The Fango trail links
lower Hog Hollow to lower Mercer
Hollow. It's 2 miles long, contouring
the hillside between the two canyons. The trail is easy technically, with
about 100 feet of elevation gain as you ride east to west (up-and-down
riding adds about 150 feet of overall climbing to the trip). The average elevation is 5300 feet.
riding season for this trail will be early May through November.
hits the first mini-summit westbound on the Hog Hollow side of the trail.
Lone Peak is in the background. Trail review
and photos August through October 2019.
The eastern end of the trail starts on the old Hog Hollow trail, just 50 feet
below the exit from Achtung Baby. From the Angel Gate trailhead on the
Alpine-Highland-Draper border, it's 0.4 miles on Hog Hollow
to reach Fango.
The western end of Fango splits in two as it approaches the Mercer
Hollow doubletrack. The uphill fork is for looping; the downhill piece
connects to the Mercer Hollow trailhead off Suncrest Drive.
The fork from lower Hog Hollow, found just below the
end of Achtung Baby on the western side of the hollow.
Starting from the Mercer Hollow trailhead, the trail forks away from the Mercer
Hollow doubletrack just uphill from the road. When driving uphill from
Utah Valley, the small parking spot is on your right about a mile after
you started climbing the hill. Just pedal around the gate and watch for the trail on your right in
around 100 yards.
If you continue uphill on Mercer Hollow, the second (uphill) entry to
Fango is at mile 0.3 from Suncrest Drive.
The trail access to Mercer Hollow on Highland Blvd (Suncrest
Drive). The trail skirts the tires on the left. Fango is on the right
side, just where the doubletrack disappears from sight in this photo.
When coming down Mercer Hollow, the fork to the uphill
branch of Fango will be at mile 1.8 from the top. This is 0.6 miles
downhill from where the Mercer Hollow singletrack turns to doubletrack and
connects to Two Hollows.
In the hollows, the trees are tall enough to give
some shade and hold the early-morning cool.
The trail alternates between open brush on the ridgeline
areas, and tall gambel oak in the hollows. When done east to west (from
Hog Hollow to Mercer Hollow), you'll climb uphill through a long oak
grove, then get out onto a ridgeline with open views. Then you'll traverse
into two more hollows with tall oak.
Looking southwest at Utah Valley, Utah Lake, and Lake
There are views of Lone Peak to
the northeast. And to the south, you'll be looking over Utah Valley.
gently uphill while the camera looks southeast at the Wasatch range
forming the east border of Utah Valley.
The riding isn't at all technical. This is an easy trail.
It makes a nice out-and-back for a beginner from either the Hog Hollow or
Mercer Hollow ends.
After the initial climb out of Hog Hollow, the trail
is fairly flat, even as it passes through two more hollows.
A good loop ride combines Mercer Hollow (plus or minus upper
Mercer Hollow and Mercer Mountain) and Two Hollows for the climb, then
Achtung Baby downhill, with Fango joining the two sides of the loop at the
Breaking out of the forest as we climb away from Hog
Fango from Hog Hollow to Mercer Hollow...
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Nice easy addition to Draper's south-side trail system. Will be a major
attraction to Alpine and Highland locals because it creates a loop on the
south side of the mountain. Also good as an out-and-back for a quick ride.
Heading toward the junction with Mercer Hollow on the
lower fork of Fango's west end.
Angel Gate at Spring Hollow (Hog Hollow side): 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.
Suncrest Drive (Highland Blvd) (Mercer Hollow side):
There's room for 3 or 4 cars at the bottom of the doubletrack portion of
Mercer Hollow on Suncrest Drive.