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The Porter Rockwell Trail runs between Pioneer Avenue in Sandy and Minuteman Drive at Point of the Mountain. The paved trail follows an abandoned rail corridor through the suburbs south of Salt Lake City and provide an important link for neighborhoods, schools, businesses, shopping and recreation.
There is one short break in the trail between E 12300 S and Park Road. Heading southbound, the trail picks up again at Park Road at Draper City Park (behind the library). Use Pioneer Road (E 12400 S) and S 970 E to link the disjointed segments.
From north to south, park at the train station lot between E 8800 S and E 8960 S; at the South Towne Exposition Center (9575 South State St. restrictions may apply); at Dewey Bluth Park (Sego Lily Dr @ 115 E); at Sandy City Dog Park (300 East 9980 South St.); or at Draper City Park (12500 South 1300 East).
Back breaking cracks every 50 ft or so. Terrible street crossing that are nearly impossible to negotiate on a recumbent. This trail needs some serious maintenance and upgrades.
I didn't attempt the north section because in involves multiple street crossings and heavy traffic areas. I rode out-n-back only the south section (8.2 miles total). The first couple of miles southeast from Draper City Park are very pleasant with significant shade and gentle hills. The extreme south end has no shade and ends with a long steep uphill on a narrow concrete walkway rather than an asphalt multi-use trail. It's a good workout, but won't be counted among my favorites.
Too many streets to cross and Trax crossings
I went exploring to discover the Porter Rockwell trail now continues into Lehi. One can make their way to the Murdock Canal Trail though there is still construction and I can't find any updates. Since the frontage road is so dangerous, I'm very happy to see the extension. Hoping it's completed soon.
This is a really great family trail. We usually start at Draper Park at the trailhead across 1300 E. There are great shade trees and fun things to see, including a real life zebra, emus, and peacock. It’s a great trail for walking, scooters, and bikes. The last part of the trail, starting on the south side of 1300 E (near Highland Drive) has some fun rolling hills. We like to complete the ride by taking the Draper Canal trail for a complete loop. Lots of fun!
We started at Dewey Bluth Park in Sandy with our thee kids (5,4, and infant). The park was a great place to park with lots of shade, bathroom and playground. We left at 1p which was fine because it's October, but if it was midsummer it would be best to do this trail in the morning or evening hours. Awesome trail with some shade along the way.
We rode this for the first time from the train station on 700 to the dog park in Sandy. We were impressed with the trail and just as impressed with the park. We will be doing this trail again soon. looking forward to doing some of the other trails in Utah as well.
Trail is 1.9 miles along active UTA/TRAX & 3.2 miles along seldom used Tracks. Surface in good condition. Most Street crossings require going to nearest crosswalk, some with signals, some not. Between 11800 & 11900 a small gap requires using a Bike Lane on a none busy street. Trail very active. Noel Keller 27 Sep 2010
Trail is along RR right away but is not RR grade as it has many up and downs, two steep grades to street crossing N40.50389 W111.85284 & at Bangerter Pkwy. Trail continues 2 miles past Bangerter Pkwy. Surface in excellent condition. Great views . Follow the sign at Bangerter Pkwy to return on the Draper Canal Trail, an even grade with great views of Salt Lake Valley. Several connector trails between the two trails. Draper City Park has water & Comfort Stations. Noel Keller 27 Sep 10
Trail update June 2010: the trail now continues southwest and terminates at point of the mountain, near minute man drive(gravel pit), making the total length of park(starting at Draper Park) 12 miles round trip. Great skating with smooth rolling terrain with some hills, watch traffic at street crossings.
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