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SECTION OF SHORELINE TRAIL TO BE BLAZED ABOVE AVENUES

Work will soon be under way on the newest link in the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, which will bridge 13 miles of terrain between Dry Creek and Ensign Peak.

The scenic section of trail, which will wind through the hills high above the Avenues, will provide a spectacular view of the Salt Lake Valley for pedestrians, joggers and bicyclists. Its gentle grades will ensure that it's not just "flat-belly hikers" who'll enjoy the trail, said Larry Holmstrom, Avenues section trail coordinator.Salt Lake City Mayor Deedee Corradini unveiled the layout of the new trail section Friday during a press conference at Morris Reservoir. Corradini praised the partnerships that made possible the project, which she said will improve the health and quality of life of residents.

Trail advocates parlayed a $35,000 donation from the Steiner Corporation into $145,000 in state, city and private contributions to cover costs of the project. In recognition of that contribution, the new section will be named the Steiner Centennial Section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.

"It's the kind of enlightened philanthropy these people (the Stein-er Corp.) know how to participate in," said Rick Reese, co-chairman of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail committee.

Decades in the making, the trail traces the shoreline of the ancient Lake Bonneville from the north end of Weber County to Spanish Fork in Utah County. When completed, it will snake through 95 miles of foothill property, approximately marking the line at which the once great lake lapped against the surrounding mountains and hills.

The trail committee, cities, counties and private landowners have worked in concert to provide land and rights of way for the trail. Trail advocates have raced an ever-rising tide of foothill development to protect the recreation corridor.

Salt Lake City Councilman Sam Souvall called the trail "a great alternative to foothill development."

"I hope in 60 years people will be using this trail," Souvall said, comparing the legacy of the project to the trails that have served Zion National Park for decades.

The Salt Lake Ranger District of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest will oversee the project, employing a small army of volunteers to complete the section of trail in time for Utah's centennial celebration next year. Work begins in May.

The trail will be roughly 5 feet wide and will consist primarily of graded natural surfaces, although it may be necessary to use road base in rough spots, according to Forest Service representatives. The steepest grades will be between 7 percent and 10 percent - less than some city streets.

The new section of trail will extend from the Davis County line to Dry Creek, where it will join an existing trail section that runs to This Is The Place State Park.

The Salt Lake Ranger District is signing up volunteers and service organizations to work on the trail. For information, call 943-1794.