From sweeping views to technical trails, you won’t want to miss these Park City hikes.
There is nothing quite as spectacular as tromping through wildflowers, frolicking through meadows, winding through forests, and summiting peaks. Every hike in Park City is a one-of-a-kind adventure that is sure to take your breath away (and not just because of the altitude). While you’re here, make sure you check-off these highlights. These are the 14 best Park City hikes (all of which can be accessed in 30 minutes from Main Street):
Highlights: Lots of tree cover, good views of the Park City valley
Trailhead: Silver Star Lift
Distance: 5.6 miles round trip
This relatively new trail is the perfect go-to for hot summer days. Begin at the Silver Star lift and wind your way up through the tall aspens and picturesque evergreens. On your way to the top, you’ll pass a few ski runs and the base of the King Con lift before reaching a clearing with a phenomenal view of the town. This trail is ideal for hikers, as it’s limited to uphill bike traffic only. At the top, you can choose to hike down via the Spiro Trail or continue your hike on the Mid-Mountain Trail. The best part of this trail, hands down, is that it starts and ends near the Silver Star Café, and there’s nothing better than celebrating a hike with a well-deserved post-hike beer and a delicious meal.
Highlights: Long mountain trail, plenty of access points
Distance: 23 miles
Also located at the ski resorts, the Mid-Mountain trail stretches 23 miles from the base of Deer Valley, through Park City Mountain and Canyons, to just above the Utah Olympic Park. Tackle rolling hills through trees and across ski runs as you discover new views around every corner. And don’t fret, you can hike just a section of it if you’re not in the mood for a 23-mile hike. Or, if you want to skip the hill up, take Payday or the Town Lift directly to the trail.
Highlights: Easily choose between short loops and longer loops, add a little something to your hike by heading to the frisbee golf course
Trailhead: Round Valley Trail Head
These short fun paths dip and dive their way around the Round Valley Protected Open Space. The motto here is “choose your own adventure,” as you’re sure to come to plenty of forks in the road and break-off directionals. Within this mess of trails, there is something for everyone to enjoy, including a frisbee golf course, a bike park, dog park, tennis courts, and a sports complex.
Highlights: Ski area views, phenomenal aspen groves
Trailhead: Bear Hollow Drive
Distance: 8.5 miles (out & back)
Starting at Bear Hollow Drive, this trail winds up through Canyons Village until you meet up with the Wasatch Crest. You’ll gain roughly 2,000 feet of altitude as you work your way up to the peak, but you’ll (probably) hardly notice it since you’ll be too focused on the surrounding evergreen and aspen trees. Enjoy the view of the nearby ski areas in both winter and summer as you climb above the top of the Super Condor Lift.
Local Tip: If you’re looking for a well-worth-it added challenge, tackle Murdock Peak. It may be steep, but the view from the top is simply unforgettable.
Highlights: Lightly trafficked, views of downtown Park City
Trailhead: Iron Mountain Trailhead
Distance: 2 miles (out & back)
This local favorite is a popular after work or laidback weekend go-to. The relatively short hike awards you with a fantastic view of downtown and an ideally placed bench to admire it all from. We recommend doing it in early spring or the peak of fall to admire the aspen leaves. As an added bonus, your dog is more than welcome on this hike, as long as they’re on a leash.
Highlights: Flat trail, expansive views of the Wasatch Mountains
Distance: 28 miles
Completely non-motorized, this trail spans 28 miles from the neighborhoods of Park City to Echo Reservoir. Once a railroad used to transfer coal and silver, this trail is relatively flat and is the perfect place to get in your long bike ride, run, Nordic ski, or walk. Especially since along the way, you’ll find the iconic Union Pacific Bridge as well as expansive views of the Park City ridgeline. And, just like the mid-mountain trail, you don’t have to do the complete 28 miles to experience this trail. There are several access points throughout town where you can plan shorter out and back hikes.
Highlights: Fun short hike with views of both Heber Valley and the town of Park City
Trailhead: PC Hill Trailhead
Distance: 1.3 miles
This short hike gets you some serious elevation fast. On the outskirts of town, opposite Park City Mountain Resort, this hike summits the hill with the giant white “PC” on it. Once you get to the top, take in the 360-degree view of Heber Valley and all three Park City resorts. If you’re looking for the perfect photo and don’t have the time for a full-fledged hike, this is the place to go.
Highlights: Bright blue lakes and jagged peaks
Trailhead: Brighton Resort
Distance: 3.7 miles
When there’s no snow on the slopes, the lakes come out to play. This hike takes you up the ski runs of Brighton Resort, through fields of wildflowers, and past three crystal blue lakes. You can choose between wandering around the lakes or summiting the nearby peaks to look out over the Wasatch ridgeline.
Local Tip: This hike is best accessible in the summer when Guardsman Pass is open. Check the UDOT site to see if you can easily drive there. Please note, the Cottonwood Canyons are watersheds and neither dogs nor swimming is allowed.
Highlights: Classic Utah hike, picturesque jagged peaks and a crystal blue lake at the top
Trailhead: Lake Blanche Trailhead
Distance: 6.7 miles
This is the type of hike that will make your glutes burn and your lungs hurt, but damn is it worth it. You’ll gain an incredible amount of elevation in a short amount of distance as you tackle rock steps and steep hills. But, it’s all through a series of aspen trees and wildflowers. Just remember that the view at the top will make any memory of pain melt away. The minute you crest the hill, you’ll be greeted by an extraordinary glimpse of Sundial Peak. Hike even closer to get the classic picture of the peak reflecting off Lake Blanche or continue to follow the trail to see Lake Florence and Lake Lillian, which are far less popular but equally as beautiful.
Local Tip: As with Mary’s Lake, this hike is best accessible in summer when Guardsman Pass is open. Dogs are not allowed in Big Cottonwood Canyon.
Highlights: Relatively flat, large reservoir surrounded by hills and mountains
Distance: 9.1 miles
Enjoy the beauty of this reservoir from every angle on the 9.1-mile trail that runs along the perimeter of the lake. Here, you’ll catch views of the blue water reflects the green hills and snowcapped peaks of Mount Timpanogos and the Wasatch range. This relatively flat trail makes it easy to get in the miles, or you can plan an out-and-back if you want to explore just a bit of the path. On hot days, head to the swimming area to jump in or rent a variety of paddle boards, jet skis, boats, and more from the Marina.
Highlights: Variety of options, open views of the nearby mountains
Located on the south side of I-80, these trails are popular for hikers, mountain bikers, and runners. Choose from a variety of out and backs or loops that wind through the green hills on the outskirts of town. Along your hike, find bridges, streams, and expansive views looking out towards the town or drop into the exquisite gated neighborhoods to admire the scattered mansions that will take your breath away.
Highlights: Plenty of trees, phenomenal views of Jordanelle Reservoir from above
Trailhead: Base of the Silver Lake Express
Distance: 7.6 miles
Starting mid-mountain at Deer Valley, this loop checks off all the necessary Park City must-sees of a hike: beautiful views, leg-burning hills, wildflowers, and lake views. Wind your way up on the slopes of Deer Valley through groves of aspens and groups of pine trees. Admire the fields of yellow and white wildflowers around you before you sit and take in the view from the top, which looks out on the endless jagged peaks of the Wasatch and the blue waters of Jordanelle Reservoir. You can shorten your hike by taking the scenic chairlift up, worth the price.
Highlights: Incredibly dog-friendly, views of the Olympic ski jumps and bobsled track
Trailhead: Stay Park City office
Distance: 1.5 miles to 7 miles
This trail is serious fun. The single track winds through a large aspen grove as you make your way up to the Olympic Park where you can admire the ski jumps and bobsled track. Then, choose between several trails that branch off from the parking lot of the Olympic Park and head towards the top of the nearby hills. Here, you’ll get unforgettable views of the ski areas, the plains to the east, and the surrounding mountains to the west. If you have your pup in tow, the dog park at the base of the hill is off-leash and spans for miles.
Highlights: Picturesque views of the Cottonwood Canyons and Park City from the top of the mountains
Distance: 16 miles
Boasting some of the best views of any hike in the Wasatch, this trail travels along the peaks of Park City’s ridgeline. From the top, you’ll get phenomenal views looking down into Big Cottonwood Canyon on one side and the town of Park City on the other. Set up a shuttle and hike it from point to point or plan an out and back. This is hands down the way to see the best views in the area and it’s worth the long hike.
So, what are you waiting for? The mountains are calling. You should go.