Overview

This paved trail features spectacular mountain and valley views as it climbs gradually from Draper City Park to the foothills of Point of The Mountain. This trail is named after Orrin Porter Rockwell, a Mormon settler and bodyguard for Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Rockwell once lived in this part of the Salt Lake Valley where he operated a hotel in the 1800’s.

This trail is great for walking and biking and is suitable for children and adults of all ages and skill levels. This trail is also wheelchair accessible.

Trailhead

The Porter Rockwell Trail begins at Draper City Park in Draper, Utah. To reach the park from I-15 in the Salt Lake Valley:

  1. Take Exit 291 for 12300 South.
  2. Turn east onto 12300 South and continue for 2.2 miles to 1300 East.
  3. Turn right (south) onto 1300 East and continue 0.3 miles to Park Road.
  4. Turn right (west) onto Park Road and then immediately left into Draper City Park.

The Route

From the parking area, begin walking or riding on the sidewalk heading east toward 1300 South. A crosswalk provides access across the street to the start of the Porter Rockwell Trail. Continue on as the trail passes through a shady, tree-lined corridor; a welcome sight on a hot summer day.

Keep walking or riding for approximately 1.8 miles until the trail arrives at the only significant street crossing in its 3.5-mile length at 1300 East. Use caution at this busy intersection and dismount from your bicycle before crossing the crosswalk to the other side.

As you continue on, take in the sweeping valley and mountain views as you gain elevation over the neighborhoods below. After approximately 3.5 miles, the trail ends at a bridge at Bangerter Parkway. If you like, you may continue onto The Point of The Mountain Trail which offers more paved trail heading south. Just follow the path onto the bridge, to where it crosses Bangerter Parkway and heads south toward Point of The Mountain. Otherwise, turn around and return the way you came for a round trip of 7.0 miles.

Rules & Regulations

  • Clean up after pets.
  • Pack out all trash.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.