||Dry Canyon 51 Loop
BST, Betty, Altar, 51, and Dry Canyon
This loop ride was
recommeded by Kris Nosack, and he was kind enough to provide some of the
photos on this page. The overall length of this ride is 7 miles, with 1400
feet of climbing. Nice
ride, close to civilization, and available in late- or early season.
Although this ride description starts at Orem, you could
easily start from the Dry Canyon trailhead. See the Orem
to Pleasant Grove BST page for information.
Kris crests the hill heading west,
enjoying the view over Utah Lake.
Photo November, 2006.
|The ride starts at 5100 feet at the Orem Bonneville
Shoreline (BST) trailhead. Take the Bench Road (the North Provo Canyon
east. There will be 400 vertical feet of climbing during this first mile,
then the road flattens as it turns left (north). Just after the road turns
back to the east, spot the Betty singletrack at mile 1.4 forking uphill on
Northbound toward Little Baldy on the BST. Betty is
just around the next corner.
||Stay right at the trail fork just uphill. The left trail is
The Other Betty, an alternate route. (The Betty trail
page has additional information on connecting trails.)
Betty is tough and steady but tolerable climb. At 0.4 miles uphill on
Betty, pass Betty's Plunge (an
ugly steep alternate route) on the right and the entry to Roller Coaster
on the left.
A about 100 yards up the trail is another trail crossing with Mouse Climb on the
right and Crank on the left.
Climbing Betty, as tall grass from a damp spring
crowds the trail.
|After another 1/10th mile, the trail turns left to the west as a small connector
from Mouse Climb comes in on the
right. 30 feet later the Betty turns back to the right, and The Other Betty
forks away on the left westbound.
Now crank on uphill to mile 1.2 from the bottom of Betty, to a large stone pile in a
huge meadow. This is The Altar, a meeting spot for several trails.
The Altar as seen from Betty. And that's a Rocky
Mountain from the UtahMountainBiking shop leaning on it. Buy one for
yourself! Our next trail is 90 degrees to the left.
Jolene climbs up Betty from the Orem
a tough climb where cool weather is your friend.
More climbing as Jolene grinds Lament
with Provo Canyon and Timpanogos in the background
||Take the trail on your left, Lament or Altar-51. While some
riders call this Trail 51, the real 51 starts further uphill on the Little
Baldy trail. We're going to intersect Trail 51 to the west.
Ride 0.9 miles, crossing over the Buckle Trail, then keeping left and
uphill at the next three trail forks. (The trail system here is complex. A
GPS track or topo map with good navigation skills is highly recommended.)
Hitting a meadow with wilted Mules Ear on the
|At the T intersection with Trail 51, you may spot a
carsonite trail marker in the oak nearby to confirm your location. Fork to
the left on 51. The trail will turn southeast, then around to the north as
it contours the lower slopes of Little Baldy. Several trails will join on
your right, but keep straight.
On Trail 51, looking back at Timpanogos in July.
||Now Trail 51 will descend into Dry Canyon. After crossing
the dry creek, fork left downhill. (You may have heard horrible things
about the Dry Canyon trail. Believe me, they're all true, but they apply
to the part uphill that's uphill from you. See the Big
Baldy page. Lower Dry Canyon is not bad.)
Dry Canyon is a fun downhill at this point. Descend 2.5 miles from the
trail fork of Trail 51. Nice payoff.
At the Dry Canyon parking, turn left (south) for the Bonneville
Shoreline Trail's Dry Canyon to Orem Bench
Fork where Trail 51 meets the Dry Canyon Trail,
|You'll spend 1.5 miles southbound on the BST, dropping
another 300 vertical feet.
Nice ride. And the only way to ride Dry Canyon that isn't hateful and
Southbound on the Bonneville Shoreline.
|Riding notes, counterclockwise loop:
0.0 Backtrack from parking to DT
N40 19.505 W111 40.186
Go southeast uphill on DT
1.4 L on ST Betty N40 19.788 W111 39.342
1.8 Trail crossings
N40 20.089 W111 39.288
2.6 L on Lament at 4-way
N40 20.639 W111 39.058
3.4 Fork R (join Crank and Ireland)
N40 20.502 W111 39.664
3.6 Fork L on Trail 51
N40 20.630 W111 39.591
3.9 Keep straight N40 20.481 W111 39.829
4.2 Begin downhill
N40 20.471 W111 40.014
4.8 Fork L on Dry Canyon
N40 20.905 W111 40.079
Fork L again 100 yds
N40 20.890 W111 40.139
5.2 Rock outcrop, caution
N40 20.715 W111 40.291
5.6 At Dry Canyon parking
N40 20.506 W111 40.599
Find BST on L (southbound)
N40 20.488 W111 40.575
7.0 Back at Orem trailhead
||Getting there, Orem Bench Trailhead: Drive
towards the mountains on 800 North. At 800 East, turn left and drive north
about 1 mile. Immediately past the cemetery, turn right (east) on Cascade
Drive just before the Y in the road and drive 1/2 mile, go up 2 short
switchbacks, and park just above the small brown building in the paved
Dry Canyon Trailhead: Turn east off State Street at 200 South in Lindon,
which also happens to be 2000 North for Orem. Keep straight as you
approach the mountains. When the road forks, veer left, then keep straight
uphill as the road turns to gravel. The parking area is at N 40° 20.52'
W 111° 40.62'.
Note! These trails are on Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
land, purchased with sportsmen dollars and set aside as the Orem Bench
Wildlife Management Area specifically to protect Utah's native animals.
Mountain Biking is allowed, but only insofar as it is not harmful to
wildlife. To insure continued access please be respectful to the
landowner by following proper trail etiquette and obeying all posted
1. Do not ride these trails during the winter. Deer will not
survive the winter if frequently disturbed.
2. Unauthorized trail-building is strictly prohibited!
3. To reduce erosion and prevent "trenching" of trails,
do not ride trails when muddy.
4. Avoid disturbing wildlife, and do not allow your dog to chase