Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Pioneer Trail State Park, Utah

Elevation Gain2,379ft
Trailhead Elevation5,026ft
Elevation Min/Max5000/5885ft
Elevation Start/End5026/5026ft

Bonneville Shoreline Trail

Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is within Popperton Park, Pioneer Trail State Park, and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest. It is 6.9 miles long and begins at 5,026 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,379 feet. The Natural History Museum Of Utah museum can be seen along the trail. There are also scrubs, woods, a parking, parkings, and a wood along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Bonneville Shoreline Trail Connector, Twin Peaks Connect, Valley View Trail, Bobsled Trail and Twin Peaks Trail.

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"Envision most of western Utah submerged as well, not from a flood, but from a sprawling, ancient inland sea we today call Lake Bonneville. The mountain ranges to your west would be long islands. Today’s Bonneville Shoreline Trail would be along, or under, the beaches and fringes of that vast, prehistoric lake. Nowadays, instead of water, Salt Lake City and its suburbs lap at your feet."

"This section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) breaks from the traditional dirt trails and follows paved residential streets through charming east-side neighborhoods. The Parleys Crossing section over Interstate 80 at the mouth of Parleys Canyon was the crucial link if the BST had any hopes of being a continuous route along the Wasatch Range’s foothills.

Whether ridden as a commuter route or as a quick morning or evening spin, the BST showcases the local commitment to the regional trail system and shows off the beauty of the Wasatch Front."

"The Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) is a ride through time. The trail itself takes advantage of the near-level “benches” on the Wasatch Range foothills that mark the remnant shoreline of ancient Lake Bonneville. During the close of the Ice Age, about 10,000 to 100,000 years ago, meltwater from receding continental glaciers filled the lowlands of northern and central Utah such that the Wasatch Range and mountains to the west were colossal islands.

Today, these mountains stand in proud relief above a valley that is inhabited by over one million residents. As you ride, think back to an age when water lapped against the mountains, and reflect upon the relief of the weary pioneers as they entered the valley. Tread: Dirt singletrack with short segments of doubletrack."

"The cornerstone of the entire 250-mile proposed Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST), the Salt Lake City section combines challenging climbs and exciting descents to and from the smooth-rolling “shoreline” of ancient Lake Bonneville. Views of the Salt Lake metro area, as it laps against the lofty Wasatch Range, are postcard perfect.

Two tough climbs (up Dry Creek and up from the City Creek Canyon Trailhead) might make the whole route beyond the reach of novices, but multiple trailheads offer countless short courses that cater to everyone. Trail surface: 6.5 miles on singletrack; 3.5 miles on doubletrack."

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Trail Information

Pioneer Trail State Park
Nearby City
Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Pioneer Trail State Park
Local Contacts
USGS Fort Douglas and North Salt Lake
Local Maps