Pull out the pen and paper and add mountain biking in Park City, Utah to the bucket list. Actually write it with a Sharpie so it stands out front and center. When people think of mountain biking in Utah, Moab comes to mind but the state isn’t a one trick pony.
Park City offers over 450 miles of mountain bike trails for riders of all abilities and seeking different challenges. You name it, they have it. Downhill and lift-service riding, bike park, cross country or even just rolling along a paved trail or some double track gravel in the valley, it is all here.
Granted we love mountain biking and that is why we visited Park City, but the city (area in general) has so much more to offer than just mountain biking in the summer. The food scene is big with great restaurants on every corner, summer concerts, hiking, mountain adventures for families, fun bars and a ton of shopping. So bring the family and make it an adventure.
Now Let’s Talk about Mountain Biking in Park City, Utah
The mountain biking in Park City is simply off the hook awesome. We had the luxury of spending about 10 days on the trails and tried to cover as much as we could but still made time to enjoy some of the other activities the city has to offer.
It doesn’t matter if you want to be a “pro” or just give it a go, there are rides for all ability levels. From rides like the Jan’s 5 Hour Epic Mountain Bike Ride to their Intro 101 lessons and some resorts like Deer Valley also offer lessons and guides as well.
Check out this epic video from Eric Porter on his 2018 Summer Solstice ride in Park City.
The Round Valley Trails / Trailside Bike Park
The Round Valley trail system offers over 30 miles of trail that hovers right around 6500 feet above sea level and includes a bike park right next door.
A great section of trails that are accessible via bike right from downtown Park City. After approximately 4 or 5 miles of asphalt bike trail and double track you’re all warmed up for some sweet single track, good climbs and some ripping descents with a few semi-technical sections thrown in for good fun. All trails are marked very well with ability levels.
Don’t forget to hit the Rambler trail and head over to the bike park, which features some seriously awesome flow, dirt jumps, man made ramps. Best of all, the Trailside Bike Park is perfect for all ages and abilities. We literally saw striders and pros all riding the same trails.
Deer Valley Bike Park
Round Valley might not be cause for that rear 50 tooth cog but Deer Valley will. Big climbs and even bigger descents. Actually we never rode a climb, we opted for the chair lift service but that’s beside the point. Spread over six mountains and featuring up to 3,000 vertical feet of elevation change, Deer Valley Resort offers over 60 miles of mountain bike trails, including four flow trails designed by Gravity Logic. Deer Valley also links up to other trails and even the Mid Mountain Trail.
These world class mountain bike trails are accessed via three high-speed chairlifts. Silver Lake Express chairlift at the base of the resort, Sterling Express located mid-mountain, and Homestake Express also located mid-mountain, provide access to the trails. Lifts open at 10am and run until 5pm with extended hours on certain days. Visit www.deervalley.com for all the details.
Ready for lunch, be sure to check out the Royal when you get off of the Silver Lake Express chairlift. They have great food, serve up some killer Mojitos and ice cream sandwiches.
High Star Ranch, Kamas Utah
Just outside of Park City lies High Star Ranch which is semi new on the radar. Designed to be a lifestyle destination spot for outdoor enthusiasts, High Star Ranch is a housing community that opted for mountain bike trails instead of golf courses.
With nearly 20 miles of interconnected, professionally built biking trails, the High Star Ranch trail system is guaranteed to get the adrenaline flowing. From total-beginner single track to meandering XC trails to DH-only routes with rock gardens and seemingly endless flowy berms, the trail system offers a huge variety of terrain.
Mid Mountain Trail and Miles of Connectors
When the cats away, the mice will play. When guided rides were over, I had a chance to sneak out for a 4 hour ride that would lead to some serious climbing, more amazing single track and more amazing views, plus you are off the beaten path so the crowds are pretty much non-existent.
The Mid Mountain Trail, a 22 mile point-to-point trail, features great singletrack with lots of climbing, descending and ridge-top riding through aspen and pine forests. Be sure to give yourself a bit of time to acclimate before this ride, as the trail sits around 8,000 feet above sea level.
You can access the Mid Mountain trail from a few different locations. If you want to opt for the lift route to get to the top, you can access it through Deer Valley and use a few connectors or at Park City Mountain lift right in town.
If you feel like climbing, we suggest heading into Round Valley and hitting up Rob’s Trail in the Canyons. Rob’s trail features some solid climbing and some switchbacks that will require a little effort.
Once on top of Mid Mountain Trail, there is beautiful singletrack through a combination of deep forest, open ridge lines, and views that are unreal.
Either way, you will come away with an epic ride and your Strava account will be over flowing with “Kudos”.
Olympic Park Trails
Closer to the Canyons (just outside of Park City) the trails around the 2002 Winter Olympic Park also host some very ridable trails for riders of all levels. Single track, double track, downhill only sections and climbs that that will get your heart pumping.