Adventuring in Utah often produces images and memories of the state’s famed and beautiful national parks. From hiking Angel’s Peak and canyon rappelling in Zion, to sunrise escapades in Arches and scenic overlooks in Bryce, there’s little reason to doubt that Utah is certainly up to the challenge of a good time. But there are also plenty of adventures to be had in the lands outside of the parks, and Park City is one of the destinations you shouldn’t miss. While many visit Park City in the winter for its access to snowy lodges and ski lifts, it has just as much to offer the rest of the year, including plenty of hiking trails to leave you with little to desire. Here are our four favorite hikes in Park City, Utah we recommend checking out for yourself.
Variety is the Spice of the Hike
The beauty of Park City’s trails is there are hiking routes for all ages. There are plenty of easy treks for the fainter hearted, as well as challenging hikes for adventurous types. You can even bring Fido along, as many of the trails are dog-friendly. Just make certain to have your pooch properly vaccinated and protected against fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks prior to your trip.
To start with the toughest route first, Canyons Village offers trekkers a chance to hike to the top of a 9,990-foot summit. Save this trek for only the fittest in your group. To begin your hike, hop on the Red Pine gondola to Red Pine Lodge. Hop off and work your way along Tombstone trail, which is 1.6 miles. Once you reach Tombstone Peak, hop on the Fantasy Ridge trail and hike its mile to Peak 9350’s summit. Then, carefully trek across the summit’s knife-edge to the summit. This is highly technical, so do your research beforehand and be careful.
Fido and the not-so-adventurous can enjoy Kimball Junction with you, so plan a day to be out amongst its beautiful sage-covered hills. Your dog isn’t required to be leashed while running along Kimball Junction’s trails, but if he tends to wander, you may want to harness him just in case. You can tackle the two-mile single hike if you think the others have it in them, or trek the McLeod Creek trail, which is flat and runs along the stunning creek. Surrounding park areas offer picnic tables, playgrounds, and restrooms.
Round Valley offers both an easy and moderate hiking trail for you and your crew. Summers can get hot on Park City trails, so plan your Round Valley trek in the spring or fall. Everyone, including Fido, can begin the trek on Quinn’s Junction Trailhead. Follow the Rambler trail, which is about 6,500 feet to Matt’s Flat. Keep going another half-mile to Ability Way. Follow Ability way back to where you started. Round Valley also offers a tougher trek up PC Hill if you want another challenge.
Finally, head to Summit Park in the spring for wildflowers and in the fall for foliage. You’ll be amazed by the colors during both seasons while you complete this 2.5-mile outing. Take I-80 westbound to the Summit Park exit and make a right onto Aspen Drive. You’ll see a parking area at the Crestview Drive Intersection. Park the car, slap on the sunscreen, and head out on the trail. Leave Fido at the vacation rental for this trek. Part of it is in Salt Lake County which doesn’t allow canines on the trails.
Are you excited yet? You should be. Park City, Utah offers some of the most untouched and beautiful landscapes in the country. Hike during the day and relax during the beautiful nights, and we’re sure Park City will quickly become a place you want to return to again and again.
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