The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is Coming to CH

The Bonneville Shoreline Trail is Coming to CH
Posted on 05/01/2019

First conceptualized in the mid-1980s, the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) is a vision for a non-motorized pathway extending more than 280 miles along the Wasatch Front from Logan to Nephi. Sections of this trail have been built on either side of Cottonwood Heights, but currently no BST sections exist on the mountainsides directly east of our city. This summer, the BST will take another step toward completion when construction of the first Cottonwood Heights section of this trail gets underway.

Through a partnership between Salt Lake County, the U.S. Forest Service, the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation and the Bonneville Shoreline Trail Committee, initial work on a BST trail section extending from Big Cottonwood Canyon to Ferguson Canyon will begin in May. Construction of this section will occur entirely on U.S. Forest Service land and will continue until completion targeted for fall 2021 (to see maps, visit bonnevilleshorelinetrail.org).

Cottonwood Heights is making efforts to get sections of the BST done as well. In 2018, the city applied for and was awarded a $1.5 million grant from Salt Lake County’s Transportation Choice Fund for planning and construction of the BST through Cottonwood Heights. The city is currently exploring alignment and access point options. An open house will be held to take feedback on the project later this fall. If you’d like to pass along your BST thoughts and ideas before then, please email Mike Johnson at mjohnson@ch.utah.gov.

Spring into Action

The Cottonwood Canyons Foundation will host a volunteer day to remove invasive weeds along the to-be-built section of the BST from Big Cottonwood Canyon to Ferguson Canyon on Saturday, May 11 at the Big Cottonwood Canyon Park-and-ride at 8 a.m.