Bonneville Shoreline Trail – Draper, Corner Canyon

bear canyon suspension bridge

The Bonneville Shoreline trail “system” (if you can call it a trail system) is one of the most unique trail systems that I have seen.  It’s location isn’t secluded to a zip code or a city.  The BST is a trail system that follows the shoreline of the ancient Bonneville lake.  It follows the Wasatch Front and I have ridden segments of the BST in Provo, Orem, Pleasant Grove, Alpine, Draper, Sandy and Salt Lake.  The Bonneville Shoreline trail also extends south as far as Santaquin and as far north as Idaho.  The segment of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail that I am reviewing today is just the small piece that goes from Corner Canyon out to the Bear Canyon Suspension bridge.

Bonneville Shoreline Trail (Corner Canyon)

Bonneville Shoreline Trail System (within Corner Canyon)
Bonneville Shoreline Trail - Start At Andy Ballard Equestrian Center

You can start anywhere in Corner Canyon.  I decided to just start at the Equestrian Center.  I wanted to do some other trails, not just BST, so I went up past the temple along the lower BST, then to Gasline, up towards Ghost Falls, then on to Rattler.  Then I headed over to where the Draper segment of Bonneville Shoreline Trails begins and I took off from there.

 

 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail - BST Towards Sandy

You do encounter some cool sights as you head towards Sandy on the slightly inclining trail.  First off you can see the whole Salt Lake valley.  It is even more impressive when riding as the sun is setting.  Seeing the sun set behind the west mountains is spectacular from that vantage point.  There is a small bridge with a good rocky climb and then there is the giant suspension bridge at Bear Canyon.  I really enjoyed riding out to these bridges and hopping through the rocks.

 

mountain biking the bonneville shoreline trail
Eric riding the BST

 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail - The Return

Since it was mainly (light) climbing out, the return is fast  enjoyable experience.  Since there are only slight turns as the trail winds along the Bonneville Shoreline you can really keep your speed up.

 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail - Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge

Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge really is the highlight of the Draper segment of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.  This bridge is 185 feet long and is super fun to cross.  The view is gorgeous and the sturdy bridge will make you want to come out to this segment of the BST again and again.

Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge

 

Suspension Bridge, First Person View
The view midway headed north

 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail - Variations

Since I was actually filming this and it was sunset, I was not able to do what I normally do which is continue on until the trail ends.  Not that Bonneville Shoreline trail ends here, it just disappears when it runs into a road somewhere in Sandy.  The fun part is that after the suspension bridge, things get a lot more technical and the climbing increases.  Notable things are the cave where you ride through a section of giant rocks that are piled upon each other (with cave access obviously).  There are some cool water break logs going down a trail, those are really fun to come down.  And there is one technical climb and one very technical climb that you will encounter if you continue on past the suspension bridge.  I highly recommend it.

 

view of sunset from bonneville shoreline trail

Bonneville Shoreline Trail : Quick Facts
Start GeoClick for map to 40.512038, -111.846879 (Draper, UT)
LocationAndy Ballard Arena Parking, 1600 Highland Dr, Draper, UT 84020
Length9.3mi
TypeOut and back (on BST), loop through some other trails
Treadsingle track, double track
Physical
This isn't a major workout, but it is fun
Jumps
you can find things to jump
Obstacles
some rocks to jump over
Technical
there are some technical rock gardens, it gets harder if you go further on towards the cave, but I didn't this time
Flow
not too curvy, but just enough turns with good speed enhances the flow
Gain1111
Overall
This is a fun trail to get out and see the salt lake valley, check out the suspension bridge and just cruise around
Bonneville Shoreline Trail - Map
Total distance: 9.36 mi
Max elevation: 5318 ft
Min elevation: 4649 ft
Total climbing: 1424 ft
Total descent: -1424 ft
Average speed: 11.96 mi/h

 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail - Summary

In summary, the Draper Bonneville Shoreline Trail is a beautiful fast flowing trail that is perched above the valley and gives you a beautiful view and a little excitement.  Break out of the well worn Corner Canyon trails for a minute and enjoy what the BST has to offer between Draper and Sandy.  You’ll be glad you did and you probably won’t run into as many people along the way.

 

Bonneville Shoreline Trail - Additional Resources
More resources on Trailforks
Check out my ride on Strava
Watch my ride on Relive
Dig deeper? See the official Trail Maintainer

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