Draper City Trails

By Joanna Smith

Table of Contents
Table of Contents......................................................................1 Safety.............................................................................2 City Ordinances................................................................2 Map of Draper City Trails.................................................3, 4 Online Resources.............................................................17 The Hikes Spring Hollow, Oak Hollow Loop..........................................5 Spring Hollow, Corner Canyon Loop......................................7 Bonneville Shoreline Trail Loop by Equestrian Center..................9 Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Gasline Trail Loop...........................11 Clarks Trail, Ghost Falls Loop..............................................13 Bear Canyon Loop............................................................15 Important Reminders • Always choose a trail that fit your fitness level. • Stay on marked trails and out of water ways. This is a watershed area. • Equestrian trail heads are located at Andy Ballard Equestrian Center and Orson Smith Trail Head.

Trail Courtesy

Practice Trail Courtesy: Step uphill and aside for horses, keep pets under control, and bikers must yield to both hikers and horses.

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Safety

1. Always tell someone where you are going and when you plan to get back. 2. Dress in layers and prepare for rain, the mountain front usually experiences surprise showers on otherwise clear days. 3. Wear proper shoes that fit well and have a good tread. 4. Always bring water and a small first aid kit. 5. Wear sunscreen and a hat – heat stroke can happen to anyone and is easily avoidable. 6. Watch children carefully, several areas of the trail border steep drop offs into fast flowing streams. 7. Bring a cell phone and a list of necessary numbers. a. Emergencies 911 b. Police Dispatch 840-4000

City Ordinances
1. Prohibited a. Guns, including pellet guns b. Fireworks, campfires c. Paintball d. Dumping, littering e. Drug and alcohol use f. Disturbance or removal of plants, animals, or geologic features g. Swimming or wading in waterways h. Commercial activities 2. No motorized vehicles allowed a. Off-road vehicles damage plants and erode trails. b. Noise and exhaust emissions ruin the experience for others. 3. Dogs a. Must be on a leash and controlled. b. Owners are responsible for picking up dog waste. c. Dogs must not be allowed to harass wildlife or other trail users. 2

Draper City Trails

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Trail Notes
• Trails are open to hikers,
equestrians, and bikes. • Pack it in, pack it out. • Follow all safety tips. • Observe all city ordinances.

Bonneville Shoreline Trail is referred to as BST in this trailbook.

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Spring Hollow and Oak Hollow Loop
Distance: 3.8 Walking Time: 2.5 hours Difficulty: Moderately strenuous Connecting Trails: Red Rock TH, BST, Oak Hollow, Highland Trail, Spring Hollow

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Red Rock Climbing Area

Spring Hollow Trail

Take a scenic route through South Mountain neighborhood by traversing the two main hollows, Oak Hollow and Spring Hollow. Park at the Red Rock Trail Head on Mike Weir Drive and take a short but scenic ascent up Red Rock trail to BST. A short side trail leads to Red Rock Cliff, a popular climbing crag. Continue west along BST, taking a sharp curve south, and descend to the Traverse Ridge Road Tunnel. Here begins the Oak Hollow Trail. Oak Hollow Trail leisurely descends a curving trail around South Mountain Golf Course greens before entering small groves of cottonwoods and willow bushes that line the seasonal spring fed by snow melt and rain. The trail jaunts under the Vestry roundabout, and side hills below the Draper Community Pool before connecting with Highland Trail. Turn east on Highland Trail and continue for 1.1 miles before turning south and ascending Spring Hollow Trail. Spring Hollow Trail begins as a chute between charmingly kept backyards before crossing Vestry Road, then continues with short switchbacks through dense scrub oak. The trail soon begins to follow a year round spring flanked by willow bushes and scrub oak. At the top of the ridge, the trail curves around South Mountain Golf Course playing greens and ascends through another grove of scrub oak before meeting with Mike Weir Drive, and ending at the Red Rock Trail parking area. 6

Spring Hollow and Corner Canyon Loop
Distance: 4.5 miles Walking Time: 3 hours Difficulty: Easy Connecting Trails: Red Rock TH, Spring Hollow, Highland Trail, Lower Corner Canyon Trail, Coyote Hollow Trail*, Clarks Trail Connector*, and BST *Coyote Hollow Trail and Clarks Trail Connector are part of the BST.

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View of Lone Peak from BST

BST at Clarks Trail Intersection

This hike combines the best of both worlds with a neighborhood stroll and a canyon jaunt. Start or end with breakfast or lunch at The Point Cafe in the South Mountain Clubhouse. The dining room windows hold panoramic views of the valley, and the porch gets a nice breeze off the Wasatch front. Begin at Red Rock Trail Head on Mike Weir Drive. Walk east to cross the bridge and begin on Spring Hollow Trail. Spring Hollow trail will cross Mike Weir Drive and descend north through groves of scrub oak and around playing greens of South Mountain Golf Course. Below the ridge, the trail joins a year round spring then takes a few short switchbacks before crossing Vestry road and connecting to Highland Trail. Turn east on Highland Trail and continue for .9 mile to Lower Corner Canyon trail. Turn south on Lower Corner Canyon Trail and follow Corner Canyon Creek into Corner Canyon. Beware of the steep drop off into the fast moving Corner Canyon Creek. At .5 mile, the trail opens up the mouth of Corner Canyon, and several old jeep trails intersect in the wide open space. Coyote Hollow is the open space to the west, follow this trail to intersect with the Clarks Trail Connector, which is well marked right before the Coyote Hollow parking area. Follow Clarks Trail Connector to the BST, and turn west to head back towards Red Rock Trail Head. 8

Bonneville Shoreline Trail Loop by Equestrian Center
Distance: 3.1 Walking Time: 2 hours Difficulty: Easy Connecting Trails: Andy Ballard Equestrian Center, Highland Trail, Sadler Trail, Aquaduct Trail, Upper Canyon Road, BST, Lower Corner Canyon Trail

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Utah Milkvetch

Canyon Hollow Spring

This trail is best done in the morning or evening on a cool day since it has very little shade along the trail. Park at the Andy Ballard Equestrian Center and head north on the Highland Trail for .5 mile, then turn east to ascend Sadler Trail. A few short uphill switchbacks lead to the the Aqueduct Road, Turn south along the Aquaduct road to catch the continuation of Sadler Trail to the Upper Corner Canyon Road. Turn south along this wide dirt road and continue for .5 mile until meeting the BST turn off. The BST follows the Aqueduct Road, until descending southwest to the bridge. Continue east down the hill to cross a small bridge in a lush green area. The trail opens up to the mouth of Corner Canyon and several old jeep trails intersect in the wide open space. Turn north at the intersection with Lower Corner Canyon Trail and continue for .5 mile back to the Andy Ballard Equestrian Center.

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Bonneville Shoreline Trail and Gasline Loop
Distance: 1.8 mile Walking Time: 1 hour Difficulty: Easy Connecting Trails: Coyote Hollow*, BST, Gasline Trail, Corner Canyon, Silica Pit *Coyote Hollow Trail is part of the BST.

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Corner Canyon Spring

Gasline Falls

Coyote Hollow Trail Head is located on Coyote Hollow Court, near the Draper LDS Temple. To get there from the Rambling Road / Mike Weir Drive roundabout, travel .1 mile south to Pinion Hill Lane (entry road near the Draper LDS Temple), turn left, and then immediately right on Canyon Vista Lane. Take the first left on Gary Fox Drive and then turn right on Coyote Hollow Court. Parking is at the trail head. Begin at Coyote Hollow Trail Head and follow the trail sign to the Silica Pit. After the Silica Pit, turn downhill and curve to the north to connect with Canyon Hollow Trail. Head east on Canyon Hollow Trail and, after 100 yards, take the left fork over the Corner Canyon Creek, entering the lush forest of choke cherry, dogwood, willow, and woodland stars. This lush area is divided by several different streams, but the trail stays on the central ‘island’ for .5 mile before opening up to a very different landscape of desert succulents and cacti. At Burnham Creek Bridge, choose either to continue north across the bridge, or south along a walking path that returns to Silica Pit. If choosing north, cross the bridge over Burnham Creek and continue north along the Gasline Trail. After .5 mile, Gasline Trail ends at BST. Turn south on BST for .3 to the next bridge. The bridge leads back to the intersection of Corner Canyon and Coyote Hollow Trails. Return to the parking area via Coyote Hollow Trail. 12

Clarks Trail and Ghost Falls Loop
Distance: 4.1 miles Walking Time: 1.5 hours Difficulty: Moderate Connecting Trails: Coyote Hollow*, Clarks Trail Connector*, Upper Corner Canyon Road, Ghost Falls Trail Head, Canyon Hollow Trail *Coyote Hollow Trail and Clarks Trail Connector are part of the BST.

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Clarks Trail Connector

Ghost Falls

This is, in my opinion, one of the prettiest loops in Corner Canyon. To get to Coyote Hollow Trail Head, please see instructions for the BST/Gasline Loop Trail. From the Coyote Hollow Trail Head, follow the Clarks Trail Connector uphill to the bridge, which marks the beginning of Clarks Trail. Clarks Trail hugs the steep side of the mountain and offers unbeatable views of Corner Canyon from above. To avoid dangerous falls and reduce erosion, stay off this trail when wet and wear appropriate shoes. Notice the white limestone stained red by oxidized iron along this trail. The waters of Bonneville Lake Along left dramatic limestone outcroppings from the Pleistocene era. When the lake and glaciers retreated, the rocks were exposed to oxygen, rusting the iron deposits. After 1.5 miles, Clarks Trail ends at the Upper Corner Canyon Road. Follow this dirt road toward the northeast. At .5 mile it will curve back to the west for another .3 mile before crossing the Ghost Falls / Jacobs Ladder Trail. Look for the trailhead sign on the south side of the road. Ghost Falls Trail drops back down into Corner Canyon through thick red twigged dogwood.You can hear Ghost Falls on the right side of the trail before seeing it. Ghost Falls is on a small loop trail so you can either continue straight along North Ghost Falls Trail or turn west and cross a small stream to continue on South Ghost Falls Trail. Both routes are equally charming and connect to Canyon Hollow Trail which returns to Coyote Hollow Trail Head. 14

Bear Canyon Loop
Distance: 2.1 miles Walking Time: 1.5 hours Difficulty: Strenuous Connecting Trails: Orson Smith Trail Head, Cherry Canyon Trail, BST, Bear Canyon Trail, Aqueduct Trail

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Nest in the Gamble Oak along BST

Bear CanyonWaterfall

This is a pleasant short hike on it’s own, but can also be combined with the BST loop leading back into Corner Canyon for a longer day hike. Start at the Orson Smith Trail Head off of Highland Drive. The trail steeply switch backs uphill for the first .5 mile. Follow the switch backs to Cherry Canyon Trail, crossing the Aquaduct Trail, until Cherry Canyon Trail intersects BST. Turn north along BST. Bear Canyon is .4 mile from Cherry Canyon along BST. The BST curves into Bear Canyon, watch out for steep drop-offs into the canyon. The flora changes immediately from desert sagebrush, indian paintbrush, and gamble oak to shade and moisture loving plants such as poison hemlock, blue bells, and sego lilies. Cross over the bridge and continue uphill for a short jaunt until the trail loops back downhill to meet the Aquaduct Trail. Turn south along the Aquaduct Trail and follow it to the Cherry Canyon Trail which leads downhill back to the Orson Smith Trail Head parking area.

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Online Resources
Bonneville Shoreline Trail www.bonnevilleshorelinetrail.org Draper City www.draper.ut.us Draper Wildlife www.draperwildlife.com South Mountain Golf www.slcountygolf.slco.org/southMtn.html South Mountain HOA www.southmountainhomeowners.org South Mountain Living www.southmountainliving.com Utah Geological Survey www.ugs.state.ut.us Utah Mountain Biking www.utahmountainbiking.com Utah Division of Wildlife Resources http://dwrcdc.nr.utah.gov/ucdc

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