||Little Valley Trails
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 main Little
Valley trail was completed in 2013, with the beginner trails and trailhead
completed in December 2014.
Looking north as we approach a rock
outcrop from the uphill end of the trail. Photos and review by Bruce
on August 11, 2013 and updated December 11, 2014.
|The main Little Valley trail is only 0.7 miles in length,
running joining to Ann's Trail at both ends. 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. Beginners with young children will
want to use the new Little Valley trailhead.
||A short loop trail lies to the west of the main Little
Valley Trail. This loop is only 0.6 miles, and connects to the Little
Valley trailhead. Two other trails lie within the loop. All of the Little
Valley trails are suitable for beginners. Grades are mild and the surface
is smooth. This little trail system was built specifically for families
and beginners to work on their biking skills.
new Little Valley Loop in December 2014. The exit off Traverse Ridge Road to the trailhead is
still under construction.
|Little Valley Main Trail
From its beginning on Ann's Trail about 200 feet south of
the tunnel, the Little Valley 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 three 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 immediate left fork
takes you back up to Ann's.
The trail on the right (between the two big rocks heading west downhill) is
a steeper narrow route that crosses the east side of Little Valley Loop
trail before ending on the broad middle trail.
The ride's Oh Wow spot. The trail
climbs around this rock outcrop. Later, we'll be on top of this rock.
|The next fork, on your right, is the connector to the loop
trails. For now, keep straight and left to stay on the main Little Valley
The 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 to the trailhead 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.
The Little Valley Beginner Trail System
||Between the subdivision and the main Little Valley trail is
a system of trails designed for new riders. You can access this trail
system directly from the new Little Valley trailhead. A broad flat trail
leaves the southeast corner of the parking area. This trail continues up
to the intersection with the main Little Valley Trail. It's crossed by the
beginner loop near the parking area and at the top.
View northwest on the east side of the
beginner loop. The path is wide enough for Moms to ride alongside their
|The mini-loop is 0.6 miles long. The portion south of the
middle trail is very easy riding. The part to the north has some humps and
turns, and a little bit of slope, but is still within the range of a
brand-new mountain biker.
The easiest possible loop is to ride up the middle connector, then down
the easier southern part of the mini-loop. This will be about 0.4 miles
total, and is flat and wide with very easy pedaling.
There are occasional breaks in the oak
brush groves. We're heading counterclockwise on the north side of the
||There's some fun stuff built into the trails. For example, a
series of rollers gives kids and newbies a bit of practice at keeping
their weight centered as the bike tilts. Occasionally the trail gets a bit
narrower, but for the most part it's possible for the beginner and the
instructor to ride side-by-side.
A series of rollers on the northern
half of the mini-loop, eastbound clockwise.
|There's also a short one-way downhill trail that extends
from the loop's upper end (where the middle trail meets the loop and sends
an extender over to the main Little Valley trail). It rejoins the south
side of the loop a bit before the parking lot. The turns have nice berms
to herd the little ones along the path.
The one-way trail is narrower and a
bit more challenging, but would still be considered very easy.
||The Little Valley beginner trail system is going to be your
best choice in the Corner Canyon area for children and beginning riders.
And for advanced riders, it's worth a detour off Ann's to check it out.
Bridge over a ravine around the
highest point of the mini-loop.
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||Getting there, Little Valley 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. Continue uphill past the paved turnoff
into the homes on the right, then turn right into the Little Valley
trailhead. The trail begins at the southeast corner of the parking area. N40 29.203 W111 50.994
Potato Hill trailhead:
Drive up the Traverse Ridge Road as above, but go past the Little Valley
turnoff. About 100 yards further uphill, turn left into the Potato Hill TH,
N40 29.300 W111 50.925