Dear 100 Hour Board,
I'm training for a 100-mile bike ride in September, and I need ideas of some good places to ride in Utah County for practice. I don't like riding on the road with cars because I have a friend who died doing that, so it scares me. And obviously the trails need to be more than a few miles long-- riding a 5-mile round trip isn't really going to help me build up to 100.
I always do the Murdock Canal trail or the Provo River trail up the canyon, so I'm getting kind of tired of those. Are there any other long trails in the area? The Provo River trail leading out to Utah Lake is currently closed for construction, so that's out.
I thought there was a trail that goes around Utah Lake, but if it does exist, I can't seem to find where to access it. If it does exist, how do I get to it? If it doesn't, are there other long trails in the area I could use?
-Ready to Ride
Dear Flynn Rider,
Mayhaps you are referring to the Utah Lake Shoreline trail? That article has a rundown of the plan for the trail and (as of 2017) how much of it was completed. It's slated to be a 98.2 mile trail, but as far as I can tell, it's not done yet. If you use this link you can see the existing parts of the trail in brown, and the planned parts in pink. According to the Utah Lake Commission, there are currently three access points, one at the Utah Lake State Park (you can find it on the map), one at Powell Slough in Orem, and (from what I can see on the map) a few points along Vineyard Road.
If you're looking for a long trail, I'd look into the Bonneville Shoreline trail. Currently stretching 280 miles, it should be more than sufficient for your needs. You'll have to plan out a route based on your own needs, but Google has a list of many of the trailheads/access points.