||Little Valley Loop Trail
The Little Valley Loop Trail forks from, and rejoins, Ann's Trail just
across Traverse Ridge Road from Potato Hill. The area is just east of
Draper's Corner Canyon. The trail was completed in August 2013.
Looking north as we approach a rock
outcrop from the uphill end of the trail. Photos and review by Bruce
on August 11, 2013.
|The trail is only 0.7 miles in length. Because it starts a
short distance from the Potato Hill Trailhead on Traverse Ridge Road, it's
possible to ride the trail as a short lariat loop of only 1.4 miles.
At the Potato Hill trailhead. The ride
starts at the break in the log fence.
||The trail will be suitable for beginners. (As of August
2013, the surface is still a bit loose and a few derailleur-eating roots
still need to be whacked with a palaski.) Grades are mild and the surface
At the lower trail fork. We've already
forked off Ann's, and 20 feet later we hit this 4-way. Bottom line: after
you fork to the right to leave Ann's, keep the bike going straight.
|From its beginning on Ann's Trail about 200 feet south of
the tunnel, the trail will descend only about 60 vertical feet, then
regain 80 vertical to reach the high spot as it rejoins Ann's further
southwest. There are occasional views of the valley, but most of the
riding is in thick oak forest.
Typical riding view. Lots of deep
gambel oak forest.
||There are two trail forks on Little Valley. Unfortunately,
the first one is right at the point where Little Valley forks off Ann's.
Two separate riders came by while I was taking a photo of this spot (see
above) and despite the nice trail sign they were confused. When you reach
the first trail fork on Ann's 200 feet from the tunnel, veer to the right
(you're now on Little Valley). Keep straight. The left fork is a turning
connection for those who are either turning onto Little Valley from
uphill, or coming from Little Valley and turning back southwest on Ann's.
The trail on the right (between the two big rocks heading west downhill) is a
neighborhood connector trail. It zooms downhill 0.3 miles to Vista Valley
Drive in the subdivision in Little Valley.
The ride's Oh Wow spot. The trail
climbs around this rock outcrop. Later, we'll be on top of this rock.
|The second neighborhood connector trail is plainly marked
and non-confusing. It's found just a bit past the half-way point of Little
Valley (when riding counterclockwise east-to-west) and descends 1/10 mile to
Maple Park Court. Yes, I suppose you could ride the road between these two trails to
make a loop-on-the-loop.
View to the west from the trail as we
approach the connector to the homes.
||The highlight of the ride is the rock outcrop you'll pass,
first on the underside and then over the top. Looks like some type of
We've now climbed and reversed
direction and are riding across the top of the rock cliff we skirted
|Most riders will do Little Valley as an alternate route
while riding Ann's Trail or Potato
Hill. It's an interesting little trail
that adds to the riding options in Draper, but few riders would
consider it a destination in itself. The exception would be true beginners
and young riders for whom a 1.4-mile loop is plenty.
The upper trail fork. We're looking
west. That's Ann's on the left, and Little Valley to our right.
||Riding notes, mini-loop from Potato Hill:
0.0 North through opening in fence, right
0.1 Keep R (L=Potato Hill Trail)
N40 29.285 W111 50.845
50 feet, then R and through tunnel
0.2 Fork soft R then keep straight
N40 29.176 W111 50.817
(90-degree R = to streets)
0.6 Keep L (R = to streets) N40 29.072 W111 51.102
0.9 Straight onto Ann's N40 29.061 W111 50.920
(hard R = uphill on Ann's)
1.2 Keep R past first fork
After tunnel, fork L
1.3 Keep L (R = Potato Hill Tr)
1.4 Back at trailhead
View north from the junction of Little
Valley with Ann's on the uphill end.
|Getting there, Potato Hill trailhead:
Take the Bluffdale exit from I-15 and turn east towards the mountains on
Highland Drive. At the light at the top of the hill, turn right on
Traverse Ridge Road (also called Traverse Mountain Road). After one mile,
pass Mike Weir Drive on your left. Look for the Potato Hill TH on your
left about mile 1.3 from the light. N40 29.300 W111 50.925