|Snow-biking in Corner Canyon
|Summary of ride:
6-mile loop, 900 vertical feet of climbing
intermediate or better snow riders
late December through February. Altitude 4900 to 5800 feet.
Usual packed Route(s): Bi-directional 6.0-mile loop consisting
of Potato Hill, a bit of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail (BST), Canyon
Hollow, and eastern Ann's Trail. Packed via snowmobile grooming for deeper
snows, fat-tire packing for lesser snowfalls.
Photo: Climbing uphill through the stout maples of Canyon
|Characteristics: Broad trail overall, but the
packed surface typically is only 12 to 18 inches width. After a small to
moderate snowstorm, bike-packing yields a very narrow trail, often only 6
to 8 inches. The BST and Potato Hill are lower altitude and somewhat
sun-exposed, so expect some ice and frozen ruts in the mornings and melted
slush after 11 a.m. Canyon Hollow is shaded so it stays fluffy. Ann's is
mostly softpack but has a few short areas that tend to turn to ice/dirt,
plus two short stretches of unpackable drift snow depending on the time of
the season. If you're climbing up from the Equestrian Center, be aware
that the Corner Canyon trail is dramatically more prone to melting, so
between storms it will usually develop large icy areas and bare dirt.
Photo: Almost to the top of Canyon Hollow, looking
northwest over the Salt Lake valley.
Timing: On sunny days, finish your ride before 11. All-day
riding can be done only when stormy or cloudy on the day after a hard
Other notes: Very popular route. Expect hikers and two-way
traffic. Trail will be closed when conditions are muddy. (The Corner
Canyon BST and Rattler are nearby all-weather trails to be used as an
Photo: Looking northeast on Ann's Trail near Ann's Point.
|Recommended Access: Potato Hill trailhead on
Traverse Ridge Road then 0.1 mile east to trail fork. Straight for Ann's
(counterclockwise loop), hard left to descend Potato Hill (clockwise).
Coyote Hollow 100 feet to trail fork, straight for Canyon Hollow
(clockwise), right uphill for BST (counterclockwise). Equestrian Center
(Highland Dr) cross road and climb Corner Canyon trail, R at doubletrack
fork on BST to reach loop near Coyote Hollow (add two miles distance for
Trail page: Go to Corner
Canyon Overview page.
GPS: Potato Hill - BST -
Canyon Hollow - Anns
multi-track area file
Standard map: Corner
Canyon area topo map for printing
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