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Trail

22.9 mile 36.8 kilometer loop
85% Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,307' 703 m
Descent: -2,351' -716 m
High: 8,454' 2,577 m
Low: 6,657' 2,029 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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A challenging tour of classic Wasatch singletrack.

Michael Ahnemann

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!

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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
Jun 19, 2019
Joseph Carty
Sep 2, 2018
Byron Beasley
Aug 11, 2018
KC KC
Armstrong needs to be renamed “legstrong” 5mi
Jul 26, 2018
Kendall Reiley
Jul 22, 2018
Ruben Rubinho

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