Mid Mountain Loop - IMBA Epic

 13 votes
Building Map
Loading Map Data
Map Settings
Featured Ride
Trail

22.9 Miles 36.8 Kilometers


85%

Singletrack

2,396' 730 m

Ascent

-2,436' -742 m

Descent

8,457' 2,578 m

High

6,655' 2,028 m

Low

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

All Clear

67 days agoUpdate

A challenging tour of classic Wasatch singletrack.

Michael Ahnemann

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

Rate Featured Ride


   Clear

4.0 from 13 votes


Get On-Trail Navigation

Send to Phone
Your Check-Ins

Check-Ins

Oct 22, 2016
kevin davis
11.2mi
Oct 15, 2016
Jen Vogel Gotantas
Aug 27, 2016
Jeff Parker
Other than the fact that the Park City trail marathon took place on this same day on this same trail it was an awesome ride. — 2h 30m
Aug 6, 2016
tamara klein
Accessed via Armstrong trail. Great ride 25mi
Jul 22, 2016
Joe Dobrowolski
Jun 16, 2016
Allen Tanner
Went from Crest back to Spiro. Convinced that what this trail needs are more rocks...
Aug 31, 2015
Robert Danese
Aug 30, 2015
Chuck Werstak

Stewarded By


Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 13 votes

#2

in Park City

#805

Overall
  4.0 from 13 votes
1 Star
0%
2 Star
8%
3 Star
15%
4 Star
46%
5 Star
31%
Rankings

#2

in Park City

#39

in Utah

#805

Overall
116 Views Last Month
6,806 Since Jul 25, 2013
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
44%
44%
11%
0%

Conditions


All Clear 67 days ago
Ride was 24.2 miles and closer to 3000' elevation gain according to my Garmin.
Update ConditionsHistory

0 Comments

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter