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New Trail in the Salt Lake Foothills Offers Stunning Valley Views

Soar above the din of traffic on I-80 and I-215 for one of the most expansive views in the valley

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) After a 1,100-foot climb, the new Parley’s Pointe Trail offers sweeping views of the Salt Lake Valley as a cyclist enjoys the view Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. The 4 .8 miles The trail is part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and winds between the Parley’s Trail bike path and the Arcadia trailhead on Lakeline Drive.

The din of cars and large trucks hurtling down Interstate 80 or curving along I-215 stands in stark contrast to last year’s relatively calm appearance of the trail winding through the hills above them .

The Parleys Pointe Trail serves as a key link in the Bonneville Shoreline Trail chain which, when the new Grandeur Peak Connector is completed in November, will stretch from H Rock deep into Mill Creek Canyon. Yet he appeared in the foothills last September without much fanfare. Perhaps that’s why the 4.8 mile path is still largely unknown. It doesn’t even have an AllTrails listing yet (although it is on forks).

But that doesn’t mean the trail should be overlooked.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Although open to bikes, dogs and foot traffic, it’s rare to see another user along the many switchbacks of the new Parley’s Pointe Trail, pictured Wednesday, August 10 2022. The 4.8-mile trail is part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and winds between the Parley’s Trail bike path and the Arcadia trailhead on Lakeline Drive.

It takes perseverance to get through the opening segments, which include walking along the busy Parleys Trail bike path and a noisy, exposed, and roughly paved road. In fact, for almost the first two miles, it’s hard to enjoy nature with the roar of traffic filling your ears.

However, once you hit the 1.8 mile mark, the hubbub below fades and the beauty of the trail and the sweeping views of the Salt Lake Valley fill the void. The reward at the highest point of the hike, about 3.5 miles away, is a panorama that includes downtown, the Great Salt Lake, the Oquirrh Mountains, Draper, Mount Olympus and, of course, the now-silent highway. that winds through it all. And if this sight becomes rote, bursts of sunflowers appear all along the wide but almost shadowless path.

Utah Trails did much of the heavy lifting to get the Parleys Pointe Trail built after a private developer donated 290 acres to Salt Lake City in 2019 to clear its path. The nonprofit is soliciting donations to pay for planning and environmental reviews that were not covered by grants.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) While open to bikes, dogs, and foot traffic, it’s rare to see another user along the new Parley’s Pointe Trail, as the Salt Lake skyline City can be seen in the background on Wednesday August 10. , 2022. The 4.8-mile trail is part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and winds between the Parley’s Trail bike path and the Arcadia trailhead on Lakeline Drive.

Getting There

Do you remember that passage about perseverance? This also includes trail access.

The best option would probably be to drop a car off at the end of the trail, which is the Arcadia trailhead on Lakeline Drive, then take another car to the Foothill Drive driveway that leads to Yesco and Tolero Pharmaceuticals. Parking there also works if you only have one vehicle, but it will add another downhill mile to the hike.

From the Yesco driveway, head south on the Parleys Trail cycle path. About 0.7 mile down, just before the pedestrian overpass, the trail signed Parleys Pointe veers left. Travel about another 0.2 mile on an old paved road until the trail turns left again at another trail marker and before long begins a gradual climb.

The trail comes to a fork at 1.5 miles. Take the right branch. Soon the hustle and bustle of highway traffic will subside. After another 2 miles of gentle climbing you will reach the highest point of the hike and a rocky outcrop from which to take in the views. The remaining mile of the hike is entirely downhill. The trail ends at Lakeline Drive, just south of Carrigan Canyon Drive. Anyone wanting extra mileage can follow Lakeline to their north terminus and take the half mile H Rock connector trail to Carrigan Canyon or just return the way they came.

(Francisco Kjolseth | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mount Olympus dominates the southern view from the new Parley’s Pointe Trail as Millcreek’s Mike Coleman turns back Wednesday, August 10, 2022. The 4.8-mile trail is part of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and winds between the Parley’s Trail bike path and the Arcadia trailhead on Lakeline Drive.

Trib Trails | Parleys Pointe | The Salt Lake Grandstand

Parleys Pointe Trail

Region: In front of Wasatch

Destination: Views of the Salt Lake Valley

Distance: 7.8km

Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes

Elevation Gain: 1,132 feet

Dog allowed: Yes

TOILET: Nope

Bike/horse: Yes

Wheelchair/e-bike accessible: Nope

Difficulty: 3

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Mary Cashion

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