Rolling Over the Wolf Creek Pass
After stopping at the Gateway Grill for lunch, Kelly, Chris, and I decided to take a ride over Wolf Creek Pass into Tabiona. The road opened a few weeks ago and is one of the first ride-able mountain passes in the spring and remains one of my favorite rides.
With the exception of four or five other bikes, we pretty much had the pass to ourselves. After dropping down into Woodland, you’ll follow the upper Provo River for a few miles. It was bank full with spring runoff as we pushed up the valley to the mountain pass. We usually see a bullet bike or two racing hell-bent-for-leather, but today we had a quite ride climbing into the trees. There are one or two places where you can see the road wiggle back and forth on itself—which always makes me smile for some reason.
The road over the summit was dry as a bone, but there was still snow piled up on the side of the road. I’d guess most of it has melted by now.
We didn’t see another soul on the road down into Hanna and Tabiona. It’s definitely a beautiful little mountain valley. We passed a few tractors in the fields as we headed for the Hwy 208 turnoff (which is a fun little section of road climbing up to the junction with U.S. Highway 40 and the return part of our loop.
Although 40 feels a lot like the Interstate in some places, it’s a pleasant ride past Strawberry Reservoir and down Daniel’s Canyon into Heber. The temperature had been steadily climbing since we dropped into Tabiona so when Chris suggested we get a root beer float before heading back into the city, neither Kelly nor I could think of a good reason to say no.
There was a time when The Hub Restaurant was the place my folks would sometimes stop on the way out to visit my Grandparents in Ft. Duchesne, but it’s not on the A-List any more. Trip Advisor gives it three out of five stars, which is probably accurate—but my ice cream was good.
Leaving Heber we climbed past the Jordanelle Reservoir pushing for the junction with Interstate 80 and the ride home. Traffic wasn’t too bad over Parley’s Summit, but we could feel the temperature continue to rise as we dropped down into the city.
I’ve been on some pretty fun rides all over the west, but it’s amazing how much great riding there is in our back yard if you’re willing to leave the Salt Lake Valley and explore. I met someone who had been riding for a few years and had never ventured out of the Salt Lake Valley. I suggested he stop by the dealership and pick up a Celebrate Utah Passport. It’s a great list of ideas that will get you started riding out of the city and exploring what’s over the next hill.
What are some of your favorite rides?