||Draper Bike Park
The Draper Bike Park lies west of the Equestrian Center parking lot on
Highland Blvd. Stuffed into this grove of oak brush are two miles of
singletrack trail, a skills practice zone, three pump tracks, nested
jumping loops, cyclocross
features such as stairs and flyover, and a set of short downhill flow
trails. The system connects directly to the Corner
Canyon trails. Plus there's a connector to Draper's Porter
Rockwell paved trail. And, as of August 2015, they're still adding to
Looking west from the main parking
lot. The flyover can be your landmark to locate the other features in the
park. Bruce's report is current as of
December 12, 2014. Updated August 2015.
|XC Trail System
The singletrack trails vary from broad and easy to narrow and twisting.
The 2014 cyclocross course
visits most of this trail at 1.6 miles per lap (see the map below).
Connections and trail forks come too fast for a defined ride pattern --
just explore. It's easy to reach the four-mile mark without feeling like
Mark Messer sprints through the gambel oak.
||The trails are never boring, as they twist and roll. Many
turns have high berms so you can roll them fast.
In addition, there are singletrack trails outside the fence along the
railroad track. (The railroad track trails go to Porter Rockwell on the
northeast and to 13th East on the southwest.) These trails are straight
and fast, but may suffer from goathead thorns.
Handlebar view of a typical area of
singletrack near the pond.
|Rick Morris in a December 2014 cyclocross race.
Looking west down the speed bumps -- or
The center of the park offers some fun stuff. The flyover takes you
over the top of other cyclists. It takes a quick sprint to
get enough speed for the steep ramp of the flyover.
Rick Morris (left) of the
UtahMountainBiking.com cyclocross racing team grunts the last few feet to the platform at the top.
||A long set of running stairs connects lower trails to the
top of the hill near the flyover. The stairs can also give you a downhill
skills challenge. And for a real test, ride up them.
Dallin Hatch hoofs up the hill with his
cyclocross race bike.
Enclosed in a log fence, the skills area is just east of the flyover.
There are logs to hop, logs to balance on, ramps, rockpiles, and other
bike handling challenges.
Note for 2015: Part of the skills area is being replaced by a
Looking north from the entrance into
the skills area.
There are three pump tracks. The original pump track is small but fun. At the park's highest
point on the south end, this
series of bumps lets you accelerate your bike around the loop without
pedaling. The pump track is also enclosed by a log fence, and is accessed
via a short trail that begins just southeast of the flyover, opposite the
opening into the middle pump track and skills area. (See the map.)
Two new pump tracks have been added in 2015. A beginner pump track lies
just east of the jumps area, with a second small track replacing part of
the skills area just northeast of the flyover.
Looking south at the pump track. The
entry is around the tree to your right.
|Downhill Flow Practice Trails
Just before the pump track is the entrance to three short-but-fun one-way
downhill practice trails. The first is rated "easy" with high bermed
turns as you snake downhill.
View down the easy flow trail.
The next trail is ranked intermediate, dropping to some table bumps
that you can roll or hop.
Looking back at the jump line on the
intermediate flow trail.
|The expert trail has gap jumps and a log rollover. There are
ride-arounds to the gap jumps, so don't be afraid to scout the ride by
rolling through on your first pass.
These three trails come together on a single return trail near the
skills zone to climb back for another go.
Entry to the expert trail. Yes, I rode
it on my cyclocross bike.
On the eastern end of the bike park are the jumping loops. This area is
the bike park's main attraction. In 2015, it appears that a new parking
lot will be developed right next to the jumps, so riders heading for the
jumps won't be competing with XC riders on the singletrack from the main
Equestrian Center parking lot.
There's an upper platform (area where you stand around between runs)
for Expert and Intermediate and a lower platform for the Beginner runs.
A rider heads toward the lower
platform on the east side of the beginner jump loop.
There are two expert-level jump loops, one rated Expert and the other
rated Pro. The main difference is that the Pro line has a couple of gap
jumps that you must hit. The expert line allows an intermediate to roll
the course without becoming airborne.
Entry to the Pro line on the upper
platform. The Expert entry is just right of the single black-diamond sign.
The rock ledge is easy to ride over, but it serves as notice that you're
entering something that requires real skills.
|There are high-speed berm turns, table jumps and gap jumps.
However, none of the features are designed for major vertical air or
Looking north. The little wall
at mid-left faces you as you hit the lip of the step-up jump. No half-way.
You either jump far enough, or you hit the wall.
The small loops in the center are for those who are just learning, or who
are satisfied with a bit of fun swooshing and dipping without leaving the
A very young rider carries his
momentum up toward the beginner platform.
Getting there, Corner Canyon Trailhead (Equestrian Center): Take the Bluffdale exit from I-15 and turn
east towards the mountains. Keep straight at 13th East, continuing on Highland Drive until you reach the
parking lot entry on your left. To
reach the trailhead from the north (Sandy area), take 13th East southward until it ends at
the stop sign just past the underpass. Turn left and drive 1/4 mile, then
turn left into the paved parking area. (Directly across the street from the parking, the Lower Corner Canyon
trail heads uphill.)
Find the westbound paved trail at the southwest corner of the parking
lot. Near the gate just a few feet down the trail, keep to the left and
enter singletrack. Follow it down the fenceline until you reach an open
area 1/4 mile later, then turn right and ride the broad path to the