So by now (if you are an avid trail user), it should be no secret that a new trail has opened in the Park City Trail System. Not just any trail, but a bar-setting, blow-your-mind, instant classic kind of trail. Mountain Trails Director, Charlie Sturgis, believes that combining last years Armstrong Trail with the new Pinecone Trail creates what could be the best trail in the Western United States! Is he jaded? Sure, he’s a Park City Resident, but if you’ve ridden or hiked the trails together there is certainly truth to be found in his statement.
Building of the nearly 4 miles of trail started last fall (2011) and continued as soon as the snow melted off this spring. As you can image, progress was slow due to the forest that the trail moves through. Troy Duffin and his crew at Alpine Trails did a tremendous job of weaving this trail in and out of the trees and keeping the grade at a premium pitch for pleasurable climbing (say that three times fast).
Often times many of us in Park City are unaware of the effort that goes into developing one of these new trails, it seems new trails just pop-up out of nowhere every summer, kind of like the spring wildflowers. However, there’s a lot of effort that goes into every single trail that’s added to our system, and this one is no different. Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District managed this project and the contractor for the design and build, as mentioned earlier, was Alpine Trails.
I’ve personally had the pleasure of riding Pinecone twice now, and I can honestly say in my mind it’s the “Gem of the Wasatch.” Huge thanks to all the wonderful trail advocates and supporters that made this project happen.
Trail Details TRAIL NAME: Pinecone Trail TRAIL LENGTH: 4 Miles PROJECT MANAGED BY: Snyderville Basin Special Recreation District CONTRACTOR (DESIGN/BUILD): Alpine Trails LAND CONTRIBUTIONS: Jack Gallivan, Talisker, and The Colony/Iron Mountain Associates FUNDING CONTRIBUTIONS: Summit County Restaurant Tax Grant, Talisker, and The Colony/Iron Mountain Associates
Let’s face it. We have exciting summer activities. We obviously have rad skiing and riding in the winter. But if you haven’t checked out our terrain with a good old pair of hiking shoes or a mountain bike in the summer, you’re seriously missing out. Over the next several weeks, I will be letting you guys in on the secrets of some of our favorite trails that span Park City, so hopefully you’ll take advantage of some of our tips. This week, I hiked one of my favorite short and sweet routes off of Town Lift.
Trails: John’s Trail and Sweeney’s Switchbacks
Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes (including the lift ride to reach the trailhead)
Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced hiking
Make sure you bring:
- Granola bar and chocolate!!
- Sturdy hiking shoes
It might be a decent idea to bring your Mountain Trails Foundation map just in case you somehow get turned around and lost, but this hike is pretty straightforward.
Take Town Lift up to start at the top of John’s Trail, not to be confused with John’s 99. Riding the lift up is a great way to get quicker, easier access to some trails that would take you a good chunk of time (and a lot of uphill hiking) to get to on foot. When you get off of Town Lift, the John’s Trail trailhead is to your left and up a small hill with a short dirt path. Once you find the trailhead, you just keep trucking on that trail for most of the way down the mountain.
This trail features a beautiful grove of Aspen trees the majority way through the hike, which makes this hike also beautiful in the fall when the autumn colors are in full force.
Also, the trail winds around to open on the grassy runs at Park City Mountain Resort, giving a beautiful view of the lower Park City area.
The trail eventually dead ends into Sweeney’s Switchbacks, where you will take a left to follow that trail the rest of the way to the Town Lift Base. This is where, unfortunately, the trail has been very heavily traveled and turns pretty rocky and occasionally steep, so I’d recommend using some caution when you get to the lower half of this hike. Take your time and step with care. I know the view of Park City is gorgeous throughout this section, but it’s really not worth falling and breaking your arm, so get some sure footing before you stop and stare.
I love John’s Trail, and it’s a great short hike to take in the late afternoon before grabbing some dinner. Well, what are you waiting for?
Everyone knows that Utah is the place to be in winter. But, what about Utah’s “other” season. Utah’s mountains are an amazing retreat in the summer as well with more hiking, biking, alpine sliding, mountain coasters, and so much more. Your whole family can have an amazing time this summer in Utah.
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Aprés Mountain Biking? Yeah there is such a thing and I’ll tell you where it’s happening. You know that feeling you get when you’re done with a 20 + mile ride in the middle of July? That feeling like you could literally eat a cow, well if your ride takes you towards Deer Valley be sure to check out the Deer Valley Grocery located below the main parking lots at Snow Park. Here you can relax on the outdoor deck, drink awesome local beers and have burgers made to order. It’s kind of like a little backyard BBQ. Be sure the staff brings over their condiment boat. Crazy and exotic mustards and sauces are all there to accompany your custom designed burger. I created a Turkey Burger with, bacon, guacamole, swiss cheese accompanied by some sort of fig mustard.
Bring your own bike, or rent one for a low fee at Silver Star Sports. Every Thursday at 5:00 pm meet for a cruiser tour and be back in time to enjoy music on the plaza. This is fun for all riding levels!! A must for your visit to Park City!!
Location: Silver Star Sports
Check out the high-flying action as Olympians and national team athletes put on a 30 minute freestyle aerial show every Saturday at 5 p.m., June 9 – Sept 1.
This choreographed show with music will leave you breathless as skiers and snowboarders soar up to 60 feet in the air and perform acrobatic feats before landing in our splash pool.
This is a great activity for the whole family!
All St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concerts take place at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater. Tickets for Aaron Neville, Dwight Yoakam and Roger Hodgson are currently on sale for Park City Performing Arts Foundation members (PCPAF memberships start at $25). Lawn and reserved tickets as well as summer season punch cards are available at the Box Office at The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts (1750 Kearns Blvd., Park City) or via phone at 435-655-3114. Tickets will be available to the general public on May 2 through the box office; patrons may purchase tickets online at www.ecclescenter.org starting on May 3. Discounted tickets are available for children (under age 16) as well as seniors (age 62 and older). Gates open 90-minutes before show time. Coolers are permitted and a nine-inch chair height restriction (i.e. you shouldn’t be able to roll a basketball under the seat) is enforced. Concerts will be held rain or shine.
The Line-Up* Aaron Neville and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band July 13, 2012 – 7 p.m. Lawn seating: $35 Reserved seating: $45, $55 and $65 Dwight Yoakam July 29, 2012 – 7 p.m. Lawn seating: $40 Reserved seating: $55, $65 and $75 Roger Hodgson, Legendary Voice of Supertramp Aug. 5, 2012 – 7 p.m. Lawn seating: $35 Reserved seating: $45, $55 and $65
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