BO to WOW Connector
About the BO to WOW Connector Project:
The WOW (Wasatch Over Wasatch) trail was an incredible addition to the trail system in Wasatch County when it was completed. It's construction allowed access to some of the best riding, hiking and horseback riding along the Wasatch Back, and gave access to a portion of Wasatch Mountain State Park few had ever experienced. As the name would indicate, the intention was always to connect the WOW Trail to the larger regional trail system and truly connect over the Wasatch.
For those unfamiliar, Bonanza Flat is to the NNW of the current upper WOW Trail trailhead and is approximately 1200 acres. In 2019 our friends in Park City, UT had the opportunity to purchase Bonanza Flat and protect it as open space for future generations, which is exactly what they did through generous donations and a hefty bond. Bonanza Flat is now under conservation easement with Utah Open Lands. Park City Municipal Corporation, Mountain Trails Foundation and Utah Open Lands have steadily been working to build trail access in Bonanza Flat since protecting the property.
As part of this trail development a trail alignment was designed to connect the Bonanza Flat trails to the upper WOW Trail and the BO to WOW was born! This trail connection will allow users to truly connect the the Wasatch Over Wasatch via singletrack. Riders and hikers alike will now be able to depart from Wasatch or Salt Lake County and connect over the Wasatch Crest to either valley all on singletrack trail, tying together one of the most expansive trail systems in North America!
Completed so far:
What's happening next:
The Wasatch Trails Foundation has been awarded a Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation Grant, as well as a Utah State Parks RTP (Recreational Trails Program) Grant to help fund the construction of BO to WOW trail, and final alignment and construction planning is underway.
Maple Grove Trail
About the Maple Grove Project:
Located approximately 3 miles uphill from the bottom gate on Pine Canyon Road the Maple Grove Trail gets its name from the beautiful grove of Maple Trees the trail will start in. It also shares it's name and starting location with the popular Maple Grove Tentrr site in Wasatch Mountain State Park
Once completed the multi-use, multi-directional Maple Grove Trail will stretch approximately 2.5-3 miles from Pine Canyon Road to the WOW Trail. The trail traverses truly stunning terrain including Mountain Mahogany groves, Maple and Pine forest and little travelled canyons and gullies. The Maple Grove Trail will provide critical emergency access to the WOW Trail, allow trail users of all types to create shorter WOW Trail loops and adventures, and opens up opportunities for future directional trail development in the area.
Completed so far:
The Wasatch Trails Foundation has been awarded a Utah State Parks RTP (Recreational Trails Program) Grant to help fund the construction of the Maple Grove trail. The final trail alignment has been flagged and surveyed by the State Historical Preservation Office. Corridor clearing is currently underway and construction will start in Mid-May 2022.
What's happening next:
Dig Days our scheduled for Saturday, May 14th and June 4th, 2022 for the public to lend a hand with corridor clearing and trail work. It is our hope to have the trail completed by Mid-June 2022 and open to users by the end of summer 2022 depending on conditions.
How Can I Contribute?:
The Wasatch Trails Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Your donations, membership and volunteerism allow us to continue to expand and maintain the trails of Wasatch County. Please consider making a financial contribution or becoming a member if your budget your allows, and don't forget to subscribe to our email list, follow us on social media to stay current with volunteer opportunities.
Thank you for taking the time to consider donating your time and resources to the Wasatch Trails foundation. Together we are building and maintaining a usable legacy that will be a benefit to our community for years to come!