Murdock Canal Trail

Utah

Murdock Canal Trail Facts

States: Utah
Counties: Utah
Length: 17 miles
Trail end points: E. 800 N./SR 52 and N. 1100 E. (Orem) and Timpanogos Hwy./SR 92 and Ashton Blvd. (Lehi)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt, Concrete
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6423589
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Horseback Riding, Walking

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Murdock Canal Trail Description

Located in Utah Valley, the pristine Murdock Canal Trail, which opened in May 2013, is built over the now-enclosed canal. The beautiful 17-mile paved trail connects seven communities in the Utah Valley and has an adjacent dirt path for equestrian use. The trail is marked every quarter-mile and has established trailheads with restroom facilities and running water about every three miles.

Near 5300 W. (State Route 74) in Highland, there is a short gap in the trail that can be bridged via the bike lanes or sidewalk on that road, along with low-traffic West Park Rd. (10130 N.) and paved trails in Highland Glen Park. The Murdock Canal Trail resumes just south of the park and continues without any interruptions to Orem.

On the trail's western end, pick up the Historic Utah Southern Rail Trail to head towards downtown Lehi. In the future, an extensive trail journey will be possible through linkages to two other scenic trails: the Provo River Parkway to the south and Jordan River Parkway Trail on the trail's northwestern end.

Parking and Trail Access

The Murdock Canal Trail has several trailheads in the following communities, from south to north:

  • Orem: Although there is no parking at the trailhead (1100 E. 800 N.), just a few blocks east is the parking lot for the Provo River Parkway trailhead.
  • Lindon: The trailhead is located at 300 N 780 E.
  • Pleasant Grove: The city offers two trailheads: one at 1100 N. 600 E., and the other at N. Canyon Road (SR 146) and Canyon Heights Drive.
  • Highland: The city has two trailheads: one in Highland Glen Park, which you can enter from Alpine Highway (SR 74) at Park Road (10130 N.), and the other in Mitch Hollow Park at 6450 W. 10400 N.
  • Lehi: The Bull River Road trailhead is located at Timpanogos Highway (SR 92) and 1200 W.

Murdock Canal Trail Reviews

Wow, what a hero you are! That is a lot of miles in two days. I want to go Saturday for sure...lets do 55! Should we do the Murdock canal trail again? I liked that ride.

Somes up her thought about this trail and our bike ride on 7-18-15

This was the 1st time on Murdock. The reviews and facts on this site helped alot in deciding to ride this 17 mile trail.
Coming from north I15 we got to Thanksgiving Point, and drove about 1.5 miles east to the very start of the trail and began our ride above it's heavy intersection. Parked at the side of the road by the car dealership, crossed the road and began riding. The riding was wonderful, trail is marked well and is wide. Only confusing part was when we got to a park which everyone who rides this far on the Murdock trail will get to this park. No real marking of which way to go but I assume it's because any way through the park will keep you on the trail, at the park entrance it's best to make a right but if you continue east you'll hit a main road we went right. From the right turn, about a 1/2 mile there is a bathroom and a nice map and entrance back onto the trail. The 2 bathrooms we hit were clean! There are bathrooms all along the way.
At about mile 9 or at least after the park on the trail I saw one drinking fountain on the east of the road with a nice covered rest stop. Beyon (heading south) on the westside is a vending machine! It looked stocked but I didn't check it out.
The ride is nice, roosters,barns, close view of the mountains and lake. There are steel bars for bikers to pass through but for safety reason, to cross streets. At the end of the trail we continued east about 2 miles get onto the Provo River Trail. This was a wonderful connection with a very gradual climb to a close up view of Bridal Falls. The trail is older could use an uplift, the cool thing is the trail is split in 3 sections. 1 for walkers, 1 for bikers going east & 1 lane for bikers going west. Great idea!
After Bridal falls we continued up east on the trail for 2 miles and hit a park for a well deserved break. Bathroom no so great here.
All in all the trip took us 2.24 hrs up and roughly 2.10 hrs down. There was 1 challenging hill that you have to do on the Murdock but nothing on the Provo River Trail. Our total roundtrip mileage for 7-18-2015 was 49.8 miles. We started about 7:15 am with light jackets on and we were back into the car about noon and it was now about 82 degrees or more.
Both trail are really good but together I thought incredible to bike ride on.

I really injoy this trail will use it more offen .

Accordion

I rode this trail from the Bull River Trailhead in Lehi to Pleasant Grove and was pleasantly impressed (appox. 19 miles RT). This trail connects up with what appears to be an extensive trail system linking many neighborhoods and other trails. Ample signage directs you to the other spurs and trailheads along the way. There is a small portion of the trail that takes you out onto Alpine Highway, but there is a generous bike path and a sidewalk if you feel exceptionally cautious. The Murdock Canal Trail meanders through quiet suburbs and bucolic farmland, with not much traffic on a Sunday morning. You will also see impressive views of Utah Lake, Mount Timpaganos and the Lone Peak Wilderness area. Underpasses give you a little variation in terrain, and there are a few street crossings over quiet residential streets. I look forward to riding the remaining 8 miles past Pleasant Grove.

I rode this trail today from the Orem TH up to Highland and was extremely impressed! The trail is clean, well-paved, and wide; I appreciated the benches and bathroom along the way. Will ride again! Very very nice.

I just started riding this trail and I love it! Very easy access to a well thought out trail system with great plans to connect with other trails in the near future. Beautiful scenery with light rolling hills. This is a great resource for runners, and cyclists in the area.

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