View south on Rattler on a hazy fall day. Trail review and photos by Bruce on October 23, 2013.
This trail is new in fall 2013. The Rattler Trail starts on the upper
end of the
Bonneville Shoreline Trail
. It climbs south
parallel to the Corner Canyon road, then forks into three options:
connect uphill to the Corner Canyon Road, descend to the
Ghost Falls trail
near its origin, or continue uphill to Ghost Falls
The Rattler Trail opens up some new riding options for the unloved eastern side of Corner Canyon.
Rattler has a trail-base that should hold up well in winter. The exposed slopes should pack
down or melt off quickly. Rattler is NEVER closed by rain or snow! I foresee this trail becoming
a winter-riding favorite.
Northern end of Rattler. It forks off the BST just below the Corner Canyon Road trailhead where the BST crosses.
View on the southern end as we descend from Corner Canyon road toward the trail fork. From this spot we can drop to the Ghost Falls trail or reverse and head north downhill on Rattler. A new trail will continue further uphill to the south.
The combination of lower
, the eastbound
, and Rattler forms a set of trails that you can ride any time, regardless of snow or rain
conditions. (See the
Canyon website for closure information
for other trails.)Rattler itself is a little over a mile in length. It runs generally uphill as it heads south
into the canyon. The trail-base is broad and smooth. There are only occasional trees to block
your view of the valley.
I scoped out a couple of riding options for you. One is a quick loop tour of the trail, crossing
the canyon from Coyote Hollow on the
and returning via
See the description below. Once you've done this little loop, it will give you ideas about
how to fit this trail into your ride plans for Corner Canyon.
Approaching Rattler from above on the BST, with the Draper temple appearing over the handlebars.
Typical trail segment. There are a few trees that will offer short damp segments in the winter. Don't hurt the dirt. Draper City will be watching this first winter to see how the trail holds up when damp.
The second described ride is specifically for winter months. A combination of the Corner Canyon
road, Rattler, and Aqueduct can give you several miles and a good workout when other trails
are muddy or buried in snow.
The GPS track files below include a third ride, a 9-mile loop from
the Equestrian Center. It uses
Rattler uphill to
, and Creekview.
Most of the trail is relatively easy riding with gradual slope and gentle turns. There are
frequent views over Corner Canyon below and of the valley to the northwest.
From the BST on the north (downhill) end to
from the merging of Rattler with the Ghost Falls trail) is 1.3 miles.
From Ghost Falls, you can either head over to the Canyon Hollow trail on
the west or continue south uphill on the upper Ghost Falls trail to the
trailhead on the Corner Canyon Road.
Meandering toward a soft turn descending the trail.
Mitt rolls around an outcrop of limestone on Rattler.
At one point (just downhill from the trail fork where Rattler splits), the trail clings to
the edge of a rock outcrop as it skirts a ravine. It's not tricky, at least not on a dry October
day. But the exposed slope will give beginning riders fits. And it will be interesting to see
how the shady spot in the ravine rides when covered in snow and ice.
This is a quick loop tour that will introduce you to the trail. It starts from the Coyote Hollow
trailhead. Keep northeast and generally downhill in the bottom of the hollow. As you arrive
at a confluence of dirt road, find the singletrack heading toward the creek. Cross the bridge
and climb the Bonneville Shoreline to Aqueduct, then climb again on the BST. Fork hard right
when you reach Rattler. Follow Rattler uphill, then descend to the Ghost Falls trail. (NOTE:
for an extra mile, take the fork continuing uphill to Ghost Falls itself. You'll connect to
Canyon Hollow further uphill.) Quickly find your way across the creek (left, then right, then
right) to descend Canyon Hollow.
Riding guide, Coyote Hollow to Rattler
0.0 East from circle N40 29.612 W111 50.328
100 feet keep straight (R =
Clarks and BST)
N40 29.616 W111 50.309
0.1 Veer L (R = Canyon Hollow/Silica Pit)
N40 29.627 W111 50.288
0.2 Straight and downhill on broad trail
N40 29.667 W111 50.230 (L =
0.3 Keep straight to ST N40 29.762 W111 50.120
100 feet, R on ST N40 29.800 W111 50.111
0.7 Slight L onto broad Aqueduct Trail
N40 29.973 W111 50.129
0.8 R uphill on continuing BST
N40 30.056 W111 50.162
1.1 Hard R onto Rattler N40 30.181 W111 50.080 1.9 Straight (R = to CC road) N40 29.878 W111
49.754 100 feet then R downhill 2.1 L on Ghost Falls N40 29.784 W111 49.635 100 feet, then
R N40 29.767 W111 49.621 (L=to Ghost Falls for longer ride) Cross bridge, R downhill on Canyon
Hollow 2.4 Keep straight (R = down to DT) N40 29.742 W111 49.838 2.6 Cross Rush (keep straight)
N40 29.713 W111 49.925 2.9 Keep straight N40 29.632 W111 50.286 3.0 Back at trailhead
This 9-mile loop has 1200 vertical feet of climbing. It starts at the Equestrian parking on
Highland and climbs Corner Canyon south to the BST (northbound). It does another 180 onto Rattler
and continues to Ghost Falls. Crossing the ravine, it climbs to Canyon Hollow and turns uphill.
Fork onto Brocks to the Peak View TH, then descend Rush. Go west uphill on the DT BST to Creekview
and descend back to parking.
Riding guide, Equestrian Rattler to Rush
0.0 Begin climb on Corner Canyon across road
N40 30.323 W111 50.721
0.5 TH, keep R on ST (L = shortcut to Aqueduct)
N40 30.105 W111 50.385
0.6 Join DT, continue uphill N40 30.057 W111 50.328
0.9 Keep L N40 29.827 W111 50.152
100 feet then L and across
N40 29.801 W111 50.097
1.3 Slight L onto broad Aqueduct Trail
N40 29.973 W111 50.129
1.4 R uphill on continuing BST
N40 30.056 W111 50.162
1.7 Hard R onto Rattler
N40 30.181 W111 50.080
2.5 Straight (R = to CC road)
N40 29.878 W111 49.754
100 feet then L and level
N40 29.863 W111 49.724
2.9 Join Ghost Falls (straight)
N40 29.756 W111 49.362
3.0 Pass falls, 100 feet then R N40 29.743 W111 49.301 (L = upper Ghost Falls trail) 3.1 Hard
L climb Canyon Hollow N40 29.731 W111 49.423 4.0 Hard R to Brocks N40 29.540 W111 49.082 4.4
Peak View TH, R to Rush N40 29.292 W111 49.248 4.9 R to The Trees N40 29.263 W111 49.431 5.9
Rejoin Rush N40 29.461 W111 49.437 6.6 Keep L (R=to Canyon Hollow) N40 29.670 W111 49.583 7.3
Cross Canyon Hollow N40 29.716 W111 49.929 7.6 Out to DT then L uphill (BST) N40 29.762 W111
50.115 7.7 R on Creekview N40 29.667 W111 50.231 8.6 Cross bridge then L N40 30.146 W111 50.502
9.0 Cross road to parking
This ride is on exposed slopes that should melt down or compact well in winter. There are several
possible variations that combine Aqueduct, Sadler, Quail, and the BST. The simple route below
puts the snowiest spots on the downhill and uses the gravel road for most of the climbing.
Start uphill from the parking at the bottom of the Corner Canyon road. Grunt uphill all the
way to where Rattler forks away. Descend Rattler to the BST. Fork L downhill. Go L again on
Aqueduct. Ride Aqueduct downhill to the CC road. However... If Quail or Sadler looks relatively
snow-free and interesting, climb back to the road and head uphill. This time, drop down BST
to Rattler and ride a more-difficult loop in the other direction.
Simple winter loop, riding notes:
0.0 Uphill from CC parking N40 31.209 W111 50.099
0.2 Keep straight on road (Aqueduct crosses)
N40 31.074 W111 50.134
0.5 Stay on road (Sadler descends R)
N40 30.786 W111 50.160
0.7 Stay on road (Quail descends R)
N40 30.648 W111 50.157
1.0 Stay on road (BST TH on R)
N40 30.351 W111 50.085
1.6 R downhill on Rattler N40 29.939 W111 49.767 1.7 Hard R N40 29.879 W111 49.754 2.5 Hard
L down BST N40 30.181 W111 50.080 2.8 R on Aqueduct N40 30.067 W111 50.164 (Dry day option,
L = back to Gasline and BST for connections to Ghost Falls and Canyon Hollow) 3.3 Quail on
R (option) N40 30.430 W111 50.261 3.6 Sadler on R (option) N40 30.715 W111 50.241 4.0 Join
CC road 4.2 Back at parking
In addition to the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, two other trails link the Aqueduct Trail to
the Corner Canyon road. Both descend to the southwest (going roughly parallel) which makes
most riders select one or the other, instead of combining both into one ride. Both trails are
sun-exposed and sandy, so there's not much worry about rutting them in the winter.
The Sadler Trail is the first trail you'll encounter when climbing uphill. It's plainly the
least-loved of the two trails, as measured by the in-growth of grass. Sadler is 0.2 miles long
and forks off the road at 1/2 mile uphill from the parking area.
The Quail Trail (often used as part of the Draper ICup race) drops off the Corner Canyon road
at 0.7 miles. It's 0.3 miles in length.Select one trail to ride down and one to go back up. Or not.
Take the Bluffdale exit from I-15 and turn east towards the mountains. Climb the hill as above,
but turn right at the light on Traverse Mountain Road. After one mile, turn into Mike Weir
Drive on your left. Pass the Mike Weir trailhead 1/2 mile later and continue another half mile
until the road veers left downhill. Take the next right turn, turn right again, then left.
You should now be on Gray Fox Drive. Take the next right into Coyote Hollow Court. The parking
is on the right at the end of the pavement.Drive east on Draper Blvd (123rd South) to 13th East. Turn right down the hill. At the traffic
roundabout, to east (90 degrees left) onto Pioneer Road. Go towards the mountains to 20th East,
then turn right. After 1/4 mile, turn left into the trailhead parking area and begin riding
uphill on the gravel road that was immediately on your right as you entered the parking lot.
(GPS N 40° 31.281' W 111° 50.081').Bathrooms: BST trailhead, Equestrian center Water: Equestrian center
Equestrian Center parking: Take the Bluffdale exit from I-15 and turn east towards the mountains
on Highland Drive. Go straight past the railroad underpass. Stay on Highland until you reach
the parking area for the Lynn Ballard ball park on your left. To find the trail, go to the
west end of the parking area near the trail kiosk. Drop down the hill and turn left into the
tunnel under the road. (Or go directly across the road and find the ST climbing up the opposite
side.) After climbing out of the tunnel, turn left and climb back up. The uphill trail is directly
across from the entrance into the parking area (GPS N 40° 30.351' W 111° 50.721'). 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 the ballpark parking.