Answering the plea for more public access to private lands surrounding town, Park City Mountain Resort has graciously opened its doors, rather its mountain, to the community of non-motorized recreationists. To the resort, mountain biker’s are indebted and grateful. A newly designated network of dirt roads, doubletracks, and singletracks caters to bikers of intermediate ability and above. Unlike Deer Valley Resort across town, where you can “get a lift” and coast downhill all day, Park City Mountain Resort recaptures the original precept of cross-country mountain biking.
Although nearly 30 miles of routes are available on the resort, this abbreviated tour features many of the newly constructed singletrack trails. Your goal is Shadow Lake, a glacial pond that reflects some of the resort’s steepest runs in Jupiter Bowl. But this route is more than simply logging miles on one- and two-lane dirt. It is a window to the bygone days when the clamber of picks and shovels shattered the still mountain air, and miners searched feverishly for pay dirt. You’ll pass a half dozen defunct mine sites along the way, many of which brought fortune to prospectors and mining magnates alike. Some brought only ruin. Tread: 1.2 miles of pavement, 7.3 miles of doubletrack, 6 miles of singletrack.
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