Guidebook

Quintessential Utah: Park City’s 10 Best Trail Runs

From rugged peaks to high desert plains, plus all the aspen groves and alpine meadows in between, run through it all in Utah's quintessential mountain town.

Description

Park City, Utah—known for powdery white winters and the vacation lifestyle year-round—is a hotspot for trails in the summer and fall, and not just for resort-goers. Most trails are accessible to the public for free, even the ones that crisscross the ski slopes of the resorts, so you can save your money for Park City’s numerous other amenities. You’ll find accommodations that are conveniently close to trailheads, trailside restaurants within the resorts, and if you decide to spare your legs one day, you can take a scenic chairlift to access trails higher up the mountains.

Another part of Park City’s allure is the variety of elevations and environments through which you can run. The town sits at approximately 7000 feet, which is high elevation according to most people’s lungs, but the mountains go up from there. Once acclimated, you can glide through aspen glades and conifer forests on the slopes, or go even higher to suck air at timberline on the Wasatch Crest. For mellower terrain with classic Western scenery, cruise the lower-elevation trails through sagebrush plains and hilly rangeland.

Park City has a trail for every type of runner, and there’s enough terrain to keep you exploring for many seasons. Whether you’re a regular or visiting for the first time, this guide to trails in the resorts and surrounding area will help you find the perfect new routes to run.

Mid Mountain Trail: Silver Lake Lodge to Silver King Mine
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Mid Mountain Trail: Silver Lake Lodge to Silver King Mine

Park City and Deer Valley
7.0 km
201 m
199 m
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.
Moderate
Private
Wasatch Crest: Guardsman Pass to Lake Desolation
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Wasatch Crest: Guardsman Pass to Lake Desolation

Brighton and Solitude
17.4 km
618 m
618 m
Epic ridge run along the backbone of Utah.
Difficult
Private
Armstrong-Spiro Loop
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Armstrong-Spiro Loop

Park City and Deer Valley
9.6 km
371 m
371 m
Sustained climb through leafy forest, then a fast descent with wide-open views over Park City.
Moderate
Private
Jenni's-CMG Loop

Jenni's-CMG Loop

Park City and Deer Valley
3.8 km
173 m
173 m
Excellent training run that begins from the Park City base area, among a host of other summer activities.
Moderate
Private
Sweeney's Switchbacks and John's Trail
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Sweeney's Switchbacks and John's Trail

Park City and Deer Valley
10.2 km
409 m
409 m
A mountain run that starts from Park City’s Main Street, through aspen forest and alongside relics of the mining days.
Difficult
Private
Bald Mountain Loop at Deer Valley
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Bald Mountain Loop at Deer Valley

Park City and Deer Valley
7.0 km
387 m
388 m
A climb and descent with a rewarding summit, on hiker-only trails at Deer Valley Resort.
Moderate
Private
Lost Prospector Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lost Prospector Loop

Park City and Deer Valley
5.7 km
178 m
178 m
An enjoyable Park City locals’ trail, easily accessible from Old Town and the resort.
Moderate
Private
Round Valley: Somewhere Elks - Rambler Loop

Round Valley: Somewhere Elks - Rambler Loop

Park City and Deer Valley
7.8 km
192 m
192 m
The perfect morning or evening training run in the hills outside of town.
Moderate
Private
Glenwild Loop

Glenwild Loop

Park City and Deer Valley
13.6 km
343 m
343 m
An ideal running loop in a network of trails just up the road from Park City.
Moderate
Private
Jordanelle Perimeter Trail West
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Jordanelle Perimeter Trail West

Park City and Deer Valley
18.2 km
286 m
285 m
Rolling terrain above the shore of a large lake.
Easy
Private