Bicycle Ride along Jordan River Parkway
showing the northern parts of the trail
May 2009 - 42 photos

(Last update January 2018)
There used to be many areas that didn't connect along the Jordan River trail, but now it is all finished and open.

One of the last was betweem North Temple and 2nd South. To get through you needed to detour along the city streets to get back on the riverside pathway. The trail didn't go through where the east west railroad tracks run through. When going south, the best way around this was to go 2 blocks east to 10th West, 2 blocks south to the east west I-80, and turn west on the north side for 2 blocks back to the river and ride under the freeway through the new underpass. The detour is about 6 city blocks. Now you can ride up high above the tracks with no detour.

There is now a nice pedestrain crossing over North Temple, where they put in TRAX Rail out to the Airport, and good sidewalks on the south side of North Temple.

Update: In 2017 a skybridge was put in place high above the tracks between North Temple and 2nd South. Because of it's height, there is a very long ramp up each side, almost 500 feet. This was one of the last places we had to detour, and now it's open and finishes this fabulous trail.

Over in the Midvale/Sandy area the trail came out on 700 West at about 8500 South. This was the end of the northern part of the Jordan River Trail for a long time. Now, about two blocks south of 76th South, there is a bridge acorss to the west side of the river, and a new trail runs under the powerlines. It goes under 90th south then east to River Oaks Golf Course. At the Club House take the golf bridge across the river and the next one over a canal, then turn left back on the trail, which is open all the way through to 146th South.

You can ride even farther than 146th South now. It is all finished going from 146th through the narrows all the way to Utah Lake. See my Jordan River South ride.

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Jordan River Parkway

There are many parks and a few golf courses along the Jordan Pathway. At 10th South there is the Jordan Park with a section dedicated to International Peace Gardens. That was quite interesting. It was set up to have gardens dedicated to different countries.

We usually stop at 7800 South to have lunch at Archibald's, in Gardner Village. Sometimes we park at Gardner Village and ride north first then back. Sometimes we go south from there and back.

I have been down riding the Jordan River Trail many times now, sometimes riding for 50 miles at a time, and once 72 miles. I did that long run by starting at Farmington and riding the Legacy Pathway first. There was a two mile section of trail between Legacy and the Jordan trail that was not paved for a long time, but now the connection is all paved. You can ride over 100 miles along these combined trails if you want.

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