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Real men don't stop biking when it snows! Hog Hollow
Hog Hollow Creek, Hog Hollow, and Porcupine Trails

Hog Hollow is a bike route from western Alpine to Traverse Ridge, providing a link for Utah County bikers to ride directly to Draper's Corner Canyon trail system. The trails include the singletrack Hog Hollow Creek trail, the former Hog Hollow dirt road (now a trail), and the Porcupine trail at the upper end of Hog Hollow. Porcupine extends to the Peak View trail, which will connect you to Draper's Peak View trailhead, or to eastern Alpine via Three Falls and Alpine Cove.

Chad , Mike , and Gary  pause on Traverse Ridge on January 9, 2000, with Lone Peak (left) and Box Elder peak in the background.

The Hog Hollow route will be a three or four mile climb, depending on where you start. The altitude change is 1000 feet. The Hog Hollow Creek trail is upper-intermediate in technical requirement (see the trail info below), while old Hog Hollow and Porcupine are easy but steeper.

Hog Hollow is also the location of the Achtung Baby downhill flow trail (new in 2018). This trail is discussed on a separate page. Hog Hollow is the climbing route for laps on Achtung Baby.

Bruce cranks up Hog Hollow in 2018.

On the lower half of the route within Alpine City, you have the option of the singletrack Hog Hollow Creek trail or the wide easy Hog Hollow trail. These two options rejoin at the mouth of the canyon near the Angel's Gate (Spring Hollow) trailhead.

The usual riding season is April through November, but Hog Hollow has long been a winter playground. At this time the trails have never been closed due to weather. Upper Hog Hollow (above the gate) and Porcupine are within Draper City, so check the  OPEN vs CLOSED status on the Corner Canyon website.

While Draper has substantially improved the old Hog Hollow dirt road, you may encounter puddles and wash-outs in late winter, depending on the weather. To keep the track narrow, go straight at the puddle and hit it full throttle. Photo at the Frozen Hog race, Feb 1, 2003.

 
Hog Hollow Creek Trail
The Hog Hollow Creek Trail is a hand-built singletrack route that follows Hog Hollow Creek through northwest Alpine. The official trail is a mile long, extending from Beacon Hill Park to join Hog Hollow just above the Angel's Gate trailhead. The climbing is steady but gentle, gaining 200 vertical feet over one mile.

For a continuous uphill route from Westfield Road, a tiny piece of the Hog Hollow trail can be added to the Disc Golf trail at Beacon Hill Park. After passing the park, the Disc Golf trail continues across the street as Hog Hollow Creek.

View north from the singletrack connector at Angel's Gate. Lone Peak lies behind Traverse Mountain. October 27, 2017.

The singletrack Disc Golf trail is 1/4 mile long. It begins on your left 0.2 miles uphill from Westfield Road (be sure to stay to the right when the Beacon Hill access trail forks away from Hog Hollow at mile 0.1). The trail runs northbound along Hog Hollow creek east of Beacon Hill Park before ending on the sidewalk right across the street from the bottom of the Hog Hollow Creek trail.

There are a lot of little branching trails as you pass through the Disc Golf course, both for access to the Disc Golf goals, and for people chasing their errant discs. If you keep northbound and stay on what appears to be the main trail, the correct path is obvious.

Meandering through the Disc Golf course, a logical extension of Hog Hollow Creek, and I didn't see any "don't ride here" signs.

Now back to the official trail...

There's a large parking area for Beacon Hill Park on Beacon Hill Blvd. If you've parked there, head east (toward the mountains) from the parking lot, and spot the Hog Hollow Creek trail on the north side of the road just before the road goes over the creek. Begin pedaling north and uphill.

Looking north from Beacon Hill Blvd as the Hog Hollow Creek trail snakes toward the oak brush.

The trail will quickly enter a tall oak brush forest. Although homes line both sides of the gully above Hog Hollow Creek, you won't be able to see those houses because of the trees. So the trail feels a lot more "wild and isolated" than you'd think from its location within Alpine.

The trail lies in a dense grove of gambel oak that runs along the banks of the creek. Photo June 2018.

As a hand-built route that began as a "social trail," Hog Hollow Creek is narrow and twisty, with stout old oak trees close to your handlebars. There will be a couple of dips through ravines that will challenge less-skilled riders. So overall, the trail would rank upper-intermediate in skill requirement.

Gaining only 200 vertical feet in one mile, the trail is easy aerobically.

Handlebar view as we head north uphill.

There are multiple connecting trails to homes and local streets. The
public connectors tend to be more prominent, and are (in 2017)
marked with small trailside signs. The westbound New London
connector is shown above.

The main trail will continue northbound close to the creek,
so the correct path is usually obvious. The above photo shows
a bridge over the creek on the eastbound Wildflower connector,
which ends on a paved path through a local park strip.

The tight fit between trees makes the trail ride better uphill, where you're riding slower and more upright. When heading downhill and tilting through the tight turns, you may find it a challenge to avoid banging your superwide handlebar on a tree.

Looking south downhill. Lots of trees waiting to bang your fingers if your line isn't perfect.

The tunnel under Hidden Meadow Drive is a fun little adventure. Just bend a bit forward to keep your helmet from scratching the top of the pipe and aim for the light at the other end. It will be even more fun in the spring when water is running through the pipe. If you don't want to get your feet wet, you can take the Hidden Meadow connector trail up and cross the road.

Entry to the tunnel from the north. It's about 100 feet long.

At the north end, the Hog Hollow Creek trail will cross the doubletrack connector from the Angel's Gate trailhead. Then about 100 yards later it will dump onto the main Hog Hollow trail just uphill from the gate.

Approaching the spot where the trail crosses the connector from Angel's Gate.

 
Hog Hollow Trail (old Hog Hollow road)

The old Hog Hollow road was smoothed and seeded in 2017, with a plan that it will narrow to a singletrack trail. The Hog Hollow trail is 2.8 miles long -- when ridden from Westfield Road. If you're riding from the gate near the Angel's Gate trailhead, it's 1.5 miles from the canyon mouth up to the Porcupine trail.

At the Porcupine trail fork, the old Hog Hollow road continues uphill another 1/3 mile as the Two Hollows trail, ending in the subdivision atop Traverse Ridge.

Hog Hollow was the former site of the Frozen Hog winter mountain bike race. A frigid festival for the fanatic. Photo February 6, 2004.

If starting from Westfield Road, keep right at the trail fork in 0.1 mile (the left fork runs to the paved trail in Beacon Hill Park). After a mile of steady straight riding northbound, the trail veers left to a north-northwest heading as it reaches the foothills. After a bit of up-and-down, it drops into Hog Hollow and turns north again.

To start from Angel's Gate at the end of Lighthouse Drive, go north and downhill from the parking area. In 2017, there's both a doubletrack and a singletrack. Cross through the creek, then turn left (north) and go through the gate.

Hog Hollow has gained new fans with the connections to Porcupine, Two Hollows, and Achtung Baby.

Hog Hollow will begin as a very gentle climb, then get gradually steeper as you hit the upper mountain. The total climb in the 1.5 miles between the gate and Porcupine is 550 vertical feet, with most of that coming in the last 1/2 mile.

Kiosk and gate as the Hog Hollow trail enters Draper from Alpine, just across the creek from the Angle's Gate trailhead.

Because Hog Hollow faces south, it picks up a lot of sun in the afternoon. So in summer, your climb will be hot. And in winter, the snow will get sloppy and slippery, with torrents of water running over ice ledges.

As a descending route, Hog Hollow is straight and blazing fast.

Hog Hollow is a nice climbing route on summer mornings. Some riders even use this route as a commute to work and back on their bike. Photo 2005.

View towards Draper in southern Salt Lake Valley

Don't even THINK about stopping.

On Traverse Ridge looking north into Corner Canyon.
  Doc Argyle with "Banana Thunder." January 8, 2000.

These days, you'll want a fatbike for Hog Hollow in winter.
Mike rolls down from the summit on January 15, 2000.

As you begin to see the top of the mountain, Hog Hollow joins the Two Hollows trail to continue up the ravine. If you're headed for Mercer Hollow, Mercer Mountain or  Eagle Crest, turn and descend on Two Hollows to the Mercer Mountain trail.  Climb Mercer Mountain to the top of Mercer Hollow and cross the road to Eagle Crest heading westbound. 

If you're headed for the mountain top, continue uphill 200 yards. Fork right on the Porcupine trail (to reach Peak View or Three Falls), or keep straight on Two Hollows to the middle of the subdivision at Canyon Pointe Road.

Hard to see in this photo, but Draper has covered the old eroded rocky road with dirt and mulch so it can re-vegetate. We're looking southeast toward Timpanogos. Behind me is Hog Hollow, I'm turning 180 degrees to Two Hollows.

 
Porcupine Trail
The final piece of the climb is either Two Hollows to the road at Canyon Pointe, or the singletrack Porcupine trail up to the Peak View trail. 

Bruce cruises the brand-new Porcupine trail in July 2017.

Porcupine is machine-cut singletrack, broad and easy to ride, with a gentle grade. From old Hog Hollow, it's 0.9 miles and 200 vertical feet of climbing up to the connection with the Peak View trail. The altitude of this junction is 6000 feet. (The Hog Hollow trail starts at 4920 feet elevation at Westfield Road.)

Looking south at the junction between the Peak View trail and Porcupine.

As a descending route, Porcupine is fast and flowy. When you hit the broad Two Hollows trail, make a hard left. (A right turn uphill takes you into the middle of the subdivision west of the Peak View trailhead.) Descend Two Hollows 0.15 miles. Now fork left to descend Hog Hollow, or fork right to follow Two Hollows to the bottom of the Mercer Mountain trail.

As you descend the last bit of Porcupine, you're heading north. You'll reach Two Hollows uphill from the fork where Hog Hollow joins Two Hollows, as shown in the photo.

As a climbing route, Porcupine ascends the hill at a reasonable pace. There are no technical challenges, so it's a relatively easy climb uphill.

View south toward Utah Lake as we climb uphill.

From fork where the Porcupine trail ends on Peak View, the Peak View trail descends 0.7 miles to the Peak View trailhead above Corner Canyon. Keep straight if that's your destination.

Eastbound, the Peak View trail climbs to Jacob's Ladder and the Three Falls trail. If those trails are your destination, make a hard right turn when you reach the Peak View.

Drone view as Bruce rides Peak View, heading toward Porcupine.

Hog Hollow riding notes, from Burgess Park:
0.0   Parking in Burgess Park
        Head back (south) to Canyon Crest
0.1   R on Canyon Crest
0.4   L on Long Drive
0.6   R on Ranch Drive
0.9   Cross Westfield Road onto DT
        N40 26.924 W111 47.706
1.1   Fork R   N40 27.017 W111 47.839
1.8   Straight then veer L uphill
        N40 27.616 W111 47.866
2.2   Rejoin old HH Road, straight
        N40 27.904 W111 48.241
4.0   R onto Porcupine
        N40 28.929 W111 49.034
4.9   Top! Straight on Peak View
        N40 29.295 W111 48.888
5.6    Peakview TH
Closeup map of Hog Hollow Creek area

Getting there, Westfield Road (lower Hog Hollow trail):  If you're parking (or pedaling) on Westfield Road, the trail is 0.7 miles west of the stop sign where Westfield ends on 200 North in Alpine. Spot the metal gate on the north side of the road near the school crossing. The doubletrack that heads uphill through the gate is the lower Hog Hollow trail.

Beacon Hill Park (bottom of Hog Hollow Creek):  From Westfield Road, turn north uphill on Beacon Hill Blvd. Drive 0.5 miles, and just after the road turns to the east, turn right into the parking area above Beacon Hill Park. The Hog Hollow Creek trail will be on the north side of the road (across the street from, and just east of the parking lot).

Angel Gate at Spring Hollow (upper Hog Hollow and top of Hog Hollow Creek): 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.

Area map of Hog Hollow

Getting there, traditional Hog Hollow Road:  Northbound on Main Street (Highway 74), turn left at 200 North in Alpine. Keep straight as the road turns right uphill after 1/2 mile. Watch for Hog Hollow Road (paved) on your left, just as you see a church uphill to the right. Turn left on Hog Hollow. Now keep straight until the road turns 90 degrees left downhill. Find a spot to park in the circle where the road turns. To get to the trail, go west over the hump of dirt then veer right on the doubletrack heading northwest.

Church "trailhead": Drive into Alpine from the south. At the stop sign at 200 North, turn left (west) and drive 1/2 mile. Turn right up the hill. When you see the big church, look for "Hog Hollow Road" on your left just before the church. That's where you'll be going. Park near the church, then head downhill and right onto Hog Hollow Road and ride 1/2 mile to the end of the pavement. Climb the dirt, and veer slightly right onto a DT heading northwest. (Note: this route may close with further subdivision development. Let us know!) Once on the Hog Hollow Road, ignore smaller diverging roads, unless you want to play on them.

From Peak View Trailhead in Draper:  Take the Peak View trail on the south side of the trailhead area. Ride uphill 0.7 miles, then take the right (downhill) fork to the Porcupine Trail, which will descend to old Hog Hollow.

Water:  None
Bathrooms:  None

Riding Resources:
Single-page riding guide
GPS track files (Right-click and "Save as..."):
     Hog Hollow GPX only   Hog Hollow to Peak View 
     Hog Hollow and Achtung Baby
     Hog Hollow multi-track area file 
Maps for printing:    View area aerial map    View Hog Hollow Creek map
Lodging, camping, shops:     Links to north Utah County resources

Original review 2001, updated 2017.
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