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Dry Creek to City Creek Out-and-back



13.3 mile 21.4 kilometer out and back
88% Runnable


Ascent: 2,190' 667 m
Descent: -2,189' -667 m
High: 5,861' 1,786 m
Low: 4,690' 1,430 m


Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)


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A link-up of Dry Creek to the Bonnieville Shoreline Trail to City Creek.

Tom Wolfe

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This route gets you from the University to City Creek to Memory Grove. The first three miles involve gaining elevation going up the Dry Creek Trail. The course has rolling terrain for the next mile, then a good climb. Rollers continue for another mile then the trail heads downhill for most of three miles until joining the City Creek trail where it converts to road, or return to the University for an out-and-back.

Runner Notes

Winter running will most likely require spikes. Don't run around (run through) muddy stuff to preserve the trail corridor.


To start, leave central campus and head towards the hospital and North Campus Dr, then up to the Jewish Community Center. Turn left on the street going to the center, but go above to the upper parking lot and to the fence with a walk-through.

Head up the hill and follow the road to the turn; keep heading up Dry Creek but don't follow the horseshoe turn. The Dry Creek Trail is singletrack, so it's easy to follow. There will be a hairpin turn just a mile up, then it's half a mile to the top and the first view of the valley.

The trail contours along the topography, with another half-mile climb from mile 3.5 to 4. At mile 5, you begin the descent for the next three miles. If you like downhill, you'll enjoy easy to moderate running with lots of turns. When you get to the horseshoe, you can link up to the City Creek to Memory Grove trail or turn around and head back the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

There are lots of flowers during spring to early summer.

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Dec 29, 2019
Jason Drobeck
You can't park where it suggests, the Universty has signs everywhere. I went to the other end of the trail and parked near Bonneville road. Fun trail! 11.6mi — 2h 03m
Jun 1, 2018
Glenn Smith
Oct 7, 2017
John Pherson
Sep 4, 2017
Mary Stevens

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Looking at the University of Utah from Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Apr 20, 2015 near Salt La…, UT
On the Bonneville Shoreline Trail above City Creek
Jul 16, 2019 near Salt La…, UT
Overlooking the Great Basin from the BST (Bonneville Shoreline Trail).
Apr 14, 2015 near Salt La…, UT
Downtown Salt Lake City seen from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.
Apr 30, 2017 near Salt La…, UT
Downtown Salt Lake City seen from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail just above East Edgehill Road.
Apr 30, 2017 near Salt La…, UT
Overlook of the valley
Apr 8, 2015 near Salt La…, UT


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