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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.