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Achtung Baby

Achtung Baby is a 1.5-mile downhill flow trail on the southern side of Traverse Mountain in Draper. The trail has features that can be considered expert, with multiple jumps including doubles. But intermediates will enjoy this trail -- they simply need to slow down enough to keep the tires on the dirt.

Rolling Achtung Baby through maple and oak. Photos and ride review by Bruce on June 3, 2018.

There's 450 vertical feet of elevation loss, for a average grade of under 6%. The trail's intermediate rating is not due to steepness or technical difficulty. It's because countless jumps have been engineered into the trail. You don't need to know how to jump -- but you do need the skill to stand on the pedals while the bike bucks underneath you. Beginners do not belong here.

Southbound in this drone shot.

The trail lies on the west side of the Hog Hollow canyon, in an area of dense gambel oak and maple. The expected riding season is May through November.

The trail can be shuttled by linking the parking lot of Beacon Hill park to the Two Hollows trailhead on the ridge. After completing Achtung Baby, continue downhill on Hog Hollow, then link to the Hog Hollow Creek trail and continue descending to Beacon Hill.

Handlebar view shows engineered berms and jumps ahead.

Getting to the trail
The Achtung Baby trail forks away from the Two Hollows trail just 100 yards downhill from the intersection of Two Hollows with the Hog Hollow trail. From the uphill side, it can be reached via the Two Hollows trailhead by descending 0.3 miles on Two Hollows.

From Peak View, climb the the Peak View trail then descend Porcupine to Two Hollows. Keep right at the Hog Hollow fork to stay on Two Hollows, then fork left on Achtung Baby just downhill. 

Looking west. I've just entered Achtung Baby. The drone is positioned right over the Hog Hollow trail, as Achtung Baby splits the hillside between Two Hollows and Hog Hollow during its first 1/2 mile.

From the downhill side (Alpine or Highland), simply climb Hog Hollow. From the Angel's Gate trailhead, it's 0.4 miles to the bottom of Achtung Baby (do not enter!), then another mile to the intersection with Two Hollows. Make a hard left turn downhill on Two Hollows and coast to the top of Achtung Baby.

Climbing Hog Hollow. I'm passing the exit from Achtung Baby, seen on the right side of this photo.

From the west, ride Eagle Crest eastbound (and cross the Traverse Mountain road) to Mercer Mountain and descend to Two Hollows. Now climb gently 0.6 miles until you spot the trail fork with Achtung Baby.

From the East, Three Falls will take you to the Peak View trail. Descend Porcupine and turn downhill on Two Hollows then coast to the top of Achtung Baby.

At the top of Hog Hollow, make a hard 180 onto Two Hollows. The trail entry is in front of the first trees you see between the trails.

The ride
Once you arrive at Achtung Baby, you'll immediately begin an endless series of rollers and bumps. The trail is machined wide and smooth, but intermediate riders will need to slow down so the bumps don't throw them up in the air and out of control.

Many bumps are set up as "doubles" where you pop up on the first lip, stay airborne across the low spot between bumps, then land on the downside of the second bump.

Heading into a roller. Air versus no air?

Toward the southern end, the trail must wind back and forth to shed altitude. The turns are wide, highly bermed, and built for speed.

Here the scrub oak gets a little lower, so you'll see some views of Utah Valley. 

Railing a high-speed turn.

Achtung Baby ends with a corkscrew series of connected steep turns -- presumably to serve notice to anybody who's thinking of climbing up this trail that, no, that's not a good idea. The trail is one-way downhill.

Now you can turn uphill on Hog Hollow and climb to the top. The straightness of Hog Hollow means you have one mile to earn that 450 of vertical, so crank away.

Photos make the trail appear flatter than it is.

 Loop ride climbing Hog Hollow

 If the above video does not appear on your browser/device, you can watch it on YouTube by clicking here.

Ride notes, loop from Angel Gate parking
0.0   North (either trail) N40 27.889 W111 48.302
        Drop to creek
0.05 Immediate L on ST after creek
        (Hog Hollow Creek trail) N40 27.915 W111 48.281
0.1   L on Hog Hollow trail N40 27.949 W111 48.307
0.4   Pass Achtung exit (on L) N40 28.173 W111 48.435
1.4   Hard L onto Two Hollows N40 28.900 W111 48.917
1.5   L on ST, Achtung Baby N40 28.880 W111 48.860
3.0   Hog Hollow, L for lap, R to finish N40 28.173 W111 48.435
3.4   Back at parking

Getting there...

Westfield Road (lower Hog Hollow trail):  If you're parking (or pedaling) on Westfield Road, the trail is 0.7 miles west of the stop sign where Westfield ends on 200 North in Alpine. Spot the metal gate on the north side of the road near the school crossing. The doubletrack that heads uphill through the gate is the lower Hog Hollow trail.

Beacon Hill Park (bottom of Hog Hollow Creek):  From Westfield Road, turn north uphill on Beacon Hill Blvd. Drive 0.5 miles, and just after the road turns to the east, turn right into the parking area above Beacon Hill Park. The Hog Hollow Creek trail will be on the north side of the road (across the street from, and just east of the parking lot).

Angel Gate at Spring Hollow (middle Hog Hollow and top of Hog Hollow Creek): On Westfield Road, turn uphill (north) on Beacon Hill Blvd. Drive 0.5 miles, then as Beacon Hill turns to the right (east), turn left on Lighthouse Drive to continue straight north uphill. Lighthouse will become Angel Gate. Keep straight until you pass the irrigation facility, then park. At the northeast corner of the fence, a doubletrack descends east across the hollow. Immediately after crossing the creek, turn left on Hog Hollow.

From Peak View Trailhead in Draper:  Take the Peak View trail on the south side of the trailhead area. Ride uphill 0.7 miles, then take the right (downhill) fork to the Porcupine Trail, which will descend to old Hog Hollow.

Water:  None
Bathrooms:  None

Riding Resources:
Single-page riding guide
GPS track files (Right-click and "Save as..."):
     Achtung Baby track   Hog Hollow to Achtung Baby loop ride
     Hog Hollow multi-track area file 
Maps for printing:    View area aerial map    View Hog Hollow Creek map
Lodging, camping, shops:     Links to north Utah County resources

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