with Mercer Mountain and
These trails lie on the southern slope of Traverse Mountain, just across Traverse Ridge
from the Corner Canyon trails. The Mercer
Hollow trail runs through a shallow valley, connecting two spots on the
Suncrest Drive. It joins the bottom of Two Hollows about half-way down.
Mercer Mountain forks off Mercer Hollow at the top and descends around
the hill to the Two Hollows trail. Two Hollows climbs into Hog Hollow
for connections to
Peak View or Alpine.
View northeast toward Lone Peak from upper Mercer
Hollow. Photos, track, and ride description by Bruce on September 20,
|Two Hollows follows a pipeline corridor from the
subdivision, crossing from Hog Hollow into Mercer Hollow. It was completed
in spring 2018. Two Hollows is very easy pedaling, with a gradual
Mercer Hollow and Mercer Mountain are easier-intermediate in technical
requirement. Mercer Hollow was cut in 2016. Combined with a reworking
of Eagle Crest and South
Hollow, this began Draper City's development of their southern
trail system, which includes Vertigo and Levitate.
Mercer Mountain was completed
in spring 2018.
View over my Rocky Mountain's handlebars as the trail
drops off Suncrest Drive.
On these south-facing slopes at foothill altitude, the
riding season is mid April through November. But if you're planning an
extended ride in early spring, the trails on the north side of Traverse
Mountain (such as Rush, Ann's,
and Canyon Hollow) may still be muddy when
this trail is dry. The sample ride listed below uses only trails on the
View south, with Utah Lake in the
||The Mercer Hollow trail is 2.0 miles long, about half singletrack
and half doubletrack with 500 feet of elevation change. Both ends are on
the east side of Suncrest Drive. The upper end is where the sort-of-flat
terrain of Traverse Ridge gives way to the slope of Mercer Hollow. There's
no formal parking at the top, but riders can find a spot nearby where they
can wedge their vehicle between the road and the oak brush.
The downhill end is just east of the Mercer Hollow subdivision. There's
a wide spot off the road with enough room to leave a car or two if you're
using the trail's bottom as your starting point. Or if you're doing
Looking east. The notch in the mountains is American
|At the top, the Mercer Hollow trail begins on the east side
of Suncrest Drive at 5950 feet elevation, 1/2 mile downhill from the 4-way
stop at the summit. (See the directions near the page bottom.) Look for
the fire hydrant just below the new eastbound road (under construction in
2016) on Traverse Ridge. This is about 100 yards uphill -- and across the
road -- from the eastern end of the Eagle Crest
Note the swoops on the steep side-slope ahead. Yes,
these are great fun. But they also keep water from channeling on the trail
and washing it out.
|| The first 1.1 miles is swooping twisting singletrack that drops 300
vertical feet as it descends southbound. but it won't be 100% descending.
Most of the uphill bits are very short grade reversals to help the trail
shed water, and you'll just roll right over them. But there are a couple
of spots where you'll need to pedal.
The terrain is small stands of gambel oak in grassy
meadows with occasional sage brush. We're looking south. Down near
Mapleton, a foothill fire is smoking up the valley.
|The trail's riding platform is broad and smooth, with no
significant bang-over rocks. Turns are highly banked for speed. While most
riders will love descending this trail, it's also an easy climb. I passed
a couple of uphill-bound warriors in full battle armor riding DH bikes,
and they weren't working too hard.
Little Rocky rests on the berm of a turn. Nice
thinking, trailbuilders, placing the rocks so dipwads don't cut across the
||At the first southward turn or the trail, Mercer Mountain
forks away to the left. Keep right for the Mercer Hollow descent. The trail will cross over to the east side of Mercer Hollow,
then back to the west side. At mile 1.1, the singletrack ends on a narrow
cindered road. At this spot, you can turn right (uphill) to head for the
paved neighborhood street, or go across to the doubletrack to resume
Shortly afterward, the Two Hollows joins the doubletrack on your left. The doubletrack
portion of Mercer Hollow is 0.9 miles long, dropping another 200 feet. It will
hit Suncrest Drive at a chain-link fence gate (with a couple of
heavy-construction tires alongside in 2016).
Heading northeast toward the far side of Mercer
Hollow, with Lone Peak on the skyline.
||The Mercer Mountain trail is 1.1 miles long. It's twisting curving singletrack,
good as either a climbing or descending route. There's a surprising amount
of swooping and whooping for a machine-built trail.
The western end starts on Mercer Hollow, just as the trail turns to the
right southbound in the first major turn. It runs generally
southeast. There's 200 feet of elevation loss over the course of the
Approaching the trail fork, with Timpanogos in the
background. Right for Mercer Hollow; straight (left) for Mercer Mountain.
This trail reviewed May 6, 2018.
The terrain is oak brush. Although on a southern slope, the trail doesn't
dry until May.
Mercer Mountain provides a connection
from the top of Mercer Hollow to Hog Hollow and Porcupine
further east on Traverse Mountain. The eastern (downhill) end of Mercer Mountain lies on the
Two Hollows trail. Two Hollows climbs slowly to combine with Hog Hollow about
1/10th mile downhill from the Porcupine trail.
Riders arrive at the bottom of Mercer Mountain.
The combination of Mercer Hollow, Two Hollows, and Mercer Mountain makes
a nice little triangle loop ride. If you start from the Peak View trailhead, climb over to
Porcupine, then connect to this loop via Two Hollows, it's 8.0 miles with 950 vertical
feet of climbing.
View southeast shows the trail's twisty character.
|Mercer Mountain is your connection from Eagle
Crest to the Peak
View trailhead. The Two Hollows trail joins Hog Hollow to take you to the
which climbs up to the Peak View trail, which
then descends to the trailhead.
Rocky Mountain Element on Mercer Mountain with Lone
Peak in the distance.
Mercer Mountain is also your connection from Eagle
Crest to Alpine. Hog
Hollow drops down to west Alpine and the Hog Hollow
Creek singletrack. Uphill on Hog Hollow, the Porcupine trail takes you
to Peak View, where a right (uphill) turn takes you eastbound to the Three
Falls trail. Three Falls has a connecting trail to a trailhead in Fort
Canyon, plus an eastward extension to Alpine Cove near Schoolhouse Springs
(where you can hop on pavement to Lambert Park).
Almost to the bottom.
||Two Hollows follows a sewer corridor. When converted to a
trail in 2018, it's a broad path but will narrow with time. It's a
critical piece of the navigation, as it connects the Mercer trails to Hog
Hollow (for connections uphill and eastbound).
The trail is 2.3 miles long, with 550 feet of elevation change.
Looking south toward Mount Timpanogos on Two Hollows
|On the uphill end, the trail begins on Canyon Pointe Road at
an altitude of 5800 feet, about 1/4 mile from Suncrest Drive. Access is on
the northern side of the road, with an underpass taking you to the
downhill run into Hog Hollow.
At mile 0.4 from the top, the Porcupine trail is on your left. It
climbs up to Peak View. At mile 0.5, the trail splits. The more steep
trail on the left is Hog Hollow. The broad route on the right is Two
Underpass from downhill. When climbing, fork left as
you exit to climb up to the road.
||Just 100 yards downhill from the Hog Hollow trail fork, the Achtung
Baby trail forks away on the left. This downhill flow trail drops to
Hog Hollow in the lower canyon, for a nice little loop add-on while you're
in the area.
Continuing downhill on Two Hollows, at mile 1.1 there's a turnout with a viewing area. Take a
minute to admire Utah Valley. Directly opposite the turnout, the Mercer Mountain trail begins its
uphill climb on your right.
The viewpoint on Two Hollows, across from Mercer
Mountain's downhill end.
|From the Mercer Mountain fork, Two Hollows curves around the
hill and drops into Mercer Hollow. It joins the Mercer Hollow doubletrack
-- which is the continuation of the pipeline corridor -- just below the
end of the singletrack. If you're riding a loop with Mercer Hollow, turn
right uphill on the doubletrack and climb 100 yards to the singletrack.
The Two Hollows trail turns north as it descends to
the bottom of Mercer Hollow.
Sample ride... Loop around Mercer trails with Two Hollows - from Peak
||This ride is 8.0 miles with 950 feet of total climbing. It
starts from the Peak View trailhead -- so you've got to get there first.
Which as of spring 2018, you can't do via your car. (The closest access is
at the end of Canyon Pointe Road in the subdivision. A doubletrack takes
you 1/3 mile to the trailhead.)
This is a lariat ride, but you can do the loop either direction. Climb
Peak View to Porcupine and descend to Two Hollows. At the bottom of Two
Hollows, fork uphill on Mercer Hollow and climb to the top. Then fork onto
Mercer Mountain and take a swooping descent to Two Hollows. Now make the
climb back up and over to the trailhead.
|0.0 Through south fence to Peak View trail
N40 29.285 W111 49.233
0.6 R on Porcupine N40 29.286 W111 48.877
1.5 Hard L downhill on Two Hollows
N40 28.929 W111 49.026
1.6 Keep R (L = Hog Hollow)
N40 28.898 W111 48.912
2.3 Viewpoint on L (Mercer Mtn on R)
N40 28.493 W111 48.690
3.5 Hard R uphill on Mercer Hollow DT
N40 28.327 W111 49.224
3.6 Cross DT to ST Mercer Hollow
N40 28.347 W111 49.257
4.6 Hard R on Mercer Mtn N40 28.723 W111 49.372
5.7 Straight onto Two Hollows N40 28.502 W111 48.687
6.4 R on Porcupine N40 29.286 W111 48.877
7.3 Straight onto Peak View N40 29.286 W111 48.877
8.0 Back at TH
|Sample ride... South-side loop ride with Maple
For the loop ride using South Maple Hollow
and Eagle Crest, turn uphill and crank west
up Suncrest Drive in the bike lane. At the first side-street on the left,
cross over to Brooklings Drive.
Follow Brooklings to the first street on
the right. Jog right-left to Brookside Drive and continue uphill to the end
of the road to catch the new singletrack on the left. At the trail fork about 1/2 mile
uphill, keep to the right and uphill to continue climbing. (The left fork
takes you down to the flood-control dam. Uphill from the "pond"
is the hiking singletrack uphill.)
Descending the eastern side of Mercer Hollow.
|Riding notes, clockwise south side loop
from Maple Hollow TH:
0.0 L south downhill to underpass
N40 28.542 W111 51.056
0.1 L on Eagle Crest N40 28.489 W111 50.993
0.3 Keep R (L = to road) N40 28.519 W111 50.824
0.5 Keep L (R = Maple Hollow connector)
N40 28.394 W111 50.715
1.0 L uphill on DT N40 28.350 W111 50.255
100 ft R on ST
1.2 Skirt trailhead fence to south end
N40 28.354 W111 50.174
2.5 Suncrest Drive, cross N40 28.692 W111 49.402
Uphill 150 feet, L singletrack
N40 28.726 W111 49.453
3.6 Cross cindered DT to DT southbound
N40 28.347 W111 49.257
|4.6 R on Suncrest Drive N40 27.694 W111 49.095
4.8 L to Brooklings Drive N40 27.696 W111 49.329
5.4 1st L uphill (Acre Lane)
N40 27.610 W111 49.915
200 feet then L on Brookside
5.7 L onto ST Maple Hollow South
N40 27.726 W111 50.220
6.4 R uphill (L = down to DT and dam)
N40 28.042 W111 50.588
6.8 R (L = old descending trail)
N40 28.291 W111 50.758
6.9 L on South Maple Hollow (R = connector)
N40 28.360 W111 50.718
7.4 Straight and through underpass
7.5 Back at parking
||Getting there: From I-15
in Salt Lake City, take the Bluffdale exit and head east on Highland Drive
toward the mountains. As you reach the traffic light at the top of the
hill, about 3/4 mile after leaving the freeway, turn right on Traverse
Ridge Road. Drive about two miles up to the top of the mountain to the
From Utah County, get on the Timpanogos Highway. At the Lehi-Highland
border, go north on Highland Blvd at the big stop light east of Smiths.
This will become Suncrest Drive as it enters Draper. Climb to the stop
sign at the top of the hill.
Deer Ridge (Maple Hollow) trailhead: At the
stop sign in Suncrest, get on Deer Ridge Drive (right turn from SLC,
straight from Utah Co). Go 0.9 miles.
Just before the road crosses a bridge, turn right onto Elk Glen Drive and
immediately turn left to park at the small picnic area.
Eagle Crest trailhead: From the hill-top stop sign above, go
south on Traverse Ridge Road (straight from SLC, left turn from Utah Co).
To to the end of the road and park.
Top of Mercer Hollow: There is some roadside parking off Suncrest Drive near the top of the trail,
on the east side of the road 1/2 mile downhill from the four-way stop in
Suncrest. But there are some cautions. In 2016 this is an active
construction area, so be sure you're not in an access-point or work zone!
Bottom of Mercer Hollow: There's room for 3 or 4 cars at the
bottom of the doubletrack portion of Mercer Hollow on Suncrest Drive.
Brookside Drive: Brookside Drive turns to the west off
Suncrest Drive, just uphill from the Maple Hollow subdivision. Drive past
the homes and uphill to the end of the road. The South Maple Hollow trail
is on the west side of the road. It will take you uphill, where you can
connect to the Eagle Crest trail (or cross over the ridge to Ann's