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. At this time, 15 miles are complete, including a
connector over to Draper's Corner Canyon trail system.
down Oak Hollow from the Sensei trail. Trail review by Bruce
on October 24, 2018. Latest page update October 8, 2020.
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
Turns are smooth and banked. Looking southwest
toward Lake Mountain, with Utah Lake on the left.
The Sensei trail consists of two segments. The eastern 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. If you're not going to ride the whole thing, I recommend you
do the eastern side.
Spots where the oak is tall are rare. Most of the
ride is sun-exposed.
The trail surface is smooth and broad. The eastern side has 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
Typical terrain for 90% of the trail -- grass and
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 western side of Sensei should be solid for riding on most days of the winter and early
spring. It's more sun-exposed and grassy -- rather than forested -- so it
dries quickly. Mo-mentum is a loop option off the western side of Sensei.
(The connector trail to Corner Canyon forks off Mo-mentum.)
The eastern side has many areas with soft dirt. These spots also tend
to be north-facing slopes with trees to shade the trail surface. In most
years the eastern half of Sensei won't be ready for rut-free riding until
mid to late May, and should be avoided after significant rainstorms.
Lolo's Loop is an optional loop off the eastern side of Sensei.
Hitting the sidewall on a turn in the oak.
At this time, I recommend riding Sensei as an out-and-back. It's
an easy ride, so the 10 miles goes quickly. The out-and-back will have
1200 vertical feet of climbing overall.
If you're determined to do a loop, you can combine
a bit of gravel road with Vialetto Way (see the GPX track below, 6.4
miles with 900 vertical) or the newer Dialup singletrack. You can also
combine Broadband (see map) with the Fox Canyon road to loop the northeast
section of Sensei.
View south on the newly-built trail north of Oak
Hollow. All of that wierd-looking area at mid-right will soon be homes.
The Sensei trail clings to the steep slope of Steep
Mountain after it passes across the dirt Oak
Hollow road, reaching the ridgeline where you can see the Salt Lake valley
to your left and Utah Valley to your right. This western segment is 2.3 miles long, with 100 vertical feet of elevation gain
from the road crossing before it descends to lower Fox Canyon westbound.
Steep Mountain is, well, steep.
Westbound on northern Sensei.
When riding from the western end, it's 300 vertical feet of
altitude gain up to the ridgeline. The initial grade here is significantly steeper than the other portions of Sensei.
This section has more rock and gravel than the eastern side, so it's ready
to ride earlier in the spring, and relatively unaffected by rains.
Looking down at some meanders as Sensei descends
westbound toward the Fox Canyon Road.
A ride on the Sensei
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Connector from Fox Canyon to eastern Sensei
The Broadband trail is 1.4 miles long with 500 vertical feet of
elevation change. It forks downhill from Sensei at mile 1.2 from the water
tank trailhead, connecting to a subdivision road in Fox Canyon.
The Broadband trail climbs the hillside through
switchbacks to the eastern side of Sensei near its highest elevation.
Sensei can be seen crossing in the middle of this photo.
At this time, the access from city street to trail hasn't
been fully developed. But if you know where the trail is, you can use it
as a nice climbing access to Sensei from the city. Currently trail runners
seem to be the primary users of this section of trail, because it allows a
View on Broadband as we head downhill.
Bypass Vialetto Way on the loop ride
Dialup connects the eastern Sensei trailhead to Vialetto Way at the top
of the dirt road. This would be of interest to those who are connecting
the two ends of the trail into a loop ride. It's 0.5 miles long with 120
feet of elevation change.
Higher-elevation Option on Western Sensei
Mo-mentum is a 2.4-mile alternate higher-elevation line off Sensei. It
extends from Sensei in Oak Hollow to the
ridgeline just before Sensei descends back to the Fox Canyon Road in the
subdivision. It will
be popular as a lariat loop ride. The trail is a broad machine-cut with
gentle climbing and no technical features.
bench-cut on the dry hillside as we climb up and away from Sensei. I'm
doing a clockwise loop around.
On the western side, Mo-mentum forks to the north from Sensei
as it reaches the ridgeline between Utah and Salt Lake counties. The
elevation is 5560 feet. To reach this spot from Sensei's western end, you
will have climbed 400 vertical feet over 1.4 miles from Fox Canyon Road.
View into Geneva Rock north of the trail. We're now
on the north side of the ridgeline.
Mo-mentum climbs eastbound for about 1/2 mile, passing above
the Geneva Rock gravel mine. It will gain about 200 vertical feet. When it
reaches the ridgeline again, you'll have views of Lone Peak and other
mountains of the Wasatch range.
Approaching the ridgeline where we'll cross again to
the south side of the hill. That's Lone Peak ahead.
Mo-mentum then begins a long traverse along the hillside. It
runs parallel to Sensei, but higher on the mountain.
Typical view on the long traverse in the middle of
Mo-mentum then descends into oak and maple forest and crosses
Oak Hollow (above the dirt road). It will quickly drop down through a
series of tight turns to join eastern Sensei 0.1 mile south of the Oak
Hollow dirt road.
A very nice 9-mile ride is to start from the water tank trailhead, take
Sensei all the way to the western end of Mo-mentum, then lariat around and
back to Sensei for the return. Total climbing will be around 900 vertical
While most of Mo-mentum is exposed, there is some riding
in tall maple and oak on the eastern side of the trail.
This loop is an option off the eastern side of Sensei. Lolo's Loop
connects at 0.7 miles and 1.3 miles from the water tank trailhead and is
2.7 miles long. Lolo's has significant elevation change and is a steeper
ride than Sensei or Mo-mentum. A lariat ride from the trailhead around the
loop and back would be 4.7 miles long with 650 vertical feet of climbing.
Looking southwest at Lolo's Loop from near the ride's
Most riders prefer to do this loop in the clockwise
direction, because the climb is spread out over a longer distance. The top
elevation of 6200 feet comes 1.3 miles from either end. The northern end
starts out 100 feet higher, at the highest point of eastern Sensei, with
350 feet of climbing. The southern side puts 450 vertical feet into its
Connector to Lolo's from Sensei, with a prominent
The terrain is similar to Sensei. There's a lot of exposed hillside with
grass and low scrub, with occasional groves of gambel oak.
The trail is broad and smooth, with no technical features. There are some
hairpin turns on the slope, which might be a bit much for beginners, so I'm
giving this section an intermediate rating overall.
Typical trail view on Lolo's.
Connection to Ann's Trail
Traverse Traverse and Traverse Connector trails
The Traverse Mountain system is now connected to Draper's trail system
by a connector across Steep Mountain. The route is 3.4 miles long.
The western side of the connecting singletrack is called Traverse
Traverse and forks off Mo-mentum 1/2 mile from its western connection to
Sensei. It's 2.1 miles long. As the trail crosses the doubletrack on top
of Steep Mountain, it becomes Draper's Traverse Connector.
Draper's (eastern) side is called Traverse Connector and forks off of
western Ann's Trail. It's 1.3 miles long. The fork is in Oak Hollow, 0.9
miles from the Ann's Connector trail fork (2 miles from the Maple Hollow
trailhead). It winds up the Oak Hollow gulley through around 15 turns,
gaining around 300 vertical feet in 0.7 miles, then traverses the ridge to
connect to Traverse Traverse.
Oak Hollow dirt road
Continuation of Fox Canyon Road as dirt road up the canyon.
The dirt road extends a mile up the canyon after the pavement ends. It
has an acceptable grade of 400 vertical per
mile. But if you try to reach Draper's trails by heading all the way to
the top, you'll be pushing your bike up some really ugly slope as the
doubletrack turns into the Steep Canyon trail.
Some local riders use the dirt Fox Canyon road as part of a loop ride,
combining the doubletrack with half of Sensei and -- if they're riding the
eastern side -- joining the ends together via city streets. But the main
users will be trail runners.
View down Oak Hollow on the dirt road.
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 is
curving left, turn right onto newly paved road in a construction area. In around 100 yards,
turn left uphill and follow this paved road uphill as far as you can. At
the circle at pavement's end, turn left and climb cindered road to the
gravel parking area at 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 see the trail on your left. Cross over, jump
the curb, and find the end of the trail to proceed uphill on the western
limb of Sensei. Alternatively, you can reach the midpoint of the trail if
you continue uphill on the road to 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