Wolf Creek Pass and Provo Canyon

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Wolf Creek Pass is a great ride out of the Salt Lake Valley and a sentimental favorite for me. It's the first ride Sue's brother Paul (the original owner of her trike) introduced me to when we started riding together and I can't help but think of that ride every time I climb the pass.

I wanted to see how the road over Wolf Creek has fared since the end of winter, so I headed over the pass to see if spring has made it to the summit yet. The road was bone dry, but there was still snow on the north-facing slopes and in the shade.

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I could feel the temperature drop as I approached the summit and was glad I had my jacket on—even though it was pushing 70 degrees in the valley. It’s easy to forget what the difference in altitude can do to the temperature, so it’s a good practice to be prepared for big swings in temperature this time of year. In fact, I was sprinkled with a little bit of rain as I neared the top.

The temperature didn't rise much as I dropped into the valley and passed Tabiona. The town of was named for the Ute Chief Tabiuna-To-Kwanah, Child of the Sun, and Ute warrior. Following the Black Hawk War, the Utes signed a treaty with the Mormon farmers and settled in the Uintah Basin in eastern Utah. He was a popular chief, even among the settlers, so they named their town after him.

One of the first passes to open up in the spring, it’s also a beautiful ride in the fall when the leaves are changing. I usually see several bikes on this ride, but today it felt like I had the road to myself.

I had originally planned on taking Indian Canyon from Duchesne to Helper and then home via Spanish Fork Canyon, but the weather started to look sketchy to the southeast so I opted to take Highway 208 to the junction with U.S. 40 and scoot home before weather in the high country turned wet. A Wolf Creek-Indian Canyon-Fairview Canyon ride is a great option and an incredible ride over some beautiful mountain scenery.

I jumped on US Hwy 40 for the ride home, but by the time I hit Heber I wasn’t quite ready to jump on the Interstate, so I hung a left and headed for Provo Canyon. The ride through Provo Canyon was a great way to cap of a fun day in the saddle.