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Three Falls and Peak View
Draper section, Traverse Ridge to Alpine

These two trails connect the Peakview Trailhead in Draper to northern Alpine. This page will discuss the route as far as the Three Falls area of Alpine. This section is 4.5 miles long. As an out-and-back it will require just over 1000 vertical feet of climbing. The trail from Fort Canyon and Alpine Cove (Schoolhouse Springs area) to Three Falls is discussed on a separate page. 

Bruce descends through maples on Three Falls. Tracks, photos, and ride review July 17, 2017.

Peak View

The Peak View trail starts at the Peak View trailhead on the upper Corner Canyon road. This trail has replaced the old routes to Jacob's Ladder and Hog Hollow. To ride the Peak View trail, you'll need to pedal there from somewhere else, as the Peak View trailhead is not routinely open to vehicles (2018).

Looking east over the Peak View trailhead. The bike is heading toward the Peak View trail.

The Peak View trail climbs gently through a couple of switchbacks before joining the old Alpine Perimeter trail. At this point, the pitch increases for the next 3/4 mile. This older section has been re-worked a bit to improve the riding and water drainage. You'll enjoy the much-needed addition of trail signs to guide you through old doubletracks at the top.

A gentle climbing grade on the new Peak View replaces some of the mean grunts on the old Jacob's connector.

Peak View is the access route from the Peak View trailhead to Hog Hollow, Jacob's, the Three Forks trail. It's 1.6 miles long. The trail climbs 400 vertical feet over the first 1.3 miles, then rolls a flat quarter mile further to the Jacob's Ladder trail fork. 

Drone view looking east. Nice riding.

The first trail fork is 0.7 miles from the trailhead. Keep left and uphill to continue on the Peak View trail. The right fork is the Porcupine trail, extending downhill to the Two Hollows trail, which connects to the bottom of Mercer Mountain and Hog Hollow.

The left fork is Peak View.

On Peak View, you'll climb away from the Salt Lake Valley and cross to the Utah County side of the mountain. On your way, you'll have some nice views in both directions.

Looking to the northwest coming back toward the trailhead.

At mile 1.4, the trail threads through an area of branching doubletrack. At mile 1.6 it joins doubletrack as it approaches a trail fork. The right (doubletrack) fork is the connector uphill to Jacob's Ladder. To continue on to Three Falls, take the singletrack to the right -- not the doubletrack on the far right.

Looking south with Utah Lake in the distance.

Three Falls

The Three Falls trail is 2.8 miles long. It begins at the end of the Peak View trail at the Jacob's connector fork. The east end is on the Alpine Perimeter doubletrack (currently closed to bikes and hikers) at Three Falls.

The Three Falls trail is broad and easy to ride. I'd rate it easy-intermediate or experienced-beginner level, but there are a few dips where creeks cross that non-experts will walk.

Descending east through maple and oak. A bit of Lambert Park can be seen at the upper right.

From west to east, Three Falls drops 500 vertical feet, then regains 100 feet as it skirts the Three Falls subdivision at the top of Fort Canyon. (A connecting trail is anticipated at this "low spot" once subdivision construction is complete.) After crossing the big ravine over the creek, it drops again to fire road of the Alpine Perimeter route.

Lone Peak can be seen in the upper right.

The rate of descent (and the climb for your return) are gentle and comfortable. There are a four sharp dips through little creeks. I anticipate that a couple of these "water hits" will be replaced by bridges.

Descending towards Alpine's Fort Canyon.

While most of the trail is forested, there will be breakout areas where you'll have views south into Utah Valley.

We're looking over Fort Canyon. My understanding is that a connector trail to Three Falls will be added once the road and infrastructure construction is complete.

Shortly after the trail crosses a bridge over a sharp rock ravine, it descends to the road (currently a construction zone) in the Three Falls subdivision. If you're doing the out-and-back, the bridge is a good spot to turn around and begin your ride back out. 

Last creek plunge. This one will probably knock you off your pedals. We're about 100 yards from the trail's temporary end.

Just after you begin your descent to the road, there's be a trail on your left. This is the Schoolhouse Springs trail (closed to through-traffic at this time). It will skirt the subdivision uphill before descending to join the bottom of the Nephs Lake trail at Alpine Cove.

If you're headed for Alpine, keep straight and descend into Fort Canyon. Cross the subdivision road to find the continuing Nephs Lake trail on the south side.

Looking across the ravine. The bridge was completed in late April 2018.

The Nephs Lake trail between Fort Canyon and Schoolhouse Springs is 2.7 miles. After a tiny bit of descending, the trail climbs around 200 vertical feet to the south ridgeline. As you curve to the south side of the ridge, there's a branching trail that descends to the public trailhead in Fort Canyon.

The main trail descends another 600 vertical feet over 2 miles to connect to the bottom of the fire road, joining the Schoolhouse Springs gravel road at the top of the Alpine Cove subdivision. Trail information will be found on the Alpine Cove to Three Falls trail page.

Climbing up the switchbacks above Fort Canyon Creek.


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Getting there:
You'll need to pedal from another trailhead to Three Peaks, as this trailhead is not currently open to vehicle traffic. The closest auto parking is the Ghost Falls/Jacob's trailhead, one mile lower on the Corner Canyon road. Potato Hill, the Draper Bike Park, and Coyote Hollow are popular launching spots. See the Corner Canyon area page.
Riding Resources:
GPS track files for download (Right-click and "Save as..."):
    Peak View - Three Falls track
    Larger Corner Canyon area multi-track file
Load satellite map for printing:      View map
Lodging, camping, shops:     Links to southern SLC resources

Click for Corner Canyon area trails overview page

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