Posts Tagged ‘biking’

Well “The Rock” is simply an outcropping just east of I-215 on the east bench of the Salt Lake Valley. From Wasatch Blvd, you take a turn to the east and pull up into the Mt. Olympus Trailhead parking lot, which is just below the small rock outcropping . But just south of the tiny parking lot is the start of the Mt. Olympus trail (if you don’t want to just hike up the rock pile in front). Take this trail a short few hundred feet up to the top of The Rock (the trail continues to your right). After climbing onto The Rock, you get a gorgeous view of the Salt Lake Valley looking west.  This is definitely somewhere you can bring some friends, a date, or even a first kiss! Cops have been known to hang out here and enforce a curfew, but as long as you aren’t jerks they are pretty cool. Map to The Rock.


Drive to the top of the Oquirrh Mountains and make a bonfire!

The Oquirrh Mountains are west of the Salt Lake Valley, and home to the famous Bingham Canyon Mine, also known as the Kennecott Copper Mine. These mountains can be camped in, biked in, and even ATVed in. However, one adventure I’ve found is to build a huge bonfire on top of a peak, overlooking the entire Salt Lake Valley.

To get here, drive southwest up Butterfield Canyon Road. From here, continue all the way up the road, after a few miles you will hit a dirt road that will most likely require a high-clearence vehicle. Once you get to the junction on the now Middle Canyon Road, turn north and continue up the dirt road. This sketchy road gets you to the top of a mountain peak, while a large open area (large enough to park many vehicles and have a bonfire). One time while doing this, a police officer came and talked to us, but simply asked if we had any drugs or alcohol and told us to keep it under control. They seem okay with it if it doesn’t get out-of-hand. View a map of the Bingham Canyon Overlook.

This is a great adventure that can be done in the spring, summer, or fall while any size of group. Enjoy!