Bonneville Shoreline Trail
2 N Medical Dr, Salt Lake City, UT
When traveling, one of the easiest ways to maintain fitness is by bring along a pair of running shoes. If you are a trail runner traveling through Salt Lake City, you will quickly discover some of the best, most extensive trail networks in North America. One of the most accessible trails in the area is the 280-mile Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) which has one of its many trailheads approximately 3.8 miles from Salt Lake City Center.
The best place to park when staying in the University District, Sugar House or Downtown SLC is at the Jewish Community Center at 2 N Medical Drive located on the edge of the University of Utah’s health care campus. Head to the north side of the parking lot but be sure not to park in any reserved parking spaces which are clearly marked.
Once you have parked, head out in the direction of the power station (it can be seen from the parking lot) and pass through a narrow gate and down the gravel path for about ½ a mile. From here, you will see a trail emerge on the right. This is one leg of the BST. If you are looking for a relatively flat, open trail to run, turning here will be your best bet. A simple out and back of any length is possible.
However, if you continue straight, you will see Dry Gulch Trailhead for the BST. From this point, a simple 4 mile out and back would yield you 600 to 800 feet in elevation gain as well as breathtaking views of the Salt Lake Valley, the Great Salt Lake, and the surrounding mountains. From this trailhead, tree cover and the shadows cast by the mountains will keep you cool in the summer making this an ideal option for warmer days. Keep in mind that these trails are also used for mountain biking though most people using them are out walking and running.