Trail

Bonneville Shoreline Trail - Sandy/Draper

Sandy, UT
Length: 3.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

This hike is specific to the stretch of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail from south Sandy to the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge in Draper. The BST is a long trail that can be entered and exited from many places in Utah. From Hidden Valley Park in Sandy, you can reach the BST from a few spots along the paved path. From there you just head south and hike as far as you’d like. The trail is a single-track trail that skirts the edge of the mountains; dipping into and out of small canyons. It’s a good mix of climbing and descending. It’s totally doable for preschoolers and up, but new walkers should be worn in baby carriers.

Over a mile in, you’ll see a fork in the trail where it meets back up with itself. If you head left, you’ll get to walk thru some massive boulders that created a cave. Veering to the right at the fork avoids these boulders. You will reach the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge after about a mile and a half. There is space there to stop for a snack and enjoy the view. The bridge was built to keep hikers out of upper Bear Canyon, which is a watershed canyon. The trail into the canyon is still open, but the bridge keeps the number of hikers into the canyon at a minimum. If you choose to hike into Bear Canyon, it adds a little over a quarter mile to your hike.

We usually turn around at the suspension bridge and head back to Hidden Valley Park. From there we let our kids play on the playground before heading home. The promise of the playground has often helped motivate little hikers to keep moving.

Water fountains and flush toilets are open in the summer at Hidden Valley Park.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Playground and Viewpoint

The trail offers panoramic views of the southern Salt Lake Valley.
The Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge is a fun landmark to explore.
The trail has a somewhat steep dropoff at some parts.
In one short section, the gravel can be slippery.
The trail is shared with mountain bikers. By law they are supposed to yield to hikers, but still use caution.
The City of Draper prohibits hiking on the BST right after a storm when the trail is muddy. It contributes to trail erosion and damage.
The restrooms and water fountains at Hidden Valley Park are only open from about Memorial Day til Labor Day.

Trail Contributor

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Alex is an artist and graphic designer who runs her own little business from home while she’s momming it with her two school-aged boys. She’s a California native and transplant to the Salt Lake Valley where she’s completely fallen in love with living so close to the mountains. She loves hiking, camping, travel, soccer, photography and cooking. She geeks out over history, especially art history, loves getting lost in a great novel, and she started practicing taekwondo the year she turned 40. She’s also a Lifetime Girl Scout and she loves sharing her love for travel and the outdoors with her kids.

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