Bear Canyon Bridge

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Overview

The Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge is located on the east side of Draper in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountain Range. It is typically accessed from the Orson Smith Trailhead. The bridge spans 185 feet across Bear Canyon and connects the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The bridge was designed and constructed by Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction Co. Inc. and paid for by donations from residents and friends of Draper City. This bridge is dedicated to Clark Naylor and associates who started building Draper trails some 50 years ago.

Parking: Please follow posted parking signage as it will be enforced. Do not park in travel lanes on Highland Dr. If your car is over the line on the road, do not park there.

Trail Map: Map to Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge

There is an abundance of wildlife in the area, and in the past year we've received an increase in reports of rattlesnakes in the area. To be safe, wear closed-toed shoes while hiking, be aware of your surroundings, and look carefully where you place your hands and feet. Remember to never try to poke, handle, corner, or harass a snake. Be sure to warn others if they are around. Learn more safety tips.

Quick Facts

Dogs Allowed? Yes, on leash.
Trailhead: Orson Smith, East Bench, Hidden Valley
Trailhead Coordinates: (Orson Smith) 40.522434401631415, -111.83339693065405
Restrooms at Trailheads? Yes (all 3 trailheads)

How to Get There

To get to the Orson Smith Trailhead from I-15:

1. Take exit 291 for UT-71/12300 South and continue straight for 1.1 miles
2. Turn right onto 900 E
3. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto E 12400 S/Pioneer Rd
4. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit and stay on Pioneer Rd
5. Continue onto Highland Dr. Destination is on the left.

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