SLC: Mountain Biking the Wasatch Crest Trail

Posted on October 18, 2011

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The Wasatch Range runs along the western fringe of the Rockies from Idaho to Utah, and its unique terrain and favorable four-season weather provides a vast playground for any outdoor lover.

Mountain biking the Wasatch Crest Trail, just outside Salt Lake City. Photo: utahoutside.com

Mountain biking the Wasatch Crest Trail, just outside Salt Lake City. Photo: utahoutside.com

Planted firmly along the western side of the range, Salt Lake City’s booming metro area is the gatekeeper to the Wasatch and its seemingly endless wilderness. As we’re stepping into fall and the peak mountain biking season for the region, there’s no better time to ride the region’s famous singletrack –in particular, the Wasatch Crest Trail.

If you’re lucky enough to have the Wasatch in your backyard, take advantage of the Wasatch Crest Shuttle, which offers daily rides from Downtown to the Crest trailhead in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Need to rent some gear while you’re in town? Visit Wild Rose Mountain Sports and pick up a full-suspension bike for the Crest.

The Wasatch Crest Trail is part of the Great Western Trail, a network of 3,000 miles from Canada to Mexico, and this particular section is likely best seen by bike.

1. Distance to Salt Lake City – 18 Miles

2. Length of season – Summer – Fall

3. Available Terrain – 10 miles

4. Cost for access – $15 Shuttle / $45 Bike Rental

5. Expert factor (1 beginner 5 expert) – 3.5

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