D&RGW Rail Trail from UT-79 to UT-193 is a 7 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Roy, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.
The Denver & Rio Grande Western Rail Trail is a paved trail that extends from Roy to Centerville. It provides a great place to walk, run, or bike down a dedicated route, but it is quite crowded and requires several street crossings. In Weber County, it runs from Hinckley Drive to 6000 South. Most of this trail is exposed to the sun. It is great for exercise, but not so much for a nature walk. The Denver and Rio Grande Western Rail Trail extends north from West Bountiful and passes through the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area, where it joins the Legacy Parkway Trail. Continuing north, the trail travels through Farmington, Kaysville, Layton, Clearfield and Clinton to Hinckley Drive on the border of Roy and West Haven. The former right-of-way, most recently used by Union Pacific Railroad, was railbanked by the Utah Transit Authority in 2003. The various cities it links have agreements with the rail agency to maintain the trail. For a longer journey, continue south on the Legacy Parkway Trail from Centerville to reach North Salt Lake. The Jordan River Parkway Trail seamlessly continues south from that point, running nearly 50 miles across the northsouth length of Salt Lake County. This trail is currently under development on the north end - in the past year, .3 miles have been added of ballast surface after the end of the asphalt. It dead ends into the old track.
good easy ride
easy trail. mostly paved but this trail can surely go further than stated.
Rode 20 miles today from the northern end point of the trail in Roy/West Haven to south Clearfield. There was plenty of traffic even with the scattered showers all morning, but the trail is wide enough that I only had to slow down to get around people one time. There definitely is a lot of street crossings, and only two had stoplights - the rest you just waited for a break in the traffic or for a couple of cars that recognized the pedestrian/bike crossings.
Not many goatheads on the trail - I only picked up one - but I've had trouble with them on this trail on previous rides in the summer and fall. I parked at Roy West Park, which provides paved access to the trail, but I only saw parking in one other place - streetside parking with three dedicated spots. I guess you could park at Frontrunner as recommended by Weber County, but that didn't really seem to be part of the trail system.
I was excited to see they are expanding the north side of the trail. Riding on the ballast was tougher than I expected, but it was a cool little corridor that ended at the rail track. Hoping this will connecct with the West Haven/Weber River trail soon.