Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Wild Rose to North Canyon
This section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) opened for riding
in 2022. Additional miles are currently under construction this year, for
example the segment from lower North Canyon to
lower Mueller Park. The Wild
Rose to North Canyon segment is 8.0 miles long and climbs as it
progresses from west (and south) to east (and north).
Heading north on the BST. Photos and ride review by Bruce
on July 12, 2022.
The lower end of the trail can be reached on the Upper
Viewpoint Trail of the Wild Rose System at 5580
feet elevation, with the top elevation at the North
Canyon trail intersection at 6370 feet. The expected riding season
will be late May through October.
Typical trail view on the BST, shortly after leaving
the Viewpoint Trail to begin the BST heading northeast from Wild
The trail has a lot of up-and-down riding. So while it's
"downhill" when riding from North Canyon to Wild Rose, you'll do
a surprising amount of pedaling.
In North Canyon, Bruce rolls through a turn on the
BST heading back from a Rudy's Flat out-and-back.
Trailheads and Connections
Wild Rose trail system
The southwestern end of the trail can be intercepted by climbing from the Wild
Rose trailhead (see below). Take the singletrack uphill from the
trailhead. It's located just downhill from the bathroom and begins as a
paved path. Turn right uphill at the fork in 50 feet. Continue uphill and
join the trail from the top of the park at mile 0.1, turning left uphill.
Wild Rose trailhead, looking southeast.
At the next trail fork in another 1/10th mile, keep left
as the downhill trail joins. Drop into the shallow ravine and turn right
at the next intersection to begin climbing the Wild Rose Loop
Pedal uphill above the ravine, keeping straight as a trail
joins from the left uphill and the DH trail crosses. At a 5-way
intersection with a bench 0.5 miles from the trailhead, turn to the right
and take the Viewpoint Trail uphill. After you pass another bench, the
trail will get steep and loose. You may need to hike a bit.
At mile 0.8, the BST crosses. Turn right. (The trail to
the left ends after 100 yards in July 2022.)
Climbing the southern side of the Wild Rose loop
toward the Viewpoint trail.
From the end of the pavement on Canyon Creek Road, pedal uphill 1.5
miles on North Canyon. Keep to the right as the
new section of the BST forks uphill. (The section that crosses the hill to
lower Mueller Park is not open yet.) Climb another 0.4 miles, then fork to
the right on the BST. This intersection is not yet marked in July 2022.
Looking uphill on the North Canyon trail near the
junction with the BST from Wild Rose.
From the Mueller Park trailhead
at the end of Mueller Park Road, climb the Mueller Park trail 6.3 miles to
Rudy's Flat, then descend North Canyon 1.9 miles. Make a hard left turn
onto the BST.
A BST segment linking lower Mueller Park (a bit over a
mile uphill from the Mueller Park trailhead) to the North Canyon trail is
under construction and should be completed during 2022.
Bruce rides the Mueller Park trail.
Bonneville Shoreline Wild Rose to North Canyon Section
The Wild Rose to North Canyon section of the Bonneville
Shoreline Trail (BST) is 8.0 miles long. While it gains 800 vertical feet
of elevation at it progresses east-northeast, up-and-down riding will bring the
total climbing to 1150 feet.
Mixed oak and maple forest. We're about 1/2 mile from
Wild Rose heading east.
Most riders will do this trail as an out-and-back from Wild
Rose, climbing uphill to Rudy's Flat when they hit North Canyon. The round
trip from the Wild Rose trailhead to Rudy's Flat and back is 21 miles with
2100 feet of overall climbing.
As the trail turns out of a cool drainage, we pass
through a dry area with stunted gambel oak and grass. Looking north.
The BST can be used as an alternate to lower North Canyon
when riding a loop of Mueller Park. The connection between the Wild Rose
and Mueller Park trailheads is around 5 miles by city streets.
A bit further along, and a bit higher in elevation as
we pass through mules ear, choke cherry, aspen, and maple.
As a descent, the BST is fun and fast. But you'll do a
surprising amount of pedaling because of the up-and-down path of the trail
in the flatter sections. You'll do 350 vertical feet of climbing in the
Hitting the sidewall as we head back toward Wild
From Wild Rose, the trail starts in scrub oak and grass
terrain. But it quickly enters a cooler maple forest as it turns into the
first small canyon. There will be around 20 of these drainages. On the
north-facing slopes, the trail will be cool and shaded.
A couple of miles from Wild Rose now.
And as the trail hits the west-facing slopes near ridgelines
as you ride around into the next
drainage, the terrain will be dryer, with gambel oak groves and grass.
As you progress to the northeast, the forest becomes taller with larger
trees, including mature fir trees and an occasional aspen grove.
Rolling around a ridge, we break out of the forest
and again have views over the valley.
There will be frequent views to the west
Woods Cross, Bountiful, and the Great Salt Lake.
To the north, you can see Francis Peak,
Ben Lomond and
a bit of Ogden on a clear day.
Looking east into North Canyon as we hit
the final stretch.
Climbing through fir forest on the BST in
The trail surface is very smooth dirt with only an
occasional section of embedded river-delta rock. The path is machine
bench-cut with a wide riding surface. Slopes are very gentle and easy to
Wide bench-cut, handlebar view. In this photo we're
heading back downhill on the BST.
At mile 8.0 from Wild Rose (8.8 miles from the trailhead),
the BST hits the North Canyon trail. To continue north on the BST, keep
straight and coast down North Canyon 0.4 miles before forking to the right
on the continuing BST.
To climb to Rudy's Flat at the top of the Mueller Park trail, make a
hard right turn uphill. It's 1.9 miles with around 650 vertical feet of
climbing to Rudy's Flat.
Looking uphill at the intersection of the BST with
North Canyon, as seen from the North Canyon trail. On the right is the BST,
on the left the continuing North Canyon trail.
Very nice trail. Fun to ride and a great addition to the area. Lots of
miles and views without too much work. It will be even better once the BST
is complete across to Mueller Park (almost finished in July 2022). And of
course we need a new section at the southwest end to avoid the hike-a-bike on the
Viewpoint Trail from Wild Rose. For now, my recommended ride is the out-and-back from
Wild Rose to Rudy's Flat.
Rolling around a ridgeline on the downhill trip.
From Rudy's Flat to Wild Rose via the BST
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Bonneville Shoreline North Canyon to Mueller Park Section
The BST from North Canyon to Mueller
Park is not yet open (as of July 12, 2022) but is nearing completion.
It forks away from the North Canyon singletrack 0.4 below the junction of
North Canyon with the BST from Wild Rose. It traverses west, crosses a low
hill, then turns into the next canyon north to join the lower Mueller Park
trail. (A section northbound from Mueller Park above Bountiful will also
be built soon.)
Hard to make out at the resolution of this photo, but
as you approach North Canyon you can see the new BST climbing over the
hill at right.
Getting there, via Wild Rose Park:
On I-15 northbound, take exit 312 (US-89). Just after the exit at the
first stop light, turn right on Eagle Ridge Drive. Keep on Eagle Ridge
(straight) at the roundabout. Climb the hill for about two miles. Watch
for Eaglepoint Drive on the right at N40 49.803 W111 53.771. (If you reach
the golf course, you just missed it.) Drive 0.2 miles on Eaglepoint and
turn left uphill on Sky Crest Lane. The parking lot is at the end of the
road. From parking, find the singletrack on the left just below the
bathroom. It connects to the uphill trail. Alternately, you can take
sidewalk up through the park and find the uphill trail at the top of the
grass, among several picnic-table spurs.
North Canyon: On I-15, take the 2600
south Bountiful/Woods Cross exit. Go east towards the mountains. The road
will turn north and be renamed Orchard Drive. While heading north, turn
right (east) on 1800 south. Just as you reach the bottom of a steep hill,
turn right at the intersection. (This is about 0.6 miles before the
Mueller Park trailhead. If you arrive there, backtrack.) After 1.7 miles,
turn left on Canyon Creek and go uphill 0.7 miles to the end of the
pavement. Start your ride by heading east (uphill) on the dirt road. Mueller Park: On I-15, take the 2600 south
Bountiful/Woods Cross exit. Go east towards the mountains. The road will turn north and be
renamed Orchard Drive. While heading north, turn right (east) on 1800 south. This street
takes you to the trailhead about 2 miles later, where you'll see parking places on the
right side of the road. Go across the stream on the bridge to begin the ride.