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Alpine to Three Falls Area
Links to Bodily Harm, Forbidden, More Effort, Three Falls
plus EZ Breezy, new DH, and Last Chance trails
plus Stoney Way, Heritage Hills, and Vista Ridge

Cooperation between Alpine City and real estate developers has resulted in a great new public trail system in the mountains north of Alpine. As of 2022, there are some long satisfying loop rides with plenty of climbing, and there are short and easy options. The riding ranges from upper-intermediate to easy. There are four formal trailheads to access these trails.

Rolling a turn on EZ Breezy. Original photos and trail notes April 28, 2018 by Bruce, with frequent updates since. Latest update April 2022.

 
Bodily Harm 

The Bodily Harm trail from Alpine Cove starts just off the Schoolhouse Springs dirt road in Alpine Cove at 5400 feet elevation. It ends on the Three Falls Fort Canyon trail at 5900 feet elevation. It's 1.7 miles long, with some stiff climbing on the way up.

[ Bodily Harm and Three Falls trail page ]

View northeast into Dry Canyon from Bodily Harm.

 
Three Falls Trail (Fort Canyon Section)
The Fort Canyon section of Three Falls trail connects the Three Falls Ranch trailhead in Fort Canyon to the Bodily Harm trail on the ridgeline, then continues through Fort Canyon to Forbidden and the Draper section of Three Falls. To the Bodily Harm junction, it's 1.4 miles with 500 vertical feet of elevation change. At mile 2.3, the Three Falls trail reaches the Forbidden trail junction then continues westbound toward Draper.

[ Three Falls and Big Hollow DH Trails Page ]

Crossing the ridge between Utah Valley and Fort Canyon, with Lone Peak forming a picturesque background.

The Three Falls Fort Canyon trail becomes the Three Falls Draper section at the border between the two cities. The Draper Three Falls continues uphill to Peak View.

[ Peak View - Three Falls Draper Page ]

The bridge over the creek. Take a minute to enjoy the spot.

 
Forbidden trail

The Forbidden trail lies to the northeast of Bodily Harm, taking the "other way" around Fort Canyon. It's 2.6 miles long, running from Alpine Cove to the Three Falls trail in Fort Canyon. The trail begins on the Schoolhouse Springs (Hammagog) road just after it leaves the Three Falls subdivision road and ends on Three Falls just north and uphill from the paved subdivision road.

[ Forbidden and More Effort Trail Page ]

Looking east toward Box Elder Peak on Forbidden shortly after leaving the Three Falls trail.

 
More Effort
More Effort is a connecting trail 0.6 miles in length. Starting from Bodily Harm, it will cross the Three Falls Lane road and climb 150 vertical feet to join the Forbidden trail. It can be used to switch between climbing trails (Bodily Harm versus Forbidden) after climbing part-way up.

The trail can be used as the bottom of a long loop from above, joining Bodily Harm and Forbidden. Or for beginners, it can be the top of a short loop starting from Alpine.

[ Forbidden and More Effort Trail Page ]

Ready to join Forbidden, uphill or down, from More Effort. We're looking northeast.

 
Vista Ridge

The Vista Ridge trail is the continuation of Heritage Hills at the point where Stoney Way intersects the uphill route. This segment is 1 mile long, climbing 250 vertical feet in the first 0.6 miles then descending a bit as it drops to the opposite side of the ridge to connect to the Fort Canyon Three Falls trail.

[ Vista Ridge, Heritage Hills, Stoney Way Trail Page ]

On Vista Ridge with Lone Peak as a backdrop.

 
North Point - Heritage Hills
The North Point Collector, Heritage Hills, and Vista Ridge trails are a continuous route from the Heritage Hills (North Pointe) trailhead up to the Fort Canyon portion of the Three Falls trail. It's is a nicely constructed bench-cut trail with swooping bermed turns. The slope is moderate. It's 1.8 miles from the trailhead on Heritage Hills Drive to the Three Falls Fort Canyon trail.

[ Vista Ridge, Heritage Hills, Stoney Way Trail Page ]

Looking east toward East Mountain and Timpanogos.

 
Stoney Way
Stoney Way is a traversing trail running east-west along the hillside above northeast Alpine. It's 1.3 miles in length with a highest elevation of 5400 feet and low point at 4850. The riding is easy, suitable for beginners. There are no steeps or technical features. It connects the bottom of Bodily Harm to the junction of Heritage Hills and Vista Ridge.

[ Vista Ridge, Heritage Hills, Stoney Way Trail Page ]

Looking northeast, showing the bench-cut nature of the trail and the constant mountain views.

  
DH Trails in Big Hollow Left Fork
 
EZ Breezy (easier DH flow trail)

Machine-built in the left fork of Big Hollow in 2021, EZ Breezy is an early intermediate downhill flow trail. It descends from upper Bodily Harm down to the bottom of the canyon, where the Last Chance trail climbs to the Three Falls Fort Canyon trail section. This is Alpine's first directional flow trail and it's a lot of fun. The trail is one-way from east to west (from Bodily Harm west to Three Falls in Fort Canyon). The EZ Breezy trail is machine-cut singletrack, 0.7 miles in length, with 250 feet of elevation loss. It's a smooth and easy trail to ride.

[ Three Falls and Big Hollow DH trails page ]

Flying away from Lone Peak on EZ Breezy.

 
Upper-Intermediate DH Flow (name pending)

The new intermediate DH flow trail in the left fork of Big Hollow is 0.5 miles long, descending 250 vertical feet to the bottom of the hollow. It forks away from upper Bodily Harm at 0.3 miles from the junction with Three Falls Fort Canyon, just 1/10th mile above the trail fork for EZ Breezy.

I expect a formal name will be assigned to this trail at the Alpine City Trails Committee meeting on May 12th. Meantime I'll get fresh photos of this riding area (perhaps to be replaced when leaves appear on the oak brush). My plan is to break this huge page down into three digestible chunks.

Turns are highly banked for speed.

 
Last Chance (climbing trail)

Last Chance is the climbing route to return from either EZ Breezy or the new intermediate DH trail. It's 0.8 miles long with 200 feet of climbing as you pedal up to the Three Falls Trail on the ridge above Fort Canyon. 

On the western side, the trail's exit is 1.1 miles uphill from the Fort Canyon trailhead, 0.4 miles downhill from the junction of Bodily Harm and the Three Falls Fort Canyon trail.

[ Three Falls and Big Hollow DH trails page ]

Looking north on the Last Chance climbing trail.

 
Trailheads!
Fort Canyon Ranch

As Alpine's main street begins to turn a bit to the east, turn left on the Fort Canyon Road. Drive uphill to the main gates, but turn right to the trailhead. From the Fort Canyon Ranch Trailhead in Alpine's Fort Canyon, find the Three Falls Fort Canyon trail to the left of the bathroom and climb up to your destination trail. For example, the top of Forbidden is at mile 2.4 from the Fort Canyon Ranch trailhead.

Looking northeast in the paved parking lot in Fort Canyon. The Three Falls Fort Canyon trail is just to the left of the bathroom.

Heritage Hills (North Point)

On Alpine's main street, continue north until the road turns right at Fort Canyon, then watch for a small paved Heritage Hills (North Point) trailhead on your left in about 1/4 mile. Climb up North Point, then cross the street to continue on Heritage Hills. When you reach a trail fork, Stoney Way is on the right. Vista Ridge continues uphill.

View up Dry Canyon with the North Point trail straight ahead.

The Ridge

At the first T intersection when northbound on Alpine's Grove Drive, turn left. After 1/10th mile, turn left again. Go 1/10th mile and turn right on Savannah Circle, then right into The Ridge trailhead. Take Stoney Way northeast 1/2 mile. Keep right as you reach Bodily Harm and traverse another 0.2 miles. Hike-a-bike up to the road and cross to find Forbidden on the other side.

The Ridge (Big Hollow) trailhead. Stoney Way goes both directions from here. 

Forbidden

On Alpine's Grove Drive, head north to the second T intersection (where a right turn would take you across the bridge into Lambert Park). Instead, turn left on Alpine Cove Drive. At the 4-way intersection, turn left. As Alpine Cove Drive turns downhill, turn uphill on Aspen Drive. It will turn to the Three Falls Lane road. As the larger road veers left, keep straight onto a smaller dirt road and quickly find the trail on your left. (Alternatively, continue uphill to the Schoolhouse Springs trailhead and take the connecting trail downhill to Forbidden. See the map.)

View of the Forbidden trail entry in spring 2022.

Schoolhouse Spring

On Alpine's Grove Drive, head north to the second T intersection (where a right turn would take you across the bridge into Lambert Park). Instead, turn left on Alpine Cove Drive. At the 4-way intersection, turn left. As Alpine Cove Drive turns downhill, turn uphill on Aspen Drive. It will turn to the Three Falls Lane road. As the larger road veers left, keep straight onto a smaller dirt road and drive about 0.2 miles uphill until you hit the Lehi gate that prevents further travel. The trail is to the left. Cross the creek then descend until you hit the Forbidden trail.

The trail at left crosses the ravine, then descends to catch Forbidden about 1/10th mile uphill.

 
Getting to Lambert Park from Draper!

At the bottom of either Forbidden or Bodily Harm, descend down to the paved Aspen Drive. It will now be exactly 1/2 mile of paved road to arrive at the singletrack in Lambert Park. At the end of Aspen Drive, turn left at the T intersection with Alpine Cove Drive.

[ Lambert Park overview page ]

The slopes above the cove are fully sun-exposed, and will be hot at mid-day in the summer..

Pedal 0.2 miles to the 4-way intersection and turn right downhill. Keep straight as you pass Juniper Circle and the road veers east (left). Keep straight as you pass Grove Drive on the right. Cross the bridge, then keep right on Box Elder Drive. 200 feet later, turn onto singletrack. Left off the pavement is Rodeo Up; right and downhill is Middle.

Rolling into a switchback turn as we descend the mountain toward Alpine.

 Three Falls to Lambert Park

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Getting there, Fort Canyon Ranch Trailhead: As you drive into Alpine on Main Street, keep straight at all intersections until you reach 800 North. Then, just as Main Street turns to the right and becomes Heritage Hills Drive, fork left on Fort Canyon Road to continue north. 0.9 miles later, turn right just before the Three Falls gate. Quickly turn left into the parking lot for the Three Falls Farm trailhead.

Heritage Hills (North Point):  Shortly after you veer to the northeast from Main onto Heritage Hills Drive as above, spot the small parking lot on your left and turn in.

The Ridge TH (Stoney Way and Big Hollow):  At the T intersection of Grove Drive, turn left and follow the road as it then veers left and approaches the mountain.

Facilities: bathroom at Fort Canyon trailhead, bathrooms at Lambert Park trailheads. (No services at Schoolhouse Springs, Big Hollow, or Heritage Hills trailheads.)

See below for the Schoolhouse Springs trailhead area routing as of August 2021.

Getting there, Alpine Cove - Schoolhouse Springs:  Instead of turning left on Fort Canyon Road, stay on Heritage Hills Drive. Turn left uphill on Grove Drive. At the T intersection (where a right turn would take you across the bridge into Lambert Park), turn left on Alpine Cove Drive. At the 4-way intersection, turn left. As Alpine Cove Drive turns downhill, turn uphill on Aspen Drive. It will turn to the Three Falls Lane road. As the larger road veers left, keep straight onto a smaller dirt road. Go 1/4 mile uphill and park at the Lone Peak trailhead. Go all the way up to the "Lehi" gate and turn left to get on the singletrack that dips through the creek. Keep left and descend on the trailhead connector. You'll find a connection to Forbidden on the right. To reach Bodily Harm, you'll need to coast all the way down to the raised Three Falls Lane road, then crawl up and over it to find Bodily Harm on the opposite side.

GPS track files (right-click a file and select "save as..."):  
        Area GPX multi-track file
Map for printing:   View 
Lodging, camping, shops:  Links to northern county resources