two-way trail joins the bottom of the Vertigo and Levitate
downhill-only trails to the Eagle Crest trail near the top of Traverse
Mountain. Its most frequent "customers" will be riders climbing
up to the top of these flow trails. Woods Hollow is an easier climb than South Maple Hollow, both aerobically and technically.
northeast at Lone Peak as we climb toward Traverse Ridge. Photos and track
by Bruce on September 3, 2017.
|The trail starts in South Maple Hollow, forking away from
the combined Vertigo and Levitate trails about 100 yards before they hit
Brookside Drive. It can be reached via a short spur from the road, or by
backtracking on Vertigo until you hit the "one-way" sign.
This is how you find it from the bottom end. View
from Brookside Drive, about 150 feet downhill from the entry to the South
Maple Hollow trail. The combined Vertigo and Levitate trails cross the
meadow from right to left.
||The Woods Hollow trail lies to the east of the Levitate
trail. From an
altitude of 5400 feet it heads east over a low rise and passes through
Woods Hollow. It climbs to cross a ridge into Broadleaf Hollow where it
continues toward the Eagle
Crest Trail near the top of Traverse Mountain. It reaches Eagle Crest about 1/2
mile east of the Eagle Crest trailhead. The altitude gain is 500 feet over
1.7 miles, at a fairly gentle and constant climbing pace.
Just getting started. We're riding east parallel to
|The trail surface is smooth and broad with no technical
obstacles. It's very suitable for beginning riders. Turns are mostly
smooth and gradual. There's one shorter-radius 180-degree turn, but the
cut is still generous enough that most beginners can easily crank right
Most of the terrain is groves of gambel oak. This is
a short stretch of maple forest.
||At Eagle Crest, riders can continue east to Suncrest Drive near the top
of the Mercer Hollow trail. Or, you can do a hard left turn to go
westbound toward the Eagle Crest trailhead. This section of Eagle Crest
also climbs gently uphill. Just past the trailhead are drop-ins to
Vertigo, then Levitate. These trails are downhill-only.
Looking southwest toward Utah Lake.
A loop that descends Vertigo will be exactly 4.0 miles with 550
vertical feet of climbing. Intermediate riders may find a single lap to be
enough. Experts will crank around again.
Another loop option is to continue west on Eagle Crest and descend
South Maple Hollow. This would be my recommended option for beginners or
early-intermediates -- and any rider who isn't ready to take air on
Levitate and can't maintain the high speeds expected on Vertigo.
Southeast, with Cascade Mountain in the middle.
Suncrest Drive is far enough below that I don't hear the traffic.
Woods Hollow is a very nice addition to Draper's trail system. Although not as scenic as
South Maple Hollow, it's an easier climb -- and although it's slightly
longer it's probably faster for most riders. It's a good descending route
for beginning riders -- just remember to yield to riders heading up the
Almost there. We'll join Eagle Crest just below the
|Loop ride, descending Vertigo:
0.0 Find spur on north side of Brookside Drive
N40 27.695 W111 50.157
50 feet to Vertigo/Levitate,
then fork R
1.7 Hard L on Eagle Crest
N40 28.201 W111 49.700
2.2 Curve around trailhead parking
N40 28.317 W111 50.164
|2.3 L on Vertigo
N40 28.353 W111 50.250
3.9 Join Levitate
N40 27.740 W111 50.113
4.0 L for another climb
N40 27.716 W111 50.145
Straight for Brookside Drive
||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.