Stay Park City’s Top Hiking and Biking Trails

Stay Park City’s Top Hiking and Biking Trails

Stay Park City’s Top Hiking and Biking Trails

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Stay Park City isn’t just about booking hotels and recommending restaurants. We’re all major outdoor enthusiasts with years of Park City hiking and biking experience. We think everyone should know where to find the best trails in Park City, and made this list just for you. Even more resources are available on our trails page.

Hiking Park City

Rob’s Trail

Rob’s Trail is a longtime local favorite, and for good reason. This moderate trail does feature an elevation gain, but it does so at a comfortable pace. The trail’s popularity comes from a combination of the excellent mountain views and the large number of aspens along the path. Whether bristling with spring greenery or putting on a spectacular autumnal display, the aspens provide a beautiful backdrop for your perambulations.

Access: http://mountaintrails.org/pc-trail-system/robs-trail/

Armstrong Trail

One of the newer networks in town, Armstrong Trail starts at the Silver Star chairlift, and heads uphill into the aspens, offering great views of town as it winds upward. The trail connects to Mid-Mountain Trail, if you are looking to connect to that system, and you can use Armstrong as a loop or a connection to Park City Mountain. The moderate difficulty and flexible choices in destination make Armstrong a popular option for frequent visits.

Access: http://mountaintrails.org/pc-trail-system/armstrong-trail/

Iron Mountain Trail

Difficult to find and fairly steep, Iron Mountain Trail is a lesser-known gem. Located in the back of a residential neighborhood, this trail quickly heads into the hills, offering spectacular views of the downtown area. While many trails are multipurpose, Iron Mountain Trail is a hiker specific stretch measuring about 1.2 miles, and is a great out-and-back choice for those looking for both a decent challenge and a great view.

Access: http://www.willhiteweb.com/utah_climbing/park_city/iron_mountain_018.htm

Biking Park City

Mid-Mountain Trail

One of Park City’s truest classics, the Mid-Mountain Trail covers 28 miles of great terrain. Because it is so old and well known, there are plenty of places to connect to this trail, including Armstrong Trail, mentioned above. One of the most-used access points is at Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, though the parking is somewhat limited. This trail is an awesome way to traverse the terrain between Canyons Village and Deer Valley, though there are literally dozens of ways to construct your ride.

Access: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/midmount.htm

Wasatch Crest Trail

This higher-altitude trail follows the crest of the peaks dividing Park City and Salt Lake City. Famously accessible through the difficult “Puke Hill” stretch, this trail gives riders the option of dropping down into either Park City, or down into Millcreek and on toward Salt Lake proper. Along the crest, riders are treated to views of both cities, unparalleled panoramas that are well worth the difficult ascent. Wasatch Crest can be ridden as part of the “Whole Enchilada”, starting at Armstrong Trail, into Pine Cone Trail, up Puke Hill, and, finally, along Wasatch Crest.

Access: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/wasatch.htm

Flying Dog Loop

Accessed via the Glenwild parking lot in the Kimball Junction/Jerremy Ranch area, the Flying Dog Loop offers a few different lengths of trail designed to allow riders to cater the difficulty of their trip. With loops between 10 and 23 miles in length, there are some choices here. The terrain is varied, interesting, and well-groomed, making for an enjoyable and challenging trip every time. The view changes as much as the terrain, and you’ll never get bored of the varied scenery. This trail also connects to the Jeremy Ranch 24-7 trail, in case you want to mix things up a bit.

Access: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/flyingdog.htm

Ian Campbell

Ian Campbell is the founder of Love the Backcountry, a freelance writer and a long time lover of adventure travel based in San Diego, CA. When not writing about the backcountry, he can typically be found hiking, backpacking and camping in the mountains around San Diego and looking to lay his head beneath as many trees as he can find.