Situated above the ski town of Park City Utah lies one of the most diverse trail systems in the western US. The Park City trails include more than 350 miles of non-motorized trail on state, federal and over 7000 additional acres of preserved open space. Within this massive trail system lies a superb loop sure to challenge the legs and lungs.
The ride should be done in a clockwise direction in order to enjoy the climbing only trails for the massive ascent.
The Park City trail network is multi-use and sees plenty of foot and bicycle traffic. Further back into the trail system, be prepared to see equestrian traffic as well.
The trails are located at altitude above high mountain deserts. Bring plenty of water, food and clothing and be prepared for large temperature fluctuations and variable conditions throughout.
There are multiple intersections along the route that can lead into other drainages or even other towns. Have a map, have a plan and be prepared for a long day out.
Park at the Park City base area, and begin climbing up the Silver Spur
trail (note that the GPS track for this ride starts at the former Spiro Trail
neighborhood access, but that access has been permanently closed). From Silver Spur
, turn right on Armstrong
and settle in for 10 miles of climbing to the high point of the ride.
is steady up but a fairly easy pedal while Pine Cone will test you a bit. The punchiest parts come right before topping out on the Wasatch Crest
Bask in the awesome views to west from the Crest. Ride north along a generally descending route with a few little climbs here and there.
These are in the form of a series of red dirt bluffs called the Fakies.
After the technical rock ridge, keep descending to the Dog Lake
intersection. Stay right for a short easy climb.
After this climb, continue to stay left at the intersections that lead to view points on the ridge until arriving at a big meadow. Here a Y intersection will take users back to Park City or into Salt Lake City. Staying right into Park City is the only way to go. There is a big brown sign on the left hand trail saying No Bikes Allowed.
From the meadow intersection, the trail continues to descend with a short climb on the Crest Connector
trail to the Mid Mountain Trail
intersection. Bear left here and continue down to Ambush
to the end and bear left to ride out to Hwy 224, pedaling back to the beginning of the ride. You can avoid most of the highway by picking up the Farm Trail
paved bike path.