While many Park City trails are officially multi-use, hiker/biker traffic can sometimes disrupt the flow of a nice afternoon hike. Trail etiquette is always required, and we like to think our mountain bikers generally have good manners. However, there’s no doubting that a hiker-only trail is less stressful and more peaceful for jaunts on foot. Here are a few hiker-friendly options in the Park City area:
This 3 mile out-and-back trail is a great way to get a breathtaking view of Park City and the surrounding basin area. Starting from the trailhead at Iron Canyon Ct, this trail quickly gains elevation through shaded woods (a nice refresher on hot summer afternoons), crosses the Mid-Mountain Trail and offers a view from the top of Iron Mountain. Allow 2.5 hours for this hike – it’s steep and rocky but well worth the effort!
The Farm Trailhead
You could take a mellow walk on the paved bike path from this trailhead or head the other direction for a short but strenuous uphill workout. This hike is perfect for early morning or evening hikes as it is mostly exposed. Park at The Farm Trailhead off of SR 224 and head up the hill – yes, it’s steep but the lack of trees gives you excellent views the whole way up. This trail’s central location offers a unique perspective on Park City, the Wasatch and areas to the north.
Mormon Pioneer Trail
While not technically a hiking-only route, this trail has less traffic in general, especially on weekdays. Start from the Mormon Flats Trailhead off of Jeremy Ranch Rd/ East Canyon Rd and head uphill. This trail is a classic – shady trees open up to meadows of wildflowers, with occasional creek crossings. The Mormon Flats Trail tops out at the summit of Big Mountain, where you have the option of continuing down the Original Trail towards Little Dell Reservoir, or taking the Great Western Trail to the north or south.
Plenty of other hiking options abound in the Wasatch and Uintas, including guided hikes by the experts at White Pine Touring. Check out our Mountains Around Town Hiking Tour or Uinta High Country Tour. And if you still can’t get enough hiking – come pick up a Mountain Trails Foundation trail map at Jans’ flagship store on Park Avenue or at White Pine Touring on Bonanza Drive.
Evelyn Dong, Content Writer