||Oak Vista to Eagle Crest Loop
The Oak Vista trail is a short trail that will eventually connect to
Maple Hollow and the BST. For now, it ends on Traverse Ridge Drive. The
loop ride described here descends to the (temporary) bottom of Oak Vista,
climbs up Traverse Ridge Drive, then takes the Eagle Crest trail westbound
on the south side of Traverse Mountain. The loop is 4.5 miles with 400
vertical feet of climbing. Top altitude is 6200 feet.
View north over the Salt Lake Valley
from the Oak Vista trail. Photos June 4, 2009 by Bruce.
The Oak Vista trail is mostly shaded
by maples and oak.
View east from high on the Oak Vista
|The Oak Vista trail rides pretty well either uphill or down.
The grade is mild and steady, despite the location of the trail on a steep
side-slope. There are several switchbacks. None are particularly tricky,
but they're tight. Intermediate riders will have to dismount for the
switchbacks both uphill and down. As of 2009, the undergrowth is beginning to move in a little on the
trail, but there were no scratches or derailleur hangups.
View lower on the trai, as we approach
Traverse Ridge Road.
||For now, the trail ends on a wide flat area. Ride to the
paved road, turn right, and begin climbing. You'll spend one mile total on
pavement. At the stop sign, turn left and coast downhill 1/2 mile. Just
before the road splits into divided highway, there's a singletrack
climbing uphill on your right. This is the Eagle Crest trail. Take it.
The Oak Vista trail is good also for
climbing. You can ride the loop either direction. This is the view about 2
switchbacks from the top as we climb up.
|The Eagle Crest trail follows the contour of the mountain.
You'll cruise through replanted grassy areas. In the fall, these spots are
actually harder to ride because you'll wind grass and weeds into your
derailleur and cogs.
The grassy areas alternate with scrub forest, usually Utah oak but
occasionally taller maple.
View south toward Utah Valley from the
eastern end of the Eagle Crest trail.
||At mile 3.3, you'll reach a trailhead. Go north up the road
100 feet, then fork left on continuing singletrack.
At mile 4.0, you'll reach a major trail fork. Go right and ride 1/3
mile to the road. (Left takes you to the Maple Hollow South trail. This
gives you an option for a slightly longer ride. If you fork right (uphill)
at the next trail fork, you'll reach the Maple Hollow trailhead. From
here, you can take the road back to your car.) Either way, once you hit
the road, go east back to parking.
View on the western end of the Eagle
|Oak Visa to Eagle Crest, clockwise loop:
0.0 Start downhill from Long Branch TH
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0.8 R uphill on Traverse Ridge Road
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1.5 Stop sign, turn left on Suncrest Road
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2.1 R uphill on singletrack (Eagle Crest)
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2.4 Keep straight (L)
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|3.3 Parking area, go up road 100 feet
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Find ST on L
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3.4 Ride around small pond, L on DT
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50 feet down, find ST on R
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4.0 Fork R N40 28.395 W111 50.721
4.3 R on road N40 28.550 W111 50.842
4.5 Back at parking
||Getting there, Long Branch (Oak Vista) trailhead: 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. At the
stop sign in Suncrest, turn right on Deer Ridge Drive and go 0.7 miles. Watch
for a parking area on your right. The trail ducks through the oak on the
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