Length: 4.8 miles Time: 2.5 hours on foot
Difficulty: Moderate Elevation Gain: 433 feet
Description: These four sections of trail are the north end of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) in the Farmington area. Section 1.1 runs from the south end of 1800 E. in Kaysville to the north end of Farmington using two routes to connect with Bella Vista Drive. Section 1.2 runs south on a sidewalk the length of Bella Vista Drive then descends down a gravel road on the south end to a maintenance road by a pump house with a green roof. Section 1.3 starts on a jeep road off Mahogany Road in Fruit Heights then goes up to the north end of Bella Vista Drive. A branch runs through the Hidden Springs Subdivision down to the waterfall on North Compton Road then connects to the BST with a footpath ascending diagonally to the southeast across Grand View Drive to the pump house. Section 1.4 continues on south from the pump house to Farmington Canyon. There is also a parallel path to this one just east of the highest houses. The parallel path, which is not for horses, starts on the Shepard Creek Trail section #9.3 then runs south on the east side of two reservoirs to reach Farmington Pond, passing the Indian Princess grave (Point of Interest (POI) #9) on the way. All of the slopes are gentle along the foothills and give a great view of the city below.
Access #1 - North Compton Road: From Main Street go east on 1400 N. to North Compton Road, turn left and go to Shepard Creek by a small waterfall. Park here. The trailhead is just south of the creek.
Access #2 - Fruit Heights: From South Mountain Road in Fruit Heights, turn east on East Oaks Drive and wind up the hill to 1800 E. (Davis Blvd). Turn right and drive to the end of the road. The trail goes due south.
Access #3 - Bella Vista Drive: From Main Street, go east on 1400 N. to North Compton Road, turn right then left on Grand View Drive. Go up the hill to Bella Vista Drive, then turn left and drive to the end of the road. To reach the parallel path east of the houses, stop at Shepard Creek before you reach the end of the road and go east through a chain-link fence opening. Go halfway up the first slope behind the houses and look for a trail heading south.
Access #4 - Pump House: From Main Street, go east on 1400 N. to North Compton Road and turn right then left on Grand View Drive. Go up the hill to Bella Vista Drive then turn right and drive to the end of the road. The trail descends to the pump house with a green roof.
Access #5 - Point of View Park with Parking: Go east out of Point of View Park which you reach from Main St. at 1350 N., then go to the top of 1300 S.
Access #6 - Farmington Pond Trailhead with Parking: This is the preferred north access for equestrians to the BST. From Main Street go east on 600 N., then north on 100 E. (Farmington Canyon Rd.), and take the first left into the Farmington Pond area. Take the right fork to reach the trailhead. Park in the gravel area and look to the north to spot the bridge over Farmington Creek. Cross the bridge and go up the hill.
- These four sections of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail give access from the Shepard Heights and Somerset Subdivisions to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the north.
- This trail is suitable for most categories of users.
- Visit Frog Rock (POI #1), a boulder that resembles a fat frog preparing to leap.
- Find an inspirational message and warning from a young man who lost his life on this trail at the Scott Nye Memorial (POI #2).
- Visit the Indian Princess grave (POI #9) and read the historical plaque.
- The large parking lot at Farmington Pond is ideal for horse trailer parking.
Trail Surface and Status: The trail is in excellent shape with a packed dirt base or sidewalk.