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Heritage Hills and Stoney Way

The Heritage Hills and Stoney Way trails lie on the hillside north of Alpine. The area is mostly grass with occasional groves of very short scrub oak. Both are new in 2019. Stoney Way connects the Schoolhouse Springs trailhead to the Heritage Hills Loop, which at this time isn't a loop yet because that piece of the trail remains to be constructed. The North Point Collector is also discussed on this page.

View northeast toward Chipman Peak and White Baldy from the eastern end of Stoney Way. Trail review by Bruce on December 10, 2019.

 
Stoney Way
Stoney Way is a traversing trail running east-west along the hillside above northeast Alpine. It's 1.3 miles in length with a highest elevation of 5400 feet and low point at 4850.

The riding is easy, suitable for beginners. There are no steeps or technical features.

Looking northeast, showing the bench-cut nature of the trail and the constant mountainb views.

On the east end, Stoney Way begins on the Bodily Harm trail, about 0.1 mile uphill from the Schoolhouse Springs biking trailhead. Fork left on the lower trail. from here, Stoney Way runs downhill as it heads west.

From 5400 feet, it reaches its lowest elevation at 4850 at the midpoint in Big Hollow, where it crosses a dirt road at the edge of a new subdivision under construction. It then climbs 100 feet before ending on the Heritage Hills Loop, 0.5 miles uphill from Heritage Hills' origin on North Point Collector trail.

Heading southwest on Stoney Way in late spring 2019 while the trail was still under construciton.

The trail is a bench-cut on slopes that have a moderate pitch. Because there are no trees of any size to block your view, there's a lot of scenery to take in. To the south is Utah Valley and Utah Lake. The mountains of the Wasatch form a semi-circle around you north and east.

Origin of the western end of Stoney Way on the Heritage Hills Loop.

The mountains north of Alpine, as seen from the eastern edge of Lambert Park.

Mountains east of Alpine, as seen from the southwest corner of Lambert Park.

As of winter 2019, there's one area that requires comment. Where the trail reaches the under-construction subdivision in the middle, an unnecessary fence has been installed along the re-vegetated strip of a utility corridor. 

Approaching from the east, you'll reach a dirt road, with a metal gate to your left. The fence is straight ahead. Look up and you may see the continuing trail on the other side of that fence. You'll need to go through or over the gate, then hike-a-bike up along the valley side of the fence to reach the ongoing trail uphill.

Mountains everywhere. The big hill on the right is Box Elder Peak.

 
Heritage Hills Loop
The Heritage Hills trail is a nicely constructed bench-cut trail with swooping bermed turns. It's good as a climber or descender. At this time (December 2019), it's open for riding but is only partly finished.

Looking east toward East Mountain and Timpanogos.

From its origin on the North Point Collector (see below), 0.8 miles have been completed. At mile 0.5, it connects to the west end of Stoney Way. Then after climbing another 0.3 miles, it ends abruptly at a fence. Because it's labeled "Heritage Hills Loop" we can assume there's more great trail to come. As I understand it, the plan is that next spring the trail will be extended to meet the Fort Canyon trail at around its midpoint.

View to the south from just above the connection to Stoney Way. The downhill trail is seen near the grove of trees.

The trail climbs from 4700 feet to 4950 in 0.8 miles; a very reasonable pitch. All but 100 feet of the trail lies on exposed hillside without shade. So it will be a toasty climb on a summer's afternoon.

The trail should be good for winter riding. The snow on this slope usually melts away within days of a storm because it's highly sun-exposed. But that also means the frozen dirt surface will warm up and melt quickly if the sun is out. Finishing the ride before 10 a.m. is recommended!

The only oak grove high enough to give shade. 100 feet. Enjoy.

At this time, the best way to access the Heritage Hills trail is to ride Stoney Way from the Schoolhouse Springs area trails. There's no good parking in the under-construction subdivision at the bottom where it originates on North Point Collector. And the connection to the parking lot for the North Point Collector trail on Heritage Hills Drive has been severely impacted by construction. (If you get through, it will be by walking through not-trail and going rat-in-maze through construction equipment and supplies to get to the road where North Point Collector continues to the Heritage Hills Loop.)

Sample of a banked climbing/descending turn.

 
North Point Collector
Having failed to find the photos I took on the North Point Collector last year, here's the info. I'll add to this page as things change.

The North Point Collector begins at the trailhead on Heritage Hills Drive. (There are no services here, merely parking.) It climbs 1/4 mile before crossing the subdivision road. At that point, it becomes doubletrack. After another 100 yards, the Heritage Hills Loop forks away to the right, and the old doubletrack has been erased by construction. (I anticipate that the Collector will eventually continue west and into Fort Canyon.)

At mile 0.2 from the parking area, the trail has been destroyed by the leveling of a building lot. Turn 90 degrees left and follow the edge until you reach a passage between lots. From here, head straight for the street, and the continuing trail is straight across. (There was storage of construction vehicles and supplies overtop of the trail here during my last ride here, so it may not appear like a trail to you.)

Getting there:

Schoolhouse Springs (Alpine Cove):  Recommended! As you drive into Alpine on Main Street, keep straight at all intersections until you reach 800 North. Main Street then turns to the right and becomes Heritage Hills Drive. It will further turn to go eastbound. When you reach the stop sign at Grove Drive, turn left uphill. At the T intersection (where a right turn would take you across the bridge into Lambert Park), turn left on Alpine Cove Drive. At the 4-way intersection, turn left. As Alpine Cove Drive turns downhill, turn uphill on Aspen Drive. It will turn into the gravel Schoolhouse Springs Road. 100 yards later, the fire road forks left. Note the gate just uphill. Find a spot to park where the road splits. There's room for 3 cars at the road fork (where the boulders have been pushed aside as semi-official parking) plus 4 spots on the shoulder within 50 feet. Pedal to the gate then turn right on Forbidden to start your ride. Fork left after 50 feet, then left again after another 50 feet on Bodily Harm. After 1/10th mile, Stoney Way will fork left.

Heritage Hills (North Point):  Shortly after you veer to the northeast from Main onto Heritage Hills Drive as above, spot the small parking lot on your left and turn in.

Note: the Big Hollow doubletrack shown on the map passes through an area subject to development and is not a recommended cycling route.

GPS track files (right-click a file and select "save as..."):  
        Area GPX multi-track file
Map for printing:   pending for Heritage Hills  View Alpine to Three Falls map
Lodging, camping, shops:  Links to northern county resources

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