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2013-05-23 09:39:22
To Hike or Bike -- That is the question

Park City TrailsTo Hike or Bike

That is the question when you are faced with 350 miles of trails in Park City, Utah.  Park City is known for its healthy life style no matter whether the snow is falling or it is a bright sunny day.  The trail system is a vast network of interlocking trails that canvas not only the mountains but around town as well.  And, the International Mountain Biking Association rates Park City as a Gold Level ride center (the first and only area to reach that level of distinction) – a real indicator how great our local trail system  is.

The trail system is maintained by The Mountain Trails Foundation in partnership with Park City Municipal Corp., Snyderville Basin Rec., Summit County and the local resorts.  The Foundation puts out a current trail map each year showing updates and changes.  Most sporting good locations such as White Pine Touring, Coles, and JANS Sports as well as others offer the map for a nominal donation.

While snow covers the trail system in the winter and allows hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and snow biking, it is the summer that sees the most traffic on the trails. From early April to late fall the trail system is available to all adventurous outdoor enthusiasts. Once the snow starts to melt lower elevation trails get busy with hikers, bikers, runners, and horseback riders.  A popular lower area is located at Round Valley just out of town near the junction of SR 248 and I 40.  Here hikers, bikers and runners can enjoy over 30 miles of trails that cater to all ability levels.

Once the ski resorts open for the summer they all offer lift served access to the trails. A very popular trail is the Mid-Mountain trail that runs from Deer Valley across the slopes of Park City and over to the Canyons resort.  The trail hovers around the 8000’ elevation mark and meanders through forested Aspens and Pines, and open meadows filled with wildflowers.  It is also the course of the ever popular Mid Mountain Marathon held Sept. 7 this year. Only 400 participants are allowed in the race and signs up begin in Jan. 2013.  Of course this is by no means the only race offered throughout the year on the trails, but it is probably the most well known one.

Knowing Park City’s rich mining history you can’t forget the Historic Rail Trail.  The Rail Trail follows the old Union Pacific Railroad line for 28 miles.  The Railroad line transported coal and silver ore in the early mining days of Park City. You can start in Park City and follow the trail down through Interstate 80 to the Echo Reservoir.   The Trails Foundation has placed 16 historical markers along the route so visitors can get a glimpse of some of the major events that are part of the history of Utah.

The Mountain Trails Foundation is a hard working nonprofit organization that works year round to maintain our non-motorized trails that Park City is well known for.  The people in Park City are quite proud of our local trail system and all the options for outdoor fun they provide.  The Foundation always has ways for people to become involved in either maintaining the trails on work days or by volunteering to help with race events as they occur throughout the summer.  If you’d like to help out, June 1 is National Trails Day and volunteers will be on the trails working to maintain them.  You can visit their website at:  http://mountaintrails.org  to get further information on helping out or what the Park City Trail system has to offer.  Better yet get out and take a hike or cruise down a trail.

 

Nick Coleman, Park City Realtor

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