Corner Canyon (Lower)
Corner Canyon offers a low-altitude, off-season
single-track that's a joy to ride. It's quick to ride and close to civilization. Perfect for an after-work ride in
early spring or late fall, when other trails are still covered by snow. But
it's also a great ride for the middle of summer, as a quick before-work or
after-work cruise. Note that the Lower Corner Canyon
Trail (the higher trail, closest to the homes on the east side of the
canyon) is uphill-only! The lower trail on which you'll return is
In addition to the outbound and inbound trails south of Highland Drive,
there's a couple of short singletrack loops in the brush just west of the
Matt Flygare posts a turn on
the descent down South Mountain.
Dashing behind at 20 mph is Jackie, the
Photo January 29, 2000
|A good quick winter loop ride is uphill on the Lower Corner Canyon
trail, around the Silica Pit, and back down on the Creek View trail. It's doubletrack for some of the uphill and
singletrack in the trees (trickier and snowier) on the downhill. The loop is
about 2.8 miles. Elevation gain is 350 feet. Riding time depends on your skill
level, but will be somewhere around 30 minutes. We usually run around the loop 2 or 3 times.
When riding uphill from the Equestrian
Center, the upper singletrack (above the sidewalk) is one-way uphill. The
lower trail (straight from the tunnel) is downhill-only. Obey the traffic
signs to avoid head-on collisions!
|The Lower Corner Canyon Trail links to the
Bonneville Shoreline (eastbound or westbound), to Ghost Falls, and to
Clarks Trail. The Bonneville Shoreline heading northeast is relatively
sun-exposed, and usually clears of snow quickly. Ghost Falls and Clarks
Trail are excellent rides beginning in late April.
controls the slide down the muddy trail through a grove of twisted gambel
oak on the Creek View Trail. The tree
trunks tilt downhill on this steep slope. Jackie
functions as the official pace-dog. February 5, 2000.
This photo available as wallpaper.
||The trail begins at the ballpark parking lot on Highland
Drive in Draper. Drop off to the west and turn left under the road, riding
in the tunnel. As you exit the tunnel, turn left uphill to the sidewalk,
then turn right to climb the uppermost trail. (During periods of high
runoff, you may have to go across the road.) The lower of the two trails
(the Creekview Trail) is a bicycle-preferred downhill-only route. That will be your return trail.
The uphill trail is multi-user. The climb is
pretty steady through the first 1.4 miles up Corner Canyon, but never steep.
Chief Operations Officer Mike
into the creek in the bottom of Corner Canyon. As you'll note in the photos,
the terrain changes from snow to mud to hardpack rapidly from day to day!
February 1, 2000. Note: there's a bridge here now.
|This is a year-round, all-weather trail. It is
NEVER closed due to muddy conditions. But in early spring, go early in the morning while the ground is frozen
cold. See the Corner
Canyon trail closure page for the status of other trails in the area. The downhill in the snow isn't as tricky as you'd think, but there are a
couple of hard
steep turns in the trees of the west side that require a bit of skill.
In the summer, you won't be satisfied with the tiny ride using LCC and
Creek View trails. You'll want to add miles with the Draper Race Loop, Clark's
Trail, Ghost Falls, or the mean hillclimb up Pipeline to Traverse Ridge.
Doc Argyle rolls down the
snow-covered trail. This loop is easily rideable with 6 inches of snow.
Photo by Mike Engberson, February 1, 2000.
||The figure-8 ride we describe here goes uphill on LCC,
includes a small loop up the BST to the junction with Clarks Trail and
down the Silica Pit trail, then some more-technical riding on the Creek
View Trail looping back to LCC.
Looks a little different in May, doesn't it?
|Riding notes, winter figure-8 loop:
0.0 LEFT uphill on ST as it exits tunnel
(straight = one-way return
0.4 Pass ST on R, keep L at intersections
0.6 ST joins DT, continue uphill
0.9 Pass BST (on L), veer R
1.0 Keep R on DT at fork
Becomes ST, follow either fork
1.3 Junction with Silica Pit Tr,
(R = Clarks Trailhead)
1.6 L on DT then keep straight
(after 200 feet, back on uphill
1.8 L on ST (climbs quickly)
2.4 Cross bridge, hard L on LCC trail
2.8 Back at tunnel
We're plunging down through the Silica
|Facilities: There's a toilet at the upper
Ghost Falls trailhead (where the trail meets the Corner Canyon road and
connects to Jacob's Ladder), at the point where the Bonneville Shoreline
Trail meets the Corner Canyon Road, and at the Equestrian Center parking.
Water is available only at the Equestrian Center. There are no facilities
at Coyote Hollow.
|Riding resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guide
Additional ride options:
Ghost Falls and Clarks Ghost Loop
Draper Race Loop
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
GPX figure-8 loop
Classic Draper Race Loop
of Draper Area GPX tracks
Topo map for printing: View
Corner Canyon area trail overview page
Lodging, camping, shops:
Links to southern SLC resources
Getting there: Take the Bluffdale exit from I-15 and turn
east towards the mountains on Highland Drive. Go straight past the railroad
underpass. Stay on Highland until you reach the parking area
for the Lynn Ballard ball park on your left. To find the trail, go to the
west end of the parking area near the trail kiosk. Drop down the hill and
turn left into the tunnel under the road. After climbing out of the
tunnel, turn left and climb back up. The uphill trail is directly across
from the entrance into the parking area (GPS N 40° 30.351' W 111° 50.721'). To
reach the trailhead from the north (Sandy area), take 13th East southward until it ends at
the stop sign just past the underpass. Turn left and drive 1/4 mile to the
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