Alpine to Three Falls Area
Forbidden, More Effort,
Fort Canyon trails
The long-sought dirt route from Draper's Corner Canyon to Alpine
was opened in 2018. From the Peak View trailhead on Traverse Ridge,
the trail has 1.6 miles on Peak View, 2.9 on Three
2.7 to Alpine Cove on either Bodily Harm or Forbidden for a total of just
over 7 miles. From the Alpine Cove end,
there's 1/2 mile of pavement to the singletrack of Lambert
Park. This page will discuss the trails in Fort
Canyon and Alpine Cove.
View northeast up Dry Canyon. Chipman Peak is on the
left; Box Elder on the right. White Baldy Peak is in the middle. Photos and trail notes April 28, 2018 by Bruce.
Bodily Harm (aka Neph's Lake trail)
The Bodily Harm trail from Alpine Cove starts just off the Schoolhouse Springs dirt
road at 5400 feet elevation.
To get there, take Grove Drive to Alpine Cove
Drive. Turn north on Aspen Drive. The road will turn to dirt.
yards later, veer left and begin climbing on the big road. As the road
turns 200 feet later, spot the trail dropping down to the left. You're here.
We're heading uphill, around 0.4 miles. Switchbacks go back and forth across the hill as
far up as the eye can see.
Just 1/10th mile from the Alpine Cove trailhead, the Stoney
Way trail forks away to the left. This trail connects to the Heritage
Keep right and uphill on Bodily Harm.
Looking northeast as we continue to climb. The trails
look complex, because not only are there multiple switchbacks, there's an
alternate trail plus the Three Falls road.
The trail then begins a sustained climb. Bodily Harm zigs and zags around
the edge of the hill through switchbacks. Turn hard left at the trail fork
with More Effort at mile 0.6 from the trailhead. (See below for info on
Hitting a grove of maple and tall gambel oak during
an early-spring climb.
At mile 0.7 (one set of turns
later) Bodily Harm will cross a ridge on the edge of the Three Falls Lane
road and descend a bit before resuming the climb.
Now you've got a mile of uncomplicated climbing, with an
occasional coasting break. Plenty of
turns, most of which have a just-enough turning radius. There will be
fabulous views of Lone Peak, Box Elder, and the Utah Valley.
Looking over a group of arrowleaf balsamroot at Lone
At mile 1.8, you'll encounter the trail from Fort Canyon's public
trailhead. Keep right and pedal to the ride's highest point at 5900 feet
Rolling the Rocky Mountain through forest of maple --
and an occasional fir tree -- on
the Fort Canyon side of the ride.
The trail will now begin to drop into upper Fort Canyon.
The trail will descend through a series of turns before
approaching the homes of Three Falls. You'll be losing almost 200 vertical
feet of your climbing.
Crossing the ridge between Utah Valley and Fort
Canyon, with Lone Peak forming a picturesque background.
Across the valley, you'll see a ribbon of pine trees in a ravine
descending the slope of Lone Peak. That's the main creek. After you get
through the subdivision, you'll hit the Three Falls trail and climb to the
bridge across that creek.
Looking across upper Fort Canyon. I've noted the
location of the continuing trail. The brown smudge through the middle of
the photo is the construction area.
At mile 2.6, the trail starts to climb uphill
again through in a forest of mixed maple and pine. You'll go around a
couple of switchbacks.
Keep straight as you hit a trail fork, which will
take you straight north toward the subdivision road. (There's a narrow hiking
trail on the left, which turns west to
a series of bike-unfriendly stone steps. The apparent sharp turn uphill on
the right will take you into the construction zone in 2018.)
Riding through maple groves as we approach the Three
Falls road in Fort Canyon.
When you reach the Fort Canyon road, go straight across to the trail on the opposite side
and begin climbing.
Climb through a couple of turns. As the trail straightens and heads
toward the big ravine, you'll see a trail
on your right. This is the Forbidden trail, and can take you back to the Alpine
Cove trailhead in a loop ride.
Riding through the balsam root near the ridgeline
above Fort Canyon.
To ride Three Falls to Peak View,
keep straight and ride across the bridge over Fort Canyon Creek. And you're on the way to
See the Peak View - Three Falls Draper page.
The bridge over the creek. Take a minute to enjoy the
Fort Canyon trail
The Fort Canyon to Three Falls trail connects the public
trailhead in Fort Canyon to the Alpine Cove to Three Falls trail on the
ridgeline. It's 1.4 miles long with 500 vertical feet of elevation change,
making it suitable as a climbing trail or a fast downhill flow
Fort Canyon trailhead. By the time you ride this, the
trailhead may be paved. Because it's still under construction, don't park
here at this time.
As you drive or pedal up Fort Canyon, turn right at mile
0.9, just as you're approaching the entry to Three Falls. Take the first
left into the public trailhead parking. The trail begins to the left of
the bathroom building.
View to the southwest, with Utah Lake and Lake
Mountain in the distance. To the right is the Fort Canyon road.
After flirting with the fences of adjacent private property,
the Fort Canyon trail climbs uphill. The terrain is sage with small stands
of gambel oak and occasional maple.
You'll enjoy frequent views of Lone Peak, Little
and Chipman Peak ahead of your handlebars as you climb. (Far left, Lone
Peak. Left, Little Matterhorn. Middle, Chipman.)
At this time, there are no trail forks until you reach the
Bodily Harm trail (Alpine Cove to Three Falls) at mile 1.4. Fork right to head for
Alpine Cove, left for Three Falls.
A new trail is being excavated that will extend north from Heritage
Hills in Alpine to the Fort Canyon trail just before it joins Bodily Harm.
It is expected to be complete in summer 2020.
Arrowleaf balsamroot blooms in the April sunshine. On
the far right, Box Elder Peak appears as we climb higher.
The Forbidden trail, finished in late summer 2018, lies to the
northeast of the Bodily Harm (Neph's Lake) route. It's 2.6 miles long,
running from Alpine Cove to the Three Falls trail in Fort Canyon.
Heading uphill toward Lone
Peak on the lower segment of the trail, near Schoolhouse Springs.
The lower end of Forbidden links to the small Lone Peak (Schoolhouse Springs)
trailhead via a short connector, one switchback uphill from the creek. The
bottom crosses the creek and joins the dirt road to the Lone Peak
The upper end of Forbidden is on the
Three Falls trail, just east of the bridge over the big ravine and above
the Three Falls Lane road.
east toward Box Elder Peak shortly after leaving the Three Falls trail..
In 2019, the trail hits a construction zone at mile 1.7
from the bottom. Veer uphill to join the dirt road. In 100 yards, keep
left as the road turns to the right toward a water tank. Find singletrack
and descend to rejoin the original (buried) trail.
(If riding from Three Falls, you'll reach a trail fork
just before the trail dead-ends in a massive dirt pile. Fork left and
climb steeply on the bypass trail until it reaches the dirt road near the
water tank. Turn right downhill and coast 100 yards until you find the
singletrack on your left.)
After skirting the construction zone, the trail
begins dropping down into Dry
Creek canyon. Here there will be open views alternating with forest.
through maple forest into Dry Creek Canyon.
In the downhill direction, around mile 1.6 from the Three Falls trail
Schoolhouse Springs trail settles into a series of long traverses between
switchback turns as it slowly sheds elevation.
At mile 1.7, keep left on a turn as More Effort joins the
middle of that turn from your right.
Typical stretch of trail descending to Alpine Cove.
Exposed trail winding back and forth across the mountain between tight
As you get close to the bottom, at mile 2.5, a trail joins
from the left. This is the connector to the Lone Peak trailhead uphill. If
you continue straight, it will take you down another couple of turns,
through the creek, and you'll join the trailhead road at mile 2.6.
View to the south from the trail at
5900 feet elevation.
I also like this trail as a climber. From Alpine Cove to Three
Falls, you'll do much of the elevation gain on the traverses. They work a
lot better uphill than downhill, I think. The trail has 600 feet of elevation
surface is smooth and turns have a generous radius. It's a fairly easy
trail to pedal.
A loop ride from Alpine Cove using Forbidden and Bodily
Harm will be 5.5 miles with 1000 vertical feet of climbing.
Looking toward Lambert Park. At the bottom is the
Lake Hardy/Hammagog equestrian trailhead. At lower mid-photo are the homes
of Alpine Cove. Lambert Park sits like a fat "U" around the
homes of Box Elder, right in the middle of the picture.
More Effort is a connecting trail 0.6 miles in length. Starting from
Bodily Harm, it will cross the
Three Falls Lane road and climb 150 vertical feet to join the Forbidden
The trail can be used as the bottom of a long loop from above, joining
Bodily Harm and Forbidden. Or for beginners, it can be the top of a short
loop starting from Alpine.
The new origin of More
Effort. Seen as if climbing Bodily Harm. Bodily Harm is a 180 degree turn
to the left; More Effort is straight ahead.
When climbing Bodily Harm, the fork for More Effort comes at
mile 0.5, on the right. (180 degrees right continues uphill on Bodily
Harm.) After leaving Bodily Harm, the trail will reach the Three Falls
Lane road in 1/10th mile. Go uphill slightly to turn into the continuing
Rolling through the oak brush after crossing the
Three Falls Lane road.
More Effort joins Forbidden in the middle of a hairpin turn, 0.9 miles
from the bottom.
Ready to join Forbidden, uphill or down, from More
Effort. We're looking northeast.
Getting to Lambert Park from Draper!
At the bottom of either Forbidden or Bodily Harm, descend down to the paved
Aspen Drive. It will now be exactly 1/2 mile of paved road to arrive at the
singletrack in Lambert Park. At the end of Aspen Drive, turn left at the T intersection with Alpine Cove Drive.
The slopes above the cove are fully sun-exposed, and
will be hot at mid-day in the summer..
Pedal 0.2 miles to the 4-way intersection and turn right downhill. Keep straight
as you pass Juniper Circle and the road veers east (left). Keep straight
as you pass Grove Drive on the right. Cross the bridge, then keep right on
Box Elder Drive. 200 feet later, turn onto singletrack. Left off the
pavement is Rodeo Up; right and downhill is Middle.
Rolling into a switchback turn as we descend the
mountain toward Alpine.
Three Falls to Lambert Park
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Getting there, Fort Canyon: As you drive into Alpine
on Main Street, keep straight at all intersections until you reach 800
North. Then, just as Main Street turns to the right and becomes Heritage
Hills Drive, fork left on Fort Canyon Road to continue north. 0.9 miles
later, turn right just before the Three Falls entry. Turn left into
Facilities: bathroom at Fort Canyon trailhead, bathrooms at Lambert
Park trailheads. (No services at Schoolhouse Springs or Heritage Hills
Bodily Harm has not been declared officially
re-opened, although riders are using it. There is currently work being
done on the big road, and on the bottom of Bodily Harm, Forbidden, and the
Lone Peak trailhead connector.
See below for the trailhead area routing as of August 2021.
Getting there, Alpine Cove - Schoolhouse Springs: Instead of turning left
on Fort Canyon Road, stay on Heritage Hills Drive. Turn left uphill on
Grove Drive. At the T intersection (where a right turn would take you
across the bridge into Lambert Park), turn left on Alpine Cove Drive. At
the 4-way intersection, turn left. As Alpine Cove Drive turns downhill,
turn uphill on Aspen Drive. It will turn to the Three Falls Lane road. As
the larger road veers left, keep straight onto a smaller dirt road. Go 1/4
mile uphill and park at the Lone Peak trailhead. Go to the "Lehi"
gate and turn left to get on the singletrack that dips through the creek.
Keep left and descend on the trailhead connector. You'll find a connection
to Forbidden on the right, or you can continue to the bottom to find
Bodily Harm on the uphill side of the creek on the other side of the
raised Three Falls Lane road.