Wolf Creek Pass: Summer 2018

With temperatures in the 90s this week, a morning ride up Wolf Creek Pass sounded like just the ticket to enjoy the cooler temperatures over the summit. So shortly after 8:00 am we were on the road and headed up Parely's Canyon into Summit County and some cooler temperatures. In the last 12 months Sue has become a great group rider and it doesn't matter whether I'm behind her or in front of her, she keeps up with the group, is safe and responsible, and knows what she's doing.

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Traffic is usually pretty heavy going up the canyon out of Salt Lake City, but it wasn't bad this morning as we cruised up I-80 past Park City and the junction with Hwy 40. Sometimes we do Wolf Creek as an out-and-back ride, but today we decided to take 40 up Daniel's Canyon, past Strawberry Reservoir, and on to Tabiona before we climbed the pass and headed for our lunch stop in Kamas.


After a brief pit stop at the summit, we jumped back on the highway headed to Tabiona. Hwy 40 is the main artery into the Eastern Utah towns of Duchesne, Roosevelt, and Vernal so it sees a fair amount of traffic, particularly around Strawberry. There was a little bit of construction this morning, but we made pretty good time to Tabby.

Wolf Creek is great highway and a fun mountain pass that includes some sweepers and a few twisties thrown in for good measure. We usually see a few other bikes on the road—and today was no different, but traffic is seldom a problem.

The road was in great condition today and skies were blue as we made the climb from the Tabiona side. The temps dropped into the 50s at the summit, but started to warm up as we dropped down into Woodland and on to Kamas for lunch. I was glad I wasn't in my mesh this morning, because it was a lot cooler than I think everyone anticipated.

Whenever we are in the area, we tend to stop at the Gateway Grill for lunch. Whether it's their chicken fried steak, fish and chips, or the Philly cheesesteak sandwich I had today, lunch is always pretty tasty.


I don't think there's a better way to spend around 200 miles and part of a Saturday—what did you do today?