Where to Bike in Park City during “Shoulder Season”

Hidden Gems in Park City – Bike Edition

Where can you take a detour from your trip to Home Depot and find an amazing mountain bike course that is free to the public?  Park City, of course! This past weekend my husband and I were headed to the hardware store east of Park City on Highway 40 and decided to take the scenic route and drive through a neighborhood.   We stumbled upon Trailside Park and its soccer field, skateboard park and the amazing mountain bike training course.

We looked at each other and said in unison, “Let’s check it out.” We didn’t see any bikes on the course (maybe because it was really windy.)  So we opened the tailgate, let the dog out and headed up the trail.  It started off with a beginners course called “Bella’s Course” with a couple of stone bridges and curved dirt trails for little ones to try. I can imagine a little girl with a pink bike and helmet tearing around those corners like there’s no tomorrow!

Not for the faint of heart: this trail is challenging!  We hiked up the path and found tons of strategically placed wooden ramps and side rails that were six feet tall!  The course was full of small and large dirt ramps to test the skills of every mountain biker young and old.  We saw a few when we ran into a couple of teenagers with helmet cams taking the big jumps and filming each others landings.

 

This course wouldn’t be for the beginner but if you or your kids love a challenge,   check out Trailside park.  www.basinrecreation.org/trailside_park.html

For the faint of heart: Willow Creek Park. We found this park  in much the same way – we went for a leisurely drive through a neighborhood  and out popped this amazing park with two play structures, finely groomed soccer fields, a pond, and wide paths for walking,running or biking.  The bike paths connect to a couple of nice trails.  On this ride, you won’t find a ramp or a bump in sight but what you will see are wide rocky pathways that are great to either pick up some speed  for a good workout or to take at a leisurely pace and enjoy the scenery.

I sometimes start at Kimball Junction and ride along the Swaner Nature Preserve past the Swaner farm on the Highway 224.  The bike trail winds past some wetlands and creeks  before it opens up to the meadow at Willow Creek Park. You can ride up to the soccer field there and grab some cold water from the drinking fountain. Take a rest in the shade before heading up further to catch up with the Farm Trail for more stream side riding or head back the way you came.  Www.basinrecreation.org/willow_creek.html

Whether you are a hard core thrill seeking biker or looking for a scenic spring ride and  some exercise, Park City parks are a great way to explore while waiting for Deer Valley’s lift-served biking and hiking to open on June 15.

Leave your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Facebook Feed

This beautiful sunset capped off the wonderful Prince tribute by the Utah Symphony this evening at Deer Valley Resort. 💜 ... See MoreSee Less

This beautiful sunset capped off the wonderful Prince tribute by the Utah Symphony this evening at Deer Valley Resort. 💜

Dick Mulder, Mike Lozier and 1097 others like this

View previous comments

Cecile Rzepiejewskiwish we were there last nite amazing music and sunset in park city, utah

1 day ago
Avatar

Suzie GordonAfter sunset the purple comes alive!

Attachment1 day ago   ·  1
Avatar

Suzie GordonGreat Prince Tribute Concert tonight!

2 days ago
Avatar

Linda EiblingIt was sooooo awsome

1 day ago
Avatar

Millie Ann DuffinWould love to have been there. I'll forever be a Prince fan.

2 days ago
Avatar

Teresa Carroll HesseniusBill, have you ever been to Red Rocks in Co? Awesome venue!

23 hours ago
Avatar

Joy De LucaPam would you ask around When is bad allergy season/pollen in that beautiful area??

1 day ago
Avatar

Teresa Sanchez HowesWe were there, so good.

1 day ago
Avatar

Elaine MacLeanBeautiful

1 day ago
Avatar

Michelle WeeksMy pic! It was beautiful at Deer Valley last night!

Attachment1 day ago   ·  1
Avatar

Susan Froberg-WintersOhhh.... wish I was there!

1 day ago
Avatar

Peggy BurkeTHANK YOU!! XO

2 days ago
Avatar

Rebecca KilgoreLove being there!

24 hours ago
Avatar

Lisa KirschenbaumBeen there. It's so much fun and beautiful

24 hours ago
Avatar

Cheryl Farley-BrittonBeautiful

2 days ago
Avatar

MaryLou McCorkleYou folks are in some beautiful country !

23 hours ago
Avatar

Jeff MurdockNice!!

1 day ago
Avatar

Debra ShaverBeautiful!

2 days ago
Avatar

Tami SeguraMagical❤

1 day ago
Avatar

Terri GriffithBeautiful sunset!

1 day ago
Avatar

Heather Hill BradfieldSo fun!!

2 days ago
Avatar

Peggy HasledalenOh how I miss that @ Deer Valley.

22 hours ago
Avatar

Joyce SchillerGorgeous!

20 hours ago
Avatar

Harold PeriniSo beautiful

1 day ago
Avatar

Comment on Facebook

Twitter Feed @Deer_Valley