After a very successful altitude training trip last year, I decided to take full advantage of my remote working privileges for another sojourn to the high country. This time around, thanks to fellow Xterra off-road triathlon pro Emma Garrard and the Garrard family, I’m staying in Park City, Utah. Though I’ve only been in town for a days, I’ve already bagged a handful of truly bucket list mountain bike rides and trail runs. Click through to experience the majesty of Park City Mountain Resort’s summer hiking and biking trails.
One of my first rides on the massive slopes of the Park City Mountain Resort started up the gradual and smooth Armstrong trail climb.
The relatively tame Armstrong trail leads up to the IMBA epic Mid Mountain trail, where the fun begins in earnest.
From the Mid Mountain trail, I climbed up Tommy’s Two Step and the Keystone Trail. For many, climbing is a necessary evil to get to the descents. As a racer, climbing is my bread and butter training, and descents are dessert.
From the Keystone Trail, I took the Shadow Lake trail up to the Wasatch Crest trail. The arduous final push up the mountain and the accompanying views made for a transcendental experience.
After making it up 3,000 vertical feet from the base of the Park City Mountain Resort to the Wasatch Crest trail, I rode down the Pinecone Ride trail, back to the Mid Mountain trail. From there I took the Spiro trail the rest of the way down to the base of the mountain. The four-mile descent down Pinecone Ridge was perhaps the most fun I’ve ever had on a bike. I don’t have any pictures of the descent, as I didn’t dare take a hand off the handlebars and couldn’t bear to stop and ruin the entrancing flow of the descent.
If you ever have the opportunity to visit Park City, check out White Pine Touring. They have top-notch guided tours for all sorts of outdoor adventures, amazing knowledge of the trails, and all the gear you could possibly need. I have already seen a couple of their tour groups out on the trails, and it looks like they’re having a blast.