August 8, 2017
I've ridden this trail system for over 30 years (yes, I'm know locally as an "oldtimer") and have seen numerous improvements, and degredation with the rising popularity of the sport, especially in the last 10 years or so.
What it offers is a complex trail system that allows you to customize your biking experience. Numerous trails branch off of City Creek so you are never without variety. City Creek Trail proper can be divided into three sections, a fourth if you add Sap Tree which begins at the top of the City Creek Trail. Avoid the lower section and opt for the Bench Trail as this section is populated with day hikers / runners who often include families with small children. Two miles up you'll re-join the upper section
which by far is the most enjoyable part of the trail. While the entire trail is situated in a riparian environment and hugs City Creek, the upper section is entirely (95%) within magnificent groves of aspen and mountain maple, some parts so dense that an actual "tunnel" exists under the branches for a few hundred yards. This section is about 1 1/2 miles in length, for a total of approx. 3.5 miles from the traihead.
The trail itself is what I rate class 3 minus (from my kayaking days), 3 for degree of ascent (200-300' per mile) and minus for lack of rocks and hazards. The entire trail is hardpack clay (loam) with a few scattered rocks, mostly on the lower section. You will find exposed roots that can be challenging but not difficult.
The proximity to Poky is the best part. One can be on the trail within minutes of anywhere in the city. Perfect for a quick workout if time is short.
The season is relatively long, from mid-March through Thanksgiving. It is not uncommon to see license plates from Driggs / Victor ID. and Jackson in the early spring at the trailhead as their season is months away.
If you want solitude this might not be for you, especially on weekends. Weekdays are a different story however. Rarely do I encounter more than one or two riders and/or runners during the work week.
West Fork Mink Creek