Sometime last year, I came across something on the Internet that said someone was developing mountain bike trails on Draper Mountain in town (very specific, I know). This further prompted me to dig for information, but there wasn’t much to find. It looked like something a group of people had been working on for years, though. I had been down the road where the entrance is located last fall, and it didn’t look finished. There was no signage or anything, just a random trail behind a gate that went off into the woods.
Then this past Sunday, after I finished running with Kim, Barry (who had come with me, but ran separately) and I decided to drive down there and check it out. This time we found a sign with a trail map! On Wednesday evening we headed back into town to check out the new trails.
No matter which trail you are going to run on, you start out down a dirt road that all of the trails branch off of. The sign didn’t indicate a name for the trail system, so I’m going to refer to them as the Draper Mountain Bike Trails, since that’s the mountain where they’re located.
Barry and I started off on a trail called Easy Street that was just under a mile long. It was a wide, two track trail that made it’s way up the mountain to a central landing where nearly all of the trails intersect.
When we reached the landing, we found that they had set up a number of practice apparatuses for the mountain bikers to practice on. Pretty neat!
From there, we ran briefly on another trail and connected onto a trail called McTwist. I think this was one of the first trails created.
This trail went mainly downhill, and had a lot of curves and switchbacks. It was pretty much all single track the whole way. It was more “traily” that Easy Street, if that makes sense, and I enjoyed it more. It was also a bit more technical than Easy Street, with plenty of roots and rocks. There was also plenty of mud, since it was raining throughout the entire run.
The McTwist trail deposited us back on the dirt road that connects to the small parking area. Just as we turned onto the dirt road, Barry spotted a turtle!
After saying goodbye to the turtle, we made our way back down to the parking lot. My Garmin didn’t start working until partway through the run, but we guesstimated we ran about 2.5 miles based on the mileage on the trail map. I’m excited to get back over there and explore more trails in the near future! I’m even more excited that we have discovered these trails in town, just a mere 15 minute drive away. Now if I can just get some trails on the mountains directly behind our house…
What should the turtle’s name be? Just in case I run into him again.
What kind of wildlife have you seen recently while out in nature?
Do you enjoy exploring new trails?