon Rd.). After .6 miles, take the second right on to Rose Canyon Road. After 1.4 miles, turn left to stay on Rose Canyon Road. After 2.1 miles, the pavement ends at the creek. Find a parking spot here. The trail begins along the creek, going uphill.
Good Route Description: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/yellow.htm