Little Valley Trail and Instructional Trail System
The Little Valley Loop Trail forks from, then rejoins Ann's Trail just across Traverse Ridge Road from Potato Hill. The area is just east of Draper's Corner Canyon . The main Little Valley trail was completed in 2013. The Little Valley Instructional Trails and trailhead were added in December 2014 and expanded in 2015.
From its beginning on Ann's Trail about 200 feet south of the tunnel, the Little Valley Trail will descend only about 60 vertical feet, then regain 80 vertical to reach the high spot as it rejoins Ann's further southwest. There are occasional views of the valley, but most of the riding is in thick oak forest.
The trail on the right (between the two big rocks heading west downhill) is a steeper narrow route that crosses the east side of Little Valley Loop trail before ending on the broad middle trail.
The neighborhood connector trail is plainly marked and non-confusing. It's found just a bit past the half-way point of Little Valley (when riding counterclockwise east-to-west) and descends 1/10 mile to Maple Park Court. Yes, I suppose you could ride the road to the trailhead to make a loop-on-the-loop.
0.0 North through opening in fence, right
0.1 Keep R (L=Potato Hill Trail) N40 29.285 W111 50.845
50 feet, then R and through tunnel
0.2 Fork soft R then keep straight N40 29.176 W111 50.817
(90-degree R = to streets)
0.6 Keep L (R = to streets) N40 29.072 W111 51.102
0.9 Straight onto Ann's N40 29.061 W111 50.920
(hard R = uphill on Ann's)
1.2 Keep R past first fork - After tunnel, fork L
1.3 Keep L (R = Potato Hill Tr)
1.4 Back at trailhead
If you're already on the bike, you can reach the system just after passing under Traverse Mountain Road. When westbound from the Potato Hill area, you can enter the trail system just 0.1 miles down the Little Valley trail from Ann's Trail. There's a staging area with a map kiosk as you turn off Little Valley.
You can ride the system using the Beginner Trail for all the climbs, having your choice of A, B, C, and D Lines downhill. Or, you can ride loops using one of the narrower trails for your climb. Most riders head for the C-Line trail (furthest east) as a climbing route.
The upper end of the D-Line Trail connects to the Little Valley trail itself, and is the only trail that's not directly available at the upper kiosk. To take this trail downhill, pedal to the upper map signpost at the end of the Beginner Trail. Find the Little Valley trail, which passes just south of the clearing by the kiosk, and turn right. It's about 0.2 miles to D-Line. D-Line is the narrowest and most twisty of the trails, but I'd still consider it easy.
There are two trails here that are foot-traffic only. (Signage is still pending in August 2015.) One is the short path to the top of the little hill near the upper kiosk, and the second is the skinny trail that drops steeply from the spot where Little Valley forks away from Ann's at the north end. You'll see this trail as it crosses C-Line.
The Little Valley Instructional Trail system is going to be your best choice in the Corner Canyon area for children and beginning riders. And for advanced riders, it's worth a detour off Ann's to check it out.
A fall ride on the instructional trails...
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 Ridge Road (also called Traverse Mountain Road). After one mile, pass Mike Weir Drive on your left. Continue uphill past the paved turnoff into the homes on the right, then turn right into the Little Valley trailhead. The trail begins at the southeast corner of the parking area. N40 29.203 W111 50.994
Potato Hill trailhead:
Drive up the Traverse Ridge Road as above, but go past the Little Valley turnoff. About 100 yards further uphill, turn left into the Potato Hill TH, N40 29.300 W111 50.925
Printable one-page guide to this trail
GPS track files (right-click and select "Save Target as..."):
Little Valley only
Little Valley from Potato Hill
Little Valley multitrack trails
Draper Area Trails multi-track file
Satellite map for printing: View
Corner Canyon area trail overview page
Lodging, camping, shops: Links to southern SLC resources