After planning and building the well-loved Popperton Bike Trail loops near the Avenues, we continued to work with our friends in the Salt Lake City Trails and Natural Lands Division on a large-scale trail plan along the northeast corner of Salt Lake City. In 2021, we worked on two project areas (South Wire and Mt. Van Cott) to review SLC-TNL’s prospective trail plan, assess the areas for viability, and flag out the entirety of the trail systems.
This project was a good exercise in problem-solving, with large rock bands and steep side slopes altering even the best laid plans. Despite the terrain challenges, the plan overall has a ton of potential and offers much-needed expansion for Salt Lake City’s popular trails — especially by increasing the options and accessibility of biking-specific trails, which are in high demand and short supply in the valley.