8 miles
Distance
1,441 ft
Climb
-1,442 ft
Descent
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.

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Details

  • Difficulty rating
    Blue
  • Route Type
    Out & Back
  • Bike type
    XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Physical rating
    Moderate
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
    -0.001%
  • Grade max
    -29.85%
  • Grade min
    33.645%
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    4 miles
  • Distance flat
    2,127 ft
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Recent Trail Reports Along Route

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BST (Salt Lake City)
Nov 24, 2017 @ 11:04am
Nov 24, 2017
Dirt is good. There are places where the trail is a bit abused from people riding before it dried out enough but all is good now.
BST (Dry Gulch)
Nov 22, 2017 @ 3:01pm
Nov 22, 2017
BST Access (Dry Gulch)
Nov 22, 2017 @ 3:01pm
Nov 22, 2017
Popperton
Nov 4, 2017 @ 7:49am
Nov 4, 2017
Dry Gulch Road
Sep 27, 2017 @ 6:01am
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