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Juniper Crest

Juniper Crest was the first installment in the Herriman singletrack trail system, begun late in 2013. It has since been severely affected by construction. For now, it provides another "off-season" low-altitude riding opportunity. This page covers the Juniper Crest Loop and Firebreak trails. Please see the Blackridge trail page for additional Herriman foothill trails.

From the south end of the Juniper Crest Loop, we're looking east across the valley. Photos and description by Bruce on August 25, 2014.

Note 2017:  Inside the Juniper Crest loop, construction of a new homes and roads is beginning. You can no longer access the loop from the street connector near the church. Construction has also affected the loop itself in some spots, particularly on the eastern side along the Mountain View Corridor. The trail was designated as a permanent Herriman City route, and with reroutes, it should continue to exist. However, I expect that construction will, on occasion, temporarily close some portion of the loop. You may not be able to complete the loop.
Juniper Crest Loop
The Juniper Crest loop is 4.8 miles, with a connection to the unfinished Firebreak Trail. In this area there are multiple old four-wheeler trails that cross, plus a couple of shortcuts and connectors. For your first ride, it's best to start at the connector just south of the church on Juniper Crest Drive and ride the loop counterclockwise.

This is what you're looking for. Just to the right of this photo is the church. As you start out, be sure to quickly veer right on singletrack uphill, leaving the old ATV path along the road.

The trail has about 300 feet of elevation change over the course of the loop. The church trailhead starts at mid-altitude and climbs to the loop. (Note 2018: I'm told that construction has closed the connector from the church. I don't know if this segment of trail will re-open.) You'll have an initial climb of 150 vertical feet, then as you close the loop you'll climb the whole 300 before dropping back down to Juniper Crest Drive. Overall climbing will be about 600 vertical feet.

Near the south end of the loop, we're seeing Lone Peak and Timpanogos towering over Traverse Ridge.

The trail is an easy ride. There's nothing tricky. After the initial climb from the church, fork left to get onto the loop at mile 0.3. The trail will head southeast along the edge of the mountains. Ignore any crossing dirt roads.

At 1.7 miles, the Blazing Saddles trail descends a wash down to the Mountain View Corridor (mile 2.4). (There's no connection here, the trail simply rides along the fence for a short distance.)

An outcrop of weathered limestone guards the side of the wash. 

The trail then turns and climbs along a shallow canyon back up to the homes of Herriman. As first enter the gulch, keep to the right at a trail fork at mile 3.4 for the Patriot Gulch trail. (The left path shown on the map below -- and as found in my GPS track of the loop -- goes into the construction area and as of spring 2017 is bulldozed at some points.)

Climbing northwest back toward the homes.

Continue west on the paved path at mile 3.6, climbing uphill. Pass under Juniper Crest to singletrack and keep climbing straight-ish uphill. Keep straight as you pass a connector on the left at mile 4.1.

After the trail veers left on steeper slope, you'll arrive at a 4-way at mile 4.3. To complete the loop, keep straight and level as a trail heads uphill (Firebreak) on your right and another trail angles to the left downhill (see map).

At mile 4.6, you're back at the connector to Juniper Crest.


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Eric's Trail
From the western corner of the loop described above, Eric's Trail starts a series of switchbacks heading uphill. It extends two miles uphill, climbing 900 vertical feet to the Mustang Loop portion of the Blackridge trail system. Eric's then descends another two miles to the Blackridge trail. It's 4.7 miles long.

Climbing through oak brush on Eric's Trail.

To get on the trail directly from Juniper Crest Drive, ride up from the trailhead south of the church. At mile 0.3, keep straight. (The trail on the right goes north past the church at lower altitude, and the trail on the left is the loop ride.)

Some areas have steep sideslope, but the trailcut is generous in width.

At mile 0.6, keep left and uphill. You're now on Eric's trail. After two long switchbacks, the trail reaches a less-steep part of the hillside. It will climb steadily southwest.

The Mustang Loop forks to the left at the ride's highest point at 6300 feet elevation. Keep right if you intend to descend on Eric's trail. The two trails rejoin at the end of the loop downhill. A loop around Mustang is worthwhile before heading back down. 

Looking northeast. The switchbacks in mid-photo are the route we took to get here.

Loop from Juniper Crest, counterclockwise:
Note, 2018: construction may not allow you to connect
to the trail from the street near the church

0.0  West on ST from road
        N40 28.737 W112 00.500
        Veer R uphill on ST
0.3   L on loop N40 28.598 W112 00.577
1.7   Begin descent
2.4   Riding near road
3.4   Keep R N40 28.866 W112 00.318
3.6   L on paved trail N40 28.973 W112 00.418
        ST after passing under road
4.1   Keep straight (L = shortcut)
        N40 28.794 W112 00.744
4.3   Keep straight (L=Firebreak, R=to shortcut)
        N40 28.709 W112 00.762
4.6   L downhill N40 28.598 W112 00.577
4.9   Back at road
Getting there:  First, let me caution you. Street names in this area often change as you go through a stop sign. And the names on the signs are often not the same as what you see on your auto GPS or on Google Maps. Yeah, it's messed up. But print my map (link below) and take it with you. Look carefully at the street layout as you follow my directions and you won't get lost.
Church trailhead on Juniper Crest (NOTE: may be closed by constructrion):  From the Bangerter Highway, turn west onto 13400 South and drive 2/3 mile. Turn left (south) at the Mountain View Corridor and drive about a mile. At the traffic light, turn right onto Rosecrest Road. After 1/2 mile, turn left onto Juniper Crest. (Caution! the street signs north of Rosecrest give Juniper Crest another name!) Immediately after you pass the church 0.7 miles later, park at the roadside. The trail begins at the big boulders on the right side of the road immediately after the second entry to church parking.
River Chase Road:  Southbound on Juniper Crest as above, turn left onto River Chase Road just before you come to the big bridge over the ravine. As the road begins to turn to the left by the pool, find a spot to park. There's a paved path on the right side of the road, just before the road turns left. Find it. The paved path descends into the ravine to join the paved part of the Juniper Crest Loop. Keep straight and pass through the tunnel, then continue on the dirt singletrack.
Blackridge trailhead:  Get onto Juniper Crest as above. As you see yourself leaving the dense homes and are approaching a bridge across a ravine, turn right onto Ambermont Drive. (Again, caution. The continuation of Ambermont east of Juniper Crest has a different name.) Over the next half-mile, Ambermont goes southwest, then west, then turns to northwest. Now fork left on Aurora Vista. Quickly turn right onto Esher Street, then left at Ashland Ridge and enter the parking area for Blackridge Pond. The trail starts at the far end of the parking strip. (If you reach a "do-not-enter" exit from Blackridge, you went too far on Aurora Vista. Turn around and go back to Esher Street.)
Riding resources for this trail:
Single page riding guide: 
      Loop ride and driving directions  
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
      Juniper Loop ride only     Herriman area multi-trail file
Aerial map for printing:  View
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to southern SLC resources

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