Park City Hiking & Hiking Trails
Park City’s hiking trail system includes nearly 400 miles of continuous, non-motorized recreational hiking, biking and running trails throughout Park City. Spanning 3 world class ski resorts and an additional 8,000 acres of preserved open space, Park City trails are open to hiking and trail running, mountain biking and equestrian trail users. Ranging in altitude from 6,500’ to nearly 10,000’, the trail system spans the whole environmental scale and every ability. Best of all, you’ll find hundreds of miles of trails are very well organized by the Mountain Trails Foundation. Here’s a link to maps and other info. I recommend when you get to town, stop by pretty much anywhere and pickup a map for a $5 donation. The Park City area offers hiking trails of all types, giving you the opportunity to experience the high country’s breathtaking beauty during a casual stroll or a tough uphill climb. Catch the wildflowers in full bloom from mid-July to mid-August.
One suggestion is when you arrive, be sure to stop at the Visitor Information Center at Kimball Junction to speak with the Chamber’s knowledgeable staff.
Looking for a family friendly hike or an all day hiking adventure, here’s a few suggestions for your Park City hiking adventure.
Park City Hiking Trails
Farm Trail (easy) – This is a family favorite Park City hiking trail! It offers easy parking just across the street from the historic McPolin Barn, about 1 mile outside Park City on Hwy 224. The path stretches for several miles, so you can go as far as you would like, while enjoying the mountain aspens, McLeod Creek, and meadows of grazing horse. You can also bring the pet, but be sure to bring your leash. This trail leads you to the Willow Creek and McLeod Creek Trails.
Willow Creek Trail & McLeod Creek Trail
Situated just off Old Ranch Road, the Willow Creek Trail is the gateway to a variety of other hiking trails that parallel State Road 224. This is a great trail for hiking with dogs in Park City. Since this hiking trail offers little shade for dogs, consider connecting into the McLeod Creek Trail during the heat of the summer. This dog friendly Park City hiking trail meanders along a natural mountain stream and ends at a fenced area for dogs that give your pet a chance to spash in a pond and cool off.
Jenni’s Trail (moderate) – One of the newer trails at Park City Mountain Resort, this 5.1 mile one-way trail starts from the Resort and ascends 1,300 feet to panoramic views from the top of Payday Lift. The trail is wide and smooth and it is easy to create a shorter, family-friendly hike that is about five miles by turning around at the Payday mid-station. If you’re looking for an easy, relaxed ride, ride the Payday Lift ($$) up to the top of the mountain and cruise down Jenni’s Trail to the bottom.
Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Trail. This moderate to strenuous two-mile hike climbs up Bald Mountain behind Silver Lake Village. En route, the trail winds through pine and aspen trees to incredible vistas of Park City and the Heber Valley. From the top, you can descend the Ontario Canyon Trail, which slowly winds down the mountain, ending back at Silver Lake Lodge where you can reward yourself with lunch at the Royal Street Cafe at Silver Lake. You can also take Park City’s free bus service to Deer Valley Resort’s Silver Lake Lodge to start the trail.
Park City Mountain’s Spiro Trail. This is a challenging three-mile uphill hike on your way up to the Mid Mountain bike trail, where the views of the basin and surrounding peaks make the trek well worth the effort. It’s a popular biking trail so be sure to watch out for bikes on the trail.
Mirror Lake. Although Park City has so many hiking trails right here in town, you might consider taking the 30-45 minute drive Hwy 150 past Kamas up to Mirror Lake. There are lots of trails, with every ability, but a summer does not go by without a walk around Mirror Lake, especially in the heat of summer.
When hiking with dogs in Park City, Utah it’s important to remember the same rule that applies to humans when exercising in a high desert environment. Be sure to stay hydrated. If your fuzzy friend is willing and able to drink from your water bottle or hydration pack hose, then you’re all set. If not, pick up a collapsible dog bowl at White Pine Touring, located on Bonanza Drive in Park City, and fill it in small increments at frequent stops so that Fido can drink freely.
Most importantly have fun on hiking in Park City. Be sure to take advantage of our Park City lodging summer deals if you’re planning to spend more than a day in Park City.
Happy Hiking Trails!