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DIRT Pipeline Trail Fun

Rating: Silver based on 1 review
Distance: 6.45 miles / 10.38 km
Location: Start: Mouth of Provo Canyon Parking Lot
Provo Canyon Mouth - Orem, UT, US
Attributes: loop, mixed flat & hills, unpaved path
Description: This is a great way to run Provo Canyon from the mouth and avoid some of the harshness of the paved (i.e. evil!) river trail. You will notice right from the start a 1 foot wide dirt path on the right side until you come to the first bridge, you may even follow that path up to the pipe that crosses the river and run across the pipe instead of the bridge! After the river crossing the dirt trail breaks off about 30 feet to the right and continues for over a 1/4 mile. As it comes back to the paved river trail you come to the little (15 ft. long) bridge. Cross the trail and go left just before the bridge and you will find yourself running straight up the rocky river bed that heads toward the sometimes there waterfall that comes from the pipeline. After 1 or 200 meters, you will see the dirt singletrack trail on the right hand side. Take this trail all the way to the first drinking fountain on the river trail which is just before Mt. Timpanogas park. Now instead of heading up the river trail, go up the path that leads in to the park, after 60 or 80 meters you will see the trail break off to the left. This will take you on a 4-6 minute easy climb which will take you up to the pipeline road (UNPAVED!-soapbox-why is the paved river trail called a trail and the unpaved pipeline trail called a road?) Follow the pipeline road all the way to where it drops down to Canyon Glen Park where you can get some water at the drinking fountain there. This is just over 3.5 miles to this point. (For an all dirt route, turn around and go back the way you came.) For the 6.5 mile version, run down the river trail all the way to the mouth. To get it closer to seven and to get more dirt in, turn off on to the very dirt section you started on when you get to the Mt. Timpanogas park drinking fountain.
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Added by Runner's Corner on 7/31/2006
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by: md on 4/3/2010 12:43:01 PM
this trail is great other than the part where it tells you to run up the river bed. skip that part. its not worth a sprained ankle. you don't even run through it you just end up trying not to mess up your ankles. Just stay on the paved trail untill mnt.timp park.

Rating: Route rating: Silver
by: B Fish on 4/10/2009 2:03:56 PM
Great run, especially since I live about a 9 iron from the parking lot. It really is a good run and helps with my knee problems. I usually just run the dirt out and back and don't drop down to the river trail. It is a good training run and perfect if you want a great workout in 1 hours time.

 

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