View down Oak Hollow from the Sensei trail. Trail review by Bruce on October 24, 2018. Latest page update October 8, 2020.
Lehi is developing a trail system on the west slope of Traverse Mountain. When complete, it
will connect to the trail systems of Draper and Alpine. Construction was started in 2018. At
this time, 15 miles are complete, including a connector over to Draper's Corner Canyon trail
The Sensei trail starts at the water tank above the Traverse Mountain homes at 5300 feet elevation.
The trail offers easy mellow riding and great views over the valley.Navigation to the trailhead is a bit complicated, and at this time involves ongoing subdivision
construction on the final bit of road to the trailhead. See the instructions below.
Turns are smooth and banked. Looking southwest toward Lake Mountain, with Utah Lake on the left.
Spots where the oak is tall are rare. Most of the ride is sun-exposed.
The Sensei trail consists of two segments. The eastern half is 2.7 miles long from the water
tank trailhead to the dirt road crossing in Oak Hollow. The Sensei trail continues directly
across the road with a 2.3-mile segment that ends near the bottom of the Fox Canyon subdivision.
If you're not going to ride the whole thing, I recommend you do the eastern side.
The trail surface is smooth and broad. The eastern side has a pitch that's suitable for kids
and beginners. From the water tank, the trail climbs 300 vertical feet over 1.5 miles, reaching
a top elevation of 6000 feet. It then descends 250 feet over the next 1.2 miles to reach the
Oak Hollow road.
Typical terrain for 90% of the trail -- grass and stunted sage.
The trail surface is smooth and broad.
Most of the trail is sun-exposed, passing through grass and low brush. On the north-facing
slopes, there are small groves of oak brush. Only rarely is the oak tall enough to provide
The western side of Sensei should be solid for riding on most days of the winter and early
spring. It's more sun-exposed and grassy -- rather than forested -- so it dries quickly. Mo-mentum
is a loop option off the western side of Sensei. (The connector trail to Corner Canyon forks
off Mo-mentum.)The eastern side has many areas with soft dirt. These spots also tend to be north-facing slopes
with trees to shade the trail surface. In most years the eastern half of Sensei won't be ready
for rut-free riding until mid to late May, and should be avoided after significant rainstorms.
Lolo's Loop is an optional loop off the eastern side of Sensei.
Hitting the sidewall on a turn in the oak.
View south on the newly-built trail north of Oak Hollow. All of that wierd-looking area at mid-right will soon be homes.
At this time, I recommend riding Sensei as an out-and-back. It's an easy ride, so the 10 miles
goes quickly. The out-and-back will have 1200 vertical feet of climbing overall.If you're determined to do a loop, you can combine a bit of gravel road with Vialetto Way (see
the GPX track below, 6.4 miles with 900 vertical) or the newer Dialup singletrack. You can
also combine Broadband (see map) with the Fox Canyon road to loop the northeast section of
The Sensei trail clings to the steep slope of Steep Mountain after it passes across the dirt
Oak Hollow road, reaching the ridgeline where you can see the Salt Lake valley to your left
and Utah Valley to your right. This western segment is 2.3 miles long, with 100 vertical feet
of elevation gain from the road crossing before it descends to lower Fox Canyon westbound.
Steep Mountain is, well, steep. Westbound on northern Sensei.
Looking down at some meanders as Sensei descends westbound toward the Fox Canyon Road.
When riding from the western end, it's 300 vertical feet of altitude gain up to the ridgeline.
The initial grade here is significantly steeper than the other portions of Sensei. This section
has more rock and gravel than the eastern side, so it's ready to ride earlier in the spring,
and relatively unaffected by rains.
The Broadband trail climbs the hillside through switchbacks to the eastern side of Sensei near its highest elevation. Sensei can be seen crossing in the middle of this photo.
The Broadband trail is 1.4 miles long with 500 vertical feet of elevation change. It forks
downhill from Sensei at mile 1.2 from the water tank trailhead, connecting to a subdivision
road in Fox Canyon.
At this time, the access from city street to trail hasn't been fully developed. But if you
know where the trail is, you can use it as a nice climbing access to Sensei from the city.
Currently trail runners seem to be the primary users of this section of trail, because it allows
a shorter loop.
View on Broadband as we head downhill.
Dialup connects the eastern Sensei trailhead to Vialetto Way at the top of the dirt road. This
would be of interest to those who are connecting the two ends of the trail into a loop ride.
It's 0.5 miles long with 120 feet of elevation change.
Mo-mentum is a 2.4-mile alternate higher-elevation line off Sensei. It extends from Sensei
in Oak Hollow to the ridgeline just before Sensei descends back to the Fox Canyon Road in the
subdivision. It will be popular as a lariat loop ride. The trail is a broad machine-cut with
gentle climbing and no technical features.
Wide bench-cut on the dry hillside as we climb up and away from Sensei. I'm doing a clockwise loop around.
View into Geneva Rock north of the trail. We're now on the north side of the ridgeline.
On the western side, Mo-mentum forks to the north from Sensei as it reaches the ridgeline between
Utah and Salt Lake counties. The elevation is 5560 feet. To reach this spot from Sensei's western
end, you will have climbed 400 vertical feet over 1.4 miles from Fox Canyon Road.
Mo-mentum climbs eastbound for about 1/2 mile, passing above the Geneva Rock gravel mine. It
will gain about 200 vertical feet. When it reaches the ridgeline again, you'll have views of
Lone Peak and other mountains of the Wasatch range.
Approaching the ridgeline where we'll cross again to the south side of the hill. That's Lone Peak ahead.
Typical view on the long traverse in the middle of Mo-mentum.
Mo-mentum then begins a long traverse along the hillside. It runs parallel to Sensei, but higher
on the mountain.
At the highest point of Mo-mentum, as it crosses the ridgeline,
forks away. This trail connects to Draper's
Mo-mentum then descends into oak and maple forest and crosses Oak Hollow (above the dirt road).
It will quickly drop down through a series of tight turns to join eastern Sensei 0.1 mile south
of the Oak Hollow dirt road.A very nice 9-mile ride is to start from the water tank trailhead, take Sensei all the way
to the western end of Mo-mentum, then lariat around and back to Sensei for the return. Total
climbing will be around 900 vertical feet.
While most of Mo-mentum is exposed, there is some riding in tall maple and oak on the eastern side of the trail.
Looking southwest at Lolo's Loop from near the ride's highest point.
This loop is an option off the eastern side of Sensei. Lolo's Loop connects at 0.7 miles and
1.3 miles from the water tank trailhead and is 2.7 miles long. Lolo's has significant elevation
change and is a steeper ride than Sensei or Mo-mentum. A lariat ride from the trailhead around
the loop and back would be 4.7 miles long with 650 vertical feet of climbing.
Most riders prefer to do this loop in the clockwise direction, because the climb is spread
out over a longer distance. The top elevation of 6200 feet comes 1.3 miles from either end.
The northern end starts out 100 feet higher, at the highest point of eastern Sensei, with 350
feet of climbing. The southern side puts 450 vertical feet into its 1.3 miles.
Connector to Lolo's from Sensei, with a prominent turning platform.
Typical trail view on Lolo's.
The terrain is similar to Sensei. There's a lot of exposed hillside with grass and low scrub,
with occasional groves of gambel oak.The trail is broad and smooth, with no technical features. There are some hairpin turns on
the slope, which might be a bit much for beginners, so I'm giving this section an intermediate
The Traverse Mountain system is now connected to Draper's trail system
by a connector across Steep Mountain. The route is 3.4 miles long. See the
Traverse Traverse page
The western side of the connecting singletrack is called Traverse Traverse and forks off Mo-mentum
1/2 mile from its western connection to Sensei, right as it crosses the ridgeline.. It's 2.1
miles long. As the trail crosses the doubletrack on top of Steep Mountain, it becomes Draper's
The western side is open and sun-exposed.
The Draper side has spectacular views at the top and twisty trail in cool maple forest at the bottom.
Draper's (eastern) side of Traverse Traverse forks off of western Ann's Trail and is also called
Traverse Connector. It's 1.3 miles long. The fork is in Oak Hollow, 0.9 miles from the Ann's
Connector trail fork (2 miles from the Maple Hollow trailhead). It winds up the Oak Hollow
gulley through around 15 turns, gaining around 300 vertical feet in 0.7 miles, then climbs
around the exposed ridge to connect to Traverse Traverse.
The dirt road extends a mile up the canyon after the pavement ends. It has an acceptable grade
of 400 vertical per mile. But if you try to reach Draper's trails by heading all the way to
the top, you'll be pushing your bike up some really ugly slope as the doubletrack turns into
the Steep Canyon trail.Some local riders use the dirt Fox Canyon road as part of a loop ride, combining the doubletrack
with half of Sensei and -- if they're riding the eastern side -- joining the ends together
via city streets. But the main users will be trail runners.
View down Oak Hollow on the dirt road.
From the Timpanogos Highway near I-15, turn north onto Triumph Blvd. After 1/4 mile, turn left
onto Traverse Mountain Boulevard. Drive around 3/4 mile north, turning right onto Chapel Ridge.
At the roundabout, go north (left from the direction you were going) on Morning View Road,
then left when you reach Vialetto Way. Just as Vialetto Way is coming to its highest elevation
and is curving left, turn right onto newly paved road in a construction area. In around 100
yards, turn left uphill and follow this paved road uphill as far as you can. At the circle
at pavement's end, turn left and climb cindered road to the gravel parking area at the water
tank.Trailhead undeveloped. Northbound on Traverse Mountain Boulevard, pass by Chapel Ridge and
take the next right, which is Fox Canyon Road. Park below the active construction zone and
pedal uphill on the paved road until you see the trail on your left. Cross over, jump the curb,
and find the end of the trail to proceed uphill on the western limb of Sensei. Alternatively,
you can reach the midpoint of the trail if you continue uphill on the road to the dirt road
continuing up the canyon. It's around one mile from the base of the singletrack trail on the
left (under construction) to the spot where Sensei crosses the Oak Hollow dirt road. Camping:
none Water: none Bathrooms: none
Latest update October 2020