“A great high desert loop tying together the best singletrack in the Round Valley Open Space.
— Tom Robson
Like most of the trails in Park City, this loop is super accessible from just about anywhere in town. With a moderate climb/descend pattern, a good mix of fast and flowy singletrack, nice vistas and a few techy rock gardens thrown in the mix to keep you honest, this neighborhood ride has a little something for everyone.
Beginning at the Park City Ice Arena, turn right and head straight up Rambler
. This section of trail rolls easily along the hillside as bench cut singletrack. Bypass Ramble On
, for now, and follow the trail to the left as it ascends one of the steeper hills on the ride. Luckily this well-built trail has multiple switchbacks, lessening the climb's grade.
At the top and its associated 4-way intersection, turn right onto Rusty Shovel
. This is a super fun downhill with multiple switchbacks that allow for some great flow. At the bottom, turn left onto Ramble On
. Added in 2012, this trail is a fun bench cut trail that contours (and climbs, slightly) to an intersection with Rambler
Turn right onto Rambler
which rolls past Round Valley Express
and Rademan Ridge
. At the second Rademan Ridge
intersection, turn left and join this trail for a short stint. At the next intersection, bear right on La Dee Duh
. This trail features tight winding singletrack littered with sandstone slabs - off camber, mini problems. It's a fun and challenging connector without much vertical gain or loss.
From La Dee Duh
turn left onto Round Valley Express
for a very short period, then turn right onto Backslide
. This section switchbacks up, then contours around a small knob. From the knob continue east as you wind your way down these smooth turns. Ride straight across Matt's Flat
to Nowhere Elks
, which is a great climb almost gaining the main ridge in Round Valley. Finally, you've earned the last descent of this ride, nice work.
Turn right onto Somewhere Elks
drops for almost a mile as flowing, semi-technical singletrack. Regardless of ability level, Somewhere Elks
will have you grinning ear-to-ear as its swooping turns usher you down the hill. At the end of this trail, ride across to Practice Loops
to Ability Way, which will take you back to the Ice Arena!