(plus trails under construction on west Traverse Mountain)
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).
down Oak Hollow from the Sensei trail. Trail review by Bruce
on October 24, 2018.
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 is 2.7 miles long from the water tank
trailhead to the dirt road crossing in Oak Hollow. It continues across the
road -- and I'm arbitrarily designating this segment "north
Sensei" -- as a route under construction. (0.7 miles of this
continuing trail are complete in October 2018.)
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
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 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. From
the water tank trailhead to the trail-construction site and back is 7
miles with around 700 feet of climbing. Worthwhile for a quick ride.
View south on the newly-built trail north of Oak
Hollow. All of that wierd-looking area at mid-right will soon be homes.
Status of other area trails!
||Sensei (North of the Oak Hollow dirt road)
trail under construction
Continuation of the Sensei trail as it passes across the dirt Oak
Hollow road. As of 10/24/2018, 0.7 miles completed with 100 vertical feet of elevation gain
from the road crossing. Heading westbound on a traverse of the upper area
of Steep Mountain.
Already good riding, only occasionally loose or rooty. My
understanding is that you are welcome to ride up to the construction zone
before turning back.
Steep Mountain is, well, steep.
||Sensei (West end, beginning off the Fox Canyon Road)
trail under construction
As of 10/24/2018, 0.5 miles completed with 200 vertical feet of
altitude gain. Grade significantly steeper than the other portions of Sensei. Anticipate this
join with north Sensei, which is proceeding westbound, in a few weeks.
Very loose tread with a moderate pitch. Not a problem for my fat bike,
but would stop most riders (until things pack down). Not long enough to be worth riding at this time.
Wait until the two trail crews meet in the middle.
Looking down at some meanders.
||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
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.
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