Overview

This Salt Lake area trail starts near Hogle Zoo on Sunnyside Avenue and follows the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the mouth of Red Butte Canyon. With panoramic views of the Salt Lake Valley, this trail is popular with mountain bikers and foot traffic alike.

This trail is uniquely fun for mountain biking thanks to numerous side trails that can be taken along the way, many of which quickly reconnect to the main trail. Mountain bikers can expect beginner level technical difficulties with more difficult options available on side trails. Beginners may choose to walk through one steep climb near the beginning of the trail. Hikers of all ages and skill levels will enjoy this trail.

Trailhead

This trail begins on Sunnyside Avenue near Hogle Zoo and This Is The Place State Park. To reach trailhead from the junction of I-15 and I-80 in Salt Lake City:

  1. Drive east on I-80 for 5.3 miles.
  2. Take Exit 129 for Foothill Drive/Parley’s Way.
  3. Drive north on Foothill Drive for 2.9 miles.
  4. Turn right onto Sunnyside Ave.
  5. Drive east on Sunnyside Ave for 1.0 miles to the trailhead on the left, just before the junction with Crestview Drive.

Additional parking is available 200 yards further up the road on the left.

The Route

From the west end of parking area, begin walking or riding through the trail entrance. A junction is immediately encountered. To the right is the start of the This Is The Place Loop trail. Turn left and begin following the trail up the slope ahead. This first section of the trail is significantly steeper than the rest of the route. After approximately 0.4 miles, a junction is encountered. Turn left to stay on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail heading north toward Red Butte.

Take in the valley views as you continue north along the wide, well-worn trail. Several smaller spur trails are encountered along the way. Mountain bikers may enjoy following some of them to find more challenging terrain. Be sure to respect all trail closures and only travel on open, well worn trails.

After approximately 1.5 miles, the trail surface changes to a well maintained gravel path as it passes by the Utah Natural History Museum. Some hikers may choose to turn around here for a 3.0 mile round trip. Or if you’d like, continue on the mixed gravel and paved path another 0.5 miles, crossing Wakara Way on your way to the mouth of Red Butte Canyon.

Rules & Regulations

  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Clean up after pets.
  • Pack out all trash.

Special Considerations

Mountain biking can be a dangerous activity. Ensure your equipment is properly maintained and appropriate for the terrain. Be sure to wear appropriate safety gear including a helmet.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.