What to Expect in Park City: Big miles, long climbs, and beautiful high-alpine singletrack
To counter the rugged rock formations and technical riding of Moab, head to northern Utah and Park City, where the mountain riding is smooth, fast, and absolutely wonderful. Park City is home to multiple ski resorts and sits in a picturesque valley that boasts more IMBA Epic Rides than anywhere else on earth. Park City has hundreds of miles of high-alpine singletrack waiting to be explored.
Once the snow melts and everything turns green, Park City is ripe for the picking from July through late September. Once you get tired of epic singletrack and killer views, you can head over to Deer Valley for some lift-served DH riding and satisfy your need for technical trail riding. There’s a reason it’s one of four mountain locations that Chasing Epic serves; Park City is one of the best.
Day One: On the first day of our Park City trip, we’ll meet at 1:00pm to check in, make introductions, and get everything in place to have an incredible four days of riding! All our clients will have time to unload luggage in their rooms and get geared up, so don’t worry about being ready to go when we meet. Our bikes for Park City trips are waiting for us at the guide shop, so we’ll walk over before getting fitted and having the bikes setup for everyone’s personal riding style. The first day’s ride will be right from the shop: we’ll tackle the Round ValleyLoop and its off-shoots for about 15 miles and 1000 feet of climbing. Today’s trails are fairly easy on the technical scale, but they’re a great way to acclimatize and not over-stress the body before the next three days of riding.
Day Two: Today’s ride begins with a shuttle to thetop of Empire Pass, nestled between Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort. From there, we’ll connect to some of the high-elevation trails and swing around the backside of Deer Valley before enjoying a rip-roaring descent on their famous flow trail, Tidal Wave.
After everyone shakes out their hands from pumping the brakes, we’ll connect to the Deer Crest Trail: a fast, flowing singletrack (mostly) descent down to the main village at Deer Valley. The day has just begun, however, since we’re about to hop onto the Mid-Mountain Trail. The Mid-Mountain IMBA Epic connects all three ski resorts and traverses their ski slopes, through high meadows, steep ski runs, and amazing aspen forests. The trail includes some decent climbing, but it’s rolling and there aren’t any huge climbs. The day will end at the Canyons, where we’ll have our shuttle waiting to bring us back to the hotel.
Day Three: Today we’re riding the Wasatch Crest, an incredible high-altitude ride that traverses the ridge between Park City and Big Cottonwood Canyon. If the group is feeling frisky and energetic, we can forgo the shuttle and ride to the top- 8 miles and 3500 feet of climbing! However, we’ll have our shuttle ready to take us to the top of Guardsman Pass, where the real fun begins.
The ride begins with a fun traverse along Scotty’s Bypass, an exciting way to get the day going. Next is the formidable Puke Hill– but don’t worry, it’s less than half a mile long and is only steep for the last few hundred feet. But yeah, we’ve seen people lose their lunch up there. Once on top, the next 12 miles will be a combination of ripping singletrack along the ridge, exposed rocky descents, and an incredible 3000 foot downhill through the Canyons Resort. Once we finally complete the descent, we’ll hop on the bike path and ride back to the hotel. Rest up before dinner!
Day Four: The last day of the trip… such a sad occasion. After three days of incredible high-elevation riding, we’re going to finish off the trip with a lower-elevation ride that’s fast, fun, and provides great views: the Flying Dog Loop. Not only does this loop get us away from the crowds, but it also offers a great way to end the trip with a consistent climb and a long, sustained (and fast) downhill. If the crew has enough in the tank, there are a few flow trails we can add on for extra fun! Today’s ride will be about 15 miles with 2000 feet of climbing- plenty to push your legs past the point of failure!
We’ll end our ride by about 1:00 today to check out, gather our gear, and say our final good-byes. NOTE: This itinerary is for example only, to give customers an idea of what to expect on a standard Chasing Epic trip. Mileage and actual trail choices may differ due to riding ability, weather and trail conditions.