TRAILS AxS (ACCESS):
Trails Utah is has developed a partnership with National Ability Center, Wasatch Adaptive Sports, board member and adaptive rider Wally Lee, and the US Forest Service
(USFS) to modify existing trails, making them accessible for adaptive mountain bikes.
The first trail we are working on is the Big Water Trail to Dog Lake, in Millcreek
Canyon.. We plan to make modifications such as removing large rocks, adjusting camber, trimming shrubs, and widening turns. The community of adaptive athletes in this area continues to grow, and they are seeking out more challenging opportunities to get out on trails.
Adaptive mountain bike technology is making huge strides, allowing more people with spinal cord and other injuries to get out on trails, something they may not have imagined possible even just 5-10 years ago. It is Trails Utah’s hope to continue this trend by adapting trails to handle the increasing physical and technical capabilities of modern-day adaptive athletes.
We have a wonderful partnership with the US Forest Service in Millcreek Canyon, so that is where we are starting this ongoing effort to expand trail access and create a more diverse and inclusive user base. The trails we’ll be starting with are the Dog Lake Trail, from Big Water Trail to Dog Lake, and the section of Great Western Trail from Big Water Trail to the Park City overlook.
Our contractor, Nature Trails, completed one mile of trail this fall before the freeze
came. We will be completing this project in the spring or early summer of 2024, then
proceeding to Phase II, which will focus on a loop option from Dog Lake. Project work
will focus on making the trail ABA compliant. (ABA refers to the Architectural Barriers
Act, which details scoping and technical requirements for accessibility to recreational
sites by individuals with disabilities). Financial support has come from Maverik / The
Call Foundation, Sorenson Legacy Foundation, George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles
Foundation, Athletic Brewing, Walmart Community Grant, and Kennecott Utah Copper