||Draper DH Trail (Maple Hollow)
The Maple Hollow DH route is two miles of hard-core stuff. It drops from
the Maple Hollow trailhead on Deer Ridge of Traverse Mountain down to just
below Traverse Mountain Road near the Bonneville Shoreline trail. There's
around 1000 vertical feet of elevation loss. As the "DH" should
tell you, it's one-way downhill-only.
Typical bermed turn designed for
high-velocity, high-G change of direction. Rail it! Trail review by Bruce,
September 2008. Photos by September-October, 2008.
|This trail is for expert riders. You don't need a
DH-specific bike, but you need the skills and brass to take some steep
drops and high-G turns. The turns are sloped for aggressive riders.
Intermediates will struggle on this trail, because many turns won't let
you "mosey on around" -- you've got to rail it.
Here the trail splits into two bermed turns leading
either into a dirt jump
(A-line for air-cravers), or a simple drop through the dip and up into a
banked turn (B-line for XC types).
Yes, there's a B-line to skip most jumps. With good skills, you can
enjoy swooping down the trail. You don't have to be a jumper.
As riders fall away from the banked
turn above, experts should keep enough speed to gap-jump up onto a higher
A-line. Non-jumpers and slower riders will veer onto a lower line.
The trail starts at the Maple Hollow trailhead (at the
west end of the mountaintop Suncrest subdivision) where Deer Ridge Drive
meets Elk Glen Drive. It plunges 1000 vertical feet in two miles. Most
stunts have an A-line for the hardcore and a B-line for the merely
The step-up in action.
Above, leaving the launch.
In shaded forest areas, the soil gets pretty slimy after a
rainstorm. This trail will be highly dangerous when wet. Big tires,
aggressive knobs, low center of gravity.
Landing the bike on the
This trail will be closed
during early spring and late fall when the surface is soft. Do NOT poach
this trail during off-season or when temporarily closed due to storms.
Check Draper's recreation website for closure status.
This tabletop jump clears 8 feet.
Launch the upside, land the downside. If you fall short, there's the
tabletop to land on. The B-line (to your right) skirts the jump, but
offers a little lip to jump off, if you like.
||The trail finishes on Traverse Ridge Road, about midway
between two spots where the BST crosses the road. (Eastbound, the trail
crosses Mike Wier Drive, not Traverse Ridge Road.) Once the climbing trail
to the west is finished, there will probably be a designated path along
the side of the road.
Note: The nearby Oak Hollow trail is NOT part of the downhill route!
Oak Hollow is a multi-use trail, and it upsets some trail users when they
encounter fast-moving armor-plated riders on Oak Hollow. They complain to
Draper City, and it causes trouble for the people who build and maintain
the trails. Your shuttled DH ride should end at Traverse Ridge Road.
Stunts are being added as the trail
matures. Here's a rock with a couple of feet of air on the downside.
This trail will continue to evolve as stunts are worked over and
structures age. So you may not see the exact features that are shown on
this web page.
This ladder marks the official entry
into the DH area. There's wheelie-drop off the ladder, then a whoop-de-doo
down a short gulley.
Notes on the Maple Hollow DH trail:
Important! This trail is evolving, and WILL change!
0.3 Cross DT
N40 28.593 W111 51.156
For now, the trail is the ugly
to your left, heading straight
0.5 R for entry into DH
N40 28.634 W111 51.343
1.9 R (straight = old Maple Hollow)
2.1 Traverse Ridge Rd, L (alt=R)
N40 29.081 W111 51.856
a steep plunge, these two pop-up ramps await. The A-line features a rock
sharper upswing and a higher pop, plus a little gap to clear. The B-line (forground,
center) can be rolled by
non-jumpers, or launched for distance by moderately experienced jumpers.
|Getting there, Deer Ridge trailhead: From I-15
in Salt Lake City, take the Bluffdale exit and head east on Highland Drive
toward the mountains. As you reach the traffic light at the top of the
hill, about 3/4 mile after leaving the freeway, turn right on Traverse
Ridge Road. Drive about two miles up to the top of the mountain. At the
stop sign in Suncrest, turn right on Deer Ridge Drive and go 0.9 miles.
Just before the road crosses a bridge, turn right onto Elk Glen Drive and
immediately turn left to park at the small picnic area. The Suncrest Loop
Trail starts with the cinder path on your left. The Maple Hollow DH trail
is straight ahead and veers to the right toward the Salt Lake valley.
|Shuttle: About 200 yards down Suncrest Road from the trail's end,
there's a pullout on the north side of the road. Leave the shuttle vehicle
No one-page guide to this trail yet.
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