A HUNDRED MILES ALONG THE WASATCH FRONT: RIDING THE GOLDEN SPOKE TRAIL NETWORK

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In June of 2018, a bicycle-path network from Provo to Ogden running over 100 miles, was finally completed with the construction of the Jordan River Bridge in Salt Lake City. The first annual Golden Spoke Ride consisted of two groups, one leaving from Rainbow Gardens in Ogden Canyon and cycling 47 miles to the Jordan River Bridge and another group leaving from Bridal Veil Falls in Provo Canyon and cycling 57 miles. Many other smaller groups joined at various points along the way. The Golden Spoke ride network of multi-use paths includes the Provo River Parkway and Murdcok Canal Trails in Utah County, the Jordan River Trail in Utah and Salt Lake Counties, the Legacy Trail in Salt Lake and Davis County, and the Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail and Ogden River Parkway trails that lie in Davis and Weber County.

Generally, these bike paths are well-paved, well-marked, have few hills and pass through a variety of terrain, from residential neighborhoods and open areas to wooded, forest-like sections. These bicycle trails have abundant spur and feeder trails that link many areas along the Wasatch Front. They run through neighborhoods, parks and scenic areas offering a variety of other activities, such as fishing, picnicking, camping, bird-watching and so on. On weekends, the trails can be crowded, but at least you don’t have to deal with cars.

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