What’s afoot on Park City’s trails this winter.
Ask any local and they’ll agree — becoming lost in the mountains is often the only way to find yourself.
Whether it’s a workout, some soul searching or simply fresh air you seek, the best of Park City is usually found where the Wi-Fi is weak. Here are our recommendations for exploring nature, viewing wildlife and telling stress it can take a hike.
Hike up, sled down.
Sandwiched between Park City Resort and the former Canyons ski area, Iron Canyon is often referred to as an “outdoor StairMaster.” This two mile out-and-back trail is breathtaking — literally and figuratively. The steep 1,900 foot elevation gain is sure to leave you gasping for air and the majestic aspens, pines and views all the way to the Uintas will leave you equally as breathless.
In the winter, Iron Canyon provides a natural luge-like track, perfect for sledding down. Helmets are recommended.
Snowshoes and panoramic views.
Secluded, snow-covered and spectacular, Rob’s Trail is pure bliss for a snowshoer. Trek to the overlook about 1.5 miles up, or keep going and connect to any number of trails to make a scenic loop, where you’re likely to see elk, moose, bald eagles and more overlooking Lamb’s Canyon.
Despite a mild elevation gain, this area has been known to slide, so check the avalanche conditions before setting off.
Fat bikes and skinny skis.
Groomed daily and dog friendly, Round Valley is a sizeable gem in Park City’s open space crown. In total, it boasts over 700 acres of preserved open space, 25 kilometers of which is dedicated to Nordic and cross country skiing.
Its gentle rolling hills and wide trails are also ideal for fat tire snow bikes, and a number of trails are dedicated to this popular winter sport.
Even better, dogs are allowed to run off leash at Round Valley. Always ride or glide in control to avoid colliding with one.
Sleds, snowshoes, fat tire bikes and Nordic or cross country skis can be rented or purchased at any number of local sporting goods stores. For directions, parking, trail conditions and other information, visit MountainTrails.org. And always practice good trail etiquette.