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The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah

07.11.18

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  • Town Lift takes off right from Main Street and Park Avenue.- The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • The lifts make it easier to access the higher trails much more quickly.- The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • The Uinta Mountains are dog heaven. Ruth Lake.- The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • Trailhead with mileage marker sign at Smith and Morehouse in Weber Canyon.- The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • Looking at Bald Mountain from atop Deer Valley.- The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • Many of the trails to the Uinta lakes are short enough to lug in a vessel.- The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • Hiking around Lake Washington.- The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • View of Scout Lake along the Lofty Lake Loop Hike.- The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • Naturalist Basin from Mount Aggassiz summit.  - The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • View of the Western Uintas and Mirror Lake Highway from the summit of Bald Mountain.  - The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • Northeast view toward West Gunsight Peak, Gunsight Peak, and Gilbert Peak from Kings Peak.- The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • Red Castle Peak dominates the backdrop of Lower Red Castle Lake.- The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • Naturalist Basin from Mount Aggassiz summit.  - The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
  • Glady's Lake.- The Best Hiking in Park City, Utah
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The tradition of hiking in Park City goes right back to the days of its inception, long before recreational hiking was really a thing. Silver prospectors in the late 19th century trekked their way up the slopes to mine the mountain of its riches. These days we find our treasure on top of the hillsides rather than inside of them, and there’s no shortage of beautiful trails to explore the many alpine lakes scattered among the aspen and pine forests that cover the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains. 

Summit County has an amazing mix of trails to choose from, ranging from quick after-work hikes near town and multi-day backpacking trips deep in the Uinta Mountains. Among the aspen and pine forests you'll find a wide array of wildflowers or perhaps a moose, deer, elk and marmot which are all common here. 

Hiking in and around the town of Park City

Having a trailhead near your home, hotel or condo is a normal occurrence in Park City. If you’re located or staying in the Old Town and Main Street area, make sure to check out the Sweeny Trails or Jenni's Trail which both sit just above town. Take in some amazing views of the Uinta Mountains from the Silver Lake Trail in Deer Valley. The locals in the Prospector neighborhoods love to wander Lost Prospector before and after work. The Round Valley Trails help service people in the Park Meadows area, and Rob's Trail is great for those closer to Snyderville Basin. The Flying Dog Trail meanders around the beautiful Glenwild area near Kimball Junction or just a little further west is the 24-7 Trail, which is tucked into the Jeremy Ranch area. Of course, we can’t leave out the world famous Mid Mountain Trail, a massive and gorgeous trail that offers incredible views.

Please keep in mind many trails in Park City allow mountain bikers as well as hikers and runners, so make sure to always stay alert.

Hiking in the Uintas

To get some solitude and a break from bikers, the best solace lies in the western Uinta's along Mirror Lake Highway. This area is a sight to behold, a vast and undeveloped territory you can overlook from the Lofty Lakes Loop or up Bald Mountain. Take a quick hike to Ruth Lake and circle the lily pad-covered waters with the beautiful Hayden Peak in the background.

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