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Old October 13th, 2008, 05:17 AM   #1
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Default New Legacy Trail: 13 miles in Utah

Whoo hoo! finally, a trail in Utah worth skating!

September 13th launched the inaugural opening of the Legacy Highway, and a new 13 mile stretch of paved trail/bike path as part of the environmentally-friendly-sensitive-state hwy project conditions. Whatever the reasons, we now have this great pathway! The path is level with very few access points, which make it fun to actually skate non-stop (without having to dodge peds, cars, etc. )

Legacy Highway Trail

From Utah, where 2-3" of the cold white stuff covered the trail today...sigh, timing is everything. Can't wait till spring!
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Old October 18th, 2008, 03:50 PM   #2
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That is totally sweet - have fun!
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 07:09 PM   #3
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Default Legacy trail expansion project.

Legacy Trail Updates: Well, here's what we like to see! More skating trails! New south trail expansion project currently underway is getting paved along North Salt Lake area Legacy Trail. The existing 13 mile long trail will continue south (from approx Center Street area), and eventually tie into the northern section of the Jordan river trail. The Jordan trail runs appox. 20 miles north to south, along the Jordan river thru Salt Lake City's west side terminating in Draper, Utah to the south.

We test-skated a 2 mile stretch last evening that was just resurfaced this week - nice! Will update again when I locate an aerial view of existing & new sections.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 04:44 AM   #4
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Very interesting, especially considering we are currently finalizing our annual December trek to SLC/Park City.
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Old April 18th, 2011, 06:00 AM   #5
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Updates for Legacy Trail extensions.


This is the kind of new we love to hear:
http://www.standard.net/topics/utah/...aintenance-okd
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Old June 10th, 2011, 05:21 AM   #6
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Cool Northern extension of the Legacy Trail

Yoo Hoo !!!!

We can now skate from the Sunset/Roy area south to North Salt Lake. The Rio Grand Great Western Rail Trail is a 14 mile course that runs from Clinton on the north to the west side of the Farmington Station center on the South. The Farmington Station is the northern terminus of the Legacy Trail which is now also nearly 14 miles long running south to the SLC border. I skated the entire 56 miles yesterday, what a rush and also a killer workout.

This new northern stretch is quite different from the Legacy Trail, here are the pros and cons of this new trail as compared to the Legacy.

Pros
New smooth trail with pristine asphalt.
Long, long straight flat course.
Tree lined much of the way, cooler with more shade.
Much less wind due to trees, homes and other wind breaks.
Fewer insects.
Nice views, less isolated.
Did I mention it's another 14 mile long course creating a 56 mile round trip
option here in Northern Utah.

Cons
Twenty surface street crossings requiring slowing or stopping. Could be
good for interval training.
Runs through neighborhoods so there are more people using the trail.
Being a new trail a few of the crossings still require cuts in the curbs.
A 50ft section near the north end still needs a bridge or tunnel to cross
some rail tracks. To complete the whole trail it now requires that you
walk across the tracks to reach the final couple miles on the north end.
Did I mention it's another 14 mile long course creating a 56 mile round trip
option that's hard not to try doing at one time and possibly leaving
you awful sore.

This is just one more piece of a trail that will eventually provide a continuous paved route from Ogden in the North to Utah county in the south. WOW what a skate that will be.
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Old June 14th, 2011, 04:53 AM   #7
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Nice report! Yeah, we will hit this next trip out.

We did a recon on a new southern section of Jordan river this week, via mtn bike, which was a good choice since winter run-off has submerged every paved crossing along the way. 12 miles one way, and one large hill, on the section between 10000 south & 146000 south. This will be great skating when things dry out. Bug factor = high, need the gaitor for that skate.
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