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Traverse Mountain
Sensei Trail, Broadband, Dial-up, Mo-mentum

Lehi is developing a trail system on the west slope of Traverse Mountain. When complete, it will connect to the trail systems of Draper and Alpine. Construction was started in 2018. At this time, 9.3 miles are complete, with another two-mile loop to be finished by July 2020. The connector from Ann's in Draper to Mo-mentum at the far north side of the system should also be complete in summer 2020.

View down Oak Hollow from the Sensei trail. Trail review by Bruce on October 24, 2018. Latest page update June 12, 2020.

Sensei Trail

The Sensei trail starts at the water tank above the Traverse Mountain homes at 5300 feet elevation. The trail offers easy mellow riding and great views over the valley.

Navigation to the trailhead is a bit complicated, and at this time involves ongoing subdivision construction on the final bit of road to the trailhead. See the instructions below.

Turns are smooth and banked. Looking southwest toward Lake Mountain, with Utah Lake on the left.

The Sensei trail consists of two segments. The eastern half is 2.7 miles long from the water tank trailhead to the dirt road crossing in Oak Hollow. The Sensei trail continues directly across the road with a 2.3-mile segment that ends near the bottom of the Fox Canyon subdivision. If you're not going to ride the whole thing, I recommend you do the eastern side.

Spots where the oak is tall are rare. Most of the ride is sun-exposed.

The trail surface is smooth and broad. The eastern side has a pitch that's suitable for kids and beginners. From the water tank, the trail climbs 300 vertical feet over 1.5 miles, reaching a top elevation of 6000 feet. It then descends 250 feet over the next 1.2 miles to reach the Oak Hollow road.

Typical terrain for 90% of the trail -- grass and stunted sage.

Most of the trail is sun-exposed, passing through grass and low brush. On the north-facing slopes, there are small groves of oak brush. Only rarely is the oak tall enough to provide any shade.

The trail surface is smooth and broad.

The western side of Sensei should be solid for riding on most days of the winter and early spring. It's more sun-exposed and grassy -- rather than forested -- so it dries quickly.

The eastern side has many areas with soft dirt. These spots also tend to be north-facing slopes with trees to shade the trail surface. In most years the eastern half of Sensei won't be ready for rut-free riding until mid to late May, and should be avoided after significant rainstorms.

Hitting the sidewall on a turn in the oak.

At this time, I recommend riding Sensei as an out-and-back. It's an easy ride, so the 10 miles goes quickly. The out-and-back will have 1200 vertical feet of climbing overall.

If you're determined to do a loop, you can combine a bit of gravel road with Vialetto Way (see the GPX track below, 6.4 miles with 900 vertical) or the newer Dialup singletrack. You can also combine Broadband (see map) with the Fox Canyon road to loop the northeast section of Sensei.

View south on the newly-built trail north of Oak Hollow. All of that wierd-looking area at mid-right will soon be homes.

The Sensei trail clings to the steep slope of Steep Mountain after it passes across the dirt Oak Hollow road, reaching the ridgeline where you can see the Salt Lake valley to your left and Utah Valley to your right. This western segment is 2.3 miles long, with 100 vertical feet of elevation gain from the road crossing before it descends to lower Fox Canyon westbound. 

Steep Mountain is, well, steep. Westbound on northern Sensei.

 

When riding from the western end, it's 300 vertical feet of altitude gain up to the ridgeline. The initial grade here is significantly steeper than the other portions of Sensei. This section has more rock and gravel than the eastern side, so it's ready to ride earlier in the spring, and relatively unaffected by rains.

Looking down at some meanders as Sensei descends westbound toward the Fox Canyon Road.

 A ride on the Sensei trail...

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Broadband trail
Connector from Fox Canyon to eastern Sensei

The Broadband trail is 1.4 miles long with 500 vertical feet of elevation change. It forks downhill from Sensei at mile 1.2 from the water tank trailhead, connecting to a subdivision road in Fox Canyon.

The Broadband trail climbs the hillside through switchbacks to the eastern side of Sensei near its highest elevation. Sensei can be seen crossing in the middle of this photo. 

At this time, the access from city street to trail hasn't been fully developed. But if you know where the trail is, you can use it as a nice climbing access to Sensei from the city. Currently trail runners seem to be the primary users of this section of trail, because it allows a shorter loop.

View on Broadband as we head downhill.

Dialup trail
Bypass Vialetto Way on the loop ride

Dialup connects the eastern Sensei trailhead to Vialetto Way at the top of the dirt road. This would be of interest to those who are connecting the two ends of the trail into a loop ride. It's 0.5 miles long with 120 feet of elevation change.

Mo-mentum
Higher-elevation Option on Western Sensei

Mo-mentum is a 2.4-mile alternate higher-elevation line off Sensei. It extends from Sensei in Oak Hollow to the ridgeline just before Sensei descends back to the Fox Canyon Road in the subdivision. It will be popular as a lariat loop ride. The trail is a broad machine-cut with gentle climbing and no technical features.

Wide bench-cut on the dry hillside as we climb up and away from Sensei. I'm doing a clockwise loop around.

On the western side, Mo-mentum forks to the north from Sensei as it reaches the ridgeline between Utah and Salt Lake counties. The elevation is 5560 feet. To reach this spot from Sensei's western end, you will have climbed 400 vertical feet over 1.4 miles from Fox Canyon Road.

View into Geneva Rock north of the trail. We're now on the north side of the ridgeline.

Mo-mentum climbs eastbound for about 1/2 mile, passing above the Geneva Rock gravel mine. It will gain about 200 vertical feet. When it reaches the ridgeline again, you'll have views of Lone Peak and other mountains of the Wasatch range. 

Approaching the ridgeline where we'll cross again to the south side of the hill. That's Lone Peak ahead.

Mo-mentum then begins a long traverse along the hillside. It runs parallel to Sensei, but higher on the mountain.

Typical view on the long traverse in the middle of Mo-mentum.

Mo-mentum then descends into oak and maple forest and crosses Oak Hollow (above the dirt road). It will quickly drop down through a series of tight turns to join eastern Sensei 0.1 mile south of the Oak Hollow dirt road.

A very nice 9-mile ride is to start from the water tank trailhead, take Sensei all the way to the western end of Mo-mentum, then lariat around and back to Sensei for the return. Total climbing will be around 900 vertical feet.

While most of Mo-mentum is exposed, there is some riding in tall maple and oak on the eastern side of the trail.

Lolo's Loop
expected to open July 2020

This loop ties into eastern Sensei at its highest point. The rough-cut has been done but it's still being worked on and is NOT yet open for riding. Stay tuned

Oak Hollow dirt road
Continuation of Fox Canyon Road as dirt road up the canyon.

The dirt road extends a mile up the canyon after the pavement ends. It has an acceptable grade of 400 vertical per mile. But if you try to reach Draper's trails by heading all the way to the top, you'll be pushing your bike up some really ugly slope. 

Some local riders use the dirt Fox Canyon road as part of a loop ride, combining the doubletrack with half of Sensei and -- if they're riding the eastern side -- joining the ends together via city streets. But the main users will be trail runners.

View down Oak Hollow on the dirt road.

Getting there:

Water Tank trailhead.  From the Timpanogos Highway near I-15, turn north onto Triumph Blvd. After 1/4 mile, turn left onto Traverse Mountain Boulevard. Drive around 3/4 mile north, turning right onto Chapel Ridge. At the roundabout, go north (left from the direction you were going) on Morning View Road, then left when you reach Vialetto Way. Just as Vialetto Way is coming to its highest elevation and is curving left, turn right onto newly paved road in a construction area. In around 100 yards, turn left uphill and follow this paved road uphill as far as you can. At the circle at pavement's end, turn left and climb cindered road to the gravel parking area at the water tank.

Fox Canyon.  Trailhead undeveloped. Northbound on Traverse Mountain Boulevard, pass by Chapel Ridge and take the next right, which is Fox Canyon Road. Park below the active construction zone and pedal uphill on the paved road until you see the trail on your left. Cross over, jump the curb, and find the end of the trail to proceed uphill on the western limb of Sensei. Alternatively, you can reach the midpoint of the trail if you continue uphill on the road to the dirt road continuing up the canyon. It's around one mile from the base of the singletrack trail on the left (under construction) to the spot where Sensei crosses the Oak Hollow dirt road.

Note: "Loop A" is now named Mo-mentum.

Riding resources for this trail:
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
      Sensei trail southeast   Sensei Loop ride
      Area multi-track file 
Map for printing:  View 
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to north Utah County resources

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