Summer is officially here, so it’s time to hang up those skis, buckle those boots before putting them in the closet, and get out that bike that’s been sitting in your garage all winter because bike season is BACK!
That’s right, everyone’s favorite way to get their summer adrenaline fix is finally here, so get that bike tuned up, wipe the dust off that helmet and get ready to read about some of the best places to bike in Park City this summer.
Deer Valley Bike Park
If you’re a downhill junkie, then the Deer Valley Bike Park is for you. With over 3,000 feet of elevation change and 70 miles of mountain bike trails, including four flow trails designed by Gravity Logic, this zone is one of the best lift accessed spots in all of Utah.
Deer Valley has three lifts that carry bikes, Lake Express, Homestake Express, and Sterling Express with operations between 10 AM and 5 PM. If you’re a 9 to 5’er then don’t worry about missing out. Deer Valley has a Twilight Series that happens every Tuesday from 4 to 8 PM. For $30 you can ride all the trails Deer Valley has to offer and it usually tends to be quite the social event.
Some of our favorite trails are Tidal Wave and Sunset, two super flowy blue squares. For those who are a bit more into the jump scene you have to check out Tsunami, one of their Gravity Logic designed trails.
Park City Resort
If you think you need to earn that downhill a bit more, and enjoy making those calves burn, then check out the trail system around Park City Resorts and Canyons Resorts. Fun fact, Park City was recognized by the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) as the first Gold Level Ride Center in the world. A Status that only five other destinations share with them.
Looking for a mellow uphill? Then zones like Glenwild and Round Valley are great spots to get reacquainted with those biking muscles you haven’t used since last season. These zones are also at a lower elevation than a lot of the trails in Park City and tend to dry out faster.
For those with their bike legs already under them then spots like The Crest Trail and Mid Mountain Twist is what you’re going to be looking for. The Crest Trail is a 25 miles of equal uphill and downhill. This trail isn’t for the faint of heart, with one section of the uphill being called “Puke Hill”. If that sounds a bit daunting to you then you can always park at the Blood Lake Trailhead which cuts out about half of the nearly 3,000 feet of elevation gain.
Mid Mountain Twist is a bit more manageable but still delivers similar difficulty. This 26 mile trail traverses across Park City’s two skiing areas and offers some great single track and views of the town below. The best part about this ride is that it intertwines with a lot of the trail system that covers Park City Resort. So don’t feel like you have to commit to the entire thing because there are plenty of ways to get down.
Trailside Bike Park
Located right in Park City, this bike park and trail system is perfect for a quick ride during the day or freshening up those skills after a long ski season. With a pump track, jump line, multiple technician features to help improve that balance, and a bunch of flow trails. This zone is perfect for the dirt jumper in you that wants to improve their air awareness or maybe hit some bigger wooden features for the first time.
There are plenty of downhill and cross-country trails around Park City but that doesn’t mean that it is the only kind of biking this place offers. There’s also plenty of famous road biking routes that bikers from around the world come to try out for themselves. One of the most popular is Wednesday Night Worlds or, as the locals call it, the Dickie Bobbie ride.
If you’re looking for an all day ride then you have to check out the 58 mile Donner Party ride. Taking you from Park City to Coalville via the Historic Union Pacific Rail Trail, around Echo reservoir and then around East Canyon reservoir this route will definitely have you breathing hard by the end.
We can’t wait to see you out on the trails in Park City this summer.