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OG Park City IMBA Epic

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (16) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

An epic day riding at Park City, encompassing the classics Wasatch Crest and Mid-Mtn and the best climb, Pincone Ridge!


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Map Key

32.8

Miles

52.8

KM

100%

Singletrack

9,878' 3,011 m

High

6,932' 2,113 m

Low

4,138' 1,261 m

Up

4,143' 1,263 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

27%

Max Grade (15°)

Dogs No Dogs

E-Bikes Unknown

Overview

This is the original Park City IMBA Epic taking you from PCMR, up to the Wasatch Crest, over to Canyons, and returning to PCMR via Mid-Mountain.

The ride begins with a gentle leisurely climb through the poplars providing glimpses of Park City through the trees before turning up the heat with steeper climbs and more exposed sections of trails.

Both Armstrong and Pinecone offer great views of the surrounding mountains and down into Park City and the Snyderville Basin. Pinecone is arguably the best singletrack climb out of Park City, offering a nice steady climb through the trees and quiet solitude.

Overall, this is one of the best routes in the area and highly recommended as you'll ride on some of the most iconic terrain in the Park City area. I suggest starting early even before sunrise to ward off the heat of the day and avoid many of the Fred's that Park City is overrun with - watch out for moose!

Need to Know

Once on the trail, there is no place for provisions, so be prepared with enough food and water for the entire route. Also, be prepared for mechanicals and flats as the terrain is not only smooth and flowy but there are many rocky sections that can rip off derailleurs, give pinch flats, and put holes in your tires and sidewalls.

Description

The ride starts at PCMR, beginning by climbing up Armstrong to Mid Mountain Trail where you hang a sharp left towards the start of Pinecone, which forks off towards the right after about 1.5 miles. Pinecone is a peaceful, long climb with minimal downhill traffic in the mornings, topping out at the top of Puke Hill.

After climbing up Pinecone, you now have access to one of the most iconic shuttle runs in the SLC, Park City area, the Wasatch Crest Trail. This trail is fast and flowy on mostly rollers with some technical sections and great views.

Heading down the Wasatch Crest Trail, you'll be overwhelmed with fast rolling off-camber sections, small sections of rock, a short climb or two, amazing views of Big Cottonwood Canyon and the Park City valley, and it all ends with a nice technical rocky section known as the Spine!

At this point, to loop back to PCMR, you take a right at the fork at the bottom of the Spine just above Desolation Lake and continue to stay right at the various forks in the trail until you arrive at Upper Apex Ridge in Canyon's Resort. Next, follow the short, fast, and flowy trail down until it hooks up with Mid Mountain Trail and head right following Mid-Mtn all the way across the mountain range back towards PCMR. Nearing PCMR, you'll recognize Armstrong, the trail you climbed up originally, where you'll continue up Mid-Mtn as Armstrong is uphill-only until you arrive at Spiro Trail.

Take Spiro Trail all the way back down to the parking lot enjoying the many switchback sections of hard breaking bumps that'll rattle your bones all the way back to the car. Once at the car, throw back a cold one and congratulate yourself for an awesome day on the bike!

Contacts

Shared By:

John Gipson with improvements by keith wakefield

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 16 votes

#5

in Park City

#636

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  4.6 from 16 votes
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in Park City

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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 30, 2020
kenneth chrisman
Sep 15, 2020
Ascanio Pignatelli
Sep 7, 2020
DnC Twohig
Trail in great conditions. High cross-winds on the Crest itself. Nice temperatures (in the 80s) but the next day saw some snow! 26.1mi — 4h 15m
Jun 22, 2020
Peter Hyland
Mid mtn trail was superb. There were a handful of remnant snow patches to cross near the top of Pinecone Ridge but we enjoyed them. Awesome loop! 30.8mi — 10h 15m
Jun 19, 2020
Eddie O'Toole
Still snowy at the top of Pinecone; be prepared to hike a bike for about a quarter mile. The rest of the trail is perfect!!!! 35mi — 7h 23m
Sep 16, 2019
Len Johnson
22mi
Sep 25, 2018
Brady Is Awesome
Get your granny great ready, starting in Park City there's 9 miles of climbing to reach the Wasatch Crest. It's all worth it once you reach the top… 32.8mi
Sep 15, 2018
Michael Selden
32.8mi