Shoreline Steiner-Centennial - TRAIL

Shoreline Steiner-Centennial - Trail, Salt Lake City, Utah

This trail provides a good mixture of easy riding with more technical options available. It varies between buff singletrack, and bumpy rocky singletrack. There are also a couple jeep road sections. There are several lung busting climbs near the trailheads, but for the most part, the trail has easy-moderate climbs, although the trip up Dry Creek is more sustained. The link is to a slideshow of the trail.

User Reviews (11)

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Max Hoagland   Cross Country Rider [Aug 02, 2003]

I'm a local living right below this beautiful system of trails. It's hella hot during the day everywhere in Utah so I recommend night rides. I can't drive and this trail is eight minute ride away from me so I try to go every night. The diffuculty of these trails varies, ALOT. So even though it says 4 below, it can even be a 2 or maybe a 5. Same with the technical rating.

Customer Service

I suggest not having a rought, just go where you want to, bring tools and lots of water, maybe a light(if you're scared of riding in the dark) and a buddy. Lots of rattle snakes so be prepared and just go where your heart desires

Similar Products Used: This is a giant system of trails so once you get bored of it, just make up a new rought.
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5
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4
Emmanuel   [Nov 01, 1998]

IT is a nice trail to do after work, however this is not the killer singletrack you might expect while going through miller's site. Consequently I got a little bit disappointed, but I might have put my expectations to high... It is probably a great ride to do with beginners (smooth and easy with great vistas on the city.

Customer Service

start behind the hospital (as advised) and ride it until the "bobsled"

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3
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Tom   [Nov 06, 1998]

Not something to waste time on when the higher mountain trails are dry. Great in the Spring and Fall when everything else is snowbound. I ride it on average once a week though because it takes me directly to work! Nice. There's a huge section that was just bladed from Dry Gulch to the top of the bobsled. I wouldn't call it singletrack because it's more like a sidewalk. Maybe in time. Everything else is nice though. From the top of the bobsled run, take the trail heading down to the top of Terrace Hills Drive, look for a good trail breaking right, and follow it to a subridge to where there is a 4-way junction. Go right. The descent into City Creek is fun.

Customer Service

as recommended, but also in reverse from City Creek Canyon sometimes.

Similar Products Used: There are too many to list.
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2
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John McConnell   [Nov 12, 1998]

With the sun setting so soon now, we have found that we can ride this trail at night with our lights. What a blast! If you live in the area give me a ring on the e-mail to ride with us!

Customer Service

My favorite way is from City Creek, it gives you a great 20 minute climb to the 5-way (where 5 trails come together- city creek, city creek canyon, bob sled, black mtn and dry canyon) and then a fast bomb across the flats. Another reason for this start is I had a car broken into and lost nearly $500.00 worht of cycling cloths at the zoo.

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4
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Muppet   [Dec 29, 1998]

The Shoreline trail has been under construction most of the summer so a majority of it is fairly wide and soft. There are few technical sections, however riding the trail from Dry Creek to City Creek is great burner for anyone looking for a good climb. The trail winds slowly up the canyon, criss crossing the stream bed frequently until it comes to 180 degree switch back to the left. The trail grows progressively steeper until it reaches the saddle and the rider is rewarded with a view of Downtown SLC in the distance. From their the trail winds in an out of a few smaller canyons until it climbs again and finally tops out above the cut off for the Bobsled. Here you can either make a left and hang on or continue on towards City Creek.

Customer Service

Start at either the mouth of Dry Creek Canyon or City Creek Canyon and start climbing. You have the option of dropping down several routes from the main shoreline trail, such as the "Bobsled", and ending up on a number of roads in the upper Avenues. A good loop is starting at either canyon and connecting back via 11th Avenue in the bike lane.

Similar Products Used: This is great local training ride for those who don't have the time to get out of Salt Lake or when theirs snow in the Mountains. It get's muddy in the winter.
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3
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Chris C.   [Nov 09, 1999]

In addition to being a fun ride, the real beauty of this trail is that it is so easy to access. There are many other rides in the Wasatch Mountains that are more spectacular or technically challenging, but what makes the Bonneville Shoreline Trail so good is that it is right in our own back yard. I work up in the University Research Park area, and ride this trail nearly every day on my lunch hour during the dry season. During every ride I think to myself how lucky I am to have this great trail system right out the back door of my workplace. I've lived back East and also in the midwest, and this is a trail that people back there would drive hours to get to. For the residents of Salt Lake, it takes 10 to 15 minutes to drive or ride to. This trail is an absolute treasure of the Wasatch Front.
The trail ranges in difficulty from very easy, flat dirt road, to highly technical singletrack drop-ins and lung-busting climbs. There is a tremendous variety of terrain, with many spurs and other side trails branching off of the main trial system. The best way to learn the area is by exploring over a period of several rides, or to hook up with someone that knows the area.
You can make your ride as short or long as you want. As easy or challenging as you want. It's a great trail to ride just to get away for an hour or so to enjoy some beautiful views, or it can be the perfect training ride for the next NORBA event.
In summary, if you live in Salt Lake, or you're visiting, and you want to ride a fun trail, but don't want to drive for an hour or more to get to it, the Shoreline Trail can't be beat.

Customer Service

One of the big advantages of this trail is that it is accessible from numerous trailheads along the foothills. For that reason, I could not recommend any particular route as being the best. Each different option has its own strong points. For definitive route info, check out the trail's website at www.bonneville-trail.org

Similar Products Used: Mueller Park, The Bobsled, Millcreek Canyon Pipeline Trail
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5
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SPARKY   [Apr 25, 2000]

This trail is a good workout from the City Creek side. It is a lot easier from the Dry creek side (University Hospital/Popperton Park). If you are a beginner go up dry creek to side of Twin Peaks and then return. Most of the trail is wide and requires only intermediate skill. There are great views along the entire trail (if like looking at urban sprawl, which I don't) You can get incredible speed down the face of Twin Peaks and the ride down dry creek is a lot of fun. Dry creek is dry in the spring but there is a small stream running down it for most of the summer.

This trail is getting extremely popular. Ride in the morning or not at all. If you ride around 5:00, especially on Friday or Saturday, expect to see 50 to 200 other bikers. There are a lot of hikers on Mondays.

There are a lot of alternative routes for this trial. The bobsled is a popular high speed descent, but I like the technical climbs on the sections of trail above the main trail. You can go as far up as Black Bountain. There are a lot of steep climbs with softball sized rocks on the upper trails. If you do climb the upper trails, remember to stay out of City Creek Canyon. It is legal to ride the ridge, but stay on the South side.

Customer Service

Start at City Creek ride and ride to Univeristy Hospital.

Similar Products Used: Mill Creek Big Water trail to Dog Lake
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4
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Little Matt   [May 02, 2000]

The traverse from the Upper Bobsled/City Creek saddle over to Dry Creek has a little screamer of a decent about half way. Let go of the brakes here.
If you want, take a breather at the top of the decent into Dry Creek, so you can ride the rest of the trail without stopping. From the bottom of Dry Creek, you can head over and hit Lower Bobsled.

Customer Service

Ride up terrace hills, traverse up and over to Dry Creek. Ride DOWN Dry Creek. Every one is ruining an excellent decent by getting in the way riding up it.
Try riding down it for once and see what I am talking about.

Similar Products Used: Yeah, if I tell you, I'll have to slow down for your dog there too.
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4
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Chris C.   [Jul 07, 2000]

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail construction crew did a great job on the newest segment of this trail. The ride begins at a trailhead on the North side of the mouth of City Creek Canyon. The singletrack trail climbs steeply for the first mile or so, and winds through half a dozen or so steep switchbacks up the south-facing canyon wall. Views up into the upper canyon are spectacular. The trail levels or climbs slightly as it traverses the hillside to the north, providing aerial veiws down into the exclusive North Cove housing development. About 2 miles into the ride, the trail climbs a brief and moderately technical uphill section and finally intersects the antennas road high above the state capital. Total distance is about 2 1/2 miles. This trail is comprised of some great new singltrack and provides spectacular views of City Creek Canyon, downtown Salt Lake, the Capital, and points north.

Customer Service

Newest section of trail. Begin at mouth of City Creek Canyon, North side. Ride out to antennas road or beyond.

Similar Products Used: Bonneville Shoreling Trail segments to the South of City Creek Canyon, The Bobsled, Mueller Park
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5
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justin   [Jun 04, 2001]

The best part of this trail is the short but somewhat technical single-track descent into Emigration Canyon, which can only be done if are coming south from the University Hospital area. I rarely will make this route a destination itself, but if I'm on this segment of the Shoreline Trail, I always take this alternate descent.

After you pass through the gate and ride past "This is the Place," the trail will fork at a gravel road. The easy route leads downhill to the parking lot, most of the heavy-breathers and walkers will take this quick way down, because turning left on the gravel road will take you a bit further uphill. Go that way. Stay on the gravel road and avoid any side trails that branch off uphill. Keep going until you are forced into a narrow gulch with washed out road leading downhill. You should quickly come to a water tank. Keep going. You will find yourself riding west towards the valley traversing a steep hillside a few hundred feet above the canyon road. Several springs keep a constant flow of water running across this section. The view is nice, the vegetation is thick, but watch the trail for washouts and mud or you will tumble a long time before you stop. This trail eventually joins the main segment and ends at the parking lot across from the zoo. It's just a more scenic, technical, and less-crowded way to get to the same place.

Because it requires a little more uphill riding, this segment discourages the flabby. I've never encountered anyone coming up the trail since there are better ways up from the parking lot, but watch for hikers and the upwardly mobile as always.

Customer Service

Definitely start at the Dry Creek end and don't take the easy way down

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3
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