City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
All photos by Outdoor Project Contributor, Kyle Jenkins
|Pros: Very close to town. Low elevation climb. Allows dogs.
Cons: Can be crowded. Road not very smooth.
Preferable Season(s): Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required: Not Required
Dogs allowed?: Yes
|Total Distance: 2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Terrain Difficulty: GREEN
Trailhead Elev.: 4,442 ft (1,354 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 223 ft (68 m)
Trail Uses: Hiking, Biking
Trail type: There-and-back
City Creek Canyon has a wonderful paved trail that allows people of all ages to access a bit of nature right in downtown Salt Lake City. Starting at Memory Grove Park and heading north, the 1.2-mile path gently climbs alongside the meandering City Creek. Walkers and bikers are allowed, and you can bring your leashed dogs on the paved path. A small dirt path known as the Freedom Trail runs parallel to the paved path for a short while, and you may let the dogs off leash on this portion. Feel free to let them jump in the creek since this is not a watershed area. There is the possibility of extending your bike ride much further than the 1.2-mile trail within the lower canyon. A 5.8-mile paved canyon maintenance road that is connected at the top of the trail is open to bike traffic on certain days days and to cars on others.