8.3 miles
Distance
1,224 ft
Climb
-1,224 ft
Descent
1 mile
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.

Detailed Description
Boy Scout Merit Badge 8 Mile (SLC) is a 8 mile popular intermediate route located near Salt Lake City Utah. This mountain bike only route can be used both directions and has a moderate overall physical rating. This route includes 5 trails. This route climbs 1,224 ft with a max elevation of 5,857 ft then descends -1,224 ft.
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10 Reviews & Comments

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Jdquinn95 (Jul 20, 2021 at 10:16)
Watch for rattlesnakes. Came across them twice this summer here
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gtxo8g (Jun 6, 2021 at 15:38)
Great trail. A lot of traffic and bike spandex
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IsntThisNic (May 18, 2021 at 18:24)
Baby rattler at mile 1.6
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EeSOh0 (Apr 9, 2021 at 16:07)
It is so fun especially the rock garden.
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Ricksterdude52 (Nov 4, 2020 at 20:56)
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sarakyeo (Oct 29, 2020 at 13:11)
If you lost a jacket on this trail some time between Oct 26-29, 2020, send an email to sarakyeo@yahoo.com and describe the brand, color, and what's in its pockets to get it back!
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Apitney (Sep 19, 2020 at 12:33)
*9/14
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Apitney (Sep 19, 2020 at 12:33)
Anyone know if this has opened up since Monday’s (9/15) fire?
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nelsonpd (Mar 29, 2020 at 13:44)
I thought it was called Dry Creek?
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berryMonster (Aug 23, 2017 at 20:26)
The trail is pretty fun. Nothing too crazy except one area with tons of large rocks. Could see how that area would cause some issues. Just noting, it seems most people go up this. It is much more fun going down. So, if going down - be ready to have to slow down in some of the blind corners/turns.
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  • Riding area
  • Primary Activity
    Mountain Bike
  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
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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
    4,869 ft
  • Grade max
    -47.9%
  • Grade min
    30.5%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,821 ft
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