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Heritage Hills Trails
Stoney Way, Heritage Hills, Vista Ridge, North Point

These trails lie on the hillside north of Alpine. The area is mostly grass with occasional groves of very short scrub oak. Stoney Way and Heritage Hills were built in 2019, with the addition of Vista Ridge in 2020. Stoney Way connects the Schoolhouse Springs trailhead to the Heritage Hills and Vista Ridge trails, with Vista Ridge climbing up to the Three Falls Fort Canyon trail on the ridgeline and Heritage Hills descending to Alpine city.

View northeast toward Chipman Peak and White Baldy from the eastern end of Stoney Way. Trail review by Bruce on December 10, 2019. Updated October 9, 2020.

 
Stoney Way
Stoney Way is a traversing trail running east-west along the hillside above northeast Alpine. It's 1.3 miles in length with a highest elevation of 5400 feet and low point at 4850.

The riding is easy, suitable for beginners. There are no steeps or technical features.

Looking northeast, showing the bench-cut nature of the trail and the constant mountain views.

On the east end, Stoney Way begins on the Bodily Harm trail, about 0.1 mile uphill from the Schoolhouse Springs biking trailhead. Fork left on the lower trail. from here, Stoney Way runs downhill as it heads west.

From 5400 feet, it reaches its lowest elevation at 4850 at the midpoint in Big Hollow, where it crosses a dirt road at the edge of a new subdivision under construction. It then climbs 100 feet before ending on the Heritage Hills Loop, 0.5 miles uphill from Heritage Hills' origin on North Point Collector trail.

Heading southwest on Stoney Way in late spring 2019 while the trail was still under construciton.

The trail is a bench-cut on slopes that have a moderate pitch. Because there are no trees of any size to block your view, there's a lot of scenery to take in. To the south is Utah Valley and Utah Lake. The mountains of the Wasatch form a semi-circle around you north and east.

Origin of the western end of Stoney Way on the Heritage Hills Loop.

The mountains north of Alpine, as seen from the eastern edge of Lambert Park.

Mountains east of Alpine, as seen from the southwest corner of Lambert Park.

In the middle of Stoney Way, at it's lowest point, a short connector descends to a trailhead in The Ridge at Alpine subdivision. (There's no bathroom or water at this trailhead.) This is a nice spot to start the Heritage Hills loop ride.

Mountains everywhere. The big hill on the right is Box Elder Peak.

 
Heritage Hills - Vista Ridge Trails
The North Point Collector, Heritage Hills, and Vista Ridge trails are a continuous route from the Heritage Hills (North Pointe) trailhead up to the Fort Canyon portion of the Three Falls trail. It's is a nicely constructed bench-cut trail with swooping bermed turns. The slope is moderate. It's 1.8 miles from the trailhead on Heritage Hills Drive to the Three Falls Fort Canyon trail.

Looking east toward East Mountain and Timpanogos.

 
North Point Collector

The North Point Collector begins at the trailhead on Heritage Hills Drive. (There are no services here, merely parking.) It climbs 1/4 mile before crossing the subdivision road. At that point, it becomes doubletrack. After another 100 yards, the Heritage Hills Loop forks away to the right, and the old doubletrack has been erased by construction.

At mile 0.2 from the parking area, the trail has been destroyed by the leveling of a building lot. Turn 90 degrees left and follow the edge until you reach a passage between lots. From here, head straight for the street, and the continuing trail is straight across. (There was storage of construction vehicles and supplies overtop of the trail here during my last ride here, so it may not appear like a trail to you.)

Heritage Hills

From its origin at the top of the North Point Collector, Heritage Hills winds uphill. At mile 0.5, it connects to the west end of Stoney Way, while the uphill route continues as Vista Ridge. The trail climbs from 4700 feet to 4850 in 0.5 miles; a very reasonable pitch. All but 100 feet of the trail lies on exposed hillside without shade. So it will be a toasty climb on a summer's afternoon.

View to the south from just above the connection to Stoney Way. The downhill trail is seen near the grove of trees.

Like Stoney Way, this part of the trail should be good for winter riding. The snow on this slope usually melts away within days of a storm because it's highly sun-exposed. But that also means the frozen dirt surface will warm up and melt quickly if the sun is out. Finishing the ride before 10 a.m. is recommended!

The only oak grove high enough to give shade. 100 feet. Enjoy.

Note fall 2020: At this time, the best way to access the Heritage Hills trail is to ride Stoney Way from the Schoolhouse Springs area trails, or to connect from the Fort Canyon Three Falls trail. There's no good parking in the under-construction subdivision at the bottom where it originates on North Point Collector. And the connection to the parking lot for the North Point Collector trail on Heritage Hills Drive has been severely impacted by construction. (If you get through, it will be by walking through not-trail and going rat-in-maze through construction equipment and supplies to get to the road where North Point Collector continues to the Heritage Hills Loop.)

Nice view into the valley from the area where Stoney Way joins the uphill route from Heritage Hills.

Vista Ridge

The Vista Ridge trail is the continuation of Heritage Hills at the point where Stoney Way intersects the uphill route. This segment is 1 mile long, climbing 250 vertical feet in the first 0.6 miles then descending a bit as it drops to the opposite side of the ridge to connect to the Fort Canyon Three Falls trail.

On Vista Ridge with Lone Peak as a backdrop.

Again here, the trail is a machine bench cut with a broad smooth riding surface. There are no technical features. Some of the turns are a bit tight for beginners, so this trail section would rank lower-intermediate in skill level.

Bruce approaches the saddle between Big Hollow and Fort Canyon.

As Vista Ridge reaches the Three Falls trail, a hard right turn will take you uphill. In 0.7 miles, Three Falls will reach the Bodily Harm trail. If you then turn right to descend Bodily Harm, it will take you downhill to the Stoney Way trail near the Schoolhouse Springs trailhead. The loop of Stoney Way, Vista Ridge, and Bodily Harm has been called the Heritage Hills Loop.

Riding south after leaving Three Falls on the counterclockwise Heritage Hills loop ride.

At the top of Vista Ridge, you can also keep left to descend Three Falls to the Fort Canyon trailhead. This trailhead has water and a bathroom.

Looking southwest to Utah Lake and Lake Mountain.

Getting there:

Schoolhouse Springs (Alpine Cove):  As you drive into Alpine on Main Street, keep straight at all intersections until you reach 800 North. Main Street then turns to the right and becomes Heritage Hills Drive. It will further turn to go eastbound. When you reach the stop sign at Grove Drive, turn left uphill. 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 into the gravel Schoolhouse Springs Road. 100 yards later, the fire road forks left. Note the gate just uphill. Find a spot to park where the road splits. There's room for 3 cars at the road fork (where the boulders have been pushed aside as semi-official parking) plus 4 spots on the shoulder within 50 feet. Pedal to the gate then turn right on Forbidden to start your ride. Fork left after 50 feet, then left again after another 50 feet on Bodily Harm. After 1/10th mile, Stoney Way will fork left.
Heritage Hills (North Point): 
Shortly after you veer to the northeast from Main onto Heritage Hills Drive as above, spot the small parking lot on your left and turn in.
The Ridge TH (Stoney Way):  At the T intersection of Grove Drive, turn left and follow the road as it then veers left and approaches the mountain.

Fort Canyon Trailhead: 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 parking. This is a major paved trailhead with water and a bathroom. From parking, climb uphill 0.8 miles on the Three Falls Fort Canyon trail. The right fork is Vista Ridge, while left takes you up to the intersection of Bodily Harm and Three Falls.
GPS track files (right-click a file and select "save as..."):  
        Area GPX multi-track file
Map for printing:   pending for Heritage Hills  View Alpine to Three Falls map
Lodging, camping, shops:  Links to northern county resources

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