Roughs in the Diamond


Park City is undeniably a planet-wide mecca of mountain biking. With more than 400 miles of singletrack and the honor of getting the initial IMBA Gold Ride Center on the planet, there’s a trail for every single taste and knowledge level. People today travel for miles to ride famed routes like Mid Mountain Trail, Wasatch Crest, Spiro, Flying Dog, and the gravity trails at Deer Valley. Buff singletrack, sweeping berms, jumps and rollers, and epic views are what mountain bikers count on these days, and Park City delivers.

But Park City’s fame comes at a expense – crowds, and lots of them. That is why it is occasionally good to steer away from the marquee trails and escape to lesser-traveled environs. Park City has a lot of these as nicely. Believe old college, hand reduce paths with loose rock, and overgrowth. These are the rides that will rattle your teeth and bloody your knuckles. There’s no flow, no berms, and very best of all, handful of individuals. If Park City is a diamond, then these trails are the roughs.

Princess Di

Princess Di is a classic backwater trail. The path is narrow. There are no berms. Sections can be loose and rocky. But that is what tends to make the ride so exciting. The trail is positioned in the Promontory neighborhood on the east side of Highway 40. 

This is a solitary trail and a lonesome ride. There is no network right here. Just a single singletrack that wraps about a mountainside. The 14-mile ride starts with an ascent up paved bike paths by means of the Promontory neighborhood. At the top rated, the singletrack starts with a handful of descending switchbacks just before it climbs steeply, crossing dry drainages as it goes. The switchbacks are tight and can be loose, in particular if it hasn’t rained in a though. 

Beyond some cool rock formations, the trail traverses across the east side of the mountain with sweeping views of Rockport Reservoir. A final climb lets you pedal by means of a burned-out forest. A wildfire years ago left behind charred ghost trees. A handful of switchbacks up by means of the blackened woods brings you to the top rated of a ridge. From right here, a boisterous descent to the North Promontory entrance above I-80 ends the ride. You can stroll your bike by means of a tunnel that goes underneath the interstate to ride the Rail Trail back to Promontory. But it is likely very best to do this ride as a shuttle.

Spin Cycle 

I’ve mountain biked in Park City for 18 years just before ever rolling tires down Spin Cycle at Deer Valley. Certain I’d heard of it, but there are so several other alternatives nearby that are, pretty frankly, less complicated to get to. And I assume that is what provides Spin Cycle its charm. 

As opposed to newer gravity trails in the resort’s bike park, this descent is a bit a lot more 1980’s. The trail starts in open meadows along wide switchbacks that crisscross ski runs. It then enters a substantial aspen grove just before dropping down a all-natural halfpipe in a tight gully. Seemingly in no way-ending turns and curves get tighter and tighter as the trail crisscrosses more than a tiny stream. Just when you can not take significantly a lot more of the exciting, Spin Cycle spits you out at a garage with a neighboring, rusty washing machine that is the trail’s namesake.

As opposed to most of Deer Valley’s downhill-only trails, you can not get to Spin Cycle from a chairlift. To borrow a skiing phrase, you have to earn your turns with a six-mile loop. Locating the entrance to Spin Cycle is not straightforward. There are a handful of strategies to access it from the Snow Park Lodge employing several trails, then navigating by means of the Deer Crest neighborhood just to get to the trailhead. Perhaps that is what keeps the crowds away. That, or the truth that you have to ride back uphill by means of Deer Valley to return to your auto. 

Mormon Pioneer Trail

Are you a lot more interested in history lessons than riding bikes? Then the Mormon Pioneer Trail is for you. This path traces the route that Mormon pioneers traveled from Nauvoo, Illinois, to Salt Lake City, Utah. Their route was 1,300 miles in length and took three-four months to comprehensive. In the present day, we get to go mountain biking on it.

The very best section of the Mormon Pioneer Trail is from Affleck Park in Mountain Dell Canyon to the summit of Large Mountain Pass. This 7.three-mile out-and-back is absolutely nothing like what you will discover in Park City’s well-liked zones. Berms? Zero. Turns? Not several. What this ride does have is bombing straightaways and small else.

From Affleck Park, count on to pedal up a simple but steep ascent by means of the canyon bottom. This is followed by switchbacks that climb to Large Mountain Pass. At the top rated, you will be treated to a single of the most beautiful and sweeping views in the Wasatch Mountains. Turn about and burn out your brakes on that straight and scary-speedy descent. This trail is also accomplished as a shuttle ride. 

South Canyon

If a single trail was the red-headed step-kid of Park City, then it would be South Canyon. So why ride this beneath-the-radar singletrack? Due to the fact though absolutely everyone is dodging every single other on the crowded trails at the resorts, you can assuredly discover solitude right here.

The South Canyon loop begins at the Star Pointe Rail Trail trailhead on Promontory. From there you pedal south on the Rail Trail to the Roc Mon trail. This is an overgrown trail that is tricky to discover. It switchbacks up to the actual South Canyon Trail which traverses south then east. This seemingly unmaintained trail is rocky, with a handful of technical challenges appropriate for intermediate riders. It ends at the Black Rock Ridge condo complicated. Turn about and ride it South Canyon Trail back to Promontory for a 9-mile ride that will not have yet another soul on it.

Iron Bill &amp Legacy Loop

The Utah Olympic Park has some wonderful trails that several mountain bikers enjoy to ride. I specifically delight in the Yeti’s to Moose Puddle loop. But for some purpose the Legacy Loop and Iron Bill are a bit overlooked. Let’s commence with Iron Bill. It is a steep climb that connects the park to the RTS loop under. The only individuals I see climbing it are lost vacationers or hikers who accidentally wandered onto it from the Utah Olympic Park. Perhaps riders remain away since categorizes it as an professional trail. Certain it is a bit steep with techy, rocky corners. But the climb is completely doable. 

The Legacy Loop that connects to upper Iron Bill is, in all honesty, not worth the climb. These narrow trails are overgrown, with scrub oak branches that double as handlebar grabbers. It is type of neat to pedal to the soundtrack of vacationers screaming in terror on the zipline, but that is about the only redeeming excellent.

Descending Iron Bill, nicely, that is what you came for. Assuming you came for chunky rock gardens, not several speedy straightaways, and feeble attempts at making berms. My favored is the two rotting pallets utilised on a single specific corner. Clean these rickety functions and you have got A-kind exciting proper there.


So why ride any of these trails? Due to the fact occasionally we will need to get away from “flow” and challenge ourselves on one thing nasty. It keeps us sincere and reminds us of how spoiled we all are getting in a position to ride on such a enormous and remarkable program like we have in Park City. So pull out your Mountain Trails Foundation map, log onto Trailforks, and strategy a ride on singletrack that you have in no way heard of. You will likely come dwelling with scraped elbows, banged up shins, or perhaps a broken rib or two, and you will be greater for it.


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