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Hobble Creek Paved Trail

This is a paved trail, great for family rides. Ride it as an out-and-back (up the canyon and back down). It's 4.5 miles each way, but you can drive uphill to several alternate parking spots for a shorter ride. The slope is easy, except for one short section (100 yards) where the climb is stiff enough that little guys without gears will walk. Total elevation gain is only 350 feet.

Photo above:  Jessica leads Kristen past the reservoir, about 1.5 miles into the ride. The reservoir is an alternate spot to park and catch the trail. Photos by Bruce from a ride on June 16, 2006.

The ride starts in a residential area of Springville, with the paved trail in place of sidewalk along the Hobble Creek Canyon road. The first 3/4 mile seems more like in-town riding, then you cruise past manicured areas with mansions as you enter the canyon. You'll cross a few streets and driveways during this first mile, so keep your little guys close. It's only as you approach the reservoir that you're actually riding "in the woods."

Crossing Hobble Creek. Note the nature interpretive sign.

This is a great trail for kiddies in bike-trailers. At mile 3.2, there's a steeper spot that will take a bit of muscle to climb if you're pulling a trailer. Little guys with training wheels or single-gear bikes will probably need to walk this slope. (Once you're to the top of this 100-yard climb, it's easy going again.) The rest is pretty cushy. Just enough occasional change in slope for beginning riders to practice changing gears.

Most of the time, you're riding through groves of gambel oak. Near the creek, there's choke cherry with occasional maple and box elder. The ride is prettiest in May, but can be ridden most of the year.

Jessica climbs upward, on the way to a 9-mile round trip. This is a nice trail for beginning riders, and for getting back into shape after a long layoff from biking.

At mile 2.8, there's a large parking lot, with a picnic table. This is a good parking area for short exploration rides with training-wheel riders.

There are benches along the trail about every half mile. You'll cross Hobble Creek a couple of times on spacious, well-protected bridges. No worries there. At mile 3.2 comes the major hazard of the ride: the trail crosses the busy (high-speed) canyon road. Have your little guys in check here!

Alex (age 16) hammers his way uphill.

Riding Guide  from "official start:"
0.0  Begin paved "sidewalk"
       N 40 09.25 W 111 34.78, altitude 4800
1.5  Reservoir
       N 40 09.185 W 111 32.704, altitude 4950
2.8  Parking - Picnic
       N 40 09.461 W 111 31.836
3.2  Cross road, begin short climb
4.5  End at road fork - Rotary Park
       N 40 09.849 W 111 30.071, altitude 5140

Here's Kristen, age 18, celebrating a beautiful day and a great family ride.

Getting there:  Take the 400 South Springville exit (260) from I-15, turning east on U-77. Go straight through Springville. As you begin to climb the foothills, you'll come to a 4-way stop. Turn right (southward) towards Hobble Creek Canyon. The road will begin to veer back to the east. As it turns eastward, a road comes in from the right (south side), and you'll notice that the sidewalk on your right has become a wide paved path. This is where the trail starts. Alternately, you can drive 1/4 to 1/2 mile up the road to find alternate parking.
Riding Resources for Hobble Creek:
  Single-page riding guide for printing. 
  Large-format Topo map:  View map
Lodging, camping, shops:
     Links to area resources
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
     Garmin    Nat Geo     Google Earth     GPX

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