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Park City Epic - IMBA EPIC

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 4.6 (46) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A superb loop that will challenge the legs and lungs.


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Map Key

25.6

Miles

41.2

KM

85%

Singletrack

9,882' 3,012 m

High

6,659' 2,030 m

Low

3,518' 1,072 m

Up

3,575' 1,090 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

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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Shared By:

Leslie Kehmeier

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 46 votes

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in Park City

#248

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  4.6 from 46 votes
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#1

in Park City

#24

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#248

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Photos

Near the top of the Wasatch Crest Trail, looking down into Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Sep 4, 2016 near Park City, UT
Heading down Pinecone, high above Park City!
Sep 4, 2016 near Park City, UT
Evening ride on mid-mountain, Park City.
Jul 28, 2016 near Park City, UT
Beginning one of the many descents on the Wasatch Crest Trail with Solitude Ski Area in the background.
Sep 4, 2016 near Park City, UT
Flowy singletrack, what is not to like?
Oct 12, 2016 near Snyderv…, UT
The balancing act on top of the spine section of the Wasatch Crest Trail. Photo by Mike Swim // mikezswim.com
Jun 13, 2018 near Snyderv…, UT

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Sep 27, 2020
Nuts Von Crazy
The trail is beautiful but unfortunately it is in such bad shape that the downhill was no reward for the uphill. Fun ride though 28.4mi — 5h 45m
Sep 23, 2020
Sean Wiggins
27mi
Sep 17, 2020
Frank Silvester
Great ride. Started at mid mountain and was going to meet Marc at top but he had a mechanical. Ran into two brothers Jay and Scott and rode with them 32mi — 4h 00m
Aug 5, 2020
Phil O
Lots of climbing. Great downhills, great riding along the Wasatch ridge. Beautiful wildflowers. LONG trek back to car/trailhead. Park closer to end — 4h 00m
May 16, 2019
Zach Chase
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

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