Overview

This trail contours the south side of Traverse Mountain, offering spectacular views of Utah Valley including Mount Timpanogos and Lone Peak. Multiple trailheads provide access, enabling several route options for a shorter or longer outing.

This trail is suitable for hikers of all ages and skill levels. Mountain bikers should be comfortable with lower intermediate technical challenges including some very narrow trail sections with steep side slopes.

Trailhead

The Eagle Crest Trail is accessed from the Eagle Crest Trailhead in Draper, Utah. To reach the trailhead from I-15:

  1. Take Exit 288 for 146000 South.
  2. Turn east onto 146000 South/Highland Drive and continue 0.9 miles to the intersection with Traverse Ridge Road.
  3. Turn right onto Traverse Ridge Road and continue 4.1 miles to the Eagle Crest Trailhead at the junction with Eagle Crest Drive.

The Route

The Eagle Crest Trailhead is located at a midpoint on the Eagle Crest Trail making it possible to do just the west or east segment at a time. If you wish to travel the entire trail from end-to-end, you can start at the Maple Hollow Trailhead on the west end, or from Suncrest Drive on the east end. For this description, you will be starting at the Eagle Crest Trailhead and travel the east segment, followed by the west segment.

From the Eagle Crest Trailhead, begin hiking or riding on the trail heading south, which quickly turns east and begins contouring the slope. The east segment of the Eagle Crest is one of the narrowest trails in the area, which makes it fun and unique but it may be a little unnerving to less experienced riders. Keep going as the trail continues east, trending mostly downhill, while offering an excellent view of Lone Peak and Mount Timpanogos. A short forested section is encountered before the trail ends at Suncrest Drive, approximately 1.4 miles from the trailhead. Return to the trailhead the way you came.

Once back to the trailhead, you can call it a day or continue on to the west segment of the Eagle Crest Trail. To do so, stay on the trail as it turns north past the trailhead, and then begins heading west. The west segment is a little different than the east in that the trail is generally wider and there are more forested sections. It is also a little shorter at just 0.9 miles one-way.

Keep going west on the trail. After approximately 0.3 miles, the trail begins climbing steadily, gaining just over 150 feet before arriving at the end of the trail at Deer Ridge Drive. Two connector trails along the way provide access to the Maple Hollow Trail if you wish to continue exploring; otherwise, turn around and return the way you came.

Rules & Regulations

  • Stay on designated trails.
  • Clean up after pets.
  • Pack out all trash.

Special Considerations

Mountain biking can be a dangerous activity. Ensure your equipment is properly maintained and appropriate for the terrain. Be sure to wear appropriate safety gear including a helmet.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.