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Bobsled via Bonneville Shoreline Trail

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 4.5 (81) 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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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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Jun 30, 2020
Abe Hamilton
Jun 26, 2020
Dave Reed
A little loose/blown out 8mi
Apr 28, 2020
William DeMasters
First time on trail and super tough. Still new at MTB 6.6mi — 2h 30m
Apr 25, 2020
Andrew Weathers
Oct 1, 2019
Robert Erekson
Sep 26, 2019
Nic Hayes
Great afternoon ride. Bobsled is very rough at the top. Trail is pretty washed out. Lots of jump lines towards the bottom but they exceed my level… 7.6mi — 1h 27m
Aug 18, 2019
James McNulty
Dry but gtg 4.5mi
Aug 9, 2019
Jeb Jettison