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Woods Hollow
with
Rattle and Hum downhill trail

Woods Hollow is an easy 1.8-mile two-way trail that joins the South Maple Hollow trailhead (and the bottom of the Zooropa, Vertigo, Levitate and Rattle and Hum downhill-only trails) to the Eagle Crest trail near the top of Traverse Mountain.

Rattle and Hum is a 1.5-mile beginner-level downhill flow trail that begins and ends on the Woods Hollow trail.

Looking northeast at Lone Peak as we climb toward Traverse Ridge. Photos and track by Bruce on September 3, 2017. Page updated July 14, 2019.

The most frequent "customers" of Woods Hollow will be riders climbing up to Eagle Crest in order to ride downhill on one of the four dowhill flow trails. As a route to the top, Woods Hollow is an easier climb than South Maple Hollow, both aerobically and technically. Beginners will enjoy Woods Hollow all by itself as an out-and-back, or as a loop with Rattle and Hum.

New Maple Hollow trailhead in 2019. To get to Woods Hollow, go east from the trailhead. Aim for the right side of the log fence where the one-way trails come into the trailhead area.

Rattle and Hum is a downhill flow trail suitable for true beginners. The trail has been constructed in a way that it will remain a "dirt sidewalk" without technical challenges. Beginning riders will want to start from the South Maple Hollow trailhead, climb uphill on Woods Hollow, then descend Rattle and Hum for an easy 3.4-mile loop.

Rolling a turn on Rattle and Hum in July 2019.

 
Woods Hollow

Woods Hollow is 1.8 miles long (from the South Maple Hollow trailhead to Eagle Crest) with 450 feet of elevation gain. The newer Rattle and Hum trail forks away at the last uphill turn before Woods Hollow reaches Eagle Crest, 0.1 miles from the top.

The Woods Hollow trail starts in South Maple Hollow, forking away from the combined Vertigo and Levitate trails about 100 yards before they hit the trailhead on Brookside Drive. As you head east from the trailhead area, keep to the right of the log fence to start uphill on Woods Hollow.

Climbing Woods Hollow as the sun rises. While much of the hillside is low oak scrub, Woods Hollow does spend some time in tall maple and oak forest.

The Woods Hollow trail lies to the east of the Levitate and Rattle and Hum trails. From an altitude of 5400 feet it heads east over a low rise and passes through Woods Hollow. Then it crosses 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 just under 500 feet over 1.8 miles, at a fairly gentle and constant climbing pace.

Just getting started. We're riding east parallel to Brookside Drive.

The trail surface is smooth and broad with no major technical obstacles. It's very suitable for beginning riders. Turns are mostly smooth and gradual. There's one shorter-radius 180-degree turn near the top, but the cut is still generous enough that most beginners can easily crank right around.

Most of the terrain is groves of gambel oak. This is a short stretch of maple forest.

The Rattle and Hum trail is at the last turn before Woods Hollow reaches the Eagle Crest trail. Keep straight to descend Rattle and Hum, or turn hard right to continue climbing to Eagle Crest.

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, then Zooropa. 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. A loop with Rattle and Hum is a bit easier at 3.4 miles with 450 feet of climbing. Beginner and early-intermediate riders may find a single lap to be enough. Experts will crank around again and again.

 As a two-way trail, you can simply descend back down Woods Hollow. This is a more interesting and "natural" feeling ride than Rattle and Hum.

Another loop option is to continue west on Eagle Crest and descend South Maple Hollow. This is another good option for beginners or early-intermediates -- or for any rider who isn't ready to take air on Levitate and doesn't want to 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.

 
Rattle and Hum

Rattle and Hum is a 1.5-mile downhill flow trail that begins on upper Woods Hollow and ends on lower Woods Hollow. There's 375 feet of elevation loss over the length of the trail, with a gentle and fairly constant slope.

 Looking northwest on Rattle and Hum. On the left, you can make out the edge of Levitate on the slope above. This section is typical -- broad flat trail with gentle rollers to break up the descent.

Rattle and Hum is a beginner-level trail. New riders will find this trail to be a friendly downhill coast. The trail has gentle rollers in the straight sections. Turns are banked with a very generous turning radius. There are super-long sight lines. No surprises.

Coming around a turn with Lone Peak rising above Traverse Ridge in the background.

The trail is specially constructed to maintain its beginner "dirt sidewalk" character. So far, it's the only trail of its kind that I've encountered in Utah. The riding surface is broad and smooth -- and here's what is different -- it's elevated above the surrounding terrain so that it can remain free of roots and rocks.

 Almost the entire length of the trail has an uphill trench to collect water, so the riding surface will remain unaffected by spring runoff. And it will dry quickly.

Rather than allowing water to "sheet" across the trail, Rattle and Hum has been built with a trench on the uphill side to collect water. There are periodic tunnel drains to take the water underneath the trail. So the trail surface should stay flat. The trench-and-elevated-trail design will also resist encroachment by oak brush. 

 Rolling into a turn. Again, notice the deep trench on the uphill side of the trail.

 

At the bottom of Rattle and Hum, the trail falls onto the 2017 trail-cut for Woods Hollow. (A short section of Woods Hollow was moved downhill to make room for Rattle and Hum.) Then it joins Woods Hollow about 1/10th mile from the Levitate/Vertigo trail fork.

Looking southeast from the trail at the mountains of Utah Valley's Wasatch Front.

Bottom line:
Woods Hollow and Rattle and Hum are a very nice additions to Draper's trail system. They provide a much-needed beginner option for the south side of Traverse Mountain. Although Woods Hollow is 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. Rattle and Hum is a good choice for true beginner mountain bikers.

Almost there on Woods Hollow. We'll join Eagle Crest just below the homes.

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 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
GPS track files for download (Right-click and "Save as..."):
    Woods Hollow track only   Loop with Vertigo
    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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