Top 10 Park City Hiking Trails
From the steep cliffs of Bald Mountain to the convenience of Round Valley, the Park City area truly delivers when it comes to hiking. Park City, Utah boasts more than 400 miles of trails, making it the perfect summer destination. With so many trails, it can be difficult to know which hikes are suited for you, so we picked 10 of our favorites! Whether you’re searching for family-friendly outings or a longer adventure to the top of a mountain, any one of these trails is a great starting point for your next Park City hike. Be sure to visit mountaintrails.org for detailed information on all Park City trails.
- Fantasy Ridge (strenuous) – This six-mile trail winds through aspen groves and across a ridge-line to Canyons Resort’s highest peak at 9,900 feet The pay-off? 1,890 feet of elevation gain with panoramic views of both Park City and the Uinta Mountains. (Stay tuned for summer opening information) Right in our own backyard, Canyons Villages offers a trails for hikers of all ages and abilities. Hop on the Red Pine gondola, head out on the 1.6-mile Tombstone trail, and hike from the Red Pine Lodge along a creek and through a pine and fir forest till you’ve reached Tombstone Peak. From there, take the Fantasy Ridge trail for another mile to the top of Peak 9350.
- McPolin Farm Trail (easy) – Great for the entire family, this easy paved trail takes you through Park City’s historic McPolin Barn off of Highway 224. The path stretches for several miles, so you can go as far as you would like while enjoying the mountain aspens, the postcard-worthy McLeod Creek, and a meadow of grazing horses. Make it a morning adventure or after-lunch stroll. It’s a picturesque payoff that doesn’t require any hiking expertise.
- Round Valley Trail System (easy-moderate) – Round Valley trail system sits on nearly 700 acres of open space, hovering at about 6,500 feet making it a popular hiking spot in early spring and late fall. The 30 miles of trails, that include both double and single track, can be accessed from several trail-heads including Quinn’s Junction and Old Ranch Road. Check out a map of the entire trail system. There is limited shade, so plan to head out early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day.
- Jenni’s Trail (moderate) – One of the newer trails in Park City, this 5.1-mile one-way trail starts from Park City Mountain 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.
- Rail Trail. Once a railroad used to transfer coal and silver, this trail is relatively flat and is the perfect place to get in your long bike ride, run, Nordic ski, or walk. Especially since along the way, you’ll find the iconic Union Pacific Bridge as well as expansive views of the Park City ridgeline.
- Iron Canyon – The Iron Canyon Trail is located right above the McPolin arm in the Iron Canyon neighborhood, less than 5 minutes from downtown Park City. It’s a quick, steep jaunt through aspens and pines that will take you up to an overlook. Views of Park City and the surrounding ski areas are plentiful. This is a dog-friendly hike, so bring your pet along. Go during mid-September to get panoramic views of the fall colors both on the hike and surrounding Park City from the overlook.
- Guardsman Pass/Bonanza Flats. Bloods Lake Bloods Lake Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Park City, Utah that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. Hike to this area’s Lackawaxen Lake via 10,420 Peak is one of the Park City area’s crème de la crème routes.
- Armstrong Spiro Loop. This is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Park City, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
- Willow Creek Trail & McLeod Creek Trail
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.
- Flying Dog at Glenwild. This 25+ mile trail system is located just north of Kimball Junction and exists largely on private land. Spring Creek Trailhead is the most popular and preferred trailhead because it is very easy to access, parking is ample and there is restroom. These trails are mostly intermediate level trails with sustained climbs and a few technical, but not impossible, sections.
For trail maps, visit mountaintrails.org or pick up printed maps at local sporting goods stores, visitor centers, and other locations throughout town.