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Fango

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. The expected riding season for this trail will be early May through November.

Bruce 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 Mountain.

There are views of Lone Peak to the northeast. And to the south, you'll be looking over Utah Valley.

Cranking 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 bottom.

Breaking out of the forest as we climb away from Hog Hollow.

  Fango from Hog Hollow to Mercer Hollow...

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Bottom line:
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.

Getting there:

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.

Riding Resources:
GPS track files for download (Right-click and "Save as..."):
    Hog Hollow area multi-track file    Fango track only
    Corner Canyon area multi-track file
Higher-res satellite map for printing:      View map
Lodging, camping, shops:     Links to southern SLC resources

Click for Corner Canyon area trails overview page

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