Eagle Crest Downhill Flow Trail
The Vertigo trail was built by
Gravity Logic in late fall 2016. It's a one-way downhill flow trail from the
Eagle Crest trail to the bottom of South Maple
Hollow. The trail is rated
intermediate due to high speeds and high banked turns, but can be done by
an experienced beginner.
View northeast toward Lone
Peak (left) and Box Elder Peak (right). Dry Creek Canyon lies between the
two mountains. Photos and track by Bruce
on November 8, 2016.
|The Vertigo trail is 1.7 miles in length with 530 vertical
feet of altitude loss. The trail begins on the
Eagle Crest trail (on the
south side of Suncrest) about 0.1 mile west of the Eagle Crest trailhead.
The top altitude is 6200 feet.
Vertigo sits on the south side of Traverse Mountain, facing Utah
County. Much of the trail is sun-exposed, but shady areas can hold
moisture in early spring. The usual riding season will be May through
Looking east to Timpanogos through the gambel oak.
It's possible to do Vertigo as a shuttled ride. The launch
spot is the Eagle Crest trailhead, with pickup on Brookside Drive (see the
map). The vehicle route is Suncrest Drive to the 4-way stop, then left on
Traverse Ridge Road to the Eagle Crest Trailhead.
South end of the Eagle Crest trailhead, as my Rocky
Mountain Element waits for me to join it. From here, it's 0.1 mile west to
|Most riders will want to do this trail as a loop ride. At
the trail's end on Brookside Drive, South Maple
Hollow is just across the
road. Climb uphill. For a short loop, you can take the Eagle Crest
Connector trail, then turn hard right on Eagle Crest for the trip back to
the top of Vertigo. This little loop is 3.7 miles per lap. My featured
ride below uses all of South Maple Hollow, so it's about 0.7 miles longer
than the short loop.
View northwest up South Maple Hollow as I climb
toward Eagle Crest for a loop ride.
||You can also use Mercer Hollow as your climbing route for a
larger loop. Descend Vertigo, then drop down Brookside Drive to Suncrest
Drive and continue downhill. (This loop will put a mile of pavement at the bottom of the
loop.) Cross to the small parking zone at the bottom of Mercer Hollow and
climb uphill. Go down Suncrest Drive 100 yards and cross the street to
continuing west back to the Eagle Crest trailhead.
A rider pauses at the spot where Eagle Crest skirts
the trailhead parking area, looking west.
|The trail starts at the spot where Eagle Crest crosses a
doubletrack, 0.1 miles from the Eagle Crest trailhead in Suncrest. When
westbound, it means a 180 turn when you hit the doubletrack.
If you're approaching from the west (from the Maple Hollow trailhead or after
climbing the South Maple
Hollow trail), you'll see two trails virtually
side-by-side. Take the lower trail, on the right.
The trail heads southeast from its initial drop-in at
||Vertigo immediately begins sweeping high-banked turns. The
trail is designed for continuous high-speed flow. Hit the sidewalls and
rail on around.
Typical turn, just downhill from the trail's start.
Lots of room, high banks to keep your speed.
|There are a few bumps on the straightaways. At this time,
they're simply bumps. You can take air at the top or simply roll over
them. The bumps aren't sculpted as table jumps or gap jumps at this time,
but I suspect that will change after the dirt has compacted.
Below me, a rider rails the bottom of a big S turn.
||If you can take your eyes off the trail, there are great
open views of Utah Valley. Utah Lake is to the southwest, with the scarps
of the Wasatch Fault forming a line up the east side of the valley.
View southeast from trailside, showing the depth of
the banks on a left turn.
|The terrain is oak brush, becoming shorter and less dense as
you descend the mountain. Near South Maple Hollow, grasses dominate.
Near the end of the ride, Timpanogos looms above the
Maple Hollow subdivision. In mid-photo, Brookside Drive heads toward
Suncrest Drive. This would be our route if we're looping via Mercer
||At the bottom of Vertigo, the trail turns toward the paved
Brookside Drive on an old doubletrack. At the sign, continue straight if
you're shuttling or riding a loop with Mercer Hollow
as your climbing
route. To climb the South Maple
Hollow trail, fork right and pedal
slightly uphill to the road. Cross the road for your return trail.
Looking uphill toward Lone Peak from the end of the
ride. Going to go again.
|Larger Vertigo Loop from Eagle Crest trailhead
This is a 4.5 mile loop that drops down Vertigo, starting from the Eagle
Crest trailhead at the end of Traverse Ridge Road. It's 0.1 miles west
from the trailhead to the top of Vertigo. After descending, this loop
climbs to the underpass near the Maple Hollow trailhead (offering the
option to cross over the mountain for more riding). This loop is larger,
and has a bit of downhill on Eagle Crest that you'll need to pay back by
climbing again. So it's more work than the shorter ride (below) that
"short circuits" the northeast corner of the loop via the Eagle
Crest connector trail.
|Riding notes, loop with South Maple Hollow
from Eagle Crest:
0.0 West from Eagle Crest trailhead
N40 28.319 W111 50.160
0.1 Veer L on DT, L on Vertigo
N40 28.353 W111 50.251
1.8 Uphill and cross paved road to South Maple Hollow
N40 27.722 W111 50.215
2.3 R uphill (L = down to DT)
N40 28.042 W111 50.591
2.8 R (L = old trail downhill)
N40 28.291 W111 50.756
|3.0 L (R = connector to Eagle
N40 28.360 W111 50.718
3.5 R on Eagle Crest
N40 28.493 W111 50.999
3.8 Keep L (R = connector)
N40 28.397 W111 50.711
4.4 Vertigo vs Eagle Crest to TH
N40 28.353 W111 50.251
4.5 Back at trailhead
|Vertigo Loop from the lower South Maple Hollow trailhead
This is a 3.7 mile loop that drops down Vertigo. The parking is along
Brookside Drive at the bottom of South Maple Hollow. Navigation is pretty
simple -- just go right at every trail fork. Four loops would be about a
2-hour ride for a conditioned intermediate, with about 2200 feet of
|Riding notes, Vertigo Loop:
0.0 Brookside Dr, L on S Maple Hollow
N40 27.717 W111 50.209
0.7 Keep R (L = down to DT)
N40 28.041 W111 50.587
1.1 Hard R (L = foot trail down)
N40 28.286 W111 50.756
1.2 Keep R to Connector (L = S Maple)
N40 28.359 W111 50.714
|1.5 Hard R on Eagle Crest
N40 28.397 W111 50.706
2.0 Doubletrack, take trail on R
N40 28.353 W111 50.250
3.7 Back at Brookside
||Getting there: From I-15
in Salt Lake City, take the Bluffdale exit and head east on Highland Drive
toward the mountains. As you reach the traffic light at the top of the
hill, about 3/4 mile after leaving the freeway, turn right on Traverse
Ridge Road. Drive about two miles up to the top of the mountain to the
From Utah County, get on the Timpanogos Highway. At the Lehi-Highland
border, go north on Highland Blvd at the big stop light east of Smiths.
This will become Suncrest Drive as it enters Draper. Climb to the stop
sign at the top of the hill.
Deer Ridge (Maple Hollow) trailhead: At the
stop sign in Suncrest, get on Deer Ridge Drive (right turn from SLC,
straight from Utah Co). Go 0.9 miles.
Just before the road crosses a bridge, turn right onto Elk Glen Drive and
immediately turn left to park at the small picnic area.
Eagle Crest trailhead: From the hill-top stop sign above, go
south on Traverse Ridge Road (straight from SLC, left turn from Utah Co).
To to the end of the road and park. Vertigo is about 1/10 mile west of the
trailhead on the Eagle Crest trail.
Brookside Drive Trailhead (South Maple Hollow): Brookside Drive
turns to the west off Suncrest Drive, just uphill from the Maple Hollow subdivision.
This is about a mile uphill from Utah Valley. Drive past the homes and
uphill to the end of the road. The South Maple Hollow trail is on the west
side of the road. It will take you uphill, where you can connect to the
Eagle Crest trail then continue east to Vertigo.
Top of Mercer Hollow: There is some roadside parking off Suncrest Drive near the top of the trail,
on the east side of the road 1/2 mile downhill from the four-way stop in
Suncrest. But there are some cautions. In 2016 this is an active
construction area, so be sure you're not in an access-point or work zone!
Bottom of Mercer Hollow: There's room for 3 or 4 cars at the
bottom of the doubletrack portion of Mercer Hollow on Suncrest Drive.