The long-sought dirt route from Draper's Corner Canyon to Alpine will
be finished during 2018. From the Peak View trailhead on Traverse Ridge,
the trail has 1.6 miles on Peak View, 2.9 on Three
2.7 to Alpine Cove for a total of 7.2 miles. From the Alpine Cove end,
there's 1/2 mile of pavement to the singletrack of Lambert
Park. This page will discuss the trails in Fort
Canyon and Alpine Cove.
View northeast up Dry Canyon. Chipman Peak is on the
left; Box Elder on the right. White Baldy Peak is in the middle. Photos and trail notes April 28, 2018 by Bruce.
Alpine Cove to Three Falls
The trail from Alpine Cove starts just off the Schoolhouse Springs dirt
road at 5400 feet elevation. There's no formal parking at this "trailhead."
To get there, take Grove Drive to Alpine Cove
Drive. Turn north on Aspen Drive. The road will turn to dirt.
yards later, turn left on another dirt road. (This is a fire road, and is
NOT open to general traffic.) 100 feet later as you approach the gate
across that road, turn onto the singletrack trail on your right.
The trail starts between the two big rocks (between
the two threatening signs, but note the trail IS open to ride). Right 20 feet, left 30 feet uphill, then left
and cross the road, and you're on the trail.
After your right turn to singletrack at the gate, ride
northeast about 50 feet then fork left uphill.
(The trail straight ahead goes to Schoolhouse Springs.) Climb uphill and keep
left to cross the gravel road. (Note: the right fork before the road
crossing is a
new trail under construction. It heads toward Schoolhouse Springs, but
doesn't go anywhere yet. It's
not open for riding -- May 2018.)
Just getting started. Switchbacks cross the hill as
far up as the eye can see.
The trail then begins a sustained climb. It will cross the
fire road twice. Each time, there's a little "jog" where you'll
pedal 20-40 feet on the fire road to pick up the continuing trail. At
these crossings, the continuing trail is 180 degrees away -- that is,
you'll need to make a hard turn onto the fire road rather than coasting
the way you were riding on the singletrack.
Bottom line, if you find
yourself riding more than 50 feet on the fire road, you went the wrong direction when
the trail crossed the fire road. Go back and figure it out.
Looking northeast as we continue to climb. The trails
look complex, because not only are there multiple switchbacks, there's an
alternate trail plus the fire road crossing the trail.
The first fire road crossing is at mile 0.4. Make a hard
left turn uphill on the fire road. Pedal 20 feet, then turn hard right onto
There's also one alternate trail segment, as shown on my map. It's
better as a downhill, because there are several nasty climbing turns in
the uphill direction. When climbing, you'll encounter it on your right at
mile 0.6. (The trails will rejoin at mile 0.8, again on your right just as the
trail drops down to the fire road.) Keep left here for the main trail.
When you hit the fire road at mile 0.8, turn hard left and
coast downhill on the fire road about 50 feet. You'll see the continuing
singletrack on your right.
Looking over a group of arrowleaf balsamroot at Lone
Now you've got a mile of uncomplicated climbing, with an
occasional coasting break. Plenty of
turns, most of which have a just-enough turning radius. There will be
fabulous views of Lone Peak, Box Elder, and the Utah Valley.
Rolling the Rocky Mountain through forest of maple --
and an occasional fir tree -- on
the Fort Canyon side of the ride.
At mile 1.8, you'll encounter the trail from Fort Canyon's public
trailhead. Keep right and pedal to the ride's highest point at 5900 feet
The trail will now begin to drop into upper Fort Canyon.
Crossing the ridge between Utah Valley and Fort
Canyon, with Lone Peak forming a picturesque background.
The trail will descend through a series of turns before
approaching the homes of Three Falls. You'll be losing almost 200 vertical
feet of your climbing.
Across the valley, you'll see a ribbon of pine trees in a ravine
descending the slope of Lone Peak. That's the main creek. After you get
through the subdivision, you'll hit the Three Falls trail and climb to the
bridge across that creek.
Looking across upper Fort Canyon. I've noted the
location of the continuing trail. The brown smudge through the middle of
the photo is the construction area.
At mile 2.6, the trail starts to climb uphill
again through in a forest of mixed maple and pine. You'll go around a
couple of switchbacks.
Keep straight as you hit a trail fork, which will
take you straight north toward the subdivision road. (There's a narrow hiking
trail on the left, which turns west to
a series of bike-unfriendly stone steps. The apparent sharp turn uphill on
the right will take you into the construction zone in 2018.)
Riding through maple groves as we approach the Three
Falls road in Fort Canyon.
When you reach the road (still unpaved with ongoing construction
activity in May 2018) go straight across to the trail on the opposite side
and begin climbing.
The trail becomes a bit steep and you may
find yourself doing push-a-bike. As the slope eases, you may see a trail
on your right (under construction May 2018). This can take you back to
Alpine in a loop ride.
Riding through the balsam root near the ridgeline
above Fort Canyon.
To ride Three Falls to Peak View,
keep straight and ride across the bridge over Fort Canyon Creek. And you're on the way to
See the Peak View - Three Falls Draper page.
The bridge over the creek. Take a minute to enjoy the
Fort Canyon to Three Falls
The Fort Canyon to Three Falls trail connects the public
trailhead in Fort Canyon to the Alpine Cove to Three Falls trail on the
ridgeline. It's 1.4 miles long with 500 vertical feet of elevation change,
making it suitable as a climbing trail or a fast downhill flow
The Fort Canyon public trailhead was not paved or
ready for parking at the time of my ride on April 28..
Fort Canyon trailhead. By the time you ride this, the
trailhead may be paved. Because it's still under construction, don't park
here at this time.
As you drive or pedal up Fort Canyon, turn right at mile
0.9, just as you're approaching the entry to Three Falls. Take the first
left into the public trailhead parking. The trail begins to the left of
the bathroom building.
View to the southwest, with Utah Lake and Lake
Mountain in the distance. To the right is the Fort Canyon road.
After flirting with the fences of adjacent private property,
the Fort Canyon trail climbs uphill. The terrain is sage with small stands
of gambel oak and occasional maple.
You'll enjoy frequent views of Lone Peak, Little
and Chipman Peak ahead of your handlebars as you climb. (Far left, Lone
Peak. Left, Little Matterhorn. Middle, Chipman.)
At this time, there are no trail forks until you reach the
Alpine Cove to Three Falls trail at mile 1.4. Fork right to head for
Alpine Cove, left for Three Falls.
A second trail is being excavated that will extend north from the
Alpine side of Three Falls, and will join the Draper side near the bridge.
Arrowleaf balsamroot blooms in the April sunshine. On
the far right, Box Elder Peak appears as we climb higher.
Connecting to Lambert Park from Three Falls
For your convenience, I've included the roads between Schoolhouse
Springs and Lambert Park on my map. From Three Falls, climb up and over the ridge. Stay left as the Fort
Canyon connector joins, 0.8 miles after passing through the subdivision
area. Now navigate the singletrack down to Alpine Cove.
When you cross the fire road for the third time (at the bottom of the
hill), drop down and join the fire road. Keep right and downhill as it
joins the Schoolhouse Springs dirt road -- which will turn into the paved
The slopes above the cove are fully sun-exposed, and
will be hot at mid-day in the summer..
It will now be exactly 1/2 mile of paved road to arrive at the
singletrack in Lambert Park. At the end of Aspen Drive, turn left at the T intersection with Alpine Cove Drive.
Pedal 0.2 miles to the 4-way intersection and turn right downhill. Keep straight
as you pass Juniper Circle and the road veers east (left). Keep straight
as you pass Grove Drive on the right. Cross the bridge, then keep right on
Box Elder Drive. 200 feet later, turn onto singletrack. Left off the
pavement is Rodeo Up; right and downhill is Middle.
Rolling into a switchback turn as we descend the
mountain toward Alpine.
Three Falls to Lambert Park
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Getting there, Fort Canyon: As you drive into Alpine
on Main Street, keep straight at all intersections until you reach 800
North. Then, just as Main Street turns to the right and becomes Heritage
Hills Drive, fork left on Fort Canyon Road to continue north. 0.9 miles
later, turn right just before the Three Falls entry. Turn left into
Getting there, Alpine Cove - Schoolhouse Springs: Instead of turning left
on Fort Canyon Road, stay on Heritage Hills Drive. Turn left uphill on
Grove Drive. At the T intersection (where a right turn would take you
across the bridge into Lambert Park), turn left on Alpine Cove Drive. At
the 4-way intersection, turn left. As Alpine Cove Drive turns downhill,
turn uphill on Aspen Drive. It will turn to the gravel Schoolhouse Springs
Road. 100 feet later, the fire road forks left. Note the gate just uphill.
Find a spot to park and return to the gate to start your ride.