I received an email from someone visiting my website, telling me about a ride that might interest me. It was the Provo River Pathway in Utah County that is 16 miles long. On a Friday morning in August, I decided to drive down to Provo. The email had mentioned that the trail started at Provo Airport, but I didn't know where that was, so decided to go looking for the trail in Provo Canyon. That was were the other end began. I found the trail head at Vivian Park, about a half mile above Bridal Veil Falls. I started riding at 9:30 going down the canyon. At 4.75 miles I came to a large parking lot marked Mount Timpanogos Park. This was just inside the mouth of the canyon and I could see that it was still down hill, so I decided to make this ride in steps so that I wouldn't have to ride the steepest part at the end. I rode my bike back up the canyon finding it not quite as hard as expected, but still a good workout.
I drove my car down to Timpanogos Park and started riding again, on down into town. The Trail left the river and turned south running along University Avenue for quite a ways, finally turning west down 2250 North in Provo. (Note: the section along 2250 North is along city sidewalks). Again, I decided that it was too much up hill to leave for the end, so went back to the car. This section was about 5.25 miles long, so now I had ridden 20 miles total.
I got the car and drove through Provo trying to find the river. I found that you can go down Center Street in Provo to where the Utah Lake Campgrounds are, where the road curves around to the right like a big U or horseshoe and right in the middle of that turn on the right side is the trailhead. I parked there and rode my bike back up the trail to where I had stopped on 2250 North. This section of 6 miles was along the river and through some city parks. I should mention that there are many street underpasses along this trail, and most are very narrow. There isn't much room for a bike rider and a pedestrian to pass each other.
This ride took me four and a half hours, and the odometer showed a total of 32 miles for the ride.
Every time I go down to ride the Provo trail now, I start from the west end at Utah Lake, so that coming back it's all down hill. If driving the I-15 Freeway, you can get off on Provo's Center Street and go west to Utah Lake.
Along the Provo River Trail
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