Quinn's Trailhead is the main access point to the large protected wild area known as Round Valley, one of the few legal off leash dog areas in the entire state. Here you can snowshoe, cross-country ski on the groomed tracks, or ride fat tire snowbikes and let the dogs run wild! Round Valley is very large, so people tend to stick near one of the major trailheads. Quinn's is a popular starting and ending point due to its easy access from Kearns Boulevard and because of a nearby fenced in dog run with agility obstacles. This place really has a lot to offer, including a nearby sledding hill complete with stairs to walk back up.
The terrain is mainly flat with some rolling hills to provide a few spots to get the heart rate going. A common loop from Quinn's uses the Fast Pitch and Hat Trick trails to circle around and return to the starting point. It is a little over 2 miles and takes you alongside the National Ability Center, where you can watch the horses grazing. The trail only has a small elevation gain. On the way back you will also see the path to the Land of Oz, which is the large groomed Nordic area for cross-country skiers where dogs are NOT allowed. The Park City Ice Rink and Sports Complex is located in the same area (the Park City Hospital is half a mile away, so this place has you covered if you fall!).
Because the area is so large, it is common to stick to the general area where you started unless you'll be going on fairly long journeys on bikes and skis. The area is groomed, so you usually don't need actual snowshoes unless you are there after a large storm or go off trail. Make sure to clean up after your pets so they don't reconsider letting them come. Round Valley is one of the main reasons Park City is considered such a fantastic place to live and enjoy the outdoors.
Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.
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