Gambel Oak Trail

Park City and Deer Valley

Uphill jaunt through hillside forest over Park City

Hiking Moderate

Distance
4.4 km
Ascent
142 m
Descent
142 m
Duration
1-2 hrs
Low Point
2.2 km
High Point
2.3 km
Gradient
Gambel Oak Trail Map

This uphill jaunt through hillside woodland is practically in town in Park City. You can easily bike or even walk to the trailhead on Mellow Mountain Drive. That’s good because there isn’t actually a parking area there, though you can park on Aerie Drive and link with Gambel Oak via a section of Prospector Trail.

Description

As the name suggests, Gambel Oak Trail ascends a hillside where gambel oak is prevalent, but other plants like maples, elderberry bushes, sagebrush, and various wildflowers are mixed in. Higher on the hill, aspens appear as well. In general, the foliage is not especially dense, so views and sunshine are plentiful.

A network of trails popular for hiking and biking weave around this hill. At the top of Gambel Oak, you can either return the way you came or continue on Lost Prospector Trail to make a loop of about 4 miles. Different variations are also possible with other interconnecting trails.

Sources: http://www.utahmountainbiking.com/trails/gambel.htm http://map.mountaintrails.org/

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Dog friendly
  • Wild flowers
  • Forestry or heavy vegetation

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