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Park City Epic - IMBA EPIC

 4.7 (38)

25.6 Miles 41.2 Kilometers


85%

Singletrack

3,518' 1,072 m

Ascent

-3,575' -1,090 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

9,882' 3,012 m

High

6,659' 2,030 m

Low

Shared By Leslie Kehmeier

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A superb loop that will challenge the legs and lungs.

Leslie Kehmeier

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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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Sep 17, 2018
Eddie Lee
What a beautiful ride. Makes me want to move to PC. Many thanks to MTBProject for hosting these type of trails. :)
Sep 1, 2018
Sylvia Cei
Aug 11, 2018
Eric DeJong
Aug 3, 2018
wil chung
Cut out final road section. 22.5mi
Aug 1, 2018
Erik Brakke
Jul 23, 2018
Brian Malzahn
26.3mi
Jul 8, 2018
Michael Johnson
Jul 5, 2018
Sarah Lewis

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  4.7 from 38 votes

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Agreed on the tech except for the 100' of the spine. If you go right after the crest connector, you can do Insurgent to spice up the descent. Ricochet if you want more intermediate stuff Aug 30, 2016
Did the mid-mountain to spiro variation today, which added some more tech and zero road to the route. Looks like it's about 7 miles longer. Aug 11, 2017
Gus Allen
Salt Lake City, UT
Gus Allen   Salt Lake City, UT
First off don't follow the google maps directions to the trail head or you'll end up parking in some rich family's driveway. I'd suggest parking at the Canyons Ski Resort and then pounding pavement to Park City to get it over with so you don't have to end your ride with a road slog. Solid ride but "epic" is a pretty generous term for it. I found the climb to be pretty enjoyable, very steady but not steep at all with only one or two very short tech sections over the entire 10 mile climb. Once on the Wasatch Crest you'll be treated to some good views and rolling, but fast riding. This is also the most technical part of the ride but virtually all of the tech is short lived. The only spot worth talking about is the ridge section with a little bit of exposure that some other people have mentioned, but even this isn't so bad. As far as I could tell all the possible lines though it are rollable but it looked like staying low and left was the easiest path. The down was a bit boring honestly and had a lot of traffic on it so I was always holding myself back a bit. Grabbing one of the other possible decent trails is probably a good idea but I'm new to the area so you'll have get beta from the some of the other comments on that one. I'd agree that the trail rated as more difficult than it actually is. There might be a few black features in there but on the whole I would call it a solid blue and would not hesitate to bring an intermediate rider on it so long as they could handle the 25 mile distance. They might end up doing a little bit of walking, but not much. Sep 15, 2018

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