|So, as it turns out I find myself (and our family) headed for the suburbs of Salt Lake City for a family re-union. My next thought is: “where are the trails to train on”... |
Run Mount Olympus: This is a great close-in trail run while visiting Salt Lake City, offering over 4000 feet elevation gain and topping out at 9026 feet.
Getting there: Navigate to Wasatch Boulevard (east side of Salt Lake City) for the trail head. If you are traveling north on I-215 take the 3900 South exit to Wasatch Boulevard, then turn south and drive for 2.3 miles. If you are driving south on I-215 take the 4500 South exit to Wasatch Boulevard, than continue south for 1.6 miles. There is a paved parking lot on the east side of Wasatch Boulevard which is signed "Mt. Olympus Trailhead".
The bottom line: A great pump--the trail is fairly steep as you start up some stairs from the trail head sign, but is completely run-able until the last 250-400 meters. The last section after reaching the saddle is a scramble requiring use of hands for safe navigation.
Run Mount Jupiter: This is an actual race held in Park City, UT general around mid-August, but the general course provides an excellent long trail run with approximately 3000 feet elevation gain to the top of Mount Jupiter.
Getting there: Park City, UT is approximately 25 miles east of Salt Lake City the following link has more information on Park City: http://www.utah.com/maps The bottom Line: I did this trail run the weekend of 18 June 2005 and there was still snow pack on the approach to the top of Mount Jupiter, but made for a challenging longer distance run of 16 miles. If you want to follow the exact course of the Jupiter Peak Steeplechase click here http://www.mountaintrails.org/ and select events, scrolling down to August. The entire route description is included as well as registration information.