Winter Trail Running
Winter runners are welcome on the single track trail in Green Canyon, but should not continue when conditions are soft and when footprints exceed 1” deep. We recommend snowshoes at all times for a safe and enjoyable run and to assure good conditions for the winter trail groomers to maintain.
Bonneville Shoreline Trail North (First Dam to Green Canyon)
The Bonneville Shoreline Trail North goes from First Dam to Green Canyon and with a west facing exposure and pedestrian traffic is a good option for trail runners through much of the winter. Plowed parking is available at First Dam or Green Canyon.
Bonneville Shoreline Trail South (Dry Canyon to Providence Canyon)
The Bonneville Shoreline Trail South goes from Dry Canyon to Providence Canyon and with a west facing exposure and pedestrian traffic is a good option for trail runners through much of the winter. Plowed parking is available at Dry Canyon or Providence Canyon. The trail continues further south but is closed in the winter as a wildlife management area.
Green Canyon (groomed)
Nordic United partners with Cache Valley Snow Bikers who groom a single-track trail in Green Canyons that parallels the cross-country ski trail on the road, crossing it several times. Please follow the appropriate signage and stay on the single-track trail to preserve the cross country ski trail grooming. See the Cross-Country Skiing page for more trail information.
Please avoid running on the groomed cross-country ski trail (except at crossings) particularly when there is warm weather. Running has a greater force of impact than walking and doesn't distribute your weight widely like snow shoeing and can leave deeper holes in the groomed trail.
Logan River Trail
The River Trail sees heavy pedestrian traffic that will pack down the snow fairly quickly for trail running or even cross country skiing up to 5 miles east to Guinavah Campground, though it can get icy. Parking is available on the wide shoulder before the trailhead.
Trail runners can head east from above First Dam and can either stay north of the highway for 1+ miles or link up to the River Trail. Plowed parking is available at First Dam.
Providence Canyon (groomed)
The Cache Valley Snow Bikers groom a single-track trail in Providence Canyon that parallels the road, crossing it several times. Snowmobiles use the road so be aware and give right of way.
The Wood Camp Trailhead (aka Jardine Juniper trail) used for backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and trail running (if it has been packed down), is generally not plowed, but it is possible to park at the turn-off next to the side of the road, depending on snow conditions.
Franklin Basin offers backcountry skiing access to the Steam Mill yurt via Hell's Kitchen into a non-motorized area. Cross country skiing, snow biking or trail running is available on the USFS groomed road or snowshoeing anywhere but the area is popular with snowmobiles. Parking is plowed and ample with a restroom.
You can toggle different activities on and off using the larger map:
Snow shoers have the freedom to go basically anywhere - groomed trails, ungroomed trails, or off-trail if you're okay with a little more effort. On the groomed trails, your weight is distributed more widely than with shoes alone which doesn't damage the trail grooming for cross-country skiers.
For locations, look at the full activity map or other activity pages for ideas on where to go or make your own trails anywhere on public lands.
Remember to be avalanche aware if venturing into the mountains around steeper terrain.