The Tooele County Trails Committee is offering four “no host” trips to encourage the public to experience local trails this fall.
The trips include a horseback ride, a UHV trip across Tooele Valley, and a hike in a popular canyon and a mountain bike hill climb.
“We need to get the public out on our trails,” said Jerry Hurst, trails committee chairman. “We’ve spent money to build nice trail heads and print maps. Now we need to get people on the trails to see what they are like.”
Hurst said he hopes the four events will draw people from both inside and outside of the county.
The first event will be this Saturday. It is a horseback ride on the Left Hand Fork Trail in Settlement Canyon.
Riders will meet at the Settlement Canyon tollbooth at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Hurst said.
“It will be a nice and easy ride following a loop,” Hurst said.
The trail boss for the ride will be trails committee member Stu Paulick. For more information riders can call Paulick at 435-830-4196 or Hurst at 435-830-3354.
The following Saturday, Sept. 23, UHV riders will meet at the Kennecott Overlook, north of the summit of Middle Canyon, at 8:30 a.m.
After a short interpretive explanation of the Kennecott pit, the riders will proceed down Middle Canyon to the Bates Canyon trailhead, out to state Route 36 and south to Utah Avenue. At Utah Avenue the riders will turn west and ride to Deseret Peak Complex.
The UHV ride will have a police escort and the rumor is Gov. Gary Herbert and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams will ride up Butterfield Canyon to join the group at the overlook, according to Hurst.
There is only room for 100 UHVs on the trip and around 60 have already signed up, Hurst said.
For more information or to sign up for the ride, call Dave Brown, Tooele County trails and canyons coordinator, at 435-830-1966, according to Hurst.
On Oct. 7 and 14, trails committee member Leland Roberts will lead two trail activities.
Roberts has a hike on the Dark Trail in Settlement Canyon planned for Oct. 7. Meet at the Settlement Canyon tollbooth at 9 a.m.
Then on Oct. 14, Roberts will lead a mountain bike trek up to Second Flats, through the Yellow Gate and up to Ski Hill in Settlement Canyon. Riders can meet Roberts at the Settlement Canyon tollbooth at 9 a.m.
Roberts can be reached at 801-231-8962 for more information, Hurst said.
All series events are “no host” and no entry fee is charged. Participants are responsible for their own food, water and equipment. The Tooele County Trails Committee assumes no responsibility for participants.