Park City’s public cross-country skiing trail system is a well-planned, outdoor playground. With more than 50 kilometers of groomed trail in the greater Park City area, there’s room for everyone to play: cross-country skiers, hikers, snowshoers, runners, bikers and dog walkers. Novice skiers can get their bearings on Willow Creek’s relatively flat trails; alternately, the Rail Trail is a beginner- friendly spot. For a bit more vertical gain, Round Valley’s network of loops gives intermediate classic and skate skiers ample opportunity for varied and scenic outings. Though the groomed trail systems are shared with cross-country skiers, it is a good place to get a feel for the snowshoes.
For experienced snowshoers, getting off the main drag can be exciting and a great workout provided there is a low risk of avalanche danger. Popular single-tracks, such as Iron Canyons, Lost Prospector, Snow Top Loop, Glenwild and Rob’s Trail, provide good uphill exercise and rewarding, lofty views. If solitude is calling, step into wilderness. A short drive from Park City, the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest has a remarkable trail system and thousands of acres to explore. Just make sure to stop into Samak Smoke House for all of your snowshoe needs and supplies.
Keep in mind that weather in the Unitas is changeable and even experienced outdoorsmen can get lost. Be sure to bring plenty of water, snacks and outerwear and let someone know where you plan to snowshoe or ski and when you’ll be home.
For local maps and information visit or call Mountain Trails Foundation; mountaintrails.org or 435-649-6839.