Draper City, Utah, is known for having the finest shared-use trail network in the Salt Lake Valley. All non-motorized trail users are welcome and there is something for everyone. Draper’s message is that open space is for sharing and trail enthusiasts deserve an equal chance to enjoy nature.
Draper’s Corner Canyon has 45 miles of trails that include a three-mile mountain bike specific descending flow trail. Last year’s additions included a new “winter loop” giving trail users several miles of south-facing sandy slopes that are useable during rain or snow. Draper has one of the nation’s first legal MTB downhill shuttle runs. This year’s plan is for an equestrian-preferred route giving them quiet access to the wilderness area above.
The neighboring canyon of Little Valley is getting a small cluster of trails geared for beginners and family-level trail users. Similar to Corner Canyon, there will be a balance of dual-direction shared-use trails with some single-use and single-direction trails. This is the dream of Corner Canyon Trails and Open Space Foundation’s co-founder Ken Murdock. They are currently raising money for the proposed trailhead at Little Valley.
Trail Solutions’ Joey Klein teamed up with Draper City’s engineer Brad Jensen and Draper Parks and Trails’ Greg Hilbig to design the Little Valley flow trails. The new trails will be the launch point for families looking to get into mountain biking, running and hiking.
One of the first new trails for Little Valley was to be a hand-built segment for hikers and uphill mountain bike traffic. This was the perfect fit as part of a trail building training clinic for Scheels employees. Scheels is a popular sporting goods store that wants to give back to the community by offering trained employees to lead volunteer trail workdays. Joey led a multi-day trails clinic teaching the Scheels students’ skills needed for their mission.
Randy Spangler of IMBA Trail Solutions and Casey Ferrell of FlowRide arrived on site to lead machine construction and hand finishing of the flow trails. The rush was on as the approaching summer robbed the soil of precious moisture. In barely a weeks’ time the machine crew laid down endless berms, rollers and other fun features. The entire trail tread has been “lifted and tilted,” maximizing the fun factor while designed to shed water. Scheels volunteers and the Draper City Trail Crew jumped in to help with finish work.
The family flow trails of Little Valley are rideable now, but access is limited until the new trailhead is finalized. Expect a grand opening for Summer/Fall 2014. Special thanks to all involved in the trails for Little Valley and Corner Canyon: Draper Parks and Trails, Corner Canyon Trails and Open Space Foundation, Alpine Trails, IMBA Trails Solutions, FlowRide, Scheels and countless other volunteers!