A Guide to Deer Valley Resort Hiking

Deer Valley hiking trails are an incredible way to take in scenic views and get some exercise. But when you combine a hike with a ride on one of the resort’s three summer chairlifts, you add an entirely new dimension to your adventure and maximize your mountain time.

Enjoy the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains from an aerial perspective and soak in the vistas, then compare the bird’s-eye view with the scenery you’ll find on your own two feet.

Combine a Scenic Chairlift Ride with a Hike

Hiking at Deer Valley Resort offers some spectacular views.
Hiking at Deer Valley Resort offers some spectacular views.

With fantastic hiking opportunities and spectacular chairlift rides, why not make a plan to experience both on your Deer Valley vacation? Ride the chairlift up the mountain and enjoy a downhill walk or, if you’re feeling even more energetic, hike up the mountain and take a complimentary chairlift ride back down.

Park your car at Snow Park Lodge, then hop on the Silver Lake Express chairlift to reach Silver Lake Village. Then hop on the Sterling Express chairlift mid-mountain to soar to the top of 9,400-foot Bald Mountain. Alternately, start at Empire Canyon Lodge and take a ride up the Ruby Express chairlift to reach the top of 9,100-foot Flagstaff Mountain for another hiking adventure.

Be prepared for any mountain excursion with sturdy hiking shoes, sunscreen, a hat, a jacket, food, ample water, and any medicines or other supplies you’ll need. Always be prepared for inclement weather and quickly changing mountain conditions.

Don’t Miss These Hikes

Mapping out the hiking trails.
Mapping out the hiking trails.

All three Deer Valley summer chairlifts offer a variety of hiking options. The Silver Lake Trail is a fun, popular option that lets you explore Bald Mountain and take in views of the Jordanelle Reservoir and the Uinta Mountains.

Ride the Silver Lake Express to Silver Lake Village and walk up the Silver Lake Trail. Or take lifts all the way to the top of 9,400-foot Bald Mountain by then hopping on the Sterling Express and enjoying a hike back down. This hikers-only trail winds for about two miles, dropping 1,300 vertical feet on the way back down.

Combine the Silver Lake Trail with the Ontario Trail (on the opposite side of the Sterling Express chairlift) for a five-mile loop that covers even more spectacular scenery.

Another great hiking option is on neighboring Flagstaff Mountain. Take Ruby Express to the top of 9,100-foot Flagstaff Mountain and take the Red Cloud Trail back down to the base (or hike up and take the chairlift back down).

Let the Pros Lead

Family guided hiking tour.
Family guided hiking tour.

If venturing out on your own is intimidating—or you’d just rather have a professional show you the way and explain everything you’re seeing—consider signing up for a guided hiking tour. Knowledgeable guides share information about the area, its rich history, and the local plants and animals.

Guided hikes have a two-hour minimum and the fee for 1-5 hikers is $42 per hour, while larger groups of 6-10 can expect to pay $84 per hour. Hikers should be relatively fit, have sturdy footwear, sun protection, water, and snacks.

PRO TIP: Stay two or more nights at a select Deer Valley managed property and get 20% off your entire stay plus a $50 Deer Valley Mountain Activities Card. Get more information here: deervalley.com

Free Rides Down

Hiking up the hill following the chairlift.
Hiking up the hill following the chairlift.

Hiking to the top of 9,400-foot Bald Mountain or 9,100-foot Flagstaff Mountain is a great way to spend an unforgettable summer. And, once you make it to the top of the mountain, you can enjoy a complimentary chairlift ride back down. This way, you don’t have to worry about hiking back down or buying a ticket. You got yourself up—the ride down is free.

Monthly Guided Historical Hikes

Guided hiking tours.
Guided hiking tours.

Once a month, experienced guides share their knowledge of local history on historical hiking tours. The three to four hour hikes are moderately strenuous, though they generally stay under six miles in length. Reservations are required and a $10 fee applies. Call 435-645-6648 to make a reservation.

Enjoy friendly company while you’re learning about the area’s fascinating mining history on one of these popular excursions. While reservations aren’t required, only a limited number of participants can join each hike.

This year’s hikes depart from the base of the Sterling Express chairlift at 9:30 a.m. on the scheduled day. Dates for 2016’s free guided historical hikes include June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, and October 14.

Originally written by RootsRated for Deer Valley.

17 Responses

  1. David J. White says:

    Silverlake trail is well marked and well worth the effort for outstanding views of the Jordanelle reservoir and the surrounding ski and residential features

  2. Steve says:

    Is there reasonable terrain to hike from Snow Park to Silverlake for lunch. Approximately how long would it take?

    Thank Steve

  3. Deer Valley says:

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for reaching out. We suggest Deer Crest or Tour de Homes from Snow Park to Silver Lake. You can also ride Silver Lake Express back down after your lunch free of charge. It will depend on your fitness level and how fast you hike the trails but on average each trail takes about an hour. Here is a link to our summer trail map: http://cdn.deervalley.com/web/Content/pdf/planning/trail_maps/DVRSummerTrailMap.pdf Please let us know if we can help with anything else.

  4. Sharla O. says:

    We are staying in Deer Valley Oct 19-22 and are looking for easy to moderate hikes in Deer Valley or PC that would allow us to see some beautiful fall foliage and just enjoy being outdoors. Do you have any recommendations? If you do please include estimated round-trip times. It looks like maybe chair lifts might be closed by this weekend time period. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

  5. Deer Valley says:

    Hi Sharla,

    Thank you for reaching out. The chairlifts at Deer Valley Resort will be closed during your visit. https://mountaintrails.org/trails-summer is a great resource for finding hikes in and around Park City. Let us know if we can help with anything else. Enjoy your stay.

  6. Mike Lindsey says:

    I just visited Deer Valley yesterday to hike a few trails with my son. Amazing views along the way. We parked and took the funicular up to the lodge area where we picked up our trails. Beautiful place with dozens of trails for hikers and bikers alike. Definitely recommend. Afterwards we went back up to enjoy a cold beer looking over Deer Valley.

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  8. Tara Fitz says:

    Arriving for a long weekend Nov. 1-4. What hiking will be available at that time? Are lifts working? – Or are snow shoeing? We want to enjoy the outdoors- and are fit and can handle a challenging hike? I would Appreciate any advice

  9. Deer Valley says:

    Hi Tara,

    Thanks for reaching out. Deer Valley is currently closed. The opening day of the 2019/2020 ski season is on Saturday, December 7. We work with a local company called All Seasons Adventures. You can learn more about their services here: https://allseasonsadventures.com/

    Good luck. Please let us know if we can help with anything else. Enjoy your trip.

  10. Kristy P says:

    Hello! Are there any good hiking trails around the Montage? We are staying at the base but thought it would be fun to ride up and hike down to montage for lunch as it is one of our favorites in the winter. I didn’t see anything on the map but could be reading it wrong. If that is not available, do you have another suggestion for a good hike ending somewhere for lunch getting a shuttle to return after eating m?

  11. Deer Valley says:

    Hi Kristy,

    Thanks for reaching out. Your best resource for trails outside of the Deer Valley summer trail system would be https://mountaintrails.org. We suggest taking Silver Lake Express from Snow Park to Silver Lake and hiking on Bald Mountain. You can pick a number of different hikes and take a free chairlift ride down once you reach the top. Our lunch suggestion would be Royal Street Cafe. Once you are in the Silver Lake area you can’t miss it and you can’t go wrong with a Crab Tower. Let us know if we can help with anything else. Enjoy your time at the resort.

  12. William B says:

    Hi, I’m going to be in Park City from September 11-13, been here several times during the ski season but never in summer/fall. Anyhow, I’ve been researching some of the better hikes/walks around the area and I’m seeing a lot of recommendations to do the hike to the top of Bald Mountain, a few questions. Do I have to purchase a lift ticket to do this? Do I have to fill out a liability waiver? and is there bus service to silver lake lodge during that time-staying at the Doubletree? All answers help and any suggestions as to other hikes in the area are appreciated. Thanks

  13. Deer Valley says:

    Hi William,

    We have reached out to the email you left with this comment. We look forward to seeing you on the mountain soon!

  14. Kelly Gehr says:

    Hi Deer Valley!

    I’ll be staying for a week beginning tomorrow from 9/19 through the following Saturday. We’re staying at a house in the Deer Valley Resort area/association(?). Sorry for the short notice. I understand if you do not get back to me.

    I’ll be going with my brother and sister (30s) who are more than capable of a moderate to difficult hike. But also mom and dad who would need an easer hike. Would love some moderate/difficult and some easier options as well with time taken to hike said trails.

    How far is the Snow Park to Silver Lake trail, and the Bald Mountain trail from where we are staying? Those sound enticing? REALLY appreciate any and all guidance you can provide 🙂 Thank you very much!

  15. Deer Valley says:

    Hi Kelly,

    Thanks for reaching out. What property are you staying at? We suggest getting a scenic chairlift pass on Saturday and Sunday. Your party can take Silver Lake Express up to the Silver Lake area. From there you can take Sterling Express up to the top of Bald Mountain. Up there you will be able to hike around and see some awesome views. Then if you would like you can hike down on the Silver Lake hiking trail (2 miles) or you can take the chairlift back down.

    easy to moderate – Deer Crest and Mid Mountain from Snow Park to Silver Lake and back
    easy to moderate (more difficult vert, less distance) – Mid Mountain to Red Cloud Trail and back
    moderate to difficult – Silver Lake Trail to Ontairo Trail for a loop to the top of Bald and back
    easy to moderate – Sultan out and back loop

    Let us know if we can help with anything else. Enjoy your time at Deer Valley.

  16. Eileen says:

    We are traveling to Deer Valley late-September/early-October. Are there any great hikes that don’t require the chairlifts to be open?

  17. Deer Valley says:

    Hi Eileen, There are a lot of hikes in and around Park City that don’t require a chairlift ride. We found this great article from Visit Park City that might help. Please let us know if we can help with anything else.

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