Destination Snowshoe: 3 Stellar Trails for Winter Wandering
It’s as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. So, grab a pair of snowshoes and choose your own adventure.
Easy: Fast Pitch/Hat Trick, Round Valley
Unleash Fido for this mellow, canine-friendly, one-mile loop. Shared with nordic skiers and fat-tire bikers, it’s the ideal spot to hone your skills and enjoy sunny (or snowy) days.
Logistics: Drive or bus to the trailhead at Quinn’s Junction.
Moderate: The North Fork, Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
Weave through aspens and lodgepole pines in this winter wonderland, located just 20 miles from Park City. The North Fork is a four-mile, out-and-back trail with undulating terrain. Given the 7,500-foot base and an elevation gain of 200 feet, take the excuse to stop, breathe, and take in the wilderness. Travel out and back or hire a guide (White Pine Touring offers excursions) for a slightly longer five-mile loop.
Logistics: Take Mirror Lake Highway to the ranger station (pass required, $6 for three days); the trailhead is up one mile on the left.
More Difficult: Flying Dog Loop, Jeremy Ranch
Look at the forest and get lost in the trees on the meandering trails in Jeremy Ranch. The challenging Flying Dog Loop and Preserve Connector trails lead you through steep, sage-covered hills that provide tall oak- and aspen-framed views of local resorts and nearby ponds.
Logistics: Make a day of this one. Park at East Canyon, follow the 24-7 Trail to Flying Dog Loop and the Preserve Connector Trail, and loop back to 24-7 where you began, logging 8.4 miles in total. Phew!