Wild Rose Trail offers incredible views for hikers, bikers

Story by Dan Cottam, Story by Scott Hess
Special to the Standard-Examiner
November 8, 2012
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The Wild Rose Trail in North Salt Lake is one of the newest and most exciting trail networks in Davis County. The city has been continuously adding new trails and features to keep people coming back. The original Wild Rose Trail was a popular 2.5-mile out-and-back trail that peaks at a local ridgeline, providing expansive views of southern Davis County.

At the top of the ridgeline, the trail connects to multiple existing trails and old jeep roads in the Forest Service land above the city. The original trail is intended for use by hikers, dog walkers and mountain bikers. The city’s overall vision is to connect Wild Rose Trail to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail network to the east, and eventually connect to U.S. 89 through the neighborhood to the west.

In 2011, North Salt Lake began expanding its offerings by adding three miles of connected cross country mountain bike trails in the surrounding hills. This new loop has become a popular destination for riders coming out of City Creek Canyon, and those looking to add some technical riding to their riding routine.

A local website, www.utahmountainbiking.com, calls these new trail offerings “a short-but-sweet single-track loop suitable for early-intermediate riders and a short downhill-bikes-only trail for techies.” The mountainsides in this area of Davis County are steep, but the trails have been designed by expert trail builder Troy Duffin to accommodate riders of nearly all skill levels.

The downhill trail is for intermediate and expert riders only offering tabletop jumps, tall sweeping banked corners, and a much faster descent than the original Wild Rose Trail. This trail is marked “Bikes Only” but does cross the Wild Rose Trail multiple times on descent, so slow down and watch for hikers at the intersections.

In 2012, North Salt Lake added two additional miles of trail that provide access to incredible lookout points complete with vista views of Davis County. Near the top of Wild Rose Trail, there is a cutoff to Sunset Point, which as the name suggests, is a wonderful place to watch the sun set over beautiful Antelope Island.

Chukar Loop is a trail specifically designed for hikers that travels through one of the pristine canyons in the area. You will likely come across the small game bird this trail is named after. Look for a robin-sized game bird that looks like a midget grouse.

The Wild Rose Trail network is friendly to families, hikers, bikers and dog walkers. For the adventure-seeking downhill bike rider, the flow trail and downhill trail present a serious challenge. The trails climb around steep mountainsides, where you will be hiking and riding primarily in the gorgeous maple forests of south Davis County. There are frequent breakout views of Bountiful to the north and the southern edge of Great Salt Lake looking west.

As always, when hiking in Davis County, take plenty of water and be on the lookout for rattlesnakes.

Trailheads: Trailhead Park is located at the northernmost end of Sky Crest Lane in North Salt Lake. You can access Sky Crest Lane by following Eagleridge Drive North from U.S. 89, and turning right onto Eaglepoint Drive. Follow Eaglepoint Drive for 0.3 mile, and take a left onto Sky Crest Lane. Trailhead Park and its accompanying parking lot are at the end of the street. Trailhead amenities include grills, Large boweries, picnic tables, playground, public restrooms, tree canopy, and walking and biking trails.

Scott Hess is a member of the Davis County Planning Department. Dan Cottam is with the North Salt Lake Trails Committee. Take a Hike is coordinated by the Ogden Trails Network. It appears monthly in Xplore and online at www.xploreutah.net. For more information about Davis County trails, visit http://www.daviscountyutah.gov/trails/.

Trail facts

  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Hike Time: 1 hour up and back with other loop options
  • Distance: 6+ miles of looping trail network
  • Elevation gain: 850 feet
  • Trailhead restrooms: Yes, open seasonally
  • Dogs allowed: Yes, on leash
  • Bikes allowed: Yes
  • Kid friendly: Yes

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