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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 route connects seven communities in the Utah Valley at the base of Mount Timpanogos, south of Salt Lake City. The paved pathway 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.
At the southern end of the trail in Orem, you can also head east paralleling UT 52 a short distance to reach the 15-mile Provo River Parkway. Both trails are part of the Golden Spoke trail network, which stretches more than 100 miles from Ogden to Provo.
At the northern end of the trail in Lehi, you can pick up the Historic Utah Southern Rail Trail and travel about 3 miles towards the city's downtown.
The Murdock Canal Trail has several trailheads in the following communities, from south to north:
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