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IMBA and QBP team up to extend the BST

During the fall of 2012, IMBA Trail Solutions teamed up with several partners to extend the legendary Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) along northern Utah's Wasatch Front. The BST is currently more than 100 miles long and will eventually stretch from Nephi, UT, north to the Idaho border. The entire proposed route totals 280 miles.

Weber Pathways and Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) are responsible for making the latest piece of trail possible. RMP allowed a new, 5.5-mile segment to be constructed on their land at the base of Ben Lomond Peak in North Ogden. Weber Pathways provided the funds to engage IMBA Trail Solutions for the design and trail construction.

As the hot summer cooled, machines and crews arrived on site to begin cutting new trail along the power line corridor. With amazing views of the Great Salt Lake and Ben Lomond peak, this segment may be the most scenic trail to follow a power line in the mountain West. The North Skyline Trail, as it is being called, currently travels south from Ben Lomond Peak with nearly 5,000 vertical feet of technical descent.

Quality Bicycle Products (QBP), a strong IMBA supporter, provided teams of employees to build trail alongside other local mountain bikers, including volunteers from Skyline Cycles. Snowbasin Resort offered up their Sweco Trail Dozer to lead the charge, staying just ahead of the volunteers who were hand-finishing the machine-cut trail.

More than 4 miles of new, purpose-built trail were constructed, with only a few more miles left to connect this section to others, creating a thrilling mountain bike circuit. Optional technical features, such as rock drops, can be found along this dual-direction trail. There are more than 18 turns — all them bermed to keep riders flowing on a course that can be enjoyed by hikers, runners, equestrians and mountain bikers alike.

Stay tuned, as trail construction is planned to continue in 2013.

Report from Joey Klein, IMBA Trail Solutions

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