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 AssociationSalt Lake Valley Trails Society
Trails in Route
Route TypeOut & Back
More Stats for Boy Scout Merit Badge 8 Mile (SLC) mountain bike route
Altitude min4,866 ft
Altitude start4,866 ft
Altitude end4,866 ft
Distance climb4 miles
Distance down4 miles
Distance flat2,127 ft
- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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