18th Avenue (Hilltop Road)
Location: 925 Hilltop Rd, Salt Lake City, UT 84103
The 18th Avenue Trailhead is a “minor” trailhead location that is the highest elevation access point (5175 ft) with dedicated off-street parking and amenities. The existing footprint is an ungraded dirt lot for 10-12 unmarked spaces with a vehicular gate for Public Utilities access. This trailhead has long served the community as a key access point to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, the Meadow Trail, various user-created trails, and the I-Street Bike Park.
All new trailheads call for a paved parking lot with rope and timber fencing, landscaping, trash, and recycling receptacles, dog waste bags, and an entry plaza with a trailhead information kiosk. Current designs for 18th Avenue Trailhead include:
- marked parking for 12-20 designated spaces, including 1 ADA space
- picnic tables and benches
- bike racks
- invasive weed cleaning station and bike repair station
Note: This location is on a Public Utilities parcel with critical City water infrastructure including a water storage tank and underground pipes. Various concepts have been considered including utilizing the vacant City-owned Public Utilities lot at 681 – 18th Avenue, purchasing or leasing land from the neighboring LDS church, and the naturally graded space north of the tank and east of the bike park. The location of the current conceptual design was determined to be best for protecting the current Public Utilities infrastructure and maximizing necessary improvements for recreational access to the Foothills. Future Public Utilities infrastructure requirements could alter the trailhead layout and location at a future date if deemed necessary.