View over the top of Suncrest, with Box Elder Peak on the left and a bit of Timpanogos on the right. Photos and ride review by Bruce on May 28, 2021.
The Traverse Traverse trail connects
trail system to the Mo-mentum trail of Lehi's
. It's a great ride in its own right, with great mountain and
valley views. The trail is 3.4 miles long, but you'll need to take other trails to
get to Traverse Traverse at either end.
Most of the Traverse Traverse trail lies at around 5900 feet elevation. The east side starts
at 5500 feet on Ann's Trail and climbs shady Oak Hollow canyon. The west end is on Mo-mentum
of the Traverse Mountain system at 5700 feet.
The expected riding season is May through early November. In the spring the trail in the trees
of Oak Hollow will be muddy for several weeks after the higher west section has dried out.
Traverse Traverse begins at this turn on the far western side of Ann's Trail.
Climbing from Draper, we're heading for the Oak Hollow draw. The gambel oak will quickly give way to maples.
While the trail is smooth and fairly easy to ride, it's beyond the capabilities of most beginners
because of the substantial climbing -- and intermediate trails -- required to reach it. I'm
recommending this ride for intermediates and above.
Traverse Traverse will be part of a longer ride. You can do it as a pure out-and-back starting
from several trailheads, or you can incorporate loops at one end or the other before backtracking.
For example, when starting from the Draper side, you can loop around Mo-mentum and northern
Sensei before heading back. The shortest out-and-back is from Oak Hollow and will be 9.8 miles.
Some turns are a bit tight, and many are off-camber. When descending, you'll need to slow down and use a bit of caution.
Cruising from turn to turn in the maples.
From Corner Canyon, you'll need to get on Ann's Trail. You can head for Traverse Traverse from
above (Maple Hollow or Potato Hill trailheads) or below (Red Rock, Oak Hollow, or Equestrian
Some distances to Traverse Traverse from the Draper side:
Maple Hollow TH: Ann's Connector and Ann's = 2.0 mi
Oak Hollow on Traverse Ridge Rd: BST and Ann's up = 1.5 mi
Potato Hill TH to Ann's uphill = 2.8 mi
Red Rock (Mike Weir) TH BST west to Ann's = 2.1 mi
The mountain views are impressive, and constantly changing.
A cluster of arrowleaf balsamroot announces that it's spring.
Distances to Traverse Traverse from the Traverse Mountain
Northern Sensei and Mo-mentum = 2.0 mi
Southern Sensei, Mo-mentum CCW = 4.3 mi
Southern Sensei to CW Mo-mentum = 4.5 mi
The Oak Hollow portion of Traverse Traverse lies mostly in tall maple forest. When climbing
the lower 3/4 mile, you'll wind back and forth through 16 turns, some of them a bit tight.
Then the trail breaks out into exposed age and oak slope as it continues gently climbing. You'll
enjoy great views of the Wasatch Range to the east. You'll also have long views north over
the Salt Lake valley.
Looking north into the Salt Lake Valley. The large gray stripe is Interstate 15.
At the ridgeline, we're looking east. That's the Traverse Ridge Road on the left, and you can barely make out the Potato Hill and Little Valley trailheads.
At mile 1.3, you'll cross an old ridgeline dirt road. Your climbing from Ann's has been 450
vertical feet. There's a tiny bit of further elevation gain as you wind in and out of two canyons,
then you begin a gentle descent toward Lehi's Traverse Mountain trails.
From the ridgeline, the trail drops 200 vertical feet over 2.1 miles before reaching Mo-mentum.
(Keeping straight at the trail fork takes you on the gravel pit side of Mo-mentum, where you'll
arrive at Sensei -- and city streets -- fairly quickly. A 180 turn onto eastbound Mo-mentum
descends into Fox Canyon where you'll hit Sensei in the middle of Fox Canyon (see the map).
Early on Lehi's side of Traverse Traverse, heading west through sage.
Riding southwest, with Utah Lake in the distance.
This western portion of Traverse Traverse is wide open. On the steep side-slope you find sage
with an occasional stunted grove of oak. To the east, there are constantly changing looks at
the mountains. To the south are Utah Valley and Utah Lake.
Traverse Traverse ends -- or begins, depending on which direction you're riding -- at the highest
point of Mo-mentum. Here Mo-mentum crosses the ridgeline. To the north are views into the massive
Geneva Rock gravel pit, an impressive view all by itself.
At the western end of Traverse Traverse, we're looking into the massive Geneva Rock quarry as we join Mo-mentum.
The trail fork on the western end of Traverse Traverse was not marked in May 2021. As you climb westbound on Mo-mentum, the trail fork occurs right as you cross the ridgeline above the gravel pit. Keep left and uphill for Traverse Traverse.
Many riders who started in Draper will now choose to take the loop consisting of Mo-mentum
and a piece of northern Sensei before heading back. It's a fun little ride that will add 2.6
miles and around 250 feet of climbing to your outing.
One of the nicest trails in the area, with varied riding surfaces and changing character, plus
some of the best views you'll find anywhere. Great for intermediate riders or very determined
Coming from Traverse Mountain, we're seeing Lone Peak on the left and Box Elder Peak on the right.
Map of Traverse Traverse area
Sensei Water Tank trailhead.
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.
No water or bathrooms at Oak Hollow, Red Rock, or Sensei trailheads.
Traverse Mountain trail page
info on Mo-mentum, Sensei, and Lolo's.
Corner Canyon overview page
links to individual trails and trailhead info on the Draper side.
Maple Hollow (Deer Ridge) trailhead: At the
stop sign in Suncrest, get on Deer Ridge Drive (right turn from SLC,
straight from Utah Co). Go 0.9 miles. Just before the road crosses a
bridge, turn right onto Elk Glen Drive and immediately turn left to park
at the small picnic area. Bathrooms.
Oak Hollow (Traverse Mountain Road): Get on Highland Blvd in
Draper and turn south onto Traverse Ridge Road. About a mile uphill from
Highland Blvd, look for a fenced parking area on the north side of
Traverse Ridge road. The trail exits the east (uphill) side of the parking
lot and descends to the underpass where the BST crosses under Traverse
Ridge Road on it's way to Ann's Trail.
Red Rock (Mike Weir) trailhead: Leave I-15 and climb the hill as
above, but turn right at the light on Traverse Mountain Road. After one
mile, turn left onto Mike Weir Drive. The trailhead parking is on your
right, 1/2 mile later.
Potato Hill trailhead: 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. After one mile, you'll
pass Mike Weir Drive on your left. Keep climbing up Traverse Ridge Road.
Look for the Potato Hill TH on your left about mile 1.3 from the light.