Park City, Utah
Park City, Utah was the first destination to be granted IMBA’s coveted Gold-Level Ride Center designation. While it has since been joined by a few other destinations, gold is still a rare label, with most destinations receiving silver or bronze status, if they qualify at all. In order to stay on top, Park City has kept building singletrack, with numerous different entities contributing to the overall breadth and quality of the trail network.
Wasatch Over Wasatch (WOW) Trail
Since our previous article was published, the Wasatch Over Wasatch Trail (WOW Trail) has been the biggest singletrack development in Park City. The WOW Trail “starts in Bonanza Flats on the backside of Empire pass, and finishes in Midway at the bottom of the Guardsman Pass Road,” according to Scott House of Jans/White Pine Touring in Park City.
The trail is about 12 miles long and begins with a roughly 800-foot climb. “After that it’s close to a 2,500’ descent into the Heber Valley/Midway,” said House. “It’s a machine-cut trail but already has an incredible riding line in it. It travels through a couple different environments from aspen groves and pine forests to high desert and scrub oak forests. Lots of flow with just the right amount of tech and challenge to keep it fun for most abilities. The trail offers some of the best views you can find on a ride, including the southern Wasatch, Mt. Timpanogos, Cascade Peak, and even gets views on turns back up Snake Creek canyon and into the central Wasatch. It’s easy to shuttle, from Park City or Midway, but you could also pedal up from Park City to the top and get a ride back from Midway. At the bottom, the trail connects into Dutch Hollow, which has some fun singletrack as well.”
High Star Ranch Trail System
While technically located outside of Park City proper, High Star Ranch is a new trail system that was built by Sagebrush Trails from the ground up for mountain biking. “The uphill routes are well-graded and get you up the mountain fast without zapping your legs,” says House. “The downhill options were obviously built by people who ride bikes, with lots of line choices and fun features. It really is one of my favorite new spots to ride.”
Coming Soon: Deer Valley Flow Trail
Deer Valley Resort is planning to build a new flow trail from Silver Lake Village to the main lodge below. “This will connect the main bike park to the lower lots and will be an awesome addition to riding in Park City,” says House.