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Sensei Trail

Lehi is developing a trail system on the west slope of Traverse Mountain. When complete, it will connect to the trail systems of Draper and Alpine. Construction was started in 2018, with one trail ready to ride at this time (October 2018).

View down Oak Hollow from the Sensei trail. Trail review by Bruce on October 24, 2018.

Sensei Trail

The Sensei trail starts at the water tank above the Traverse Mountain homes at 5300 feet elevation. The trail offers easy mellow riding and great views over the valley.

Navigation to the trailhead is a bit complicated, and at this time involves ongoing subdivision construction on the final bit of road to the trailhead. See the instructions below.

Turns are smooth and banked. Looking southwest toward Lake Mountain, with Utah Lake on the left.

The Sensei trail consists of two segments. The southern half is 2.7 miles long from the water tank trailhead to the dirt road crossing in Oak Hollow. The Sensei trail continues directly across the road with a 2.3-mile segment that ends near the bottom of the Fox Canyon subdivision.

Spots where the oak is tall are rare. Most of the ride is sun-exposed.

The trail surface is smooth and broad, with a pitch that's suitable for kids and beginners. From the water tank, the trail climbs 300 vertical feet over 1.5 miles, reaching a top elevation of 6000 feet. It then descends 250 feet over the next 1.2 miles to reach the Oak Hollow road.

Typical terrain for 90% of the trail -- grass and stunted sage.

Most of the trail is sun-exposed, passing through grass and low brush. On the north-facing slopes, there are small groves of oak brush. Only rarely is the oak tall enough to provide any shade.

The trail surface is smooth and broad.

The trailbase has a lot of rock and grit, which should make it very resistant to wetness. The sun exposure should dry it quickly. The trail should be solid for riding on most days of the winter and early spring. There could be spots of mud in the rare areas with tall oak.

Hitting the sidewall on a turn in the oak.

At this time, I recommend riding it as an out-and-back. It's an easy ride, so the 10 miles goes quickly. You can do a loop by combining a bit of gravel road with Vialetto Way (see the GPX track below), 6.4 miles with 900 vertical. There's a plan for a connecting trail across the lower shoulder of the mountain to make a loop ride on all singletrack. 

View south on the newly-built trail north of Oak Hollow. All of that wierd-looking area at mid-right will soon be homes.

 
Northern Sensei status!
Sensei (North of the Oak Hollow dirt road)
 -- completed as of November 17, 2018

This section is the continuation of the Sensei trail as it passes across the dirt Oak Hollow road. It's 2.3 miles long, with 100 vertical feet of elevation gain from the road crossing before it descends to lower Fox Canyon westbound. The trail hits the ridgeline while westbound on a traverse of Steep Mountain.

Steep Mountain is, well, steep. Westbound on northern Sensei.

From the western end, it's 300 vertical feet of altitude gain up to the ridgeline. The grade here is significantly steeper than the other portions of Sensei. This section is looser than the eastern side, and, until it settles over the winter, would be a tough climb on a bike with standard tires. I had no problems on my fat bike.

Looking down at some meanders as Sensei descends westbound toward the Fox Canyon Road.

Oak Hollow dirt road
Continuation of Fox Canyon Road as dirt road up the canyon.

Extends a mile up the canyon with acceptable grade of 400 vertical per mile. On the day of my ride, upper Fox Canyon Road was closed due to construction.

Can be used for a loop ride, linking Sensei via city streets via the paved Fox Hollow Road. However at this time there's heavy construction traffic and I don't recommend it.

View down Oak Hollow on the dirt road.

Getting there:

Water Tank trailhead.  From the Timpanogos Highway near I-15, turn north onto Triumph Blvd. After 1/4 mile, turn left onto Traverse Mountain Boulevard. Drive around 3/4 mile north, turning right onto Chapel Ridge. At the roundabout, go north (left from the direction you were going) on Morning View Road, then left when you reach Vialetto Way. Just as Vialetto Way is coming to its highest elevation and turning left, turn right onto an under-construction roadway. In around 100 yards, turn left uphill and follow this road up to the water tank.

Fox Canyon.  Trailhead undeveloped. Northbound on Traverse Mountain Boulevard, pass by Chapel Ridge and take the next right, which is Fox Canyon Road. Park below the active construction zone and pedal uphill on the paved road until you reach the dirt road continuing up the canyon. It's around one mile from the base of the singletrack trail on the left (under construction) to the spot where Sensei crosses the Oak Hollow dirt road.

Riding resources for this trail:
GPS track files (right-click and "Save as..."):
      Sensei trail southeast   Sensei Loop ride
      Area multi-track file
Lodging, camping, shops:    Links to north Utah County resources

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