40.0 Miles (64.37 km)
- Distance: 40.0 Miles (64.37 km)
- Rating: 4-B, Lots of weird corners add to the technical aspect of this road. Being closed during winter helps keep the surface in good shape. Ratings Explained »
- Travel: Either direction for best results
- Start: 800 South In Salt Lake City
- End: Morgan, Utah
- Fuel: Available on both ends
Ride up 800 South, to Sunnyside Avenue which becomes Emigration Canyon or you can head up I-80 and take exit 134. Emigration Canyon is full of homes and bicyclists, so its no great treasure of a road. Most locals just head up Parleys Canyon (I-80) instead.
The road begins by passing Little Dell Reservoir where a good portion of Salt Lake Cities drinking water comes from, which is why you won't see many people in the water. After that, the road meanders its way up along the route taken by the Mormon pioneers when they found their way into the Salt Lake Valley.
Six outstanding switchbacks will take you to the highest point of the pass, about 7600 feet up. Over the top the road dips into what appears to be a gentle sweeping left hand corner. It's not! This corner gets a lot tighter and claims a lot of unwary motorcyclists.
The road will continue is rabid descent towards East Canyon Reservoir and State Park. Around the reservoir the road is pretty tame but after turning left onto UT-66 the road climaxes with about 25 tight corners thrown at you in just over a mile.
Lots of elevation changes make the road a tummy-tickling roller-coaster, but be on guard for boats crossing the double-yellow. When you reach the dam itself, you'll find a nasty right hand corner that is strewn with debris, we treat this corner like a yield sign and come to almost a complete stop to look for oncoming traffic as most auto-drivers use both full lanes to get around this corner. Past that, you get plenty more great cornering opportunities, with the road gradually becoming less technical as you get closer to Morgan.
Be mindful of all the corner speed advisory signs, in both directions, many corners that are simple heading one way become evil off-camber, decreasing radius corners when traveling the opposite direction.
However, this is one of the reasons we love this road, each direction has its own flavor and character, so we have a hard time deciding which direction we prefer. However, it is one of the more technical of the local roads so be prepared when you head out.