Saturday, October 25, 2008

Echo Reservoir ~ Mountain biking

One of the most scenic mountain bike rides and what a great day God gave. This cool and sunny day wasn't crowded at all. It was a time of relaxation away from the crowded city. Cottonwood trees were painted with Autumn colors.

DESCRIPTION: Enjoy a family adventure on the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail, riding by the shore of beautiful Echo Reservoir. This non-motorized trail is shared with horses and hikers. Travel north on the trail to Echo Reservoir.

RATINGS: Newbies

RIDE TIME: 1 to 2 hours,

MILEAGE: 7 miles round trip

MEET PLACE: Coalville Rail Trail parking (free parking),

DIRECTIONS: 1 hour drive from SLC:

  • Take I - 80 east bound toward Wyoming,
  • take Coalville exit 162,
  • then turn right toward town,
  • turn left on Main Street, (north)
  • drive through town,
  • turn left at 200 North (drive west)
  • Coalville Rail Trail parking lot is on the right.
RESTROOMS are available at Coalville parking lot.
KIDS are welcome if you supervise them, & if they wear helmets.
BIKES: Mountain bikes or dirt bicycles.
RATINGS: All levels of bike riders are welcome.
GEAR: make sure you bring a helmet, pump, sunscreen, bug spray, extra tube, water, energy snacks, sunscreen, gloves, jacket & bike tools.
Thorn liners are highly recommended for your tires.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Provo Canyon Parkway

God gave us an incredible day riding up the Provo Parkway seeing beautiful orange leaves and granite mountains. Indian Summer is here! It was cool in the shade; but warm in the sun.

Enjoy biking over a wooden railroad bridge, going under a tunnel, through parks, a campground and even Bridal Veil Falls. Easy enough for all level of riders and safe enough for kids. This is a three lane paved parkway. One lane is designated for walking, while the other two are for bicycles.
RATINGS: Newbies
RIDE TIME: 1 3/4 hours
MILEAGE: 5.75 miles paved parkway (each way) to Vivian Park and back.

  • take I-15 south to Orem
  • take 800 North exit 272
  • (turn left and drive toward the mountains)
  • make sure you are in the left lane when you get close to the mountains.
  • Slow down and do not enter Provo Canyon.
  • Turn left (near Subway/gas station) onto "Provo Canyon Parkway."

GEAR: Make sure you wear a helmet, bring a jacket, water, bike gloves, and energy snacks. Bring tools to change a flat too!