Farm Trail (easy) Great for the entire family, this easy paved trail takes you through Park City’s historic McPolin Barn off of Highway 224. The path stretches for several miles, so you can go as far as you would like while enjoying the mountain aspens, the postcard-worthy McLeod Creek, and a meadow of grazing horses. Make it a morning adventure or after-lunch stroll. It’s a picturesque payoff that doesn’t require any hiking expertise. View the whole trail network online. As it gets closer to Halloween, look for the display of scarecrows along the fenceline.
Round Valley Trail System (easy-moderate) Round Valley trail system sits on nearly 700 acres of open space, hovering at about 6,500 feet making it a popular hiking spot in early spring and late fall. The 30 miles of trails, that include both double and single track, can be accessed from several trail-heads including Quinn’s Junction and Old Ranch Road. Check out a map of the entire trail system. There is limited shade, so plan to head out early in the morning to avoid the heat of the day.
Jenni’s Trail (moderate) One of the newer trails in Park City, this 5.1-mile one-way trail starts from Park City Mountain Resort and ascends 1,300 feet to panoramic views from the top of Payday Lift. The trail is wide and smooth and it is easy to create a shorter, family-friendly hike that is about five miles by turning around at the Payday mid-station. Check out the turn-by-turn directions from the resort staff.
Silver Lake Trail (more strenuous) Take Park City’s free bus service to Deer Valley Resort’s Silver Lake Lodge to start the trail. From here the trail winds its way up Bald Mountain climbing 1,300 feet in a two-mile stretch. The hike leads you to spectacular views of fall foliage, the Jordanelle Reservoir and the Uinta Mountains. From the top, you can descend the Ontario Canyon Trail, which slowly winds down the mountain, ending back at Silver Lake Lodge. View Deer Valley staff’s trail description.
Fantasy Ridge (strenuous) This six-mile trail winds through aspen groves and across a ridge-line to Canyons Resort’s highest peak at 9,900 feet The pay-off? 1,890 feet of elevation gain with panoramic views of both Park City and the Uinta Mountains. View all of Canyon’s hiking trails.
Looking for something a little more strenuous to hike with teens or adults? Try the McLeod Creek Trail. The 6 mile McLeod Creek Trail begins north of downtown Park City near the Snow Creek Medical Center. It merges with the Olympic Parkway Trail along McLeod Creek for about a mile to Meadows Drive before paralleling State Route 224 to the Farm Trailhead. The wide, flat pathway takes trail-goers through wooded areas, over bridges with scenic views and past unique sculptures before becoming open country at Old Ranch Road.
For more information on Park City’s trail system, visit the Mountain Trails Foundation.