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Former U of U cheerleader Matt Corner Canyon and Creekview Trails

Draper's Corner Canyon offers low-altitude, off-season single-track that's a joy to ride. It's close to civilization, with many trails to chose from. This page discusses the Corner Canyon and Creekview Trails, which form a small loop that's perfect for a quick ride. The loop is just over 2-1/2 miles. Lower Corner Canyon is one-way uphill and lower Creekview is one-way downhill, so your ride will be clockwise.

Matt Flygare posts a turn on the descent down South Mountain.
Dashing behind at is Jackie, Bruce's Jack Russell terrier.
Photo January 29, 2000. Latest page update May 2017.

Some Corner Canyon trails are open year-round, regardless of weather, while others will be temporarily closed when muddy. See the Corner Canyon trail closure page for the status of your intended trail.

These trails are considered all-weather and are never closed. But riding in squishy conditions can still damage these trails, so use good judgment for the sake of your fellow riders! 

Bruce heads uphill on the Corner Canyon trail in 2017. 

This loop is early-intermediate in technical skill requirement. There are a couple of tight turns, but nothing tricky. You'll do 350 vertical feet of climbing during your 1.5 mile crank uphill, making the pitch tolerable even for beginners.

Sally races down the lower part of Creekview. 2012 photo.

First, a quick overview of the ride:  From the Equestrian Center parking, you'll cross (or go under) Highland Drive to climb Corner Canyon. (The Lower Corner Canyon Trail -- high on the east side of the ravine, closest to the homes -- is uphill-only!) You'll take the broad Bonneville Shoreline (BST) trail west uphill to Creekview. Once Creekview reaches its top altitude, it's all downhill from there. Cross the bridge and take the one-way downhill portion of Creekview back.

Bruce on the upper part of Creekview, still heading a bit uphill.

The Ride!

First, get to the Corner Canyon trail. If you're at the main parking lot, you can go straight across the street. Or, you can descend the paved path then make a hard left turn toward the underpass. Upon exiting the tunnel, make another hard left to climb up to the sidewalk and find the trail.

This is what things look like in 2017. The tunnel takes you under Highland Drive. On the photo's right, a spur from the Bunny Bradley trail joins. (Bunny Bradley runs over top of the underpass along the white fence. The uphill trail will be a hard left turn after you exit the underpass.

If you're in the Bike Park parking area, take the Bunny Bradley trail eastbound. As you approach the big parking area, but before you cross the creek area, drop down to the left to the underpass.

Once you've found the trail and climbed through a series of turns, head south up the canyon.

We've just left the sidewalk and are climbing up the Corner Canyon trail.

Keep to the left and uphill. You'll pass the Carolina Hills trailhead, then join a broad doubletrack continuing south. When you reach a broad open area at just over a mile from the trailhead, keep to the right and turn to the west uphill on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST).

Heading uphill through large gambel oak -- and the occasional maple -- on Corner Canyon.

A note on the trail options at this broad four-way:  To your left is the eastbound Bonneville Shoreline Trail, which can take you up to Rattler. (These are also all-weather trails.) Straight ahead is doubletrack that can take you uphill to connect to Canyon Hollow or Ghost Falls. To the right is the westbound BST.

We've just left the broad BST to hit Creekview. Going north.

After about 1/4 mile heading west, the Creekview singletrack forks away on your right -- heading north.

Descending Creekview. At the fork in the photo, you'll turn to the right.

Creekview will climb a tiny bit before beginning its descent. Keep straight as a connector from Corner Canyon joins on your right.

As you approach some homes with a connector trail going to the neighborhood, turn to the right to continue descending.

Descending through a maple grove. Creekview has seen a lot of smoothing and grade-control work recently, so it's a plush ride.

At the bottom of the hill, keep right as an uphill trail from the Highland Drive underpass joins. Cross the bridge over Corner Canyon Creek, then turn left onto the downhill-only section. (A right turn takes you uphill to the Corner Canyon trail for another loop around.)

Rolling a turn to head toward the bridge.

The one-way section will drop to a broad trail northbound toward the tunnel. (This is the path of gas-line construction in 2016. The trail will narrow with time.)

Just across this bridge is the trail fork. Right to head back uphill; left to descend to Highland Drive.

 

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Bottom Line:
Good ride for beginning bikers who are improving their skills but won't last through a long uphill grind. Great after-work outing.

Steve Argyle descends through a grove of twisted gambel oak on the Creekview Trail, with Jackie as the official pace-dog. February 5, 2000.

 

Caliper brakes and steady balance.

Not hard, as long as you don't plan on stopping. Riding notes, winter figure-8 loop:
0.0   LEFT uphill on ST as it exits tunnel
        (straight = one-way return route!)
0.4   Pass ST on R, keep L at intersections
0.6   ST joins DT, continue uphill
0.9   Pass BST (on L), veer R
1.0   Keep R on DT at fork
        Becomes ST, follow either fork
1.3   Junction with Silica Pit Tr, fork L
        (R = Clarks Trailhead)
1.6   L on DT then keep straight
        (after 200 feet, back on uphill DT)
1.8   L on ST (climbs quickly)
2.4   Cross bridge, hard L on LCC trail
2.8   Back at tunnel

Bruce heads downhill on February 1st, 2000.

Facilities: There's a toilet at the upper Ghost Falls trailhead (where the trail meets the Corner Canyon road and connects to Jacob's Ladder), at the point where the Bonneville Shoreline Trail meets the Corner Canyon Road, and at the Equestrian Center parking. Water is available only at the Equestrian Center. There are no facilities at Coyote Hollow.

Riding resources for this trail:
Single-page riding guide
Additional ride options:
   Ghost Falls and Clarks Ghost Loop    Draper Race Loop
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."): 
     GPX figure-8 loop    Classic Draper Race Loop
     Master File of Draper Area GPX tracks
Topo map for printing:  View 
Corner Canyon area trail overview page
Lodging, camping, shops:  Links to southern SLC resources

Getting there: Take the Bluffdale exit from I-15 and turn east towards the mountains on Highland Drive. Go straight past the railroad underpass. Stay on Highland until you reach the parking area for the Lynn Ballard park on your left. To find the trail, go to the west end of the parking area near the trail kiosk. Drop down the hill on the paved route, then make a hard left on a broad southbound trail. Go into the tunnel under the road. After coming out of the tunnel, turn left and climb back up. The uphill trail is directly across from the entrance into the parking area (GPS N 40 30.351' W 111 50.721'). 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 the main parking.


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Latest page update 2017, map updated 2013.