Orem to Pleasant Grove (Provo Canyon to Battle Creek)
This section of the Bonneville Shoreline trail connects the mouth of Provo Canyon to Battle Creek Canyon in Pleasant Grove. It's a nice 4.5-mile singletrack ride, nothing very technical, with views over the valley. There are some sections, as you see in the photo, where the side-slope is steep and will make kids and beginners nervous.
Photo looking south, as we approach the Orem Bench trailhead.
|The trail has 650 feet of elevation gain, starting at around
5100 feet. You'll do this climb whichever direction you ride the trail.
(You'll do it twice if you ride the trail out-and-back.) The surface is
mostly dirt, but there are some areas towards the Orem end where there's
talus (broken rock).
The trail is quick and fun to ride, even if the scenery along the trail is relatively non-inspiring. This is foothill scrub, typical for the western slope of the Wasatch. You'll ride through grass with occasional sagebrush and isolated stands of scrub oak. On a clear day, the views over the valley are nice, as you try to identify "what's what."
Looking west over Lindon towards Utah Lake. Photo May 2, 2006.
|The point of this ride is that it's close to civilization. You can easily hit this trail before or after work. And it's ready to ride a couple of months before snow clears from the canyon trails. The singletrack trail was in great shape and well-maintained when I rode it. There's an alternate route that takes you though a maze of interconnecting doubletrack on the Pleasant Grove end -- a rutted playground of ecological vandalism awash with shotgun shells, broken glass, and beer cans. Large boulders had just been moved into position to enforce the "no motor vehicles" rule, so you should find things a bit prettier on the "alternate route" in the future.|
Most sections of this trail will clear of snow by mid-March, although there will still be occasional snowstorms. Some muddy sections will persist until May. In some years, horse riders may post-hole the trail rather severely by riding in early spring while portions remain deeply wet.
Most riders do this as a 9-mile out-and-back. But you can close a loop with city streets, or do a short loop via the Dry Creek trailhead.
Jackie enjoys a break along the trail. We're on the descent towards Battle Creek Canyon.
| Riding notes, from the Orem
0.6 trail crosses road circle at water tank
1.3 fork, keep R uphill
1.6 trail at Dry Creek trailhead
N 40° 20.51' W 111° 40.62'
continues by gate N of parking
3.? ST fork, go either way
R = less steep, tight switchbacks
turn 300 degrees when trails join
L = straighter, steeper
next fork keep L (R = return from other fork)
3.7 ST trail descends
Alt = find connector to DT for uphill route
4.0 At gravel road
loop via city streets:
|These photos are here for two reasons: (1) This is the area where the upper alternate route hits the singletrack climbing up from the valley. If you want to do the alternate path while going north, watch for this torn-up area of illegal 4x4 activity and find a way to link onto DT on your right. (2) Can you believe how irresponsible some 4x4 drivers are?||
|Getting there: For the Pleasant Grove trailhead, turn east on 200 South and keep going straight until the road turns to gravel and ends at Kiwanis Park in Battle Creek Canyon. To start the ride on the alternate route, find a singletrack climbing the hill at the southwest corner of the parking area. For the official route, drop back down the paved road 1/4 mile, turning left on a small gravel road just before the first home. Watch for the singletrack 1/4 mile later on your left.|
Orem 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 parking area. The
trail begins on the north at N 40° 19.514' W 111° 40.213'.
Alternate trailhead -- getting to the Dry Canyon parking area: 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. The parking area is at N 40° 20.52' W 111° 40.62'.
|Riding resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guide
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
Large-format topo map (700K): View
Lodging, camping, shops:
Links to Provo area resources
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