Springville and Mapleton offer several good options, whether you’re looking for a short family outing or a sustained ride. Here are a few of the most popular routes in our towns.
1. Hobble Creek Trail from Canyon Road/1700 East to the Canyon Junction. This multi-use trail begins at a small park on Canyon Road (that has a bike maintenance station) and heads up the canyon for 4.5 miles. The nicest section is in the canyon between the Garth Killpack Shooting Range and the top (which unfortunately at this point is an abrupt dead-end). There are a few steep sections leading up to the golf driving range, but for the most part this is a moderate trail suited for all ages and abilities.
2. Right Fork of Hobble Creek Canyon starting at Canyon Road/1700 East. This popular road cycling route begins at the trailhead noted above and continues for 11.7 miles to the end of the paved section of the right fork of Hobble Creek Canyon (at the Wardsworth Creek trailhead, which is nice for hiking and relatively advanced mountain biking). The road does not have designated bicycle lanes, but traffic is generally light above the golf course and the canyon is generally cool and peaceful. The left fork is also a nice ride at 10.4 miles to the end of the paved road, boasting magnificent views of Provo Peak.
3. Mapleton Lateral Canal Trail from Bartholomew Park in Springville to HWY-6 (almost!). This multi-use trail connects to the Hobble Creek Trail and heads south through Mapleton before ending near HWY-6 at the mouth of Spanish Fork Canyon. Approximately 6.5 miles each way, it features relatively flat cycling, few street crossings, benches for resting, and beautiful views of the valley. In a few years this trail will connect into the Spanish Fork River Trail but for now it is a dead-end out-and-back.((Note that Google Maps is not updated to include route-finding on the central and southern portions of this trail–it starts at point A and ends on the blue pin near Hwy-6. If you zoom in you can see the paved trail in the satellite imagery.)
4. Mapleton Canyon from the Mapleton Civic Center to the Maple Mountain Trailhead at the top of Whiting Campground. Only 3.3 miles each way, but with 800 feet of elevation gain this one will get your legs pumping! There are no bike lanes on this route, but the road is generally quiet and the drivers courteous. There is also a short (1-mile) but fun single-track mountain bike trail from Mapleton Canyon trailhead to Whiting Campground that runs just south of the road. It is heavily trafficked with hikers and equestrian users, though, so do use caution going downhill.
A bit further afield, the Spanish Fork River Trail and the Provo River Trail are excellent, relatively flat trails for all levels of cyclists, with both providing plenty of shade and car-free biking. The new Lakeview Parkview Trail that follows the road connecting East Bay to the Provo Airport is also a nice place to ride–it can be accessed from Springville via Kuhni Road and 1860 S in Provo or by car (there are several parking areas there). The roads west of I-15 in south Utah County (West Mountain, Benjamin, Lake Shore area) are also generally good for road cyclists. These are typically flat and narrow, but with very little traffic. A nice long ride goes past Lincoln Point, around West Mountain (the actual mountain, not the town), through Genola, then back up through the town of West Mountain.
For more ideas, check out where members of our group are riding using Strava: