Mid Mountain Trail: Silver Lake Lodge to Silver King Mine

Park City and Deer Valley

One section of a long trail that’s particularly well-suited for running, and connects with practically all the other trails in the ski resorts.

Trail Running Moderate

Distance
7 km
Ascent
201 m
Descent
199 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
2.5 km
High Point
2.6 km
Gradient
Mid Mountain Trail: Silver Lake Lodge to Silver King Mine Map

Mid Mountain is a dream trail–great surface for running, beautiful mountain scenery, and rolling terrain at roughly 8,000 feet elevation. On Mid Mountain, you’ll cross ski runs with wide-open views and colorful flowers, shady groves of aspen with rustling leaves, and dark stands of conifers in cool canyons. Most of the track is smooth dirt, but it has its fair share of rocks and roots to keep things interesting.

Description

The full Mid Mountain Trail goes more than 20 miles in total, from Deer Valley Resort to Canyons Resort. You can really go as far as you want on Mid Mountain, then return the way you came or take another trail downhill and use transit to get back to your starting point.

The run mapped here is a one way from Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley Resort to Silver King Mine, which is near the top of Town Lift in Park City Mountain Resort. Silver Lake Lodge is halfway up the mountain at Deer Valley. There are a few ways to get there: drive and pay for private parking, pay for a chairlift ride on Silver Lake Express, or take a free shuttle from the transit center in Old Town Park City.

Between Silver Lake Lodge and Silver King Mine, the first third of the run (about a mile and a half) is uphill, but not too steep. The middle third is gentle ups and downs, and the final third is a gradual descent. This section is perfect for mid-distance training at altitude.

At the historic Silver King Mine, you’ll see a large building where ore was once processed after being shoveled out of the mountainside. Entering the structure is not permitted, but it’s still quite impressive to see from the outside. For a better view of the landscape, jog to the top of the nearby hill, where Town Lift offloads. From there, you can see over much of Park City Mountain Resort and the broad valley below.

Several trails diverge from this area, some heading up the mountain and some going down, while Mid Mountain continues its traverse toward Canyons, so you have many options to extend your run if you wish. If you go down to the Park City base area, you’ll be very close to Old Town and the transit center.

Sources: https://www.stayparkcity.com/blog/top-park-city-hikes/ https://blog.jans.com/best-trail-runs-in-park-city/ https://mountaintrails.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/MidMtonly.jpg

Difficulty

Moderate

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

June, July, August, September, October

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