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Dry Creek to City Creek Out-and-back

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 4.7 (7) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A link-up of Dry Creek to the Bonnieville Shoreline Trail to City Creek.


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13.3

Miles

21.4

KM

Out and Back

5,861' 1,786 m

High

4,690' 1,430 m

Low

2,190' 667 m

Up

2,189' 667 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs Leashed

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Overview

This route gets you from the University to City Creek to Memory Grove. The first three miles involve gaining elevation going up the Dry Creek Trail. The course has rolling terrain for the next mile, then a good climb. Rollers continue for another mile then the trail heads downhill for most of three miles until joining the City Creek trail where it converts to road, or return to the University for an out-and-back.

Description

To start, leave central campus and head towards the hospital and North Campus Dr, then up to the Jewish Community Center. Turn left on the street going to the center, but go above to the upper parking lot and to the fence with a walk-through.

Head up the hill and follow the road to the turn; keep heading up Dry Creek but don't follow the horseshoe turn. The Dry Creek Trail is singletrack, so it's easy to follow. There will be a hairpin turn just a mile up, then it's half a mile to the top and the first view of the valley.

The trail contours along the topography, with another half-mile climb from mile 3.5 to 4. At mile 5, you begin the descent for the next three miles. If you like downhill, you'll enjoy easy to moderate hiking with lots of turns. When you get to the horseshoe, you can link up to the City Creek to Memory Grove trail or turn around and head back the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

There are lots of flowers during spring to early summer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Tom Wolfe with improvements by Brandon Hays

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Photos

Looking at the University of Utah from Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Apr 20, 2015 near Salt La…, UT
On the Bonneville Shoreline Trail above City Creek
Jul 16, 2019 near Salt La…, UT
Overlooking the Great Basin from the BST (Bonneville Shoreline Trail).
Apr 14, 2015 near Salt La…, UT
Downtown Salt Lake City seen from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
Apr 30, 2017 near Salt La…, UT
Downtown Salt Lake City seen from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail just above East Edgehill Road.
Apr 30, 2017 near Salt La…, UT
A view of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail near Salt Lake City
Aug 15, 2018 near Salt La…, UT

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May 4, 2019
Mar Torres
Sep 3, 2018
Mountain Lyan
Started at Popperton Park, hiked Dry Creek to the City Creek fork. 7mi
Sep 10, 2017
Carl Kibler