Saturday, the Traverse Mountain Trails Association celebrated National Trails Day by unveiling the Traverse Mountain Trail System Master Plan, along with its first trail, the Sensei Trail.
The master plan, created in partnership with Lehi, will require a $2 million investment, a press release from the event states. The funds are expected to come from a combination of public and private funds, and grant monies. To date, the group has raised $200,000, or 10% of the money required.
National Trails Day encourages people to get outdoors to hike, improve a trail or support trails in their local community, making it a fitting setting for the opening of the Sensei trail.
Ben Crookston, president of the Traverse Mountain Trails Association, said the master plan includes a 60-mile network of mountain biking, hiking, trail running and walking trails.
“When complete, the system will connect the Draper and Corner Canyon trail system, giving people access to one of the most extensive trail networks in the country,” Crookston said.
About 250 people attended the event, including Lehi Mayor Mark Johnson, who spoke in support of the master plan and cut the ribbon for the trail. There were also pop-up tents from Skyridge Mountain Bike Club, a local sports drink manufacturer and a local custom bike maker alongside tents for the association and Lehi city.
Community members were able to use the new five-mile trail for the first time and were greeted by refreshments and prize drawings at the “finish line,” hosted by Toll Brothers, the homebuilding company currently building the Canyon Point community at Traverse Mountain in Lehi. Adobe public relations representative Lea Anna Cardwell wrote in an email that the “finish line” for the trail was well attended, “despite the cool weather, sprinklers and wind.”
“Access to the trail network is an important feature for homeowners in our Canyon Point community and provides a healthy way for families to enjoy Lehi’s scenic beauty,” Scott Ilizaliturri, vice president of Toll Brothers Utah division, said.
Adobe, a donor to the association, was given the honor of naming the trail.
“As Adobe and other innovative companies in the area continue to attract talent to the region, readily accessible recreation infrastructure is increasingly important to the active lifestyles of our employees and to keeping them engaged and retained,” Jonathan Francom, vice president, employee and workplace solutions at Adobe, said. “As an early sponsor of the Traverse Mountain Trail system, we are delighted to see the Sensei Trail grand opening as the beginning of what will become an amazing asset to Lehi and surrounding communities.”
Johnson spoke highly of the trail and the master plan as well, and said the system will provide “a sustainable outdoor experience.” In regards to Saturday’s event, he said he “couldn’t be more pleased” with the efforts of the people and groups involved.
“This is a magnificent example of the positive impact volunteers can have in accomplishing something they are passionate about.”
Learn more about the Traverse Mountain Trails Association and view the master plan by visiting their website, https://www.traversemountaintrails.org/.