Parley's Trail in Salt Lake City
June 2012 - 40 photos

(Last update January 2014)
Someone wrote me at my webpages, asking if I had checked out the Parley's Trail in Salt Lake City. I hadn't, so decided to go ride it. I checked online for information about this trail, and there wasn't much. I did find a map that didn't work for me. After trying the ride, I checked back where I got the map and it said it was a future layout. No wonder I couldn't find my way.

I started out from the west side of the city at Redwood Park, along the Jordan River trail. There is a bridge over the river there going into town. Trying to follow that map I went south and couldn't find any trail, so went north looking for a way over all the tracks. There is supposedly a finished foot bridge over the tracks and I-15 Freeway, but I couldn't find it. Ended up riding east on 2100 South. Once passed the freeway I tried looking for the trail again, but couldn't find it. That's because it hasn't been built yet. I asked someone along the way, and they didn't know of any trail. I was told to go over to 2100 South and ride the sidewalks up to Sugarhouse Park, where signs would show me the way up to Parley's Trail.

Once I found Sugarhouse Park, I found the signs on the east side that said "Temporary Parley's Trail", which followed streets up to 2600 East and Tanner's Park where the actual trail begins. I was quite surprised to find that this trail has some very steep sections, like 11% grades. That is very steep. The steepest I have ever tried riding a bike on. The trail it'self isn't very long, only being about 1.4 miles to the mouth of Parley's Canyon. This trail crosses over the I-215 Belt Route on a very long bridge. Interesting views from there.

After crossing the freeway it connects to a Foothill Trail running north along I-215 for about 1.6 miles. Above the I-215 bridge the trail continues on up to Wasatch Blvd, 3535 East. The combined paved trails together are about 3 miles long. My total ride for the day was 22.5 miles, climbing about 1,000 feet.

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From what I understand, the trail will eventually continue west to Sugarhouse Park, then under 1300 East and run along a new Trax Rail line in developement. They have already started a tunnel under 1300 East.

Since I rode this trail in 2012, I don't know if more has been finished at this time. Much of it was supposed to be completed in 2013, but I can't find any information showing it completed.

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