Bluff Trail in Syracuse
Summer 2010 - 36 photos
(Last updated October 2010)
Some folks I met on the Denver Rio Grande Rail Trail told me about a trail in Syracuse Utah, Bluff Trail, that follows part of the Old Emigration Trail that ran from SLC, Utah, to City of Rocks in Idaho. There it met the original trail to California. At the south end, Bluff Trail runs alongside Bluff Road and then continues along a land drop or bluff on into Westpoint.
Bluff Road starts way out west on Gentile Street, a few blocks below 3200 West, going diagonally north west towards Antelope Drive, passing behind R. C. Willey's Furniture Store. (Everybody in the area knows where that is). I usually start at Jensen Nature Park, which is a few blocks north of Gentile. It is a large park with a man made lake. In the summer there are many kinds of birds in the reeds and bushes around the lake, as well as ducks and geese on the lake. I also see people fishing there. Jensen Park is a good place to park your car and start this ride. The trail runs north from Jensen Park for about 6 miles, following a drop in the terrain that is otherwise flat. (I suppose this is were the name Bluff comes from).
Riding the Bluff Trail in Syracuse, Utah
Bluff trail is not very long, about 6 miles, or 12.4 miles round trip, but it's an interesting ride passing through a few parks and some farmland. The north end of the trail ends in West Point at 1300 North, (Arsenal Road). More distance can be obtained by riding around the lake at Jensen Park, and you can also ride from the west side of Jensen Park south to Gentile Street, then east to Bluff Road and head back to Jensen Park. That combined with riding the trail to the north gives you about 15 miles total.
If going down Antelope Drive to find Jensen Park, look for where the land drops from a higher level to a lower level, finding Bluff Road on the left at about 2700 West, then go south to Jensen Park. Can't miss it.
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