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Mid Mountain Loop - IMBA EPIC

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (36) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A challenging tour of classic Wasatch singletrack.


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Map Key

22.9

Miles

36.8

KM

85%

Singletrack

8,454' 2,577 m

High

6,657' 2,029 m

Low

2,307' 703 m

Up

2,351' 716 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Overview

The Mid Mountain Trail feature classic Wasatch singletrack with lots of climbing, descending and ridge-top riding through aspen and pine forests. Be sure to give yourself a bit of time to acclimate before this ride, as the trail sits around 8,000 feet above sea level.

You can start the ride from many different locations on the Mid Mountain loop. The trail starts at Deer Valley Resort, which would be a fine starting point. Another particularly nice place to begin the ride is from Park City Mountain Resort, climbing up the uphill-only Armstrong trail. This is how it's mapped here. You'll encounter truly extraordinary views of the area as you make your way around the Mid Mountain loop.

You'll climb the Armonstrong Trail and ascend some moderate rocky sections. At the top of the climb, you'll join with the Mid Mountain Trail. Both intermediate and advanced riders will find this trail challenging and exciting. It offers amazing views and lots of high-altitude climbing. Summer brings beautiful wildflowers and fall displays aspens in brilliant color. Bottom line: this ride is spectacular.

Description

You'll start out by climbing the Armstrong trail. Armstrong is a directional trail - uphill only. It's a moderate climb with a few challenges but overall enjoyable. It gains about 1400 feet by the time it hits the Mid Mountain Trail. The trail is very popular due to the many options for extended loops at affords riders. As a result, it's easy to follow and well maintained - just roll on up.

You won't miss the Mid Mountain Trail at the end of Armstrong. You'll essentially merge onto it, heading north. Mid Mountain Trail is beautiful singletrack through a combination of deep forest, brief passes through open meadows, and along a ridge line. You'll know you're passing through a ski area - along the way, you'll see ski trails, lift towers, and even some mining remains from Park City's history before skiing.

There's a bit of climbing as you make your way north, but nothing brutal. There are also some rocky sections along the way, but again, nothing too technical for an intermediate rider - just enough to keep things interesting. You'll also stay interested with periodic beautiful views out over Park City. You're also likely to see wildflowers and aspen groves along the way.

Ride along the trail until you get to the next ski resort, which will be Canyons Resort. You'll cross over some more ski runs, and eventually, around mile 14.5, you'll see the obvious connection to Ambush. This is one of many options to descend into the Canyons area. The route has a steady grade from top to bottom and gives a nice descent all the way down.

Eventually, the trail dumps you into Canyons, and you'll find yourself on Canyon Resort Drive. Follow the road around and look for the paved Olympic Trail, which runs along the highway back towards Park City. Follow that most of the way back, pickup Thaynes Canyon Drive on your right, then left on Three Kings Drive, and you're back where you started!

Contacts

Shared By:

Michael Ahnemann with improvements by Adam Knutson

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 36 votes

#2

in Park City

#366

Overall
  4.3 from 36 votes
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Recommended Route Rankings

#2

in Park City

#30

in Utah

#366

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Photos

Evening ride on mid-mountain, Park City.
Jul 28, 2016 near Park City, UT
Morning climb up Armstrong
Apr 20, 2018 near Park City, UT
Climbing up with Singletrailer.
Oct 15, 2015 near Park City, UT
Morning breaks over Park City.
Jun 18, 2016 near Park City, UT
View towards Park City from Iron Mountain.
Jun 18, 2016 near Snyderv…, UT
Views from the intersection of Armstrong and Ham
Aug 5, 2013 near Park City, UT

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Jul 4, 2020
Jenny Hawke
Jun 18, 2020
Dave Reed
Excellent selection of dirt conditions, ranging from tack to loose to hard pack 20mi
Jul 30, 2019
John Arnold
Jul 24, 2019
Rebecca C
Absolutely gorgeous views. Fun variety of terrain. A few challenging spots. 22.9mi — 3h 00m
Jul 15, 2019
Greg Willis
23mi
Jul 7, 2019
Adam Knutson
Great ride. Lots of climbing - good views, great sections through pine & aspens. I was able to skip the road / paved part at the end - got a ride :) — 3h 30m
Jun 22, 2019
Kevin Kelpe
A challenging climb with some payoff, and very crowded. Some loose rock up top, but a great ride nonetheless. 22mi — 3h 30m

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