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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 is smooth.

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 marble.

We've now climbed and reversed direction and are riding across the top of the rock cliff we skirted below.

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
Riding resources:
Printable one-page guide to this trail
GPS track files (right-click and select "Save Target as..."):
       Little Valley only   Little Valley mini-loop
       Little Valley connecting trails
       Draper Area Trails multi-track file   
Satellite map for printing:  View
Corner Canyon area trail overview page
Lodging, camping, shops:     Links to southern SLC resources