Logan Area – Top Of Utah
Northern Utah provides plenty of opportunity for cyclists, both on-road and off. Road cyclists enjoy many routes beginning in Logan and passing through small towns and farming communities, or traveling to wetland areas for unparalleled bird and wildlife watching. There are plenty of trails that start in town and wind through the farms and mountains.
Excellent mountain bike terrain is found in both Logan and Blacksmith Fork Canyons.
Bear Lake Loop Bicycle Trail: From May to October, bicyclists can see Bear Lake from every angle on this easy 45-mile loop with interpretive signs discussing the history and geology of the Bear Lake. The loop begins and ends in Garden City.
The Bridgerland Travel Region (435-752-2161) can provide more information on this area.
The Ogden River Parkway right in the city of Ogden provides miles of paved, riverside riding with various interesting stops along its shady path.
East of Ogden are many fat-tire favorites on forested mountain trails. Excellent road riding is found in the Ogden Valley, around Pineview Reservior and on connecting paved mountain roads. The Wheeler Canyon route is a non-motorized trail with exceptional scenery.
A new single track runs to Snow Basin Resort. Bike rentals are available at Powder Mountain Resort where you can end your ride with lunch in the lodge.
Interstate hwy 15 accesses the 7-mile causeway to Antelope Island State Park, between Ogden and Salt Lake City, where cyclists enjoy miles of roads and non-motorized vehicle trails, with magnificent views of the Wasatch Mountains across the Great Salt Lake. “Antelope By Moonlight” is a summer event starting at 10:00 p.m. during the last week of June with cyclists riding across the causway and back under a full moon.
The Golden Spike Empire Travel Region (801-627-8288) can provide more information on this area.
Greater Salt Lake City
Touring Salt Lake City by bicycle is an ideal way to see the isghts, City Creek Canyon, east of Salt Lake’s Capitol Hill, is open to bicyclists and pedestrians only, mid-May through Sept. on odd numbered days (on even numbered days, motorized vehicles are allowed).
Millcreek Canyon, east of Salt Lake City, has cycling access every other day to a variety of trails. A canyon user fee is charged. The Wasatch Crest Trail, part of the Great Western Trail, has several access points in this area.
The Great Salt Lake Country Travel Region (801-521-2822) can provide more information on this area.
A designated cycling route follows the historic Pony Express Trail across teh Great Salt Lake Desert. A 50-mile loop ride skirts the Stansbury Mountains and includes a portion of teh Mormon Trail. The canyons of the Oquirrh Mountains promise uncrowded road riding.
Tooele County (435-882-0690) can provide more information on this area.
Park City Area
On the east side of the Wasatch Range, Park City Mountain Resort has more than 17 miles of mountain biking trails accented with weathered structures left over from Park City’s silver mining boom at the turn-of-the-century.
In the Heber Valley, the twenty-mile Midway-Charleston-Heber Loop is an easy ride on mostly flat terrain.
More challenging road rides include the 50-mile Alpine Loop (state hwy 92), and the 65-mile Mirror Lake Highway (state hwy150) from Kamas to Evanston, Wyoming. The Mirror Lake Highway is a fee area.
Serious mountain bicyclists will enjoy the Squaw Peak Trail from Provo Canyon to Hobble Creek Canyon (26 miles) or the Cascade Springs Loop from Midway (21 miles).
The Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park is a twenty-eight-mile trail for non-motorized use which begins or ends in Park City or at Echo Reservior and follows the old Union Pacific Railbed.
The Jordanelle Trail ringing the reservior of the same name, ranges from easy to difficult and has several access points.
Strawberry Ridge, a mountain biking trek accessed near the Strawberry Reservoir visitor center, shows off the eastern or “back” side of the Wasatch Mountains.
The Utah Lake Loop – one hundred miles – around one of the state’s largest natural body of fresh water is a relatively easy ride on mostly flat terrain.
The Mountainland Travel Region (801-229-3800) can provide more information on this area.