Posted on 17 Aug
There’s still plenty of time in the season to hit your favorite hiking, biking and running trails in the scenic mountains in and around Park City. While the mountain resort offers endless trails to explore, some of our favorites are located just outside Park City. Below we highlight our top picks, whether setting out on foot, two wheels or with your favorite canine companion.
Stewart Falls at Sundance Resort - Easily one of the most beautiful hikes right outside of the Park City area, this 3.5-mile out and bike trail is both pet and family-friendly. Great for all abilities, the trail leads to cascading waterfalls and is stunning in fall when the foliage pops in Provo Canyon.
Sugarloaf Peak & Cecret Lake - This scenic trail in Little Cottonwood Canyon, home to Snowbird and Alta Resorts, takes you to a gorgeous mountain lake. The 5-mile loop trail features beautiful wildflowers and far-reaching views that make the rest stops along the way truly unforgettable.
Bloods Lake Trail - Located about 20 to 25 minutes outside of Park City over Guardsman’s Pass, this 2.8-mile out and back trail takes you to a lake popular for swimming. A perfect shorter hike, the trail is dog and kid-friendly, with an elevation gain of 465 feet.
Round Valley - A fantastic biking trail with short and longer loops, these super fun paths dip and dive their way around the Round Valley Protected Open Space. A “choose your own adventure” kind of trail, the area also allows off-leash dogs, ideal for those who love biking with man’s best friend. Keep an eye out; there are many stories of mountain lion and elk herd sightings on the trail. (You may want to avoid on really hot summer days, as there is little protection from the sun.)
Lofty Lake Loop - Typically drenched in wildflowers, this 4.4-mile loop trail is a nice, moderate hike in the Uinta Mountains. With an elevation gain of 961 feet, the trail is pet and family-friendly, has scenic lake views and even great fishing at Kamas and Scout Lakes.