Sunday, June 1, 2008

Historic Rail Trail

Enjoyable ride began with prayer. Our riders saw moose, goats, lamas, cows, horses, Sand Hill Cranes, pelicans, seagulls, and a beaver. Echo Reservoir was so full of water that the Cottonwood trees where people camp, and play on the beach was under water.


WANSHIP TO ECHO LOOP ~ MTN BIKING

DESCRIPTION: Great mountain bike ride, building up endurance. Enjoyable ride passing through farmland, bubbling streams, crossing wooden bridges, seeing cows and horses. There's even benches and picnic tables along the way. Take a break at the Coalville station, where you can munch on some food, sit on a bench, and find a restroom. After being refreshed, continue north, riding to Echo Reservoir. Ride until you reach the main campground. (There is a fee to enter) This is where we turn around. RATINGS: MODERATE ~ 23 miles round trip. Kids may ride part way and turn back. It's too long of a ride for beginners. RIDE TIME: 3 1/2 hours
MEET PLACE: Wanship Rail Trail paved parking area.
RESTROOMS: At the Wanship & Coalville parking lots.
DIRECTIONS: 40 minutes drive time from SLC.
Take I - 80 east bound toward Wyoming, take Wanship exit,
turn left and drive all the way out of town passing the Spring Chicken Inn, turn right, than turn left into Wanship Rail Trail parking lot & restroom.
RESTROOMS available at Wanship & Coalville Stations.
Parking lot and rest area for bikers.
BIKES: Mountain bikes (non-motorized bikes)
GEAR: make sure you bring a helmet, pump, bug spray, extra tube, first aid, bike tools, water, bug spray, energy snacks, salty foods, sunscreen and a jacket. It is good to have a cooler and snacks awaiting in your vehicle after you return.

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