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Clark's Trail

Clark's Trail can be part of a great bike ride that's close to civilization. One of the first trails completed in Draper's Corner Canyon, Clarks remains a key climbing route. Many riders use Clark's Trail as their uphill for a wide variety of excellent loop rides. The trail is 1.4 miles long and intermediate in technical requirement. Because of the sustained pitch of this trail, Clark's is a strenuous climb.

In 2014, Clark's was converted to an uphill-only route.  

View about half-way up Clarks Trail. Original review by Bruce in 2007, latest update 2016.

The surface is firm dirt with an occasional rock and many small roots. Turns are broad and sweeping (no switchbacks). While I've rated it intermediate, experienced beginners with monster-strong legs can manage this climb. There's nothing tricky here -- just tough pedaling.

View over the Rocky Mountain Element's handlebar as we climb mixed forest of oak and maple. October 4, 2016.

Clark's Trail is 1.4 miles with 750 vertical feet of climbing, from Coyote Hollow to Ann's Trail near the Peak View Trailhead. It will be 1.6 miles to Peak View. That's an average grade of just under 10%. There are many riding options once you get to the top, but you'll need to select another trail for your descent. Popular options include the Clarks to Ghost Falls Loop, the Clarks to Canyon Hollow loop, the Rush downhill flow trail, and Ann's Trail either as the big Draper Rim loop or the smaller loop via Potato Hill.

View toward Traverse Ridge with Box Elder Peak above and Jacob's Ladder at far left, from about 1/2 mile up the hill.

You can quickly hop onto Clark's from the Coyote Hollow trailhead, but most riders arrive via the westbound Corner Canyon Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) or the eastbound Draper BST. The BST is the key to using Clark's. First, let's consider how to get there from downhill.

Looking east from the BST as Clark's heads across the bridge to begin its climb.

The Corner Canyon Trail climbs from the Equestrian Center parking to the BST at the big doubletrack-junction a mile uphill. Orson Smith climbs to Aqueduct (which connects to the Corner Canyon BST) or the north BST near Bear Canyon. You'd go westbound to get to Clark's.

In the west, Oak Hollow and Spring Hollow climb to the Draper BST, or you can access it from the Red Rock trailhead on Mike Weir Drive. Take the BST eastbound and connect to Clark's just 1/10th mile above Coyote Hollow.

Downhill on the BST connection between Coyote Hollow and Clark's bridge. This section has two-way traffic.

Now, about getting over to Clark's from the uphill side. Again, you have to reach the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. On the east, Ghost Falls, Rattler, Rush, and Canyon Hollow descend the mountain to the CC BST, from which you can go west to Clark's.

To the west, Potato Hill, Red Potato, and western Ann's Trail will descend the Draper BST, and you'd proceed east to get on Clark's.

Northwest from the trail as we begin the climb.

The Trail...

From the trailhead at Coyote Hollow, you quickly encounter a fork that goes to the eastbound Bonneville Shoreline, with connections to Canyon Hollow and the Silica Pit trail, then Creekview and the lower Corner Canyon trail. Go right uphill for Clarks. At the next fork, turn left across the bridge. 

View of the forested riding, back when Clark's was just a newborn.

Now begin climbing, first through gambel oak, then through mixed oak and maple. For over 95% of your climb, the trail is shaded riding in forest.

Once you cross the bridge above Coyote Hollow, there are NO trail forks on Clark's until you reach Ann's Trail near the trailhead on Traverse Ridge.

The trail meanders a bit, but without any sharp turns. The biggest challenges are steeper spots where you need to grunt a little.

There will be occasional breakout views north over the Salt Lake Valley.

Straight ahead, you'll see Traverse Ridge. As you gain altitude, the mountains east of Utah Valley will begin to appear -- Box Elder, then Timpanogos.

Higher on the mountain, looking north. At the bottom, you can see the doubletrack fork between the Corner Canyon trail, Canyon Hollow DT connector, and the Corner Canyon BST. Coyote Hollow is out of the photo to the left.

The trail has a bit of rolling. But it's in the form of increased pitch rather than grade reversal. So don't count on coasting. Not for one second. This is a sustained climb at an average grade of around 10%. Take a break if you need to. (A trail photo is a good excuse.)

Little Rocky takes a break against a stout maple.

Clark's joins Ann's Trail near the top of Traverse Ridge. Ann's is two-way traffic. To head toward Potato Hill, fork right. (Descending Potato Hill back to the BST makes a nice little 6-ish mile loop.) This direction also takes you on the big rides using Ann's with a BST return. It also connects to Eagle Crest for a back-side loop, or to the Maple Hollow DH.

A rider eastbound on Ann's arrives at the spot where Clark's joins Ann's Trail just west of the Peakview Trailhead.

If you fork to the left, you'll pedal gently uphill another 0.2 miles to the Peakview Trailhead. Here you can connect to Rush, Brocks and Canyon Hollow, or to the Corner Canyon Road to coast down to the Ghost Falls Trail. If you're good at route finding, you can make the climb to Jacob's Ladder from Peakview.

Pedaling on Ann's to Peakview. Gotta get my Rush.

Bottom Line:
Much-loved climbing route, fastest way to Rush or Ann's. Requires good aerobic conditioning and sustained leg strength. Less-strong riders should consider Canyon Hollow as a mellow but longer climbing alternative.

Approaching the trailhead (fence at bottom right). The white mark on the ridge at mid-left is Jacob's Ladder.

Riding notes, Clark's to Rush from Coyote Hollow:
0.0   East from parking N40 29.612 W111 50.333
        50 feet then R uphill on BST/Clark's
        N40 29.615 W111 50.309
0.1   L, cross bridge to Clark's
        N40 29.561 W111 50.234
1.4   L on Ann's N40 29.206 W111 49.383
1.6   Peakview TH, L on Rush
        N40 29.292 W111 49.247
2.0   Keep L (R = The Trees)
        N40 29.266 W111 49.429

2.4   Straight (The Trees rejoins on R)
        N40 29.461 W111 49.431
3.2   Keep L (R = from Canyon Hollow)
        N40 29.672 W111 49.585
3.8   Cross Canyon Hollow
        N40 29.715 W111 49.928
4.0   Join DT Canyon Hollow
        N40 29.762 W111 50.081
4.1   L uphill on BST N40 29.762 W111 50.120
4.4   Keep R (L = Canyon Hollow
        50 feet, then R to TH

Getting there, Coyote Hollow trailhead: Take the Bluffdale exit from I-15 and turn east towards the mountains. Climb the hill as above, but turn right at the light on Traverse Mountain Road. After one mile, turn into Mike Weir Drive on your left. Pass the Mike Weir trailhead 1/2 mile later and continue another half mile until the road veers left downhill. Take the next right turn, turn right again, then left. You should now be on Gray Fox Drive. Take the next right into Coyote Hollow Court. The parking is on the right at the end of the pavement.

Lower Corner Canyon (Equestrian Center) Trailhead: Take the Bluffdale exit from I-15 and turn east towards the mountains. Continue on Highland Drive until you reach the ballpark parking lot. Directly across the street from the parking, the Lower Corner Canyon trail heads uphill. 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. To reach Clark's from the Lower Corner Canyon Trail, pedal 1 mile uphill then turn right and climb 1/4  mile west on the Corner Canyon BST to Coyote Hollow.

Bonneville Shoreline TH on Corner Canyon Road:  From Draper, take 123rd South to 13th East and turn south (right). At the roundabout just down the hill, turn east (the equivalent of a left turn at the roundabout) on Pioneer Road. Go around one mile to 20th East, then turn right going south on Highland Drive. Turn left to the parking lot of Orson Smith Park, but immediately turn right as you enter the parking area. Drive on the gravel Corner Canyon Road 1.1 miles uphill. Turn right into the BST trailhead. Then northbound BST is on the uphill side of the road, across from the trailhead parking entry.
Orson Smith TH: From 13th East, turn to the east on Pioneer Road and go to 2000 East. Turn right (south) on Highland Drive. (From the Corner Canyon area, follow Highland Drive east, then north.) Turn east (toward the mountains) into the Orson Smith Park at 12625 South Highland Drive. Find a parking spot. The lower singletrack trail starts at the north end of the sidewalk between the parking lot and picnic pavilion. To climb the road, backtrack to the parking lot entry and aim for the gravel road heading south. Water and bathroom are at the park.
Potato Hill trailhead
: Take the Bluffdale exit from I-15 and turn east towards the mountains on Highland Drive. At the light at the top of the hill, turn right on Traverse Mountain Road. After one mile, pass Mike Weir Drive on your left. Look for the Potato Hill TH on your left about mile 1.3 from the light.
Mike Weir (Red Rocks) trailhead:
Leave I-15 and climb the hill as above, but turn right at the light on Traverse Mountain Road. After one mile, watch for Mike Weir Drive on your left. The trailhead is on your right, 1/2 mile later. At the fork, head east (left) on BST to arrive at Clarks.
Traverse Ridge (Peak View TH, top of Clarks): Under development. Will be served by paved road; expected to have bathroom, tables, paved hiking/view loop.
Bathrooms:  Equestrian Center, Orson Smith TH,  Corner Canyon BST trailhead and upper Ghost Falls trailhead on the Corner Canyon road
Water:  Equestrian Center, Orson Smith. 
Riding Resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guides:
     Clarks Trail to Rush    Clarks Ghost Loop from LCC  
     Clarks-Canyon Hollow
Topo map for printing (wider area, higher-res):  View 
Corner Canyon area trail overview page
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to southern SLC resources
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
     GPX Clark's Trail    Ghost Falls Loop
     GPX Clarks-Ghost Loop
     Master File of Corner Canyon tracks!

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