|Jordanelle Perimeter Trail
|The Jordanelle Perimeter Trail extends from the Hailstone Center on the
west side of the Jordanelle Reservoir around the north end, then down to the southeast
corner of the lake at the Rock Cliff Nature Center. It rarely strays more than a hundred
yards from the shore.
This trail, at around 6000 feet altitude, starts out easy on the
Hailstone end, then becomes increasingly up-and-down as it approaches the southern end of
the east shore. Most of the trail is double-track. It's 12.5 miles one-way, and is rated
intermediate difficulty. Here Gary takes a slope returning
to the parking lot at the Hailstone end of the trail, with the reservoir in the
June 11, 1998 by Bruce Argyle
||On our ride we spotted deer, chipmonks, and squirrels on
the trail. Temperature was pleasant, with no bugs. The north end of the trail is fairly
fast (safe and stable at 12 m.p.h. both directions), while the south end is a bit more
technical due to rocks and slopes.
Beginners will want to ride the
four miles around the north bay, then double back. Stronger cyclers can do the entire
route out-and-back, but be sure to save a little leg muscle for the hills on the south
end. You can drop your bike and fish just about anywhere along the trail. This is Brian at full cruising speed along one of the smoother
stretches of the trail.
June 11, 1998 Bruce Argyle
|Getting there: Go over Parley's Canyon on I-80. Turn
south on US 40. At the Mayflower (Hailstone Center) exit, turn towards the lake. Shortly
after leaving the highway (before reaching the fee station), spot a dirt road on your left
with a sign saying "Perimeter Trial." Follow this road, ignoring smaller side
roads, until you reach a parking area at the road's end. The trail on the right near the
beginning of the parking area.
Note 2002: Condo development has apparently
destroyed the access to this trail through the Hailstone area. The old
highway connects to the trail (go around the north end of the lake towards
Kamas and watch for it). Or you can cough up the fee to find the trail at
the Rock Cliff Nature Center. (Please let us know if this changes!)
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