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DIRT Mudock Canal Madness

Rating: Silver based on 2 reviews
Distance: 10.50 miles / 16.89 km
Location: Start: N. Orem Soccer Park
900 East 1200 North - Orem, UT, US
Attributes: point-to-point, mostly flat, unpaved path
Description: All dirt route (avoid injury!)along the Murdock Canal from North Orem to Highland. Having the running water next to you most of the year is a nice bonus and keeps temps down. This is a great place to do easy day runs and makes for an interesting out and back long run. Great for Marathon training.


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Added by Runner's Corner on 7/31/2006
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Rating: Route rating: Bronze
by: Corey on 3/30/2009 3:54:22 PM
Great route and great view, my buddy and I did and out and back 18 starting at the cemetary. The trail was overall good but be carefull when you go, we had mud caked on our shoes part of the time from places where there were puddles.

Rating: Route rating: Gold
by: Julie Crossley on 9/1/2007 12:14:28 PM
A perfect run started at 535am on Sept.1st 2007 with a friend. We each brought a thing of gatorade and water and started at 4800 North in Cedar Hills (Lone Peak High School road) and went all the way to North Orem even past the cementary and ended on 1200north with the cool button gate opener at the end(there is also one of these just north of 1600 north, Thanks Golden!!) There was a porta-potty there and a helpful resident told us of running water she said was the drinking kind at the cementary. We filled the remaining bottle (we dropped our other bottles at various places along the course). We couldn't find the last one, hope someone else enjoyed it. I am sure we will see it again next time. We were nearing 18 miles when looking for it. We absolutely loved the ease of this run. Not a single blister and felt better than running a half marathon. We ran a little extra at the cementary to make sure it was 20 but then realized we did add more on by continuing past the cementary (bonus 0.3 miles) We didn't notice it ever feeling long. It was great to have the out and back so we could stay hydrated without carrying our bottles the whole way. They were light enough to carry all the way back so we were glad we weren't litter bugs (except for the one bottle we couldn't find). Feel great!!!! If you leave early as we did you barely get any sun and never is it in your face if you start in Cedar Hills.

by: Markus on 3/24/2007 8:04:41 PM
March 24, 2007. Ran this today, going from the Highland end all the way to the Orem soccer park and back for a cool 21. Great place for a marathon training long run. If you want to start at the Highland end, you can park along the side of 900 E where the canal crosses it at about 1500 N, run a short out-and-back to the NW, then head south. The trail is nice, wide, flat, packed dirt. There are numerous road crossings, a couple of which forced me to wait for traffic to clear. Pretty views of the valley and lake. There's a portajohn at the Orem soccer fields. One concern: there are "No Trespassing" signs all along the trail, but apparently no one observes or enforces them -- there were many walkers and runners on the trail. Maybe the signs apply just to the canal, or maybe the US Govt. agency that owns the canal trail just means to keep motor vehicles off it, and looks the other way on runners and walkers. Let's hope so. Some people can be very uncool about trail use (note: stay off the trails above the Traverse Mountain neighborhood in Lehi -- the owners are unforgiving).


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