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The Mountain View Corridor Trail is a 21-mile shared use path along State Route 85 (Mountain Valley Corridor) in the Salt Lake City metro area. The path stretches from SR 201 in West Valley City south to the intersection of Porter Rockwell Boulevard & Redwood Road. The trail travels through the communities of West Valley City, West Jordan, South Jordan, Riverton and Herriman. There is no shade on the trail so take remember to your sun protection and hydration.
Designated parking can be found at the following locations:
I have biked and run this trail from end to end multiple times. I love that it's easily accessible from my home and I can do any distance. Mostly mild ups and downs; it does have a couple of challenging hills, but that's part of the workout, right? In warm weather you may want to plan for early morning or evening use do to the lack of shade.
I have seen comments that this trail uses the emergency lane on the highway and is dangerous. Not actually true. There IS a designated bike lane on the highway, but I never use it. The separate paved trail runs parallel to the highway, but does switch sides a couple of times. These changes need better signage. Watch for these changes especially at the intersections of 13400 South and also 7800 South. Staying on the separate path is much safer and provides a more scenic and more enjoyable experience.
Side note - I have seen many types of birds, several deer, and a five foot bull snake.
We started in Daybreak, at 11400 So and rode north. Traveling north has a constant uphill grade and we were fighting a strong headwind. It gets pretty smelly near the Dannon plant. The northernmost part of the trail (north of 6200) drops in elevation really quickly, which was really fun. It would be fun to try this riding the other direction.
Ran about 10 miles this morning. As others have said, the northern half is the best. However, it’s a brutal, continuous uphill and not fun to run. Several huge undulations right off the bat. Combine that with the sun beating down and you’ll get absolutely worked over if it’s over 70 degrees. Spends a lot of the time straddling the highway too which I didn’t love. I would run it again but only because it’s the only longer trail around (that I know of)
The north end is great, paved with only a few traffic intersections/crossings. Then after Daybreak for some reason instead of asphalt the path parallel to the highway is a cement sidewalk with seams. It is also very messy, lots of rocks and debris. So you’re either riding on the sidewalk or the highway shoulder (the “bike path”). Once you get Grand View Peak Drive in Riverton the parallel path disappears completely and you’re on the shoulder. I only use the first 12 miles of this trail from 4100 South to Daybreak.
I rode from 4100 S. to the intersection with Redwood Road at Point of the Mountain and back. 18.3 miles one way. I think it is the entire length of the trail. For sure the south end was. It might have been a little more north of 4100 S.
Like the previous reviewer said, the first 9 miles or so are nice and well separated from UT85. After that not so much. The last 9.5 miles, from Old Bingham Hwy to Redwood Rd, you are riding along the fast moving traffic. The bike lane is painted on what should be the emergency lane.
Also, as the previous reviewer stated, this bike lane is covered with road grime. The only good thing about it is that it is wide. But I still wouldn't want to be there during rush hour.
This trail is not flat and was a good workout.
For me, the worst was all the trash along the trail, of all sizes. I'm hoping the cities along this otherwise nice trail are planning a spring clean-up.
This was my first time on this trail. Because of all the road grime (risk of a flat) and trash, I won't be on it often. I see myself riding it once or twice a year at the most... unless it gets cleaned up.
Seems a little like the Department of Transportation wanted to build a road, and then tried to balance negative environmental factors with a grade separated bike path.
Decent execution in the northern 7 miles of the trail, aside from some pretty dicey highway intersection crossings where the trail switches from one side of the highway to the other or has to cross an arterial road. Some major long rolling hills which make a good workout. I did it on inline skates and wished I had my brakes on.
The southern portion of the trail is poorly executed because instead of grade separated rolling hills, the trail is right next to the highway and covered in highway grime. Might as well use the regular bike lane (next to 70 mph traffic).
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