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Alpine to Three Falls
Bodily Harm trail (formerly known as Neph's Lake)
Forbidden trail (Schoolhouse Springs or north Neph's Lake)
Fort Canyon trail

The long-sought dirt route from Draper's Corner Canyon to Alpine was opened in 2018. From the Peak View trailhead on Traverse Ridge, the trail has 1.6 miles on Peak View, 2.9 on Three Falls, then 2.7 to Alpine Cove for a total of 7.2 miles. From the Alpine Cove end, there's 1/2 mile of pavement to the singletrack of Lambert Park. This page will discuss the trails in Fort Canyon and Alpine Cove.

View northeast up Dry Canyon. Chipman Peak is on the left; Box Elder on the right. White Baldy Peak is in the middle. Photos and trail notes April 28, 2018 by Bruce.

 
Bodily Harm (aka Neph's Lake trail)
NOTE!  Bodily Harm is closed as of fall 2020 and will likely re-open in late spring or early summer 2021. It is being re-routed because of road construction.

The Bodily Harm trail from Alpine Cove starts just off the Schoolhouse Springs dirt road at 5400 feet elevation. To get there, take Grove Drive to Alpine Cove Drive. Turn north on Aspen Drive. The road will turn to dirt.

About 100 yards later, turn left on another dirt road, and you'll see a gate 100 feet up that road. You're here. There's room for 3 cars to park at the primitive parking pad at the split in the road, plus a couple of spots on the shoulder. As you pedal to the gate, turn onto the singletrack trail on your right.

The trail starts between the two big rocks (between the two threatening signs, but note the trail IS open to ride). Right and go 40 feet, left and 50 feet uphill, then left and cross the road, and you're on the trail.

After your right turn to singletrack at the gate, ride northeast about 50 feet then fork left uphill. (The trail straight ahead has been dead-ended by Lehi City near Schoolhouse Springs.) Climb uphill then keep left to cross the gravel road.

(Note: the right fork before the road crossing is a new trail, Forbidden, that climbs north, then east around the Three Falls subdivision to join the Three Falls trail. As soon as it was completed, the trail was posted as closed by Lehi City, which owns Schoolhouse Springs below the trail. Because it now has official trail signage, we hope it's truly open. SEE BELOW.)

Just getting started. Switchbacks cross the hill as far up as the eye can see.

Just 1/10th mile from the Alpine Cove trailhead, the Stoney Way trail forks away to the left. This trail connects to the Heritage Hills Loop.

Keep right and uphill on Bodily Harm.

Looking northeast as we continue to climb. The trails look complex, because not only are there multiple switchbacks, there's an alternate trail plus the fire road crossing the trail.

The trail then begins a sustained climb. Bodily Harm zigs and zags around the edge of the hill through switchbacks. Turn hard left at the trail fork with More Effort (which heads over to the road and crosses to the opposite slope) at mile 0.6 from the trailhead. At mile 0.7 (one set of turns later) it will cross a ridge and descend a bit before resuming the climb.

Hitting a grove of maple and tall gambel oak during an early-spring climb.

More Effort is still a work in progress, and at this time I don't know where it's going. It appears that it will switchback to the northeast toward Forbidden.

Like Bodily Harm, More Effort is still under construction and is CLOSED!

Looking up toward cloud-covered Lone Peak on More Effort.

Now you've got a mile of uncomplicated climbing, with an occasional coasting break. Plenty of turns, most of which have a just-enough turning radius. There will be fabulous views of Lone Peak, Box Elder, and the Utah Valley.

Looking over a group of arrowleaf balsamroot at Lone Peak.

At mile 1.8, you'll encounter the trail from Fort Canyon's public trailhead. Keep right and pedal to the ride's highest point at 5900 feet elevation.

Rolling the Rocky Mountain through forest of maple -- and an occasional fir tree -- on the Fort Canyon side of the ride.

The trail will now begin to drop into upper Fort Canyon.

The trail will descend through a series of turns before approaching the homes of Three Falls. You'll be losing almost 200 vertical feet of your climbing.

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

Across the valley, you'll see a ribbon of pine trees in a ravine descending the slope of Lone Peak. That's the main creek. After you get through the subdivision, you'll hit the Three Falls trail and climb to the bridge across that creek.

Looking across upper Fort Canyon. I've noted the location of the continuing trail. The brown smudge through the middle of the photo is the construction area.

At mile 2.6, the trail starts to climb uphill again through in a forest of mixed maple and pine. You'll go around a couple of switchbacks.

Keep straight as you hit a trail fork, which will take you straight north toward the subdivision road. (There's a narrow hiking trail on the left, which turns west to a series of bike-unfriendly stone steps. The apparent sharp turn uphill on the right will take you into the construction zone in 2018.)

Riding through maple groves as we approach the Three Falls road in Fort Canyon.

When you reach the Fort Canyon road, go straight across to the trail on the opposite side and begin climbing.

Climb through a couple of turns. As the trail straightens and heads toward the big ravine, you'll see a trail on your right. This is the Forbidden trail, and can take you back to the Alpine Cove trailhead in a loop ride.

Riding through the balsam root near the ridgeline above Fort Canyon.

To ride Three Falls to Peak View, keep straight and ride across the bridge over Fort Canyon Creek. And you're on the way to Draper. See the Peak View - Three Falls Draper page.

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

 
Fort Canyon trail
The Fort Canyon to Three Falls trail connects the public trailhead in Fort Canyon to the Alpine Cove to Three Falls trail on the ridgeline. It's 1.4 miles long with 500 vertical feet of elevation change, making it suitable as a climbing trail or a fast downhill flow trail. 

The Fort Canyon public trailhead was not paved or ready for parking at the time of my ride on April 28.

Fort Canyon trailhead. By the time you ride this, the trailhead may be paved. Because it's still under construction, don't park here at this time.

As you drive or pedal up Fort Canyon, turn right at mile 0.9, just as you're approaching the entry to Three Falls. Take the first left into the public trailhead parking. The trail begins to the left of the bathroom building.

View to the southwest, with Utah Lake and Lake Mountain in the distance. To the right is the Fort Canyon road.

After flirting with the fences of adjacent private property, the Fort Canyon trail climbs uphill. The terrain is sage with small stands of gambel oak and occasional maple. 

You'll enjoy frequent views of Lone Peak, Little Matterhorn, and Chipman Peak ahead of your handlebars as you climb. (Far left, Lone Peak. Left, Little Matterhorn. Middle, Chipman.)

At this time, there are no trail forks until you reach the Bodily Harm trail (Alpine Cove to Three Falls) at mile 1.4. Fork right to head for Alpine Cove, left for Three Falls.

A new trail is being excavated that will extend north from Heritage Hills in Alpine to the Fort Canyon trail just before it joins Bodily Harm. It is expected to be complete in summer 2020.

Arrowleaf balsamroot blooms in the April sunshine. On the far right, Box Elder Peak appears as we climb higher.

 
Forbidden trail (aka North Neph's or New Schoolhouse Springs)

A newer trail, finished in late summer 2018, lies to the northeast of the Bodily Harm (Neph's Lake) route. In late 2019, it has received the name "Forbidden Trail." It's 2.5 miles long, running from Alpine Cove to the Three Falls trail in Fort Canyon.

Note:  In summer 2018 the trail was posted as closed by Lehi City, which owns the Schoolhouse Springs area. The issue is watershed protection. The trail now sports official signage and gates have been opened, so we presume it's open for riding.

Heading uphill toward Lone Peak on the lower segment of the trail, near Schoolhouse Springs.

The bottom of Forbidden is at the small Alpine Cove (Schoolhouse Springs) biking trailhead. (There are two trailheads on the gravel road from Aspen Drive. The larger hike-and-horse trailhead is at the end of the road. The biking trailhead is at the fork in the road where the fire road from Three Falls joins.)

The upper end of Forbidden is on the Three Falls trail, just east of the bridge over the big ravine. 

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

In 2019, the trail hits a construction zone at mile 1.7 from the bottom. Veer uphill to join the dirt road. In 100 yards, keep left as the road turns to the right toward a water tank. Find singletrack and descend to rejoin the original (buried) trail.

(If riding from Three Falls, you'll reach a trail fork just before the trail dead-ends in a massive dirt pile. Fork left and climb steeply on the bypass trail until it reaches the dirt road near the water tank. Turn right downhill and coast 100 yards until you find the singletrack on your left.)

After skirting the construction zone, the trail begins dropping down into Dry Creek canyon. Here there will be open views alternating with forest.

Descending through maple forest into Dry Creek Canyon.

In the downhill direction, around mile 1.6 from the Three Falls trail fork the Schoolhouse Springs trail settles into a series of long traverses between switchback turns as it slowly sheds elevation. The Bodily Harm (Nephs Lake) trail joins it just one turn uphill from the Alpine Cove trailhead.

Typical stretch of trail descending to Alpine Cove. Exposed trail winding back and forth across the mountain between tight turns.

I like this trail as a climber. From Alpine Cove to Three Falls, you'll do much of the elevation gain on the traverses. They work a lot better uphill than downhill, I think. The trail has 600 feet of elevation gain. The surface is smooth and turns have a generous radius. It's a fairly easy trail to pedal.

View to the south from the trail at 5900 feet elevation.

A loop ride from Alpine Cove using Forbidden and Bodily Harm will be 5.5 miles with 1000 vertical feet of climbing.

Looking toward Lambert Park. At the bottom is the Lake Hardy/Hammagog equestrian trailhead. At lower mid-photo are the homes of Alpine Cove. Lambert Park sits like a fat "U" around the homes of Box Elder, right in the middle of the picture.

 
Getting to Lambert Park from Draper!

For your convenience, I've included the roads between the Alpine Cove (Schoolhouse Springs) trailhead and Lambert Park on my map (the downloadable map shows a wider area than the one on this page). You can take either Forbidden and Bodily Harm. They join near Schoolhouse Spring.

When Forbidden and Bodily Harm join, descend 100 feet then turn left on the fire road to go out to the main dirt road. Now turn right and downhill on the Schoolhouse Springs dirt road -- which will turn into the paved Aspen Drive. 

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

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. 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: 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 entry. Turn left into parking.

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

Bodily Harm and More Effort are closed (current date March 2021). Forbidden is open but there is ongoing road construction that has removed the usual trailhead!

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 gravel Schoolhouse Springs Road. 100 feet later, the fire road forks left. Note the gate just uphill. Find a spot to park and return to the gate to start your ride. There's room for 3 cars at the road fork (where the boulders have been pushed aside as semi-official parking) plus 4 spots on the shoulder within 50 feet.

GPS track files (right-click a file and select "save as..."):  
        Area GPX multi-track file
Map for printing:   View  NOTE! Trail is being re-routed. New map pending!
Lodging, camping, shops:  Links to northern county resources