Bobsled - TRAIL

Bobsled - Trail, Salt Lake City, Utah

Very steep, washboard beginning. Fast, sharp banked turns in the middle(hence the bobsled name) and fast singletrack at the end. Oh, and a b**ch of a climb for 75 feet at the end.

User Reviews (22)

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usstoledo   Weekend Warrior [Oct 04, 2011]

This thing lives up to its name. I recommend caution, esp. coming off the main trail spur. The drop is as steep and rutted as it looks, and it looks like hell on a speedboat. The mid-portion of the Bobsled rewards those that cut loose and take the curves full-blast. Resist the urge to slowdown too much--for me, faster was actually safer. As for the climb, I didn't find it terribly taxing.

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4
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3
Corey   Weekend Warrior [Jul 06, 2011]

2011 snow run-off has not been kind to the Bobsled downhill. As of July 4th the stream was still running thru the canyon and eroding the trail. The top of the downhill has suffered the most. Be cautious on your first lap, and don’t feel shame in stopping to scope things out. Hopefully the local crew will get things repaired when the stream dries up in late summer.

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3
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3
jfairclough   Weekend Warrior [Jul 10, 2003]

An old staple. Especially now that I have a 9 to 5 (or longer). Great for evening rides in the summer when it's 100 out (like today). Decent shade for much of the uphill. I used to do laps on this thing in my late teens. The beer belly needs to go before I'm doing that again, but I'm working on it. I bet many a people have eatin some serious sheeaaattt on the first 150 yard decent. It's loose, bumpy, rolly, and has erosion ditches everywhere. Gotta watch your assss on this part. After that, the true bobsled begins. Lots of burms and swooping turns and drops. It's pretty cool to feel yourself get nearly horizontal with only centrfugal force keeping your tires on dirt. You can bail out 1/2 way down by turning right on the dirt road heading back to mid Terrace Hills Drive or you can go down 7 car canyon and meet Chandler Dr. ending up just above the cemetary and 11th Ave. Still the same today as it was a decade (or more!) ago. DON'T RIDE UP IT or you'll get to kiss some titanium and drink dinner through a straw for awhile!!!

Customer Service

Terrace Hills to top, lift bike through gates, pedal your arse and don't turn left til you get to the saddle looking west to City Creek Canyon or east towards the "U". Head east and don't mess up on the first decent or you'll be bummin....

Similar Products Used: Pipeline (mouth of Emigration and Milcreek). Mueller Park
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5
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3
Jeremy Reid   [Aug 18, 2000]

After you get past the climb to the beginning of the trail(which I hate because climbing sucks) the trail is really fun. The first downhill part scared me at first because it is really steep and really washed out and rutted. As soon as that is done, get ready to have fun as the true bobsled part of this trail rears its head. You can get a lot of speed and fly through the sharply banked turns, it's not super-technical, but don't get stupid either. After that it turns into a quick singletrack for the rest of the ride, watch out for the old cars on the sides of the trail and be aware of the really low tree trunk that crosses the trail towards the end, you'll really have to duck to get past it. There is one drop-off at the very end that if taken too slow wiill through you over your handlebars, just let go of the brakes and launch it and you'll be fine. This is one of the best trails I've been on so far, being new to riding this trail wasn't too hard for me, but real beginners should be wary of some of the technical parts.

Customer Service

I recommend shuttling to the gate, that way you don't waste a lot of energy climbing on the pavement, those hills are steep.

Similar Products Used: Pipeline
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5
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Jeff   [Aug 19, 2000]

The climb up was pretty tough especially if you ride from the parking lot but once you get to the trail the climb is well worth it. The trail is fast and bumpy it is the funnest trail I have been on. I wouldnt recomend a first timmer going on this trail I would ride a couple of times before you took a run on this one.

Customer Service

Same as above

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5
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Jeffery   [Sep 02, 2000]

As good as downhill gets, however I wish the trail was closer to four miles rather than the all too short 1.5 or so. It should be ridden at least twice per trip.

Customer Service

Park in the parking lot at the bottom of Terrace Hills dr. and ride up the 1/2 mile pavement to a single track entrance. THe bobsled is known as a one way trail--Downhill only.

Similar Products Used: For a good climb, don't take the bobsled turn off on your way up, but continue to Twin Peaks or further along the trail, catching the bobsled as the final stretch of downhill. A perfect end to a scenic ride.
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4
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Jim   [Sep 12, 2000]

The beginning is choppy and rutted. Be careful about some of the turns since they are sharp and you could find yourself kissing a rock. Truly experienced riders should ride this and it is not a trail for beginners. This is a perfect trail for a downhill bike and practicing for slalom racing. I'll give it four tires due to the rocks and rutting.

Customer Service

I like to begin in the canyon off the Shoreline Trail just north of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at University Hospital. Just go over the berm and it is a single track that follows a dry streambed. About 2.5 miles, the trail hairpins and traverses along the hillside to the Bobsled. You can easily miss Bobsled so pay attention to the sign on the North side of the trail that says no motor vehicles/ no bicycles. Drop down into Bobsled and off you go. kissing a rock.

Similar Products Used: Shoreline trail. Pipeline in Millcreek Canyon.
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4
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Chris   [Sep 12, 2000]

Ultra fast downhill. Not too technical. You can really fly down this trail because of the banked turn turns. Enjoy it while it lasts. The only problem with this trail is that it is too short. That is why you should compliment this ride with other trails. This trail is best in the spring or fall. There is very little shade in the summer and is is very hot. If you want to ride it in the summer try early in the morning or late in the evening.

Customer Service

The best and funnest way to ride the "Bobsled" is to combine it with the shoreline trail. Start over by hogle zoo. Make your way over to the bobsled. After riding the downhill, ride back up the road and singletrack and make your way back to the zoo. Don't shuttle to the top like some of these poor excuses for mountain bikers have suggested. Be a man (or a tough woman) and make a ride of it. Show the hill how easy the climb is. If you have some extra time turn up where the bobsled begins and go as far as you can. (technical climb with a great view)

Similar Products Used: Shoreline trail, mueller park
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4
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John   [Oct 02, 2000]

I used to live out in SLC and somehow missed this one. I'm glad I found it. The first section is quite nasty. There's a lot of large, loose gravel and deep washout ruts. But once you get to the point that the trail takes a sharp right, the fun begins! This is a VERY fast trail. Just use all the berms, and only your own fear thresh-hold will force you to slow down. I will caution you that when you get to the junked cars, watch out for the only bad corner on the trail. It's tight and loose, with a precarious crash-zone. I didn't know any other way back but to turn around and climb the thing. It's VERY climbable, except for the last 100 yds. All the loose gravel and ruts make for a huge energy drain.

Customer Service

I rode the Shoreline trail to the top of Dry Creek and kept on following the trail. Keep going until you see a convergence of several trails at one point. There's a sign facing the Bobsled trail that tells you that no bikes, dogs, etc. are allowed. If you turn away from the sign and start downhill, you are now on Bobsled.

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4
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Barry   [Feb 06, 2001]

Its a smokin' downhill with the burms
and all. But I suggest you try riding over the
Cars. I called that area Sanford and sons.
The less brakes you use the more fun it is.
Best time to go is in the fall when the washout
isn't as bad.

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3
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