If you're a mountain biker, there is no other location that offers better pedaling on the dirt than Park City. It's a bold claim, but one we stand by. After all, there's the area's trail system spans 450+ miles of interconnected singletrack garnering Park City boatloads of accolades, including being named the first (and still-only) Gold Level Ride Center by the International Mountain Bicycling Association. Best of all, the Park City's MTB offerings just keep getting better. Case in point: this summer's opening of new trails at the DeJoria Center and Deer Valley Resort.
The High Star Trail, Dejoria Center
The DeJoria Center's High Star Trail is a $250,000 public mountain biking trail system set to be one of the most advanced in Summit County. Located just a short distance from Park City in Kamas on the 1,100-acre High Star Ranch, the 12-mile trail features wooded glades, challenging rocky terrain, and inspirational views of the mountains and meadows. “It's one of the most scenic and varied trails we have built," says Bob Radke, the trail designer and builder. "With its spectacular natural backdrop and diverse alpine terrain, it's sure to be a blast for everyone from beginners to experts." The DeJoria Center partnered with South Summit Trails Foundation to ensure the High Star Trail would not only be enjoyable to people, but also respectful of the environment.
The grand opening of the High Star Trail System's first 10 miles (six more miles will be added throughout the summer) takes place on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Locals and visitors are invited to come try out the trail and help name its different sections. Fuel up for your ride with a snack from State Road Gourmet Food Wagon. Storm Cycles will also be on hand with performance demo bikes and Rhodes Valley Outfitters is providing rentals. From then on, The High Star Trail will be open seven days a week. Admission is free and open to the public.
Tsunami Trail, Deer Valley Resort
After premiering its intermediate and beginner flow trails, Tidal Wave and Holy Roller, respectively, Deer Valley Resort is continuing upgrades of its already fantastic trail network with the creation of Tsunami, an expert-level flow trail. With the help of world-renowned bike park development company Gravity Logic, the resort will open the Tsunami trail in stages throughout the 2017 summer season. “With the addition of Tsunami, the resort’s network of updated biking trails provides the type of downhill thrill and excitement sought after by all biking levels,” said Bob Wheaton, president and general manager of Deer Valley Resort. From its origin on the meadow behind Bald Mountain, Tsunami will descend 900 vertical feet over two miles to reach Silver Lake Village, offering massive 10-foot berms and jumps and 25-foot table tops and step downs along the way.
And, back my popular demand at Deer Valley, is the SCOTT Twilight Ride Series: extended lift-served mountain biking hours on Wednesday evenings in July and August. Riders will have access to Silver Lake Express and Sterling Express chairlifts from 4 t0 8 p.m. and all Deer Valley summer operations at both Snow Park and Silver Lake Lodges, including private bike lessons.
Ride on Park City!