Whether you're a mountain biker or hiker, fall is, undoubtedly, one of the best times to hit the trails in Park City. And should you need an excuse for spending the day meandering or hard-charging along single track, Hike for Hunger is it. The annual, family-friendly event takes place at Deer Valley's Snow Park Lodge on Sept. 8, beginning at 9 a.m. Organized by the Christian Center of Park City (CCPC), the hike (or bike ride) is a simple way to give back to community, while getting out to enjoy the gorgeous fall weather--something you were probably planning on doing anyway!
Despite the perception of abundance and extravagance in Park City, many local families struggle with food insecurity. CCPC's Food Pantry -- supported, in part, by events like Hike for Hunger -- helps alleviate hunger by providing food to 600 to 1,000 households every month. That amounts to more than 673,000 meals and around 807,000 pounds of food, much of which is donated by local grocery stores in an effort to achieve Zero Waste by diverting food to those in need.
Since the festival began seven years ago, it has grown in size and scope offering both chairlift-assisted hiking and mountain biking. This year will be the biggest festival to date and participants will have numerous options to choose from, including taking the Silver Lake Express Chairlift to hike or bike the easy Nabob loop (1 mile), the more moderate Sultan Out & Back (2.5 miles), or the longer Silver Lake Loop (4.5 miles). Even if you don't want to hike or bike, you can still get in on the fun and support a great cause by taking a scenic "joy ride" up and down the Silver Lake Express.
After hiking or biking, return to the Snow Park Lodge to recoup your energy by indulging in a meal donated by Nicolas & Company and prepared by Deer Valley's exceptional culinary team. Drop the kids off at the bounce house and grab yourself a bevy--beer by Park City Brewery and wine will be available--and kick back in the festival area with lawn games. The kids festival area will be open from 2 to 6 p.m. and Provo-based Ryan Shupe takes the stage from 4 to 6 p.m. with rock and roll and bluegrass beats, perfect for getting your groove on. Tickets to the Hike for Hunger event are $30 for adults, $10 for youth (under 21), or $75 for a family (up to 5 people) and can be purchased here.
A Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will also be held at 11 a.m. on September 8 for the CCPC's new facility. The space includes an expansion of the food pantry and a new counseling center, allowing the organization to better serve the community.
Looks like it's shaping up to be a busy weekend. See you on the trails!