bike touring: weekend in the wasatch
This 3-day, self-supported bike tour starts at the Rotary Park east of Hogle Zoo early afternoon on Friday, June 10 and ends at your house on Sunday afternoon, June 12. The 25-mile route on Day 1 takes us up Emigration Canyon, over the summit of Big Mountain, and then down into East Canyon where we'll overnight at the Big Rock campground in East Canyon State Park. (NOTE: Showers are a few miles away.) Friday evening you can either enjoy the dinner you brought with you, shop for basic provisions in the East Canyon Resort convenience store, or dine in the resort's Canyon Ridge Grill. Saturday's 43-mile ride takes us through the scenic Morgan valley and Mt. Green before we hit a 4-mile section on I-80 to get to South Ogden. From there, we work our way north through Riverdale to our evening campsite at the Century Mobile Home & RV Park in West Haven. After showering, you're just 2 miles west of Ogden's historic 24th Street where you have numerous dining options. On Sunday we return to SLC. A westerly route through Hooper, West Point, and Syracuse brings us back to Farmington where we pick up the Legacy bike path. Plan on about 60 miles Sunday, as that's the distance from the RV park in West Haven to the random Murray location where the official route ends. The precise camping fee for this trip depends on the number of participants. For planning purposes, figure about $18. I'll collect a $10 deposit when you reserve your spot. TRIP NOTES: (1) Almost all of the elevation gain occurs on Day 1. The maximum grade on Big Mountain is just under 9%, which is reached briefly near the top. (2) Credit card option: East Canyon State Park rents cabins and yurts. In Ogden, several hotels are close to the Century RV Park, including one across the street. (3) Day 3 can be shortened by 10 miles if you want to negotiate the numerous gates on the bike path that starts in west Riverdale. However, this option is not recommended with panniers on your bike. (4) Full details, including daily cue sheets, will be distributed to attendees before the trip.