Overview

Located in West Bountiful, this paved trail follows the old Denver and Rio Grande rail line, passing by farms, open space and a golf course. The trail begins at the Birnam Woods Trailhead at the Legacy Parkway Trail and continues south for 1.6 miles before ending at 400 North. The trail is mostly level and is suitable for wheelchairs, bicycles and foot traffic. With an overall distance of 3.2 miles round trip, this trail is suitable for children and adults of all ages and fitness levels.

Trailhead

The Prospector Rail Trail begins at the Birnam Woods Trailhead at the end of 830 West, north of Porter Lane in West Bountiful. To reach the trailhead from I-15 in Davis County:

  1. Take Exit 319 for Parrish Lane in Centerville.
  2. Turn west onto Parrish Land and continue 0.3 miles to 1250 West.
  3. Turn left onto 1250 West and continue 0.5 miles to Porter Lane.
  4. Turn right onto Porter Land and continue 0.3 miles to 830 West.
  5. Turn right onto 830 West and continue 0.2 miles to the Birnam Woods Trailhead at the end of the road.

The Birnam Woods Trailhead is also an access point for the Legacy Parkway Trail.

The Route

From the parking area, begin walking or riding north toward the Legacy Parkway Trail. Turn right onto the Legacy Parkway Trail and continue 200 feet to the junction with the Prospector Rail Trail on the right. The Legacy Parkway Trail continues north through an underpass. Take the hard right turn onto the Prospector Rail Trail and begin heading south.

Keep walking or riding as the trail passes by some homes and businesses before reaching Porter Lane and the first of two street crossings that you will encounter along the way. Check for traffic before carefully crossing the street and continuing south on the trail. Keep moving as the trail passes by farms and open space.

After roughly one half mile, a 4-way trail junction is encountered. The intersecting trail follows along a canal and eventually connects to the Legacy Parkway trail further west. This makes it possible to form a loop using the three trails. But for the route described here, keep heading south on the Prospector Rail Trail.

One more street crossing is soon encountered at 1600 North. Check for traffic before crossing and continue on. The trail soon passes by a golf course and more open space before ending at 400 North. Turn around and return the way you came.

Rules & Regulations

Stay on designated trails.

Clean up after pets.

Pack out all trash.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.