Park City Epic - IMBA Epic

 12 votes

25.5 Miles 41.1 Kilometers

85%

Singletrack

3,514' 1,071 m

Ascent

-3,568' -1,087 m

Descent

9,886' 3,013 m

High

6,657' 2,029 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

All Clear

9,886' 3,013 m

High

6,657' 2,029 m

Low

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (12°)

A superb loop that will challenge the legs and lungs.

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Overview

Situated above the ski town of Park City Utah lies one of the most diverse trail systems in the western US. The Park City trails include more than 350 miles of non-motorized trail on state, federal and over 7000 additional acres of preserved open space. Within this massive trail system lies a superb loop sure to challenge the legs and lungs.

The ride should be done in a clockwise direction in order to enjoy the climbing only trails for the massive ascent.

Need To Know

The Park City trail network is multi-use and sees plenty of foot and bicycle traffic. Further back into the trail system, be prepared to see equestrian traffic as well.

The trails are located at altitude above high mountain deserts. Bring plenty of water, food and clothing and be prepared for large temperature fluctuations and variable conditions throughout.

There are multiple intersections along the route that can lead into other drainages or even other towns. Have a map, have a plan and be prepared for a long day out.

Description

Starting at the Spiro access and kiosk, begin climbing up a two track for 500 feet. Take a hard right onto Armstrong and settle in for 10 miles of climbing to the high point of the ride.

Armstrong is steady up but a fairly easy pedal while Pine Cone will test you a bit. The punchiest parts come right before topping out on the Wasatch Crest.

Bask in the awesome views to west from the Crest. Ride north along a generally descending route with a few little climbs here and there.
These are in the form of a series of red dirt bluffs called the Fakies.

After the technical rock ridge, keep descending to the Dog Lake intersection. Stay right for a short easy climb.

After this climb, continue to stay left at the intersections that lead to view points on the ridge until arriving at a big meadow. Here a Y intersection will take users back to Park City or into Salt Lake City. Staying right into Park City is the only way to go. There is a big brown sign on the left hand trail saying No Bikes Allowed.

From the meadow intersection, the trail continues to descend with a short climb on the Crest Connector trail to the Mid Mountain Trail intersection. Bear left here and continue down to Ambush.

Follow Ambush to the end and bear left to ride out to Hwy 224, pedaling back to the beginning of the ride.

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Aug 25, 2016
Jon Jarboe
Jul 14, 2016
Danny Bradley
26mi Delete
Sep 7, 2015
Juraj Motesicky
3h 06m Delete
Aug 2, 2015
Danica Nelson
detoured off ambush midway down Delete
Jun 19, 2015
Barry Lewis
Oct 9, 2014
Patrick Hall
Mostly dry and very quiet. Only saw 1 other rider the whole time from Crest to Ambush. Everyone should do this trail Delete
Aug 4, 2013
Ryan Delany
Slight variation. Parked at Canyons lower parking lot, took the 8:55am free bus to Park Ave Condos. Also took Ambush all the way down instead. 21.8mi — 4h 35m Delete

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  4.6 from 12 votes

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All Clear on Sep 2, 2016
Dry; last night's rain is keeping the moon dust down a bit!
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