Mercer Hollow is one of the Corner Canyon trails on the south side of the mountain which can get you access to all the trails in the trail system from Utah County. It is a quick ride up providing a good workout if you push it and a fun flowy ride back to the bottom.
Corner Canyon Trails: Mercer Hollow - Intro
Mercer Hollow Trail is one of the 3 (and a half) gateways to the more well known Corner Canyon trails from the Utah County side. The others being South Maple Hollow, Hog’s Hollow and 3 Falls (incomplete at this time). Mercer Hollow Trail will give you access to some of the best of the central/northern Utah Mountain Biking. Although short itself, mercer hollow trail provides a fun sprint up to the top with some nice views and a fun (albeit quick) downhill flow type of wide single track downhill which will leave you with an appetite for more of Draper’s popular well groomed (and growing) corner canyon trails.
Corner Canyon Trails: Mercer Hollow : Quick Facts
|Start Geo||Click for map to 40.461579, -111.818250 (Draper, Utah)|
|Location||South side of Suncrest road, first pullover spot (on the right) after Skye Estates. Look for the big tractor tires.|
|Type||Out and back (short), or use to access CC proper.|
|Tread||1/2 double track, 1/2 CC cut trail|
|Physical||The top half (single track) can be a strenuous climb, if you push it, but it is pretty short.|
|Jumps||There are handful of fun roller style jumps|
|Obstacles||Nothing to note, unless you can figure out how to incorporate the big rock that is right next to the trail|
|Technical||CC "groomed" single track has most of the technical stuff removed.|
|Flow||This is a pretty fun flowy downhill run. While in the upper half you have enough open space and berms to keep your speed up. There are portions of switchback that you can jump over if you are fast. Overall a fun flowy downhill experience.|
|Gain||Strava, Trailforks and my own analysis disagree, but somewhere around 600 feet +|
|Overall||Fun, but mostly good for access to the rest of Corner Canyon|
Corner Canyon Trails: Mercer Hollow - Map
Max elevation: 5951 ft
Min elevation: 5374 ft
Total climbing: 1394 ft
Total descent: -1414 ft
Average speed: 11.95 mi/h
Corner Canyon Trails: Mercer Hollow - Trail Description
Mercer Hollow trail is divided into upper and lower sections. The lower section is breezy double track and ends at the gravel road coming down from Mercer Hollow Cove. After the gravel road, you will enjoy the “Draper style” single track (i.e. a really wide single track, cut with Draper’s super duper trail cutter). The single track gets you to the top where you can then cross Suncrest Road and jump on Eagle Crest (to access Maple Hollow, Vertigo and Levitate), or you can head over to the Peak View trail head (otherwise known as “The Corral”) which is the main intersection in the Corner Canyon trail system. From there you can access the north side trails and up to Jacobs Ladder. The climb is a decent workout, but very short. There are a few rocky sections but the trail is well built and easy to climb. It will get you to the top with lots of energy for the rest of your CC adventure.
Corner Canyon Trails: Mercer Hollow - Summary