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Draper Suspension Bridge

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The Draper Suspension Bridge is a popular trail that offers city views. It is fairly easy for most people, although there is some elevation gain. This bridge is also called the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge. It can be hiked to in various ways. This post is about the shortest route. This post highlights some other ways to hike it.

The trail begins in Orson Smith Park. There is only one trail up to the Bonneville Shoreline and then it becomes a loop. You can either head basically straight to weave up to the south side of the bridge, or you can head left along the shoreline trail and then head up to get onto the north side of the bridge. This trail doesn’t provide shade, so go early, late, or on a cooler day.

Be sure to appreciate the views of the city below.

Stats: Distance – 2.3 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 45-90 minutes
Elevation gain – 439 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At trailhead
Seasons to hike – February – November
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes

Other nearby trails are Jungle Trail, Rocky Mouth Falls, Lupine Trail, Hidden Meadows Loop, Little Valley Instructional Trail, Alien Tower, and Telegraph Trail.


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