There is no better way to experience Park City, Utah’s breathtaking scenery than by hitting the trails! Park City offers more than 400 miles of single and double track trails that cater to all levels of mountain bikers, hikers, and runners. Locals embrace our trail life, and we are lucky that there are trails accessible from pretty much anywhere in town. Check out the following trails if you are looking to take in some magnificent views.
Whether you access the trail from the Rail Trail or Aerie Drive, you’ll enjoy some mellow switchbacks and stunning vistas of Old Town, Park City Mountain, and Deer Valley.
This iconic trail runs along the ridge between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Park City Mountain. It’s hugely popular for the amazing views of the jagged peaks that are characteristic of the Cottonwood Canyons. The high-altitude trail is also a great way to recreate in cooler temperatures, especially during this hot summer. Don’t miss the chance to hike the Wasatch Crest trail during the fall foliage season as the golden Aspens are absolutely gorgeous.
A favorite trail for hikers (mountain biking is not allowed), Silver Lake Trail begins at the mid mountain village area of Deer Valley Resort, starting from near the Sterling Express chairlift. Trail users can opt to pay for a ticket to ride the chair up and hike down, hike up and ride down for free, or be a rock star and do the round trip hike. The trail crosses through ski slopes and bowls and also meanders in and out of Aspen trees and firs. Take in the views of the Jordanelle Reservoir and the Uintas. This is also a locals’ favorite for a fall hike. And you can work up your appetite and feast on a gourmet lunch at Royal Street Café or Stein Ericksen Lodge following your hike.
At the opposite end of town from Deer Valley at Kimball Junction, the Glenwild trail network offers single track switchbacks with South-facing views of Kimball Junction extending all the way out to Deer Valley.
If getting out into the wilderness and off the beaten path is more your style, fortunately, it is a short drive to the Uinta mountain range. This is where Utah’s highest peaks reside in the Wasatch-Cache National forest. Many are above the tree line. From Kamas, head East on Mirror Lake Highway through the forest. There are more than 1,700 miles of trails, and the higher altitude is desirable for comfortable hiking temperatures in the heat of summer. There are hundreds of lakes throughout the forest that are accessed by many trails, including the Crystal Lake Trailhead. Be sure to have $3 handy for the self-pay stations as you will need to display a pass on your car. If you’re just driving through and don’t plan to park, it is not necessary to pay the fee. The forest is home to many campsites for those who wish to make it an overnight adventure.