Ghost Falls is a small, but beautiful waterfall in Corner Canyon in Draper, Utah that has old crashed cars nearby. It is a mostly shaded loop of trails popular with families and mountain bikers.
Draper Trails Map
There are actually many ways to get to Ghost Falls, but I’ll describe a few of them. Here is a map from Draper City that shows all the different trails and the trailhead options.
Here is a detail of the Ghost Falls area. The Ghost Falls Trailhead has been inaccessible for a while with construction. The Peak View Trailhead is a great option. Generally, Peak View is uphill and Ghost Falls is downhill, so your hike or ride will be uphill on the return.
There are lots of ways to get there and they do have maps and signs, but it can still be pretty confusing if you don’t have a path pre-planned. Before you go, look at the map and decided which route you prefer, so that when you see the signs, you’ll take the right one.
Hiking or Biking
There are both foot trails and biking trails, so hikers will mostly want to to stick to a different route than mountain bikers.
Peak View Trailhead
The Peak View Trailhead is probably the best starting point to get to Ghost Falls.
Hoof ‘N Boot Trail
Begin on the east side. Hikers will want to take the Hoof ‘N Boot, which is the same start as the Hidden Meadows Loop.
I saw this lazuli bunting near the start of the trail.
Soon you arrive at the junction. Take a left here to head downhill.
You will head through the sub oak and some small open areas.
Soon you arrive at a junction. You can take the road, but your best bet is to head straight across.
Cross Corner Canyon Road and continue on Hoof ‘N Boot.
Hyde ‘N Seek Trail
When you come to the bench and sign, head right onto Hyde ‘N Seek.
There are several intersections, but luckily every path is pretty well signed. Stay on Hyde ‘N Seek until it joins Phantom Footpath.
Here are some images from Hyde ‘N Seek.
Here are some from the upper part of the Phantom Footpath.
When you get to the bridge you are getting close.
These are from the top and bottom of the Phantom Footpath in the late fall.
This area has lots of intersections of different trails, so watch out for bikers as you walk.
When you stand on this bridge, look and see Ghost Falls. It’s much harder to see it in the summer than the fall.
Head around to the left to try to get a better look. In the summer it’s trickier, because this area is covered in poison ivy.
Poison Ivy has “leaves of three, let it be”. If it’s early enough in the season you may be able to find a safe path to get a better view. Poison Ivy will be incredibly itchy, so be careful.
Here is another of Ghost Falls and a little stream.
If you are interested in crashed cars, head along Canyon Hollow Trail and look down the hill to the right.
Canyon Hollow Trail
Directly west of the Ghost Falls Trail, a couple minutes along the Canyon Hollow Trail are some crashed cars. They fell from the canyon road above into the ravine. Watch out for bicyclists along this trail.
This one is a little hard to see right from the main trail, but you can see it well within a few steps, at least this time of year. It’s mostly obscured in the summer when all the leaves are on the trees.
If you like seeing old crashed cars, there is also an old wrecked car in Ogden near the Birdsong Trail. There are lots of old, wrecked cars along the Farmington Creek Waterfall and Car Graveyard Trail!
Hoof ‘N Boot
Head left to join Hoof ‘N Boot trail when you get to it.
When you cross over to this part of Hoof ‘N Boot you will be back along the path you came on.
There are some nice views of the Draper Temple and the mountainsides.
Even though the leaves are a little past prime, I love this view of the Draper Temple.
Finish that same path, along Hoof ‘N Boot.
Here is one more of beautiful Ghost Falls!
Stats: Distance – 3 – 4 miles depending on route (can be adjusted to be longer)
Approximate hiking time – 1-3 hours
Elevation gain – 0-548 feet
Difficulty – Moderate
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – Yes
Seasons to hike – April-October (use micro-spikes in winter)
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – No (Ghost Falls is a watershed)