Pedal Prowess

The Ultimate Biking Guide

Before you hit PCM's 30 must-ride trails and loops, here's the lowdown on the cycling scene.

By Jane Gendron June 19, 2019 Published in the Summer/Fall 2019 issue of Park City Magazine

Go big—or small—on Park City's 400 miles of trails.

Image: Eric Schramm

Park City doesn’t just ride. We climb, we grind, we soar—often, we lose ourselves a little—and, when we think the trails can’t get any better, they do. Park City’s ever-growing system of 400-plus miles of interwoven singletrack—plus the county’s quad-burning loops of rolling asphalt for the skinny-tire set—draws an increasingly eager posse of pedal-crankers deeper into the hills and valleys of the area’s resorts, open spaces, and private developments every season. Thanks to groups like the nonprofit Mountain Trails Foundation, the trail system has matured over the decades, shifting gears from hand-built, disparate rogue tracks to interconnected networks—and even sophisticated flow artistry. With the help of local experts, we introduce you to 30 top picks in and around this International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA)–designated Gold Level Ride Center (one of just six in the world), from easy to intermediate and from full-throttle to downhill thrill rides, including five road rides that will take your breath away. The trails await: saddle up and choose your own adventure.

Deer Valley Resort spins its bike-access lifts June 14–Sept 2 daily, plus weekends through Sept 22 (weather permitting).
Park City Mountain runs bike-related lift/gondola operations June 14–Sept 2 daily, plus Thursday–Sunday through Sept 29 (weather permitting).

Our picks for the sweetest rides on trail, road, and beyond:

Biking Guide: 5 Easy Rides for Cruising Park City’s Trails
Biking Guide: 9 Classic and Intermediate MTB Rides
Biking Guide: 5 Challenging MTB Rides Worth the Grind
Biking Guide: Saddle Up for Downhill Thrills
Biking Guide: 5 Spectacular Road Rides in and around Park City

Before you go

Mountain weather is changeable, so layer up. Take altitude into consideration; don’t be afraid to stop for your oxygen-depleted lungs’ sake or to make way for a moose, and bring plenty of water and snacks to avoid bonking. Grab a Mountain Trails Foundation ( map, available at most sports retailers and coffee shops (or online) to plot your route, or download Trailforks or MTB Project apps for real-time GPS guidance. And consider purchasing a copy of Park City’s Prime Cuts 3, the newest edition of the go-to trail guidebook by longtime local riders Paul Boyle, Mark Fischer, and Charlie Sturgis (available at local retailers).





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