Single track on the edge of development
This dedicated section of the MT is one of the shortest ones listed on their website, at only 6.1 miles one way, and does not include any sections of existing trails in any local parks. The majority of the trail is actually single track, except for one mile on the east end of the trail that passes by the West Wing substation and around a new subdivision.
The only designated trailhead for this section of the trail is the Trilby Trailhead, which is also one of the few dedicated trailheads for the MT. It can also be used to hike the White Tanks/Grand Avenue section of the MT. This trailhead is very basic, just a gravel lot, about 10 parking spaces traced out with river rock, and a kiosk listing the nearby sections of the trail.
From the Trilby Trailhead, the trail heads east, paralleling the 303 freeway on the north side. As it heads further east, it gets farther away from the freeway until the end of this segment, where the 303 bends to the north. There are also power lines adjacent to the trailhead that the trail parallels and also makes some distance from as it progresses to the east.
The views to the north and to the west are the best, mainly because they have the least views of power lines, highways, and other major infrastructure. Within the first mile, the trail passes by an abandoned building and two wastewater facilities. After that there is some open space, then (as of April 2020), there is a subdivision under construction, mostly grading. There are signs along the trail indicating that there are sections that are detoured. However, the actual detours seemed minimal, consisting of extra markers across a graded drainage channel.
At the 4.5 mile mark, the trail gets very close to Happy Valley Road, and the traffic is very visible and audible. At just over 5 miles, the trail makes a hard right turn to the south and ends up on a dirt road adjacent to the West Wing substation, and also crosses under the power lines that it had been making some distance with up to this point.
After passing the substation, the trail makes a hard left to the north along 179th Avenue, around a newly built subdivision that as of April 2020 was in the final stages of construction. This segment then officially ends at the oddly shaped intersection of 179th Avenue and Vistancia Boulevard. You can continue eastbound along the south side of Vistancia Blvd., which turns into the Happy Valley Parkway after it passes under the 303 freeway. This is one short section of single track there, which then transitions to a sidewalk. This endpoint is an empty gravel lot, which is also listed as an access point for the trail. It’s possible to cut across this lot without having to strictly look for the official trail markers, just head for the south side of Vistancia.
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This hike is listed as One-Way.
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