Clark's Trail can be part of a great bike ride that's close to civilization. One of the first trails completed in Draper's Corner Canyon , Clarks remains a key climbing route. Many riders use Clark's Trail as their uphill for a wide variety of excellent loop rides. The trail is 1.4 miles long and intermediate in technical requirement. Because of the sustained pitch of this trail, Clark's is a strenuous climb.Clark's Trail has been converted into a one-way uphill-only climbing trail for bikers. (Hikers can go either direction.) Ignore any routes or ride plans that feature Clark's Trail as a downhill -- these are left-overs from years past!
Clark's Trail will be easily damaged if ridden when muddy. Do NOT ride in wet conditions! See the Corner Canyon trail closure page for the current status.
You can quickly hop onto Clark's from the Coyote Hollow trailhead, but most riders arrive via the westbound Corner Canyon Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST) or the eastbound Draper BST . The BST is the key to using Clark's. First, let's consider how to get there from downhill.
Video showing a climb on Clark's trail...
From the trailhead at Coyote Hollow, you quickly encounter a fork that goes to the eastbound Bonneville Shoreline , with connections to Canyon Hollow and the Silica Pit trail, then Creekview and the lower Corner Canyon trail . Go right uphill for Clarks. At the next fork, turn left across the bridge.
Once you cross the bridge above Coyote Hollow, there are NO trail forks on Clark's until you reach Ann's Trail near the trailhead on Traverse Ridge.
Much-loved climbing route, fastest way to downhills via Rush, Ghost Falls or Canyon Hollow, or to connect to Ann's westbound. Requires good aerobic conditioning and sustained leg strength. Less-strong riders should consider Canyon Hollow as a mellow but longer climbing alternative.
0.0 East from parking N40 29.612 W111 50.333
50 feet then R uphill on BST/Clark's
N40 29.615 W111 50.309
0.1 L, cross bridge to Clark's
N40 29.561 W111 50.234
1.4 L on Ann's N40 29.206 W111 49.383
1.6 Peakview TH, L on Rush
N40 29.292 W111 49.247
2.0 Keep L (R = The Trees)
N40 29.266 W111 49.429
N40 29.461 W111 49.431
3.2 Keep L (R = from Canyon Hollow)
N40 29.672 W111 49.585
3.8 Cross Canyon Hollow
N40 29.715 W111 49.928
4.0 Join DT Canyon Hollow
N40 29.762 W111 50.081
4.1 L uphill on BST N40 29.762 W111 50.120
4.4 Keep R (L = Canyon Hollow
50 feet, then R to TH
Lower Corner Canyon (Equestrian Center) Trailhead: Take the Bluffdale exit from I-15 and turn east towards the mountains. Continue on Highland Drive until you reach the ballpark parking lot. Directly across the street from the parking, the Lower Corner Canyon trail heads uphill. To reach the trailhead from the north (Sandy area), take 13th East southward until it ends at the stop sign just past the underpass. Turn left and drive 1/4 mile. To reach Clark's from the Lower Corner Canyon Trail, pedal 1 mile uphill then turn right and climb 1/4 mile west on the Corner Canyon BST to Coyote Hollow.
Orson Smith TH: From 13th East, turn to the east on Pioneer Road and go to 2000 East. Turn right (south) on Highland Drive. (From the Corner Canyon area, follow Highland Drive east, then north.) Turn east (toward the mountains) into the Orson Smith Park at 12625 South Highland Drive. Find a parking spot. The lower singletrack trail starts at the north end of the sidewalk between the parking lot and picnic pavilion. To climb the road, backtrack to the parking lot entry and aim for the gravel road heading south. Water and bathroom are at the park.
Potato Hill trailhead: Take the Bluffdale exit from I-15 and turn east towards the mountains on Highland Drive. At the light at the top of the hill, turn right on Traverse Mountain Road. After one mile, pass Mike Weir Drive on your left. Look for the Potato Hill TH on your left about mile 1.3 from the light.
Mike Weir (Red Rocks) trailhead: Leave I-15 and climb the hill as above, but turn right at the light on Traverse Mountain Road. After one mile, watch for Mike Weir Drive on your left. The trailhead is on your right, 1/2 mile later. At the fork, head east (left) on BST to arrive at Clarks.
Traverse Ridge (Peak View TH, top of Clarks): Under development. Will be served by paved road; expected to have bathroom, tables, paved hiking/view loop.
Bathrooms: Equestrian Center, Orson Smith TH, Corner Canyon BST trailhead and upper Ghost Falls trailhead on the Corner Canyon road
Water: Equestrian Center, Orson Smith.
Single-page riding guides:
Clarks Trail to Rush
Clarks Ghost Loop from LCC
Topo map for printing (wider area, higher-res): View
Corner Canyon area trail overview page
Lodging, camping, shops: Links to southern SLC resources