This section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail ascends Dry Gulch to an overlook of Salt Lake City. The route begins at Popperton Park and follows a paved bike trail a short distance to a dirt singletrack at the bottom of Dry Gulch. This trail is quite popular with both hikers and mountain bikers. Mountain bikers can expect a steady climb with some loose, rocky sections that are lower intermediate in difficulty. Hikers of all ages and skill levels will enjoy this trail.


This trail begins at Popperton Park in the Avenues area of Salt Lake City. To reach the trailhead from the junction of State Street and South Temple in Salt Lake City:

  1. Drive east on South Temple for 1.9 miles to Virginia Street
  2. Turn left onto Virginia Street and continue 0.6 miles to Popperton Park Way
  3. Turn right onto Popperton Park Way and continue 0.1 miles to the parking area on the left

The Route

From the parking area, begin riding or walking east on the paved walkway. Follow the trail as it crosses the road at a crosswalk and continues heading east. Continue on the paved trail for approximately 0.6 miles to where the pavement ends and a gravel trail begins. Keep going on the gravel trail for another 0.1 miles to the start of the Dry Gulch Trail. The start of the trail is marked with a sign that says Bonneville Shoreline Trail Steiner Centennial Segment.

Begin hiking or riding up the Dry Gulch Trail as it begins climbing steadily up the canyon. The trail surface is mostly smooth with some loose rocks and brief rocky sections. The gradual incline makes for a relatively mild climb as you work your way up the canyon.

After approximately 1.7 miles from the trailhead, follow the trail at a hard left junction and begin climbing out of Dry Gulch. Continue another 0.3 miles to an opening with an overlook of Salt Lake City (40.78607,-111.83611). This is a good place to sit down and take a breather and take in the incredible view. If you’d like, you can continue on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, or turn around here and return the way you came for a 4.0 mile round trip.

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.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.