OverviewUtah Valley offers many wonderful biking opportunities, especially at the north end. Access is instant as most trails begin where the pavement ends at the foot of the mountains.
Most trails are closed to motorized vehicles and are relatively steep climbs.
American Fork Canyon/Alpine Loop
Grove Creek Canyon
Battle Creek Canyon
Bonneville Shoreline Trail
Great Western Trail
Pole Canyon (Squaw Peak area)
Camel Back Pass
Hobble Creek Canyon - Right Fork
Hobble Creek Canyon - Left Fork
Payson Canyon/Nebo Loop
Getting ThereWhen getting directions in Utah, be ready for north/south east/west answers. Remember that the mountains run north/south and the biggest mountains are usually east of the valleys.
Utah Valley is just south of Salt Lake Valley along the Wasatch Front I-15 corridor.
For Provo Canyon, take the Orem 800 North exit and go east (toward the mountains). Stay in the left lane as you approach the canyon.
For Hobble Creek & Maple Canyons, take the second (southern) Springville 275(?) exit with IHOP and WalMart. At the stop sign atop the hill (approx 2 miles and the only stop sign), turn right. For Maple Canyon, turn left (south) about .5 miles before the canyon (follow signs to Mapleton - it's the obvious road that drops down with a wide-angle view) and continue about a mile to Mapleton's 400 North(?), then turn east (left).
For Payson Canyon and the Nebo Loop, take the second (southern) Payson exit with Wendy's, not McDonalds, and go east about 1.5 miles till you reach Payson Canyon Drive. Turn right.
CampingThere are many areas up the canyons for primitive camping (as in, the rest rooms look like pine trees, because they are). Places not open for camping are marked along the road. Please pack out your trash and observe fire regulations!
Some good spots for this are over the top of Hobble Creek Canyon (left or right fork), the Alpine Loop - Cascade Springs Road (turn east just south of the summit, go 4 (?) miles and turn left up a gravel road), and...if you know of others, please add comments below and I'll copy some data up here.
I can't think of any developed camping areas. Anyone...?