Please note, Levitate is currently in pretty rough shape. James Logan is planning a dig day and they are planning on having 2 mini-ex machines on Sept 30th. Note that they will need like 50 volunteers to support the tractors. We'll bring you more info.
The Levitate Trail, located in the corner canyon trail system of Draper, Utah, was constructed by Gravity Logix
several years ago. Over time, the trail has undergone significant transformations.
Thankfully, Draper and all the riders who cherish this trail are fortunate to have a highly skilled and dedicated
group of individuals led by James Logan, who diligently maintain and enhance its condition. Under their stewardship,
the trail has witnessed remarkable improvements. The jumps have been enhanced, resulting in an even more exhilarating
riding experience. They are now larger, allowing for increased speed and providing a smoother ride compared to its
The trail heads southeast from its initial drop-in at the doubletrack.
Levitate is a legit shuttleable downhill only trail. There are gaps, many
of which you can ride around, but you should not be riding the trail if you
are uncomfortable hitting this size of jumps. If you aren't sure, then a
good way to tell would be to ride all the jump lines on Vertigo
and if you are super comfortable with
them, then move up to Levitate.
Oh, and please remember a few things.
1. don't roll the lips! It damages them.
2. when you slow down, don't slide and create those nasty brake bumps
3. have fun!
From Bruce's 2017 review of Levitate:
View northwest early in the descent, as Bruce lands a little hop. At this spot, Levitate and Vertigo temporarily join so they can cross over.
The Vertigo trail was built by
Gravity Logic in late fall 2016, with Levitate added in June 2017 and
Zooropa in May 2018. All are one-way downhill trails, extending from the
Eagle Crest trail to the bottom of the South Maple
Hollow and Woods Hollow trails. They
should be considered upper-intermediate trails. A fourth beginner-level
downhill flow trail called Rattle and Hum is discussed on the Woods Hollow
Levitate is the westernmost of two trails that branch off Eagle Crest as it crosses a doubletrack 0.1 miles from the Eagle Crest trailhead in Suncrest. Note that Levitate is an expert-level trail, specifically designed for launching your bike into the air.
When coming from the east, when Eagle Crest temporarily joins the doubletrack, pass Vertigo then veer left on Levitate. If you're approaching from the west on Eagle Crest (from South Maple Hollow or Ann's Connector), you'll need to do a hard 180 degree turn to get onto Levitate.
The Levitate trail heads is broad, with high berms on turns and multiple table-jumps on the straights.
Bruce lands a little hop at a "step-up," the last of four table jumps in this photo.
After an initial turn, Levitate drops downhill. Levitate immediately gets down to business. And its business is throwing you up into the air. The jumps start right away.
While never uncomfortably steep, Levitate has a steeper and more sustained pitch than Vertigo. It's also more straight, leading to the higher speeds required to send you up and over the tabletops.
Levitate will join Vertigo on your left just 0.2 miles from the top. The trails are about to cross over. Prepare to veer to the left. (It's easy to be suckered into descending Vertigo instead.) The routes split again after about 100 feet, with Levitate to your left, out of sight behind a grove of gambel oak until you're almost at the trail fork. There are plenty of signs, but I still went the wrong way on my first try.
Approaching the cross-over. Vertigo is coming in to our left. After the trails merge, veer to the LEFT to continue on Levitate.
Rolling up to a table jump. Note that the jumping lip is well-defined. We want it to stay that way.
Levitate is heavily machined in order to create a controlled flow of jumps as you descend the mountain. Most are simple table-top jumps of varying steepness. Some are step-ups (where the landing puts you at a higher level than the launch lip).
At this time, there are no "gap jumps." So it's a good learning trail for very experienced upper-intermediates and experts who are just getting into "taking air." However, if you're simply not interested in jumping, may I suggest you skip this trail. Slow riders who "roll" the jump will flatten the lip, making it less fun for those who want to launch their bikes.
OK, so my jumps are measured in inches instead of feet..
Rolling a turn. You need speed to stay up on the wall.
There are a few turns on Levitate. They're highly banked and designed for speed. Again, if you don't have the skill or the nerve to maintain a good speed through these turns, Levitate is not the right trail for you.
After 1.3 miles, Levitate rejoins Vertigo as it approaches
the parking area on Brookside Drive in South Maple Hollow. Time to go up
for another lap, doing Vertigo this time! As you approach the
"one-way" sign in the meadow area, the Woods
forks away to your left as a second climbing route back to the
Heading south. In a few years, vegetation will take over the sides of the trail where the jumps were machined.