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Vertigo Trail
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 November.

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 Vertigo.

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 Eagle Crest, 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 the doubletrack.

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 Hollow.

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 Crest)
        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 climbing.
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
        descend Vertigo
        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 stop sign.
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.
Riding Resources:
Single-page riding guide, loop w Maple Hollow
GPS track files for download (Right-click and "Save as..."):
    Vertigo track only   Loop w Mercer Hollow from Eagle Crest TH
    Loop with South Maple Hollow from Eagle Crest TH
    Draper Traverse Ridge area multi-track file
    Larger Corner Canyon area multi-track file
Higher-res satellite map for printing:      View map
Lodging, camping, shops:     Links to southern SLC resources

Click for Corner Canyon area trails overview page

 

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