As I have just started packrafting this year and don’t know about all the possibilities around my home town (salt lake city), my current favorite is the Weber river, right off of 84 from Henefer to the morgan county fairgrounds. The river is about 11 miles and the bike ride back to the car is 7 or 8. It’s a nice class III- run for the first 6 miles, then easing to II for the final 5 before the eight foot drop (III+) that ends the run (though the drop is easily portagable). House to house time is about 6 hours if I push it (I’m lucky I get off at 3:30!).
I like the trip because of the wildlife (the first time I did it, I saw a martin, 8 ducks, 12 ducklings, a snake , a doe bedded down, a western blue bird and a great blue heron), the fast moving water and the play potential depending on what the water level is like. Who says you can’t surf in a packraft…
Usually, the only gear you need is a pair of shorts, some water and food, your drytop and the other packraft essentials, making sure you have your lock, bike shoes, bike lights and your helmet. You can do the trip carrying the bike on the raft, or shuttling the bike to the take out. The ride back to your car is on a divided highway, but the mountains are beautiful and the traffic marginal.
I’d be interested in both quick slc trips, but also the trips all of you do out there in other locales!