Alpine to Three Falls Area
Forbidden, More Effort, Three Falls, EZ Breezy trails
The long-sought dirt route from Draper's Corner Canyon to Alpine
was opened in 2018. From the Peak View trailhead on Traverse Ridge,
the route was 1.6 miles on Peak View, 2.9 on Three
2.7 to Alpine Cove on Bodily Harm for a total of just
over 7 miles, then 1/2 mile of pavement over to Lambert Park. Now
additional trails have created loop options to make this a fun riding area
in its own right.
View northeast up Dry Canyon. Chipman Peak is on the
left; Box Elder on the right. White Baldy Peak is in the middle. Photos and trail notes April 28, 2018 by Bruce.
The Bodily Harm trail from Alpine Cove starts just off the Schoolhouse Springs dirt
road at 5400 feet elevation.
To get there, take Grove Drive to Alpine Cove
Drive. Turn north on Aspen Drive. The road will turn to dirt.
yards later, veer left and begin climbing on the big road. As the road
turns 200 feet later, spot the trail dropping down to the left. You're here.
We're heading uphill, around 0.4 miles. Switchbacks go back and forth across the hill as
far up as the eye can see.
Just 1/10th mile from the Alpine Cove trailhead, the Stoney
Way trail forks away to the left. This trail connects to the Heritage
Keep right and uphill on Bodily Harm.
Looking northeast as we continue to climb. The trails
look complex, because not only are there multiple switchbacks, there's an
alternate trail plus the Three Falls road.
The trail then begins a sustained climb. Bodily Harm zigs and zags around
the edge of the hill through switchbacks. Turn hard left at the trail fork
with More Effort at mile 0.6 from the trailhead. (See below for info on
Hitting a grove of maple and tall gambel oak during
an early-spring climb.
At mile 0.7 (one set of turns
later) Bodily Harm will cross a ridge on the edge of the Three Falls Lane
road and descend a bit before resuming the climb.
Now you've got a mile of uncomplicated climbing, with an
occasional coasting break. Plenty of
turns, most of which have a just-enough turning radius. There will be
fabulous views of Lone Peak, Box Elder, and the Utah Valley.
At mile 1.3, the entry to EZ Breezy forks off on your left. (This is a
one-way downhill-only trail that descends into Big Hollow then climbs back
to the ridge to join the Fort Canyon section of the Three Falls Trail.)
Looking over a group of arrowleaf balsamroot at Lone
At mile 1.8, you'll join the Three Falls trail from the Fort
Canyon Ranch trailhead. Keep right now and pedal to the ride's highest point at 5900 feet
elevation. Note that the trail signs now designate the combined trail as the Three Falls trail.
(Prior to the construction of the Three Falls Fort Canyon trail, the
entire route up to the falls was considered the Bodily Harm -- aka Neph's
Lake -- trail.)
Rolling the Rocky Mountain through forest of maple --
and an occasional fir tree -- on
the Fort Canyon side of the ride.
Three Falls Trail (Fort Canyon Section)
The Fort Canyon section of Three Falls trail connects the Three
Falls Ranch trailhead in Fort Canyon to the Bodily Harm trail on the
ridgeline, then continues through Fort Canyon. To the Bodily Harm
junction, it's 1.4 miles with 500 vertical feet of elevation change. At
mile 2.3, the Three Falls trail reaches the Forbidden trail junction then
continues westbound toward Draper.
Fort Canyon trailhead. By the time you ride this, the
trailhead may be paved. Because it's still under construction, don't park
here at this time.
As you drive or pedal up Fort Canyon, turn right at mile
0.9, just as you're approaching the entry to Three Falls. Take the first
left into the public trailhead parking. The trail begins to the left of
the bathroom building.
View to the southwest, with Utah Lake and Lake
Mountain in the distance. To the right is the Fort Canyon road.
After flirting with the fences of adjacent private property,
the Fort Canyon trail climbs uphill. The terrain is sage with small stands
of gambel oak and occasional maple.
You'll enjoy frequent views of Lone Peak, Little
and Chipman Peak ahead of your handlebars as you climb. (Far left, Lone
Peak. Left, Little Matterhorn. Middle, Chipman.)
There are two trail forks off the Three Falls trail before you reach the
Bodily Harm trail at mile 1.4. The first is the Vista Ridge trail at mile
0.8, on your right as you climb. This trail crosses the ridge and descends
to Heritage Hills and Stoney Way.
The next trail fork is at mile 1.1 as you climb. To the right is the EZ
Breezy trail (see below). This trail descends through upper Big Hollow and
climbs up to Bodily Harm.
At mile 1.4, fork right to head downhill on Bodily Harm to
Alpine Cove, or keep left for Three Falls or to connect to Forbidden.
Arrowleaf balsamroot blooms in the April sunshine. On
the far right, Box Elder Peak appears as we climb higher.
The Three Falls trail will now begin to drop into upper Fort Canyon. It
descends through a series of turns before
approaching the homes of Three Falls and the Fort Canyon road. You'll be losing almost 200 vertical
feet of your climbing.
Crossing the ridge between Utah Valley and Fort
Canyon, with Lone Peak forming a picturesque background.
Across the valley, you'll see a ribbon of pine trees in a ravine
descending the slope of Lone Peak. That's the main creek. After you get
through the subdivision, you'll climb to the
bridge across that creek.
Looking across upper Fort Canyon. I've noted the
location of the continuing trail. The brown smudge through the middle of
the photo is the construction area.
At mile 0.9 from the junction with Bodily Harm, the trail starts to climb uphill
again through in a forest of mixed maple and pine. You'll go around a
couple of switchbacks.
Riding through maple groves as we approach the Three
Falls road in Fort Canyon.
When you reach the Fort Canyon road, go straight across to the trail on the opposite side
and begin climbing.
Climb through a couple of turns. As the trail straightens and heads
toward the big ravine, you'll see a trail
on your right. This is the Forbidden trail, which can take you back to the Alpine
Cove trailhead in a loop ride. (There's a second connector from Forbidden
that joins just uphill. Keep straight if you're heading for Draper.)
Riding through the balsam root near the ridgeline
above Fort Canyon.
To ride Three Falls to Peak View,
keep straight and ride across the bridge over Fort Canyon Creek. And you're on the way to
See the Peak View - Three Falls Draper page.
The bridge over the creek. Take a minute to enjoy the
The Forbidden trail, finished in late summer 2018, lies to the
northeast of the Bodily Harm (Neph's Lake) route. It's 2.6 miles long,
running from Alpine Cove to the Three Falls trail in Fort Canyon. The
trail begins on the Schoolhouse Springs (Hammagog) road just after it
leaves the Three Falls subdivision road.
Heading uphill toward Lone
Peak on the lower segment of the trail, near Schoolhouse Springs.
A connector from the small Lone Peak (Schoolhouse Springs)
trailhead joins Forbidden one switchback uphill from the creek. There is
currently no parking at the bottom of Forbidden, so you'll need to use the
Schoolhouse Springs trailhead if you're driving into the area.
The upper end of Forbidden is on the
Three Falls trail, just east of the bridge over the big ravine and above
the Three Falls Lane road.
east toward Box Elder Peak shortly after leaving the Three Falls trail..
At mile 0.9 of Forbidden, the More Effort trail joins on
the left as Forbidden turns hard to the right.
The trail hits crosses a road at mile 1.7
from the bottom. The continuing trail is at the break in the fence just
across the road. This is the highest elevation of the Forbidden
trail. The trail now begins dropping into Fort Canyon. It will join
the Three Falls trail in another 0.7 miles. Here a left turn takes you
down and across the road, and a right turn takes you across the bridge on
the Three Falls trail toward Draper.
through maple forest into Dry Creek Canyon.
In the downhill direction, around mile 1.6 from the Three Falls trail
fork the Forbidden trail settles into a series of long traverses between
switchback turns as it slowly sheds elevation.
At mile 1.7, keep left on a turn as More Effort joins the
middle of that turn from your right.
Typical stretch of trail descending to Alpine Cove.
Exposed trail winding back and forth across the mountain between tight
As you get close to the bottom, at mile 2.5, a trail joins
from the left. This is the connector to the Lone Peak trailhead uphill. If
you continue straight, it will take you down another couple of turns,
through the creek, and you'll join the trailhead road at mile 2.6.
View to the south from the trail at
5900 feet elevation.
I really like the Forbidden trail as a climber. From Alpine Cove to Three
Falls, you'll do much of the elevation gain on the traverses. They work a
lot better uphill than downhill, I think. The trail has 600 feet of elevation
surface is smooth and turns have a generous radius. It's a fairly easy
trail to pedal.
A loop ride from Alpine Cove using Forbidden and Bodily
Harm will be 5.5 miles with 1000 vertical feet of climbing.
Looking toward Lambert Park. At the bottom is the
Lake Hardy/Hammagog equestrian trailhead. At lower mid-photo are the homes
of Alpine Cove. Lambert Park sits like a fat "U" around the
homes of Box Elder, right in the middle of the picture.
EZ Breezy (Big Hollow)
A singletrack trail was built in the left fork of Big
Hollow in 2021, joining Bodily Harm to the Three Falls Fort Canyon trail
It's called EZ Breezy. This is Alpine's first directional flow trail
and it's a lot of fun. The trail is one-way from
east to west (from Bodily Harm west to Three Falls in Fort Canyon).
back on EZ Breezy as we climb out of Big Hollow,
with Lone Peak, Rams Horn, and Chipman Peak on the skyline.
The EZ Breezy trail is machine-cut singletrack, 1.5 miles in length.
It's a smooth and easy trail to ride. The trail has a down and back up
configuration as it passes through upper Big Hollow. It can form a loop when 0.4 miles of the upper Fort Canyon
trail and 0.3 miles of Bodily Harm are used to join the western and
eastern ends of the EZ Breezy trail.
The trail is significantly forested with maple and
There's 250 vertical
feet of elevation change on the eastern side as you descend from Bodily
Harm, and 200 feet of climbing as you pedal up to the Three Falls side in Fort Canyon
on the west.
The EZ Breezy trail leaves Bodily
Harm 0.3 miles from the junction of Bodily Harm with Fort Canyon. This is
1.3 miles uphill from the bottom of Bodily Harm. On the western side, the
trail's exit is 1.1 miles uphill from the Fort Canyon trailhead, 0.4 miles
downhill from the junction of Bodily Harm and Fort Canyon.
west at the climbing route from the bottom of Big Hollow up to the Fort
The trail through upper Big Hollow opens up some very nice ride
possibilities. But you'll need to ride it from east to west -- from
Bodily Harm over to Fort Canyon. The 2.2 mile loop formed by EZ Breezy,
upper Fort Canyon and upper Bodily Harm is a nice bit of riding. A
satisfying big loop includes Vista Ridge, Stoney Way, Forbidden, Three
Falls to upper Bodily Harm, then EZ Breezy back to Three Falls.
I suggest using the Fort Canyon Ranch trailhead for access, which will
make your ride 10 miles with 1800 feet of climbing.
View over Utah Valley from the eastern side of the
More Effort is a connecting trail 0.6 miles in length. Starting from
Bodily Harm, it will cross the
Three Falls Lane road and climb 150 vertical feet to join the Forbidden
The trail can be used as the bottom of a long loop from above, joining
Bodily Harm and Forbidden. Or for beginners, it can be the top of a short
loop starting from Alpine.
The new origin of More
Effort. Seen as if climbing Bodily Harm. Bodily Harm is a 180 degree turn
to the left; More Effort is straight ahead.
When climbing Bodily Harm, the fork for More Effort comes at
mile 0.5, on the right. (180 degrees right continues uphill on Bodily
Harm.) After leaving Bodily Harm, the trail will reach the Three Falls
Lane road in 1/10th mile. Go uphill slightly to turn into the continuing
Rolling through the oak brush after crossing the
Three Falls Lane road.
More Effort joins Forbidden in the middle of a hairpin turn, 0.9 miles
from the bottom.
Ready to join Forbidden, uphill or down, from More
Effort. We're looking northeast.
Getting to Lambert Park from Draper!
At the bottom of either Forbidden or Bodily Harm, descend down to the paved
Aspen Drive. It will now be exactly 1/2 mile of paved road to arrive at the
singletrack in Lambert Park. At the end of Aspen Drive, turn left at the T intersection with Alpine Cove Drive.
The slopes above the cove are fully sun-exposed, and
will be hot at mid-day in the summer..
Pedal 0.2 miles to the 4-way intersection and turn right downhill. Keep straight
as you pass Juniper Circle and the road veers east (left). Keep straight
as you pass Grove Drive on the right. Cross the bridge, then keep right on
Box Elder Drive. 200 feet later, turn onto singletrack. Left off the
pavement is Rodeo Up; right and downhill is Middle.
Rolling into a switchback turn as we descend the
mountain toward Alpine.
Three Falls to Lambert Park
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Getting there, Fort Canyon: As you drive into Alpine
on Main Street, keep straight at all intersections until you reach 800
North. Then, just as Main Street turns to the right and becomes Heritage
Hills Drive, fork left on Fort Canyon Road to continue north. 0.9 miles
later, turn right just before the Three Falls gate. Quickly turn left into
the parking lot for the Three Falls Farm trailhead.
Heritage Hills (North Point): Shortly after you veer to
the northeast from Main onto Heritage Hills Drive as above, spot the small
parking lot on your left and turn in. The Ridge TH (Stoney Way and Big Hollow): At the T intersection of Grove Drive,
turn left and follow the road as it then veers left and approaches the
Facilities: bathroom at Fort Canyon trailhead, bathrooms at Lambert
Park trailheads. (No services at Schoolhouse Springs, Big Hollow, or Heritage Hills
Lower Bodily Harm and upper Stoney Way are still officially closed due to
construction on the Three Falls Drive road above it. This affects the bottom of Bodily Harm, Forbidden, and the
Lone Peak trailhead connector. If you choose to hit the closed trails
(shame!) be sure to do so when NO construction activity is going on. Rocks
regularly roll down the hill onto the trail and it is dangerous!
See below for the Schoolhouse Springs trailhead area routing as of August 2021.
Getting there, Alpine Cove - Schoolhouse Springs: Instead of turning left
on Fort Canyon Road, stay on Heritage Hills Drive. Turn left uphill on
Grove Drive. At the T intersection (where a right turn would take you
across the bridge into Lambert Park), turn left on Alpine Cove Drive. At
the 4-way intersection, turn left. As Alpine Cove Drive turns downhill,
turn uphill on Aspen Drive. It will turn to the Three Falls Lane road. As
the larger road veers left, keep straight onto a smaller dirt road. Go 1/4
mile uphill and park at the Lone Peak trailhead. Go all the way up to the "Lehi"
gate and turn left to get on the singletrack that dips through the creek.
Keep left and descend on the trailhead connector. You'll find a connection
to Forbidden on the right. To reach Bodily Harm, you'll need to coast all
the way down to the raised Three Falls Lane road, then crawl up and over
it to find Bodily Harm on the opposite side.