Local Flavours: The Complete Guide to Riding in Park City, UT

Apr 22, 2021
by Brice Shirbach  

Local Flavours

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO RIDING IN
PARK CITY, UTAH
Words, photos, & video by Brice Shirbach


Note from the author: Throughout much of the United States, Covid-19 cases are on the decline, and while that is great news, we still have a bit of mitigating measures ahead of us before we truly round the proverbial corner. While producing this I took several measures to mitigate the risk of spreading the virus, which included limited involvement of additional riders, and basically spending the entire week either on the trails, grabbing takeout, or working in the apartment I rented. Please adhere to Park City local guidelines and mandates while in town, and please continue to wear masks indoors even if you are fully inoculated.



I blew my first opportunity to spend time in Park City. It was back in 2008 and I had traveled to the Wasatch with some friends to chase some snow storms. While the majority of the trip was a success, the evening before our planned day in Park City ended with me in the ER learning about my a.c. joint separation. I wish I could say that it resulted from getting sendy in the backcountry, but it may have had more to do with elevated levels of debauchery and a road sign collision. Fret not, no motor vehicles were involved. As it turned out, snowboard legend Travis Rice would be in Park City the next day filming for one of my all time favorite shred flicks, "Community", and my friends were fortunate enough to see some of the action firsthand. I wasn't, so there's that.



Fast forward a dozen or so years and with a slightly better grasp on adulthood I pulled into town for a trip to PC that I had no intention of blowing. The week looked brilliant, with perfect weather and far more miles of trail than I could ever possibly hope to see over the course of 5 days. Leading up to my trip I often caught myself glancing at Park City on Trailforks, and every time I found my eyes glazing over at the sheer volume of trail that surrounds the community. Utah presents all manner of recreational opportunities, and perhaps none more so than those involving two wheels.

Driving through town I was struck by how beautifully manicured this place was. Murals covered the roads, buildings of all shapes and colors lined the streets, and very expensive bikes were draped across very expensive cars. It's clearly a community that wears its love of the outdoors on its proverbial sleeve, and when you look at the mountains that surround this town on all sides, you realize how contagious that love can be.

Brice Shirbach // Local Flavours
Age: 38
Location: Wilmington, DE, USA
Industry affiliations: PEARL iZUMi, Pivot Cycles, Shimano, Maxxis, Stan's NoTubes, Julbo, Lazer Helmets, Topeak, Fox, ANVL Components
Instagram: @bricycles
Favorite Ride near Park City: Wasatch Crest


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A Bit About the Region

Long before Anglo and Mormon settlers made their way into the valleys between the Wasatch to "make the desert blossom as a rose", this land was home to the Eastern Shoshone and Ute tribes. Based on their migration patterns, experts have claimed that the Northwestern Shoshones were among the most ecologically efficient and well-adapted cultures of the American West, while Ute people engaged in a sophisticated gathering and hunting economy. Anglo and LDS immigrants brought conflict as they moved into these territories, competing for natural resources with the indigenous people who already called this place home. The Utes frequently defended themselves in a number of armed conflicts before reluctantly signing Treaty of Spanish Fork in 1865 which effectively forced a relocation to the Uintah Basin, a far less forgiving environment than what we now call Park City. Sadly, the Shoshones endured one of the most tragic events in American history on January 29, 1863 when Colonel Patrick Edward Connor and 200 army volunteers attacked a group of 450 Shoshone men, women, and children, which saw over 350 of them lose their lives in the violent assault. Today the Shoshone people have the smallest reservation in Utah, consisting of only 187 acres. The Utes own over a million acres which is home to 3,500 people.

These days Park City is home to nearly 9,000 full time residents, a number often dwarfed by the amount of tourists that can be found in town on any give day. Tourism is the primary driver of the community's economy, which was previously driven by the extraction industry before suffering a series of mishaps throughout the mid twentieth century. The town's first ski resort open in 1963 and quickly ushered in a new era for the community as it became known for "The Greatest Snow On Earth". Park City has leaned into its allure for travelers looking to revel in the surrounding mountains, attracting over 4 million per year and developing into one of the most affluent communities in the state. While winter still holds the edge, summer is catching up quickly when it comes to attracting visitors, with mountain biking playing a pivotal role in that regard.

Getting to Park City

Park City is situated along the southern edge of the Snyderville Basin, about 30 miles to the southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah's largest population center. It's easily accessible via Interstate 80 or US Route 40 depending on where you are driving from. The town runs an intra-city transit system that is free for passengers, with service to the Canyons Village, Deer Valley Resort, Kimball Junction, Park City Resort, and Prospector Square among other stops.

Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is 45 minutes away as well and as one of the American West's busiest airports, offers a range of flight options at relatively low fares. Car rentals and public transit are all easy to navigate as well, making getting to and from Park City via air travel a popular option.

Please stay up to date on any and all COVID-19 restrictions via the Summit County Health website.

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The Best Trails to Ride in Park City

I suppose one way of determining which trails you should ride would be to just go wherever you see Mitch Ropelato posting up, but you're not likely to get as much out of a trail as he does, so I'm going to step in and try to provide a rough template that hopefully helps. There's an overwhelming connectivity between Salt Lake City, Park City, Heber City, and everything in between that a glance at the region on Trailforks can be a confusing spaghetti bowl of colorful squiggles no matter how zoomed in you are. That's a testament to an unbelievably dedicated and driven contingent who, over the years, have really worked hard to cement mountain biking as a preeminent facet of life in the Wasatch Mountain Range. The riding is quite diverse, with plenty of purpose built and progressive bike park flow, loads of Aspen, Spruce and Fir groves, ridge lines, and everything in between. The scale of the terrain has produced some of the most talented riders on the planet, and has become a beacon for what is possible in the mountains. We'll be focused on the region within a 5 mile radius of Park City, which includes hundreds of miles of trail to choose from.

Deer Valley Resort Bike Park
Deer Valley offers up some of the only lift served riding in the state, so needless to say it's a hit. Spread across 6 different peaks, Deer Valley is home to 70 miles of trail, several of which were built and designed by flow trail masterminds, Gravity Logic. Deer Valley utilizes three lifts for rider access including Silver Lake Express chairlift at the base of the resort, Sterling Express located mid-mountain, and Homestake Express which is also found mid-mountain.

Key trail: Tsunami. Featuring the park's largest jumps, Tsunami is an ultra flowy, ultra fun trail full of table tops and perfect corner pockets.

Key trail: Fireswamp. One of the more technically advanced trails at the mountain, Fireswamp drops about 700 vertical feet over the course of a mile. Pockets of dust, loose scree, and plenty of rock gardens and drops await.


Wasatch Crest Trail
Many a Youtuber has waxed poetic and nigh hyperbolic about this ride, but by most measures it's a categorically epic ride. The Wasatch Crest trail is really a series of trails, bypasses, and fire roads that combine to make for a massive ride in either direction. You can ride just a portion of it, ride the whole crest, or any combination in between, but no matter what you will be afforded views of Big Cottonwood Canyon and the rest of the Wasatch, as well as Park City itself. All of the trails that connect directly to the Crest are bidirectional, so while it's tempting to death grip some stretches, you need to be mindful of hikers and other riders headed in the opposite direction.

Evil Empire to Empire
Individually, both trails are a lot of fun but quite short. When combined the length of the ride doubles, and you move from the precipitous and rowdy Evil Empire, into the faster and flowier Empire. These trails are a bit higher up in elevation at Park City Resort, so they tend to open up a bit later into the season than much of what is found lower, but that obviously changes from year to year. Expect loam, drops, and plenty of tech early on, with more moderate technical riding but much faster speeds for the second half.

Black Forest
While it starts off a bit flat, the trail quickly points down and does so rather precipitously, losing most of its elevation (500 feet) in the final half mile. The switchbacks are tight, the dirt loose, and the Aspen groves aplenty throughout. It's fairly high up at Park City Mountain Resort as well, so it's almost certainly something you'll have to yourself.

Woodward Park City
What a place! Outside, Woodward offers up lift access to 3 trails across all ability levels, a stunning asphalt pumptrack, and multiple dirt jump sets. Plus there's a skate park. You can also head inside to yet another pumptrack, a concrete skatepark, mini and mega ramps, a foam pit, trampolines, and more. This is how world class athletes are developed.

W.O.W. Trail
This 10+ mile long gem tops out at just over 8,300 feet near Deer Valley Resort, and proceeds to drop close to 2,300 vertical feet down to Heber City. While the bottom will be surrounded by a pumptrack and community bike park, the trail itself is an absolute stunner. From the top the trail works its way down through aspen groves, to fir forests midway down, and ending with dry, powdery dirt among sage and scrub. There is nothing particularly technical about the ride save for maybe a few high speed, off camber sections and the occasional root garden. The dirt is pretty stellar early on, and the latter portion of the ride will provide you with genuinely breathtaking views. It's a lot of fun from start to finish, and you can add some flow and jumps to the end at the Pine Canyon Bike Park.




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Weather:

Park City sits at 7,000 above sea level which makes it considerably cooler compared to the larger population centers in the valleys below. The riding season for PC begins in earnest in May and runs through October or whenever the snow begins to fly. Higher elevations will see a shorter riding window. With much of the rest of the state being a desert, it's not hard for locals to get some quality time on two wheels at virtually any point during the year, but prime time for Park City would be in July and August, as those are the two warmest months of the year and see the least amount of cloud cover.

Average temps rarely exceed 80 degrees Fahrenheit, however due to the nature of the higher elevations it can feel a bit warmer as the thinner atmosphere allows for a bit more UV roasting. Summer nights are fairly cool, so pack accordingly.

Bike Advice:

I feel like this is a lazy suggestion so apologies in advance, but bring whatever ya got. Between the lift served terrain, the massive backcountry, Woodward, so on and so forth, there are opportunities for everything from a dirt jumper to a downhill rig. I will say that for what it's worth, there were a few times while riding my Firebird on trails that were rated black, I found myself wishing I had opted for the shorter and snappier Trail429.


Local Clubs and Advocates:

Park City and the surrounding area are well served by two primary advocacy groups: the Mountain Trails Foundation and the Wasatch Trails Foundation. The Mountain Trails Foundation is a 501c3, and much of their focus is specifically on trails within Park City proper. Founded nearly 30 years ago, Mountain Trails Foundation works with local government entities, private landowners and developers to ensure access to over 400 miles of multi-use trail in and around town.

Eric Porter, longtime professional mountain cyclist and Youtube extraordinaire, is the president of the Wasatch Trails Foundation, the group responsible for the W.O.W. trail among other gems. The 501c3 is currently working on completion of the Pine Canyon Bike Bark, which in addition to the completed pumptrack, will include a beginner jump line as well as 2 new flow trails connecting the lower W.O.W. trail parking lot to the pump track. Both organizations are now working together to apply for grant funding on a singletrack connector between the Park City trails and the Wasatch County trails.

South Summit Trails Foundation does a lot for the area as well, managing the trails around Kamas, Oakley, and the Eastern areas of Park City in Summit County.

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Accommodations and Food:

Park City has absolutely no shortage of places to eat and sleep while in town. In fact, I'd say that the options are rather overwhelming. Tourism reigns supreme here, meaning there is something in Park City for just about everyone, from hostels and camping sites, to rooms that cost almost as much as my mortgage payment. Per night. I stayed in a condo in Old Town which is effectively "Main Street" without being called Main Street, which proved to be a great spot for walking around and exploring the town by foot or bike. Other options can put you at one of the two main resort areas in town, or you can stay a bit further away and closer to Kimbal Junction and Woodward. If you'd rather just park your glossy van life somewhere or go old school in a tent, you can post up at places that include Rockport State Park, Echo State Park, or the Park City RV Park. Check out Visit Park City's lodging guide for a complete list of available options.

Breakfast:
Wasatch Bagel and Grill serves up tasty breakfast sandwiches and bagels (captain obvious over here), plus they've got your burger needs covered for lunch or dinner!
I'm a big smoothie and coffee in the am kind of guy, and Atticus Coffee and Tea House delivered on both fronts quite nicely while I was in town. Fret not, they've got plenty more if you're looking for additional breakfast items.

Lunch:
You had me at the poke bowl. Check out Five5eeds for super tasty midday eats.
Serving up comfort food in a casual setting, Windy Ridge Cafe is a great alternative to the pricier Main Street options.

Dinner:
When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in Park City, eat at a world class restaurant at least once. Make it the Stein Eriksen Lodge.
Baan Thai has some top notch noodles and curries, as well as a really cool spot to eat outside when the temps permit.
Organic, fresh, and freaking tasty burgers are waiting for you at Burgers and Barley.

Local Bike Shops:

Jans is dedicated to the sports they love and has your needs covered, whether you are interested in the latest alpine skis or best new mountain bikes, you want to take a fly fishing lesson, or you’d like to book a guided mountain biking tour.
White Pine Touring has been at it in PC longer than most, specializing in mountain biking, backcountry skiing, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and rock climbing.
Contender Bicycles builds custom bikes and carries MTB stalwarts including Santa Cruz, Cannondale, Juliana, Moots, Scott and more.
Storm Cycles has been serving the Park City community for over 20 years, carries brands that include Pivot Cycles, Trek, and Yeti. Stop in for all of the local trail beta you could ask for.
Park City Bike and Demo has your rental and service needs covered.
Switchback Sports is Park City's only outdoor gear consignment shop, and also offers a range of service options.

Other tips:

1. Look for that angle. The Provo and Weber rivers are both renowned for having plentiful brown and rainbow trout that are kept fat and happy by a year round diet of sow bugs. Both are also tailwaters, which means that the fish benefit from cold oxygenated water throughout the year leading to upwards of 3,000 fish per mile. Be sure to give Jans a shout if you need gear or info!
2. Check out Bridal Veil Falls. The drive out of Heber along route 189 is pretty stunning, but it's the destination here that really sets this scenic drive apart. Bridal Veil Falls is a 607 foot tall waterfall in the southern end of Provo Canyon, and is well worth a break in the bike action to see firsthand.
3. PC is obviously well known for its resort amenities and now for its action sport complex in Woodward, but the National Ability Center is an adaptive sports complex just outside of town, and works "with people of all abilities, harnessing the power of specialized equipment, techniques, teaching methods and over 1,900 volunteers."




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167 Comments

  • 58 5
 WoW is literally the worst trail I've ever ridden, and I sometimes road bike/gravel ride.

Look at the elevation profile - www.trailforks.com/trails/wow , its a constant 3% grade THE ENTIRE TIME. Never gets steep. Never varies. Nothing but switchbacks, so you never get up to speed. Its machine dug, so its almost double track wide. "No problem" you say, "its for beginners". It takes freaking hours to ride because its 9 miles long and (for beginners) your average speed is like 4 miles an hour.

But what makes it truly bad is that its on the best terrain for biking in Utah. I forget who built it, but they persuaded the land manager to allow a bike trail, hyped it up, then dug this ugly scar across the mountainside with a bobcat. Ruined pristine wilderness and ruined the chance of any other trails being built there.

Ugh I have to stop it makes me so angry the more I think about it.
  • 8 11
 @hamncheez I think your expectations were off. Have you ever ridden a steep, technical trail that was built by a municipality in northern Utah? I can’t think of any. All the trails you’re thinking of — that are steep, techy, and fun —are either private (i.e Deer Valley) or unsanctioned. When I hear that a city is building a bike trail here, I just brace myself to be disappointed. But I’d say as far as city-built trails, WOW is as scenic and enjoyable as anything I’ve ever ridden.
  • 10 1
 Just watched some videos. Yeah, that's an incredible amount of work for a mundane walking path with admittedly nice views.
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 8:46) (Below Threshold)
 meh its not as bad a dickandsmegma says. But he cant elaborate that in a long winded onesided long ass post.
  • 5 1
 @jayacheess: yes, walking path ( not even hiking path) is the best way to describe it
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 @Hayek: @Hayek: Big agree on the general sentiment, but WOW just feels like a mathematical error. The grade is just barely too shallow to even roll down most of the trail, you need to be pedaling hard to create any real speed. With some better planning that really could have been a nice one. SLVTS is doing some decent stuff around South Maple Hollow, with vertigo and levitate rebuilds, so I don't think every we're totally doomed when it comes to sanctioned public trails.
  • 7 0
 @Austin014: Every time I ride that it feels like flat out pedaling for 45 minutes. Nothing wrong with that or course, but it surprises me every time how much effort it takes to descend that trail. If you want to lose hope in public trail building, just head up here near the U where they’ve pulled a massive bait and switch after all the approved planning measures and are now cutting in a bunch of hiking-specific and multi use sidewalks.
  • 6 0
 @Hayek: Oh really? I never ride around the U, just rode Bobsled last night for the second time ever. As the valley blows up, a strong trail org is going to be super important. I spent a few days around Seattle last summer and it seems like the Evergreen org there has organized super well, and built a ton of cool trails with their massive budget.
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 @Hayek: Ya, I've never pedaled so much over 2300 feet of vert drop!

I wish I could build a trail starting at Guardsman's Pass that finishes at the bottom of WoW, but have it be hand dug, natural, and steep.
  • 3 0
 i rode WoW last year but i broke a chain 2 miles in and had to hike back out, fun from the part i did do but definitely would recommend a shorter travel trail bike rather than your enduro sled
  • 7 0
 @Austin014: absolutely. Evergreen MTB is the model to follow. All the local trail orgs we’ve got are great, but they need to probably be chapters of a larger state-level org that can advocate for bikes in a more concerted way. Somehow bikes always get left with the scraps and hikers/walkers get their way. Maybe not in PC, or CC, but definitely in SLC.
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 @BigPapi69: Ironically I would say the first 2 miles are the most fun. Maybe the very first section and then there is another section down in the bigger trees where you can actually carry good speed.
  • 5 0
 @hamncheez: that would be an incredible ride. You know what they say about trail building “ask for forgiveness, not for permits”
  • 5 0
 funny how the author of the story has Wow as his favorite trail based on the comments..... he must have been asked to.
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 @jaydawg69: Meh I mean it is definitely a great trail to bring a solidly Blue rider on. Not everyone shreds and that's okay, especially when you're promoting tourism.
  • 2 0
 @Austin014: Bruce shreds though. Marketing always win.
  • 14 2
 Hahaha I can't agree more. The large majority of Northern Utah trails are built for the XC dirt roadies. Outside of 3 trails in PC and a few in the Cottonwoods, Northern Utah is reallllly pretty meh for aggressive riding.
  • 1 0
 @jaydawg69: well sure but I would hope Bruce has enough perspective to recommend trails that fit a variety of skill levels
  • 6 0
 @jaydawg69: I mean, WoW is great! Amazing trail. Everyone go ride there. Stay away from Mill D or Empire. Or American Fork. Those trails are terrible. Everyone go ride Wow!
  • 1 0
 Worst trail in town....I mean you’ll love it: bring all your friends!
  • 1 0
 hey the article is back! It was completely removed (redirected you to homepage). I wonder what they changed....
  • 3 0
 WOW is so overrated, stoked Black Forest got a mention! My favorite ride was pedaling up King Road, eventually getting to Black Forest, descending that, TG to mid mountain, then take mid mountain either to Moosehouse or all the way over to Redbull/Ski team trail. Such a good workout, insane amount of vert and doesn't take too long.
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 @hamncheez: new reference to Jans or was that already there?
  • 1 0
 when did you ride it last? I grew up at the bottom of WoW trail and it gets better every year. Just need time for the ground to settle.
  • 1 0
 @Nwilkes: It wasn't; you found the change! There were several comments bemoaning the lack of the best bike shop in Park City.
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 @hunkyG: The elevation profile maintains such a consistent 3% gradient that they must have used laser levelers. There are so many switchbacks that a unicyclist could ride it faster.

How does "settling" fix this?
  • 1 0
 @Austin014: "definitely a great trail to bring a solidly Blue rider on" no blue rider wants to go on a 3 hour ride where you both shuttled and have to pedal the whole way down. After switchback number 80, no on enjoys them anymore
  • 2 0
 @jayacheess: sorry meant to give you props
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 @hamncheez: Yeah it was a glaring omission on my part. Weird time to travel last summer to be quite honest, and as such I didn't get quite the normal opportunity to talk with as many locals or visit as many shops as I normally would.
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 @briceshirbach: Hey, great article. Even better photography!
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 @hamncheez: much appreciated my dude!
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 I don't personally think it's as bad as you imply. Sure, its not the greatest but I've ridden it quite a few times and I have fun every time. I think it's also proof of concept. It is the first trail I know of that went allll the way down to that area. Even though it is double wide there is still hundreds of acres to put in more challenging trail
  • 2 0
 @v3sleeper: But will the land managers allow yet another trail there? Probably not. Even if they do it will just be more of the same.

The only way to get decent trails is to use existing trails that formed before the modern IMBA era (like AF canyon) or just dig and ask forgiveness later, like Moose House and Redbull.

Does anyone know if Raspberry Lane was legal? I heard it all got torn down.
  • 1 0
 @hamncheez: "Does anyone know if Raspberry Lane was legal? "

LOL no, as of a few years ago anyways.
  • 3 2
 LOL, over biked much? WOW is pretty fun on an aggressive hardtail. Having always ridden it as an out and back, I can tell you it’s definitely steeper then 3%. Park City is a good place to own a down county bike.
  • 40 3
 Favorite ride near Park City: WOW Trail. 100% Best trail in all of Utah. Everyone go ride it...
  • 10 1
 hahaha! Yes, the best trail around. Stay off Mill D, that one sucks.
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 8:44) (Below Threshold)
 Stupidly clipped a pedal on WOW going 25mph. Broken ribs and concussion.
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 8:50) (Below Threshold)
 Best trail in Utah? Or SLC area? no f*cking way. Its fun, but not that great.
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 @Monsterman156: joke/your head
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 9:07) (Below Threshold)
 @hamncheez: Mill D is pretty sick
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 @Monsterman156: nah that trail is awful. Everyone should stay off. Esp. early morning hikers. Terrible.
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 @hamncheez: agree! and I do like you Smile smegmaand cheese was just a hungover thought that went into my brain
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 Millcreek Pipeline is super lit too! Gnar dog tech. My favorite trail to link up after 2 miles of asphalt DH coming off crest.
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 @Nwilkes: The road DH is fun as hell. They are building a new trail to avoid the road now.
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 @Monsterman156: yea it'll be a flat groomer pretty much like the road haha
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 Everyone needs to ride WoW, Eagle Mountain, and Corner Canyon. That's where the best trails in Utah are. No need to look anywhere else.
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 @digitalsoul: Especially stay away from Bountiful or Utah county.
  • 52 21
 Park City sucks... don't come here
  • 90 5
 Lives in resort town, surprised when people come to said resort town.
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 @HB208: I know right! And most of them works in tourism industry.
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 8:39) (Below Threshold)
 @ybsurf: No, most home are empty most of the year in Park City because they are vacation home for uber wealthy. Park Shity as a city and culture pretty much suck. The riding is only OK. From SLC.

Its so crowded here now. Breeders and feeders and out of staters
  • 33 2
 @Monsterman156: Yeah, because it is a resort town. Resort towns usually have a bunch of rich people who vacation there and may own houses, because again, it is a resort town.
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 9:06) (Below Threshold)
 @HB208: I have known many resort workers that in utah seasonally. You are from Boise, dont tell me how SLC area is. You are not the authority.
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 @Monsterman156: Ok dude, but my wife is from Sun Valley and I spend like 2 months up there a year, so I understand the dynamic. If the tourism industry dries up in a resort town, it REALLY hurts the local economy. And no, I don't own a house in SV. I just stay with her family.
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 9:21) (Below Threshold)
 @HB208: Sun Valley is not SLC and Park City. Not even close.
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 @Monsterman156: How is it not similar? Both PC and SV are resort towns that attract a ton of tourists and have expensive houses owned by out-of-staters. I never said SLC is the same as SV.
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 9:27) (Below Threshold)
 @hb208 its not the same at all. Get a grip. Your lack of understanding is not my responsibility.
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 @Monsterman156: Please tell me how they are not similar? You are just saying they aren't without making any sort of argument.
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 9:39) (Below Threshold)
 @HB208: dude, your understanding is not my responsibility. Come live here and see. It actually f*cking sucks. Boise is getting a taste of immagration too.
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 @Monsterman156: Lol, you are telling me my argument is bad without telling me why it is bad, but ok.

I have been to SLC a lot. I understand the growth. PC is still a resort town that also has pressure from the local community.
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 9:40) (Below Threshold)
 @HB208: One argument is population numbers. And Boise is hella far from Sun Valley. Park city is 30 min from the valleys. 3 million people within 40 minutes to PC. Sun valley is remote.
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 @Monsterman156: Ok, that's a fair argument. I said the dynamic is similar in that both economies are dependent on tourism... which is true. Probably more so true for SV, but nonetheless.
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 @HB208: I understand. Its all messed up!
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 @Monsterman156: @HB208 I'm really glad you two worked through that.
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 @huckschwinn: It was tough, but we got through it.
  • 6 0
 Dude you have more down cots on this post then anyone I’ve ever seen. Maybe turn off the pc for a few days @Monsterman156:
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 @Monsterman156: you seem like a lot of fun
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 Classic Reddit tropes...
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 Park City, UT is a total backwater — trust me I’ve been there. The place you want to visit and/or move to is Park City, Missouri.
  • 6 1
 I hear Park City, MT is nice this time of year
  • 19 4
 Can't get across the border to Whistler so we be heading to park city this year instead. Locals be warned, we will be smoking all the weed, drinking all the beer and throwing down on all the gaps... in that order. See you in a few weeks....
  • 7 2
 Californian be warned, not much mask-wearing here these days.
  • 8 1
 Jokes on you! We don’t have beer, weed or gaps.
  • 21 6
 Utah sucks, can't even have a beer here. #ridecolorado #ridecalifornia
  • 12 0
 I really appreciate how Brice includes some history on the region. It is important to have at least a small understanding of who the land was home to prior to westerners.
  • 3 0
 Totally agree. I've lived in Utah for 4 years and am embarrassed at how little I know about this history.
  • 12 0
 Bear trap is a brake burner that puts you no where. Seems a very strange trail to recommend.
  • 3 0
 Also not park city
  • 9 1
 You will never be able to give a complete guide to riding in PC, because every trail worth riding is a secret.... shhhhh, secrets, its a Utah thing....shhhhhh! shhhhh!.... I know things that you don't ....shhhhhh, im so cool.... shhhh, I rode a secret trail today, shhhhh! shhhhh! ....You just rode Jennies and Spiro I feel so sorry for you....hee! hee!...you don't even know where the good trails are because they are secret.....secret, shhhh, shhh, its a Utah thing.....shhhh!
  • 14 0
 Solid 75% of comments from a resort town-based Local Flavours summed up perfectly. Cheers!
  • 7 0
 They should have mentioned that while Park City is mostly dog friendly, on many of the connectors from the SLC side to the Crest dogs are banned. Also on some connectors from Millcreek, bikes are banned on odd days.
  • 15 31
flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 8:42) (Below Threshold)
 Trail dogs suck
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 @Monsterman156: So do you, kinda crazy how that works
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 @Monsterman156: simply incorrect
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 9:08) (Below Threshold)
 @Peally: I will mace your aggressive dog
  • 18 5
 @Peally: I suck? I hate dogs that mauled my friend? The two times I almost crash becuase of bad dog owners? And I hate the dog shit everwhere? Look at what I hate- mean dogs and dog shit. thats worthy of hate.
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flag Monsterman156 (Apr 22, 2021 at 9:19) (Below Threshold)
 @Peally: When i mace your aggressive dog you would probably be next, then I would have to stab you and be on pinkbike news
  • 12 6
 @Peally: In fact one month ago hiking above the University of Utah I saw a dog maul the shit out of another dog. Lawsuit. When I saw that dog later it tried to attack me and the bitch that owned it thought it was cute. Inconsiderate dog people are the worst. They are self centered to max. There can be hundreds of piles of dog shit and bags of shit on the trail. That is because of you, a trail dog owner.
  • 5 0
 @Monsterman156: exactly it's the owners, not the dogs. Agree with you 100% and wish you could meet my trail dog for a different perspective!
  • 13 2
 @Monsterman156: but also you need to take a gd chill pill
  • 9 1
 I don't get - you say there a hundreds of miles of bike trails, yet half of the video shows bland multiuse trails?
  • 6 1
 Wow, this Park City place sounds neat. As an east coast urban elite with lots and lots of money to spend, I am looking forward to coming there and riding all the trails aforementioned in this article. Super neato Pinkbike for letting me in on this super secret locale. Even the locals seem nice and welcoming!
  • 2 1
 lol, well done
  • 12 4
 Park city completely ruined my expectations for a ski resort town.
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flag rickemgood (Apr 22, 2021 at 7:26) (Below Threshold)
 its in mormonland what did you expect
  • 9 2
 @rickemgood: Park City is not mormon. I wish people still stayed away thinking its mormon town, but sadly, people have wised up.
  • 9 0
 I only ride bobsled.
  • 5 1
 WOW Trail... lol. Such a waste of money and good land. Just about as bad as the new trail the Trail foundation team put in, 9k trail. I rode that in hopes that just maybe... just maybe all the money that dumped into it would pay off.. maybe just one cool section. Nope same old, same old. You think with over $500k-700k in DONATIONS each year since would get us a decent trail... one somewhat steep, fun.. loam trail. These trail foundations are just sucking our money and building lousy trails. PLEASE now that you built several trails that are for the average rider, please build just one... just one trail like Empire or Redbull, that all we the people ask.

www.causeiq.com/organizations/mountain-trails-foundation,870514223 Here is all their tax info.. its fun to see where our money is wasted.
  • 3 1
 I have mixed feelings on this. One nice thing about the brown sidewalks they build everywhere is keeping the bulk of our exploding population away from such gems as Empire, NCS, Ski School, and the like. Some of my favorite trails have been found in hiking guides, not Trailforks (they do sadly keep being added to the latter, however).
  • 3 0
 @Howieday91 ...Amen! ...same old BS, its like the city and contractors go out of their way to avoid building any advanced steep trails that utilize natural terrain features.

That zone where the WOW trail was built had so much potential and they blew it and built the lamest trail possible....funny how much effort goes into hyping that trail.

More trails like Empire, Redbull, Black Forest please!
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 @ski-or-die:
You consider Ski School a gem? It’s a fall line erosion gully. NCS and Empire are classics, I’ll agree with that.
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 @gafoto:

haha, by PC standards yes its an absolute gem.
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 @ski-or-die: "I have mixed feelings on this. One nice thing about the brown sidewalks they build everywhere is keeping the bulk of our exploding population away from such gems as Empire, NCS, Ski School, and the like. Some of my favorite trails have been found in hiking guides, not Trailforks (they do sadly keep being added to the latter, however)."

@ski-or-die:
Think that is a bit of optimistic thinking...people who wanna ride the advanced trails will seek them out regardless of all the brown sidewalk available. With trailforks, heat-map mode, strava, social media its near impossible to keep things a secret for long.

Fact is PC/contractors need to start building more trails like Redbull, Empire, Moosehouse, Blackforest because there are so few(signed legal) like those trails in PC and the demand for such is growing. Just a few years ago Black Forest was an overgrown branch slapper and now is a go-to ride for many and borderline blown out.

The trend is more bikers these days are seeking out steeper advanced lines and a lot of fall line ridge trails that used to never get ridden...Less and less bikers are riding the old PC XC trails which now are starting to get overgrown because nobody wants to ride them except a few eccentric old guys.

Maybe some day PC will build some advanced steep lines...but that might mean they will have to park their precious bench cutting excavators and build something by hand.
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 @ski-or-die: "... One nice thing about the brown sidewalks they build everywhere is keeping the bulk of our exploding population away from such gems as Empire"

ummmm...9k trail?
  • 3 0
 @whatyousaid:

Optimism is my flaw. The recent state of Black Forest is an unfortunate outcome of the 9k.
  • 2 0
 @whatyousaid:
Maintenance on steep tech lines is nightmarish compared to boring 3% grade trails. It’s not just that trail orgs hate advanced lines (some do), it’s that they know it’s not a great idea to build trails that they can’t maintain.
  • 1 0
 @gafoto:Thats actually quite the opposite...the machine cut flow trails are the ones that are a nightmare to maintain.

The DH trails in PC need minimal to zero maintenance they're supposed to be rough ya know?
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 @whatyousaid:
What are the maintenance issues? If you say brake bumps that’s just because 100x more people ride them compared to the double black trails.

Ski run was so eroded at one point you could get guillotined on a tree root.

I don’t mind rough but there are reasons you don’t want to build trails >10% grade. They just aren’t sustainable in the long term with high traffic.
  • 3 0
 @gafoto:"there are reasons you don’t want to build trails >10% grade. They just aren’t sustainable in the long term with high traffic."

^thats some weak ass logic.

Trails like NCS, Fire Swamp, and Empire have been around for 20+ years, shoot maybe even 30?...I think some more DH trails in PC will do just fine.
  • 3 0
 We did our family vacation there last summer before the C-19 really hit the area. We camped at Wasatch State Park in our trailer to avoid people and having a bike park right across the road was beyond cool. The only bad parts were the braking bumps and the dry, loose soil. Being from WA, I'm used to tacky loam, but I adjusted to it after bit. Also being from WA, the altitude really kicked my ass. All that said, we had an awesome time there. Holy Roller at DV became my wife's favorite trail ever. My son and I loved the steep tech trails at DV. Round Valley was a big hit for the family. Had some fun hiking and fishing too. From the comments here, I'm glad we didn't do WOW even though it begins and ends right at the campground. Overall, it was one of our very best vacations and I can't wait to get back there.
  • 13 7
 Looks amazing. Do you need a seer stone to read the trail maps?
  • 12 1
 Intense4life: there are actually white salamanders on the trails that guide you to the best spots.
  • 2 0
 @Hayek: white salamanders? Are you sure it wasn’t just white dog shit and you were high as f*ck? I’m freaked out now tween the plates and the talking salamanders or dog shits or whatever! I’m never going there!
  • 1 0
 @Hayek: I'll pay you a lot of money to bury that beta from the public
  • 3 0
 @furiousstyles: $300k and you’ve got a deal
  • 2 0
 @Hayek: don't forget the 10% beer tithe to the locals
  • 1 0
 @Connerv6: I thought the tithes on dirty money were 20%
  • 1 0
 There are always 2 elders at the beginning of each trail to help guide you through.
  • 4 0
 Did they run out of other colors? The maps are pretty solid blue. Perhaps this is the wrong venue for this bike resort. Perhaps AARP would be a better choice.
  • 5 0
 Park City basically has no really challenging trails outside of Deer Valley. It’s definitely good for the average biker but it’s not Whistler.
  • 2 0
 "Did they run out of other colors? The maps are pretty solid blue. Perhaps this is the wrong venue for this bike resort. Perhaps AARP would be a better choice."

Its the PC Gold Standard!
  • 2 0
 FFS, when I saw the title there was one trail I was crossing my fingers wouldn't get outed and it gets stuck right there in the best trails to ride. I miss the days of the entrance to BF being nearly invisible and inconvenient to access. It's gotten loved to death the past couple seasons.
  • 2 0
 Shout out to Basin Rec for maintaining trails too! I’m not gonna tell everyone to stay out of SLC and PC, but please respect parking rules and try to be as chill as possible while driving in to town. Say “hi” when you’re out on trails particularly to hikers on the lower trails in the Park City Resort areas. The vibe definitely isn’t what it used to be, but we can try to improve going forward.
  • 5 2
 Weird set of trail recommendations for that area.... I agree with the others PC and the Wasatch suck you should go to Colorado.
  • 1 0
 Everyone referring to pc and slc as northern utah... pff. I live in the real northern utah and... yea there's like one good trail out here. Nevermind. Scenery is nice tho. Mostly it's just convenient to get to the only heli bike spot in utah, so at least we got that going for us.
  • 1 0
 I moved from SLC to Bend, OR and I sure do miss the rocky, technical trails a lot of the Wasatch Front offers. Come to Bend and you can ride the perfectly packed, smooth trails right along side all the squatters who park their shit hole RV or tent right next to the trail. Beautiful!!!
  • 4 0
 shhhh dont tell anyone about the buffalo burgers after ride spot
  • 19 14
 stay in california.
  • 50 6
 Sorry bro, we're coming. And we're bringing our money and our shitty attitudes with us. Yer screwed.
  • 10 1
 @skydiveblake: dude are you insane! I just found out they have talking white dog shit or salamanders I can’t remember ...Whatever ..doesn’t matter but it does not sound safe.
  • 9 0
 Sorry bro. All the hard work the missionaries have been doing paid off. We are converting and moving to the holy land!
  • 4 5
 @skydiveblake: Bet you were cool in california
  • 3 0
 haha ...California GTFO!
  • 1 0
 I meet way more people that moved here from the mid west
  • 5 1
 Park city sucks go ride corner canyon
  • 11 11
 I understand that these are a lot of work for PB, and that it’s cool to see and ride new places; but please do a little bit of additional research before posting these. PC does not get a ton of rain over the summer, so we rely on a heavy winter, which we did not have this year. Our trails are going to be in exceptionally bad shape this summer from locals riding them, we truly do not have the moisture content this summer to support an ass load of new tourists.
  • 14 1
 i don't think a few sentences in this write-up about lack of precipitation in PC would have swayed anyone one way or another. unfortunately, you live in a tourist town, and tourists loooove getting outdoors more than ever since their drinking-in-front-of-a-tv establishments haven't been letting them inside.
  • 6 9
 That's jus the tip of the iceberg. Our infrastructure can't support any more tourists or residents, for that matter. Kind of sucks when people who've lived here their whole life get priced out of it because rich people from CA and the east coast move here with cash in hand. Everyone needs to stay out of Utah.
  • 16 2
 @TET1: black people everywhere are laughing at you
  • 1 1
 @huckschwinn: ha...ha...ha...i bet your fence is only 4 feet tall
  • 3 1
 @huckschwinn: If it's forcing "rich" white people out of the area, who else do you think it's forcing out of the area? Ding ding ding, you guessed it: minorities. So should we just sit by and "deal with it" and let the issue propagate? Probably not a good idea.
  • 4 0
 @TET1: this. the locals and the cops hate the people who give them jobs - the tourists. the new PCMR and DV projects will ruin what isn't already done here. there is not enough room for it all. it is going to be a shit show because there is no real planning going on. How old are the entitlements for turning both the PCMR and the DV parking lots into lodging and housing? oh, and the city planner is married to the guy who is in charge of developing the new (private) very $$$ art center? town is both corrupt and incompetent at the same time.
  • 6 3
 this place sucks, leave us alone in misery.
  • 1 0
 Eric and Milo - what trail was that in Pine Canyon Bike Park? Really enjoy watching you guys - great content and fun to watch family progression! Thanks.
  • 4 1
 Guide to riding Park City: Don't. It's too crowded already
  • 2 0
 Anyone who has been around N, ut for a while knows that the supply of forks to stick in PC ran out in probably 2005.
  • 1 0
 Here's a pro tip.... find someone who knows the neighborhood trails, or be prepared to yield to someone every 50 yards on mid mountain.
  • 1 0
 Link is broken. Is this the right one? www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrLpAljKNFM
  • 3 2
 Pictures of the area all green again got me stoked to ride this summer - I mean yea it sucks don't come here.
  • 2 0
 The kid at the LBS just muttered "bring a lotta $"
  • 2 0
 Utah is terrible and lame. Don't come here.
  • 2 0
 Love this longer format read!
  • 2 0
 Whoever wrote this didn’t ride Woodward obviously. Trash
  • 1 0
 Mill D, one of the best bang-for-buck rides in the area, best experienced at 6am on a Tuesday.
  • 1 0
 check out Old Town Bike Garage, its my buddies shop he just opened up in town near Deer Valley Resort.
  • 1 0
 Where is the yeti riding????
  • 1 1
 Park city? Ha. As long as they don’t come to my trails
  • 8 9
 Park City is awful. Please don't waste your time coming here. -W
  • 1 0
 I hear there are beautiful frames 'round those parts though!
  • 1 1
 Haha! Don’t pay attention to the downvoters. When the author comes back after following all these research suggestions he will interview you post ride at Squatters. We all know who the Park City yoke master is.
  • 3 5
 LOL RAWR xD you forgot one of the oldest bike shops in town. Jans
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