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City Creek Canyon Road Cycling

Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City Metro Area, Utah

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  • View of the upper reaches of City Creek Canyon.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • The entrance to Memory Grove Park.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • Biking along Memory Grove.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • A road biker heading up toward the canyon.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • Small group of riders enjoying the autumn.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • Great park to get out of the city for a minute.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • The Meditation Chapel in Memory Grove.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • City Creek meandering through Memory Grove.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
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  • A family enjoying the dirt Freedom Trail. Dogs are allowed off leash at this section.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • The bridge that connects the Freedom Trail to the paved path.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • Riding City Creek Canyon Road.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • One of the small waterfalls of City Creek along the way.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • Riding City Creek Canyon Road.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • This is a popular walk, as well.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • City Creek Canyon Road.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • Close enough to downtown to enjoy a ride in on your lunch break or between classes at the university.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • The stairs up to the Capitol parking area.- City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
  • - City Creek Canyon Road Cycling
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Very close to town. Low elevation climb. Allows dogs.
Cons: 
Can be crowded. Road not very smooth.
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Region:
Salt Lake City Metro Area, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
223.00 ft (67.97 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Biking
Trail difficulty: 
Green
Total Distance: 
2.00 mi (3.22 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,442.00 ft (1,353.92 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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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. In the summer bicycling is only allowed in the canyon on odd days beginning the last Monday in May and ending the last even day of September. Regardless of date, bicycling is not allowed on summer holidays, including Memorial Day, July 4, Pioneer Day, and Labor Day. During the remainder of the year bicycling is allowed every day except during the rifle deer hunt for the area. Dates vary from year to year, but it is often the third week in October. City Creek Canyon is included within the Chalk Creek/East Canyon/Morgan-South Rich hunting boundary or game management unit.

Alternative parking is available just east of the Capitol building above Memory Grove Park, but you must walk down a switchback path and large set of stairs. Otherwise, park beyond the gate to the park along Canyon Road. The Bonneville Shoreline Trail connects at the top of the City Creek Canyon Trail and lets you access the much larger trail system.

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