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Bobsled via Bonneville Shoreline Trail

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 4.5 (96) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A challenging ride featuring consistent climbs, and amazing descents through the ridges around SLC.


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6.6

Miles

10.7

KM

90%

Singletrack

5,866' 1,788 m

High

4,830' 1,472 m

Low

1,197' 365 m

Up

1,203' 367 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

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Overview

While the climb along Bonneville Shoreline Trail may not feature overly technical challenges, the climb is well worth it once you reach the bobsled descent.

Once you're on the descent, you'll be flying through the trees on banked turns, hanging on the by the skin of your teeth. With many big feature options, Bobsled challenges riders of all skill levels.

Description

Beginning beside Popperton Park, follow a paved trail up the hill east of the parking area. The trail will change to gravel after a short ascent, and soon drop into the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The entrance is fairly obvious, and has a nice lip for those itching for some airtime early on.

After joining the Bonneville Shoreline trail, you're in for a fairly consistent ascent with the occasional technical section. After following the trail up through a bit of a ravine, you'll find a switchback followed by a steep climb onto the side of the ridge. The trail levels out slightly following the initial climb to the ridge, allowing for some faster, cross-mountain riding. There will be one more short steep ascent before reaching the turnoff for Bobsled.

Once you've made it past the two steep ascents, you'll shortly come across a three-way split with a small pull off for taking a break before the descent. The drop in is in the middle trail of the split, and leads down into a wooded ravine between two ridges. Bobsled features a fast flowy descent through trees and old creek bed, weaving along lightning fast banked turns. While Bobsled is a very fast trail, it's extremely playful, with many different options for big features.

Further down the descent you'll find a number of jumps that gap over old rusted out cars and creek beds, as well as turn offs for drops that connect back to the trail. All these features have ride around options, allowing riders to get comfortable with the trail before sending it off a big drop.

All in all, Bobsled makes for a great ride, providing challenging options for even the best riders out there. While it may be difficult for beginners, it's a great trail to learn cornering and drifting techniques.

Shared By:

Gaelen Schiedel-Webb with improvements by Nathaniel Skinner

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  4.5 from 96 votes

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One of the many car features on Bobsled!
Sep 5, 2018 near Salt La…, UT
Proximity to downtown makes Shoreline to Bobsled a great après work ride
Jun 2, 2018 near Salt La…, UT
Great downhill here
May 4, 2016 near Salt La…, UT
One of the many excellent views on the way to Bobsled.
Oct 25, 2016 near Salt La…, UT
Jump an old beater...and if you miss, there is a hospital at the end of the trail that can set you up with a tetanus shot.
May 4, 2016 near Salt La…, UT
About to drop into Bobsled.
Oct 25, 2016 near Salt La…, UT

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Mar 24, 2021
Karl Niendorf
Feb 2, 2021
Forrest Shafer
Very snowy and muddy, especially in the bobsled section
Dec 5, 2020
Brysen Daughton
muddy at the top of bobsled 6.6mi — 1h 30m
Dec 5, 2020
Kelsa Middough
Muddy on the downhill otherwise clear 6.6mi — 12h 00m
Sep 12, 2020
Peter Jensen
Lost my earbuds case with one earbud in them. Send me an email if you find them at petetjensen@gmail.com
Aug 18, 2020
Phil dEntremont
Solid ride, super fun route. Was hissed at by a snake going through a wooded part before I got on Bobsled so beware - they're out there! 6.6mi — 17h 00m
Aug 17, 2020
Trevor Heim
First time out on a bike in a long time, what a way to start 9mi — 2h 27m
Jul 8, 2020
Jaron a
first trail on the new karate monkey