East Canyon Road Ride

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Whether ridden by itself or tacked onto either the Parleys Canyon/I–80 ride or Emigration Canyon Road, the East Canyon Road to Big Mountain Pass has a Euro feel, as the last several miles switchback steeply to the 7,420-foot-high “col.” It’s hardly hors de categorie, but it’s a stiff climb just the same. Racers might dance on their pedals up the grade; mortals will be wishing for lower gears. Those not hell-bent on dropping the peloton will be interested to know that the ride has historical significance, as it was the chosen route of the Mormon Pioneers, California Trail, Pony Express, Overland Stage, and original telegraph line between 1846 and 1861. Start: East Canyon Road by Margin of comfort: Fair overall. Mountain Dell Golf Course, 5 It is good for the first 3 miles east of Salt Lake City.
Bicycling Salt Lake City

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Bicycling Salt Lake City

by Gregg Bromka (Falcon Guides)

Whether ridden by itself or tacked onto either the Parleys Canyon/I–80 ride or Emigration Canyon Road, the East Canyon Road to Big Mountain Pass has a Euro feel, as the last several miles switchback steeply to the 7,420-foot-high “col.” It’s hardly hors de categorie, but it’s a stiff climb just the same. Racers might dance on their pedals up the grade; mortals will be wishing for lower gears.

Those not hell-bent on dropping the peloton will be interested to know that the ride has historical significance, as it was the chosen route of the Mormon Pioneers, California Trail, Pony Express, Overland Stage, and original telegraph line between 1846 and 1861. Start: East Canyon Road by Margin of comfort: Fair overall. Mountain Dell Golf Course, 5 It is good for the first 3 miles east of Salt Lake City.

©  Gregg Bromka/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Salt Lake City
Distance: 16.2
Elevation Gain: 1,880 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Best April to November
Trailhead Elevation: 5,500 feet
Top Elevation: 7,300 feet
Local Maps: USGS Mountain Dell
Driving Directions: Directions to East Canyon Road Ride

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