8 miles
1,441 ft
-1,442 ft
1 miles
High Point

This is a close to the city ride for Boy Scouts attempting to achieve their Mountain Biking Merit Badge. It provides a great intermediate cross country ride that is 8 miles. Starting at the Popperton Park lot, it starts off on the paved cycle path. This will give the scouts an opportunity to make sure their bikes are working properly and if any mechanical issues need to be fixed. It connects to an old dirt road and then a wide open dirt area before the single track starts. Here scouts can ride around and get warmed up while waiting for any mechanicals to be fixed.

When everyone is ready start up Dry Canyon single track. This is a difficult cardio climb, but most the trail is smooth single track. Once you reach the final switch back the trail rolls along the foothills with amazing views of the valley and city below. The ride will take you to the top of the local favorite Pipeline DH trail. You do not go down it. At this point, there is a nice place to take a breather, before you turn around and go down. The Dry Canyon downhill is fast and fun, but keep the boys speed in check as this is a bidirectional trail.

The University Hospital is just to the south of Popperton, so if you have any mishaps, you can drop right out to the hospital.

Local Trail Association
Salt Lake Valley Trails Society
Please consider joining or donating to the local riding association to support trail development & maintenance.
donate to earn trail karma!


Post a Comment

You must login to Pinkbike.
Don't have an account? Sign up

Join Pinkbike  Login


  • Riding area
  • Difficulty rating
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bike type
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
  • Ridelogs
More Stats for Boy Scout Merit Badge 8 Mile (SLC) mountain bike route
  • Altitude min
    4,866 ft
  • Altitude start
    4,866 ft
  • Altitude end
    4,866 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,127 ft
no votes yet
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

Trailforks scans users ridelogs to determine the most popular direction each trail is ridden. A good flowing trail network will have most trails flowing in a single direction according to their intension.
The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
      Trail transparency
      4 yrs old River Bell
      4 yrs old River Bell
      3:02 | 1410 | comments: 3 | favs: 1
      Nov 9, 2014
      #littleshredder, #riverbellbmx, #trailside, #droppingbig, @riverbellbmx
      River Bell 15 second edit
      River Bell 15 second edit
      0:15 | 174 | comments: 0 | favs:
      Nov 9, 2014
      #4yrsold, #trailside, #goingbig,

      Recent Trail Reports Along Route

      BST (Dry Gulch)
      Dec 22, 2018 @ 9:42am
      Dec 22, 2018
      Top is muddy and rutted. The rest is just fine with mostly packed snow.
      BST (Salt Lake City)
      Dec 22, 2018 @ 9:42am
      Dec 22, 2018
      Mostly ok if you go early. Top of Dry Gulch muddy and tire gouged. Need to hit it early.
      BST Access (Dry Gulch)
      Dec 22, 2018 @ 9:42am
      Dec 22, 2018
      Nov 4, 2018 @ 6:09am
      Nov 4, 2018
      Dry Gulch Road
      Sep 27, 2017 @ 6:01am
      Sep 27, 2017
      more reports »
      • flag
      • login to download gpx or kml files.