With more than 7,000 open-space acres and a temperate climate, Park City is a dog-trail heaven. Enjoy one of these outings—the recommendations of Parkite and Best Hikes with Dogs: UTAH author Dayna Stern—with your canine best friend. Please remember that Park City has a leash law designed to protect open spaces, wildlife, other trail users, and your pet, and don’t forget to carry an ample supply of water for yourself and your four-legged companion.

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Iron Canyon Trail
It’s a steep, one-mile climb to a fantastic view of Park City from above. “You’ll love the views and the aspens, but be respectful of homeowners when you parallel park at the trailhead,” Stern advises.

 

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Bloods Lake Trail
Park at Guardsman Pass and take the trail going downhill for about one mile to Bloods Lake. “Dogs will love swimming in the lake, and the summer wildflowers along the trail are unreal,” Stern explains. “Use care not to walk your dog on the Salt Lake City side of Guardsman Pass, however, as having dogs in that watershed is illegal.”

 

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Jeremy Ranch Road/Mormon Trail
“History buffs will love this route, which traces the path of the Mormon pioneers,” Stern says. Hike up to eight miles out-and-back, and watch for wildlife such as moose and elk.

 

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Lewis Park Trail
In the Silver Creek neighborhood, says Stern, “this loop is a well-kept secret and about 2.5 miles long. With beaver ponds, a creek, elk, and views of all three ski resorts, this trail won’t disappoint.”

 

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Rob’s Trail
“This is probably the best hike in Park City for aspens,” Stern asserts. Climb hard for about two miles to a superb overlook of Canyons Resort and the Wasatch Crest, and then, Stern adds, “Treat yourself to lunch at the resort once you’ve returned the way you came.”

In Your Pocket
Pick up Stern’s book at mountaineersbooks.org ($18.95) or grab a Mountain Trails map for a $5 donation at various locations around town.

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