If you’re an avid mountain biker and you live in Utah, chances are you’ve been to Corner Canyon. Lower Corner Canyon is low-altitude and has off-season single-track that is fun and quick to ride. It’s also close to civilization.
What Makes It Great
The Corner Canyon Trail is an easier trail and great for when you only have time for a short ride or have beginners with you. Lower Corner Canyon is a ride you can take right before work or right after in spring, summer or fall. Not only does it have the variety of terrain to keep any mountain biker grinning, but it’s one of the first trail systems in the valley to thaw and one of the last to freeze, so it’s about as close to year-round singletrack as you’ll find in the valley.
If you’re taking a ride in the winter, a good quick loop is the uphill on the Lower Corner Canyon trail, around the Silica Pit and back down on the Creek View trail. Some of it is double track for the uphill and single track in the trees (more tricky and snowy) on the downhill. This loop is about 2.8 miles with an elevation gain of 350 feet.
The Andy Ballard Trailhead is the preferred trailhead to begin any mountain bike from. You cross the street to the east side from the parking lot and a little to the right to begin the Corner Canyon uphill trail. You climb a couple of switchbacks and the single track joins double track up to a 5-way intersection area of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, Ghost Falls, Canyon Hollow, and the Silica Pit.
Pay attention to the signs while biking at Corner Canyon to make sure you’re not heading the opposite direction on a one-way trail. The trails are clearly marked. Be courteous to other trail users such as trail runners, hikers, and horseback riders. Wear a biking helmet at all times and riding gloves are recommended. Make sure you have enough water/hydration for when you’re on the trails, and there are few places on the trails to stop off to the side for some snacks.
Who is Going to Love It
The lower area of Corner Canyon is a great place to take beginner mountain bikers. It gives them a good taste of some uphill and gives them a nice reward of some exciting downhill once they’ve reached the top of their designated route. But it’s not only for the beginners. Intermediate, advanced and expert riders use this lower area to begin their trek uphill onto more technical trails and enjoy the rush of the downhill as well. There’s even a trail called ‘Rush’ in Corner Canyon.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
To get to the Corner Canyon Trail, from I-15, take the 146000 South Exit (Bluffdale Exit #288). Turn left (east) on Highland Drive and follow the road for 3.3 miles to the Andy Ballard Equestrian Center and Trailhead. The free parking area is very easy to locate.
It has a picnic area, information kiosk, paved parking, equestrian park, BMX race track and restrooms. Corner Canyon is an open area, so it has no official hours.